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Solaris (VHS, 2003)

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Steven Soderbergh (OCEAN'S ELEVEN, TRAFFIC) delivers yet another inspired remake with this pensive sci-fi drama based on the book by Stanislaw Lem. Taking his cue from Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 epic of the same name, Soderbergh boldly chooses atmosphere over action, crafting a profoundly meditative work that will challenge audiences for many years to come. George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin, a therapist who is sent to a space station near the planet of Solaris in order to investigate a series of mysterious happenings. When he arrives, he finds only two surviving crew members, the hyper-strange Snow (Jeremy Davies) and ultra-paranoid Gordon (Viola Davis). Unable to make sense of their fear and confusion, Chris soon discovers the reason for their anxiety. In a seemingly implausible turn of events caused by Solaris's bizarre energy levels, Chris's deceased wife Rhea (Natascha McElhone) reappears. Fully aware that Rhea is only a figment of his memory, Chris is nonetheless unable to dismiss her due to the tragic events surrounding her death. He must somehow find a way to bid farewell to Rhea once and for all without collapsing under the weight of his own guilty conscience. Soderbergh's dream of a motion picture successfully balances philosophy with romance, telling a familiar tale of love and loss in a strikingly original way.

Credits
Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: James Cameron, Rae Sanchini

Industry Reviews
"...Visually handsome in an austere way..."
New York Times - p.E1 - Stephen Holden

"...Clooney does a convincing job....Davies is also strong....Soderbergh does a fine job of creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety..."
USA Today - p.3D - Claudia Puig

"...SOLARIS is a mind-bender in the best sense of the word: The spell it casts follows you all the way home..."
Rolling Stone - p.106 - Peter Travers

"...Sleekly austere....McElhone is certainly someone to pine for -- there are depths to her apple-cheeked sculptural beauty..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.69 - Owen Gleiberman

"...What it does most of all is reinforce Steven Soderbergh's position as Hollywood's most gifted chameleon, a filmmaker able to operate with elan in all manner of genres..."
Los Angeles Times - p.C1 - Kenneth Turan

"...A uniquely dazzling display of its maker's cinematic virtuosity..."
Box Office - p.57 - Wade Major

"...Technically superb and features a strong serious performance by George Clooney..."
Variety - p.22-7 - Todd McCarthy

Format: VHS
Jul 2003
Rated PG-13
Recording Mode: (unknown)
99 min.
Color
UPC: 024543079736
    • UPC 024543079736
    • Brand 20th Century Fox
00451
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