Dr. Chris Kelvin (George Clooney), a clinical psychologist, is called for duty by a corporation operating a space station orbiting the mysterious planet of Solaris. A relay message was sent by Dr. Gibarian, a close friend of Dr. Kelvin, requesting permission to have Chris come aboard the station to investigate a mysterious phenomenon. The Solaris station crew have gone off line, and with no word of what has happened to them, Dr. Kelvin agrees to go on a solo mission to board Solaris and rescue its crew.
“Solaris” is a 2002 psychological science fiction film written and directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by James Cameron. The film is based on a sci-fi novel written by Stanislaw Lem, and is a somewhat remake of the Russian 1972 film of the same name.
A brilliantly acted film. George Clooney in a very paranoid dramatic role, is great in this film. His co-stars Natascha McElhone is also good in this, and I like how the underrated Jeremy Davies is so good as a sort of kooky and stoned scientist.
The camera work is great. The scenes are nicely framed. The overall atmosphere is very calm and quiet all throughout, and is a bit of a spook in some cases.
A science fiction that can also be categorized as a psychological drama. The film is mostly set aboard the Solaris space station and we get frequent flashbacks of Dr. Kelvin and Rheya’s relationship on Earth. The plot slowly unfolds as we piece together the past and present events that come to view. Its mainly a character piece, and the main characters struggles to conquer issues of love, grief, and a shot at a second life are what we have to work with. Again, its your typical science fiction formula – Its isolation, and the paranoia and confusion that come with it when your miles away from home.