- 1 hr 39 min
The 2002 remake of the classic science fiction drama Solaris is reminiscent of the 1972 film of the same name, however Steven Soderbergh's version follows the original source material much more closely. Starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone, the film studies the psychological effects of life in space and the emotional struggle between accepting real and artificial memories. The film deals with an orbiting space station, The Solaris, and the lone psychologist left aboard after the mysterious death and disappearance of the other crew members. This mystery and the sudden appearance of new people aboard the station, leads a reevaluation of what may be possible. Soderbergh's films often revolve around moral choices and study the consequences of lying and unfaithful relationships. Similarly, Solaris shares many of these aspects, examining the emotional turmoil of lost love and the lengths some will go to recapture what has been lost. Solaris also benefits from Soderbergh's visual style, employing some impressive special effects. Coupled with a haunting minimalist score, the film is both a visual and auditory treat, serving those moment's of meditation and silence just as well as those instances of high tension.