A somber, stainless steel future full of somber, stainless steel people. A sentient planet with the power to incarnate loved ones from the memories of the morose (Clooney, as a widowed shrink sent to investigate goings-on at a space station). A movie that’s positively tantric — and, at times, achingly airless — in its Kubrickian vacuum of emotional suspended animation. Director Steven Soderbergh wanted to humanize Stanislaw Lem’s novel of quantum hearts, but he’s made a very remote — if well-tooled — picture. EXTRAS Soderbergh’s commentary with producer James Cameron is a terrific crash course in filmmaking — and in where not to use a Velvet Underground song cue.
Solaris (Movie - 2003)