Solaris (2003) 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…
Movie on DVD Review

Solaris (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: George Clooney and Natascha McElhone; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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.

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003 Published in issue #721 Aug 01, 2003 Order article reprints