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Solaris (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  27 November 2002 (USA)
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A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.



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DBA Emissary #1
DBA Emissary #2
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Gibarian's Son
Donna Kimball ...
Mrs. Gibarian
Friend #1
Friend #2
Patient #1 (as Kent D. Faulcon)
Patient #2 (as Lauren M. Cohn)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Clemons ...
Dinner Guest


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Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexuality/nudity, brief language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Соларис  »

Box Office


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,752,722 (USA) (27 November 2002)


$384,509 (Japan) (27 June 2003)

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[first lines]
[Chris's memories, in voiceover]
Rheya Kelvin: Chris, what is it? I love you so much. Don't you love me anymore?
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And Boredom Shall Have No Dominion
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Forgive me, being a philosopher, was this based on the original Solaris? I saw the name on the poster and I bought a ticket but it resembles the original as I resemble Brad Pitt: not at all. Was this The Shrink Finds His Squeeze? Hairy Guy, His Large Posterior and Scary Lady? I defer to the experts above me on Solaris; I liked the movie but it was over my head. This much I can testify to: This is not a remake of that movie. Yes, the planet is there, some elements like dead people coming back but believe it or not Solaris was not about this man and this woman the whole freaking movie. It really was a science fiction not a romance. Within this paradigm, how was hairy butt's relationship going with Rhea before she killed herself? Were they deeply in love when they weren't endlessly fighting? The effects, all five minutes of them, were interesting. The director, apparently believing that Americans are too stupid to grasp the original's profundity, that even sailed over my head, settled upon converting a deep, esoteric reflection of being, the soul and death into a prosaic romance featuring a woman who is frightening when she smiles.

The ending, for any of you young people who have visited your parents' house lately, is not rapturous it is like a twilight zone torture ending. They never got along whilst they were living; how long would Chris have had those tears of happiness before they changed into different tears? The movie is boring beyond belief. The only good scene is when he shoots her into space; the bad part is she comes back. Computer boy, if he is human, needs years of acting classes. The director felt that it would heighten the drama to shoot huge scenes where the room is so dark I cannot tell if that is Clooney or the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Please, Lights? It does not raise the intensity, it angers us: who the hell is that? People were saying that in the theater, loudly too. The movie consists of hairy boy and Ronin girl looking deeply into each other's eyes for very long periods of time.

It does not take Sigmund Freud to figure out Chris is full of guilt over his treating her like crap, rejecting her and then she off's herself. There was no empirical love in the relationship; they fought constantly. See, what happened to me? I am talking like a freaking guidance counselor; the movie will do this to you also. Like any of us give a crap about Chris and who his pants are blazing for. The distillation of what is considered to be equal to 2001 in profundity reduced to: Hairy Boy And Ronin Girl: As Solaris Turns. Romantics, even within your world, which I avoid like The Black Death, it is a badly written romance. These two could not stand each other. He only feels guilty for dumping her then she kills herself; probably due also to that mawkish piece of crap poem. Yes, when I had to take those English classes, for my degree, I thought about taking pills many times.

Young people, this is not science fiction, it is a romance that like a changeling was left in the place of the script of Solaris. People were walking out of this movie: Do you blame them? It commits the worst sin a movie can: Misrepresentation. See, I do not go to romances and I, like many of you, get slightly angry when I was sold one genre and I buy a ticket to a romance movie. Boring like you cannot imagine, badly lighted for half an hour. You better have the brightness control handy, even then, the director rotates the image and blurs it; I don't know, he was probably drinking, do you blame him? He goes down with the station into Solaris, he wakes up and sees Ronin Girl. They have a wonderful reunion; all is right in the universe: End Of Movie. Boring, incoherent, pretentious and Not, repeat, Not Solaris. One terrible piece of poop.

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