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Solaris
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Starring: George Clooney, Natasha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want to bore them to death.
Date Movie: There is a love story, but the rest of the movie is sort of whacked out.
Gratuitous Sex: George and Natasha get it on, but you really only get to see George's butt.
Gratuitous Violence: Blood, that's about it.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Nope.
Memorable Scene: None.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Produced By: James Cameron, Rae Sanchini, Jon Landau

Solaris
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:39 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 dudettes).

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!!!

 

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