A somber, stainless steel future full of somber, stainless steel people. A sentient planet with the power to incarnate loved ones from the memories of the morose (Clooney, as a widowed shrink sent to investigate goings-on at a space station). A movie that’s positively tantric – and, at times, achingly airless – in its Kubrickian vacuum of emotional suspended animation. Director Steven Soderbergh wanted to humanize Stanislaw Lem’s novel of quantum hearts, but he’s made a very remote – if well-tooled – picture. EXTRAS Soderbergh’s commentary with producer James Cameron is a terrific crash course in filmmaking – and in where not to use a Velvet Underground song cue.
Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama; Starring: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur, Viola Davis; Director: Steven Soderbergh; Author: Steven Soderbergh; Producer (person): James Cameron; Release Date Wide: 11/27/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 98; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Posted August 1 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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