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||George Clooney, Natasha McElhone,
Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies
||20th Century Fox
||Only if you want to bore them to
||There is a love story, but the
rest of the movie is sort of whacked out.
||George and Natasha get it on, but
you really only get to see George's butt.
||Blood, that's about it.
||James Cameron, Rae Sanchini, Jon
Why do I continue to go and see Steven Soderbergh
movies? I know heís considered a great director, and even writer, but
for me, most of his movies suck (although I did like "Erin Brockovich").
The next in this list is "Solaris," a movie I donít think even George
Clooneyís bare ass can save, especially when I read that the movie
studio has no idea how, or to whom, to market this movie. (Theyíre
trying to run some ads showing it as a sci-fi thriller for the dudes,
and other ads showing a Clooney love-story, chick-flick for the
A Movie Review
The story kinda goes like this: Chris Kelvin (Clooney) is
a psychologist, going through lifeís motions. One day he gets a weird
message from a guy he knows, telling him he needs to come to the space
station studying this gaseous area called Solaris, to save the people
who are still there. Upon arriving he comes upon some blood, two dead
dudes, a guy named Snow (Jeremy Davies), a dudette named Helen (Viola
Davis), and a little kid who seems to disappear. He really doesnít get
any answers from Snow nor Helen as to what is going on, nor why they
donít leave, and then he goes to sleep. It is then that he learns the
secret of Solaris, that somehow an exact duplicate of someone you
desire in your dreams gets created and comes to life. In Chrisí case,
itís his late wife Rheya (Natasha McElhone). At first freaked, Chris
now thinks that heís got his real wife back, although the others know
it is some kind of alien thing. So we get Chris thinking he can take
the fake Rheya back to earth, weíve got Helen saying that canít
happen, we keep getting Snow just acting sort of goofy, and we get
flashbacks of Chris and the real Rheya showing their relationship
going from the happy, loving couple, to how Rheya dies.
The movie in an artistic sense is good, and the story is kinda of
twisted, but in the end I just kept looking at my watch wondering how
much time was left. I wanted to get into the movie, Clooney was great
as the Doctor trying to sort his own demons, and there was a twist at
the end that I missed, but this is neither a sci-fi thriller, nor a
chick-flick, love story. This is a movie that fans of movie-making
will probably like, but for the most part, the rest of us will wish we
had gone to see the James Bond flick again.
Iíll give "Solaris" 1 Ĺ star out of 5. If you like artsy movie,
youíll probably be able to appreciate "Solaris" more, but if youíre
looking for a nice love story, or some fun in space, this ainít the
movie to see.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!