Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Solaris (2002)

Synopsis: Depressed psychiatrist (George Clooney) goes nutso orbiting weird planet.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Aboard a lonely space station orbiting a mysterious planet, terrified crewmembers are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including eerie visitors who seems [sic] all too human”

What Did I Learn?: Clooney’s character must have been a pretty crappy psychiatrist because he throws reason, logic, science, and even his own self-preservation aside rather quickly when his visitor shows up.

You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy creepy, claustrophobic science long as it doesn’t move ahead too quickly.

Really?: The ending. [Schuster at the Movies has a relatively firm “No Spoilers” policy, so I can’t reveal what happened, but let’s just say I didn’t believe for a second that a trained psychiatrist would make such a decision].

Rating: Solaris combines some beautiful cinematography with a uniquely set mood of claustrophobia, stillness and isolation. Unfortunately, it moves at a snail’s pace and nothing really happens for long stretches. SLOW-LARIS. 6/10 stars.

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