When psychologist Chris Kelvin is asked to investigate the unexplained behavior of a small group of scientists aboard the space station Prometheus, he is shocked by what he finds upon his arrival. Kelvin discovers that his close friend, Gibarian, the mission’s commander, has committed suicide. Also, he finds out that the two remaining scientists onboard are exhibiting signs of extreme stress and paranoia, seemingly caused by the results of their examination of the planet Solaris. Soon, Kelvin too becomes entrapped in the unique planet’s mysteries. Solaris, somehow, presents him with a second chance at love and entreats him to change the course of a past relationship that has caused him overwhelming guilt and remorse. But can he really revisit the past and alter the course of events? Or is he fated to repeat its mistakes? –TCM
At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema. Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where his father was the Dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Education. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduated from high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh’s time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts… read more
The triumph of love over reason. The great pessimism, or optimism, of Soderbergh's more romantic take on the subject matter lies not in the film's determining that our logic cannot overwhelm our affections, but the realization that we would not have it any other way. A meditative exploration of human intimacy that dutifully explores the anguish, longing and hatred that make love stronger.
Soderbergh’s contemplative cinema ushers brooding, pulsating introspection, and with Clooney’s superbly restrained Kelvin - whose past is here fully explored, leaving his heartache ever more felt - sees a sincere translation of content with form, one of concise framing that leads to a striking evocation of the pain that pervades Solaris, the guilt and despair wrought by its cosmic spectres. Rather touching composition, then; also, a sort of bipolar cousin to Winterbottom’s Code 46.
The great soundtrack composer for Contagion and Drive.
RELAX, FILM SNOBS! Just hear me out. Oh…before we go any further, i want you all to know that i DON’T think the 2002 version is better than Tarkovsky’s (although cliff martinez’s soundtrack for soderbergh’s… read review
You have to give credit to Steven Soderbergh for getting Hollywood to fund a movie that is, if anything, less straightforward than the Tarkovsky original. But it’s a lot more awkward, and only real… read review