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Solaris: Ponderous, man
Why is Hollywood so afraid of exploring intelligent science fiction (ala 2001, Alien, , Blade Runner, Matrix)? Why is Solaris a ponderous,plodding, tale of obsession? I know it's based on a novel, and a 70s movie, neither of which I'm familiar with. I just can't comprehend why anyone would remake this material in this fashion.
Don't get me wrong, Solaris is beautifully filmed; Soderbergh has obviously seen 2001 a few times. It's just that the illogical turns, and unexplored possibilities, submarine the whole thing.
For example, why does Clooney's friend invite him to Solaris, saying he's the "perfect" person to be there? The illogic of this has to be intentional, but why? Upon arrival, Clooney turns from a top-notch psychiatrist into an irrational fool. No interest into getting to the bottom of what's going on, just indulgence of his own subconscious. And of course, no contact with Earth to keep him rooted in his mission. The ending is too muddled and contrived to spawn any post-movie discussions.
Yeah, I know, its intended to be a psychological piece, and it has all the trappings of an "important" movie. But it's a failed attempt to be something more than what it is... ponderous eye-candy.