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Solis (2018)

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When Troy Holloway wakes up to find himself trapped aboard a drifting escape pod shooting towards the Sun he quickly realises the true terror of his situation. With rapid oxygen depletion ... See full summary »

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Steven Ogg ... Troy Holloway
Alice Lowe ... Commander Roberts
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When Troy Holloway wakes up to find himself trapped aboard a drifting escape pod shooting towards the Sun he quickly realises the true terror of his situation. With rapid oxygen depletion and a burn- up rate of 90 minutes, Commander Roberts leads a rescue party to save Holloway before time runs out. Having recently lost his son and now confronted by his immediate end, Holloway feels less enthusiastic about survival. But Roberts, speaking to him only through a weak radio transmission, is determined to save his life, and both soon learn that the lives they have both lived influence each other in unexpected ways.

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A white-hot, white-knuckle ride
28 June 2018 | by dodgerukSee all my reviews

Most of time when I see films I've visited the set of, it's via a screener on my iPad where most of the effect is lost. But occasionally I get invited to see the finished thing. Such is the case with new sci-fi thriller Solis. I was there on day one of the shoot and had a good feeling about the production. Given the fact I've been hyped about the production for 19 months, finally seeing the movie at a cast and crew screening in London is a relief, then an edge-of-the-seat, pulse-pounding, breathless rollercoaster ride. Imagine a mash-up of Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Gravity, The Martian, and Tom Hardy's Locke and you get an idea of the tone and setting, yet it's not a clone of any of those but very much its own beast. Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead) gives a terrific performance as Troy Holloway, the sole survivor of an escape pod on a collision course with the sun. His single contact is Roberts, the crackly voice on the end of his intercom; the audio lifeline who will stop at nothing to save him. Alice Lowe is superb as the lone voice in the darkness, and as Holloway encounters one problem after another, it's not just Troy who clings to Roberts as the voice of sanity. The audience will no doubt use her as a checkpoint after each breathless hurdle. Like Alien, the first act is a world-building exercise, even if that world is space and a shuttle for most of the movie. Solis was shot on a shoestring, but it looks like it cost a lot more because of the calibre of the cast and crew. Had Hollywood shot the same film with a bigger cast and production team, and more lavish effects, I doubt it would have been any more successful. (Take a bow Viridian FX for some excellent work). The photography by Bart Sienkiewicz is terrific, while production designer Tony Noble (Moon) and his team do a great job with the old school look of the movie. By the third act I was gripped as Solis reached its natural conclusion, yet it's such a lean production, the bits you think will round things off don't come. Not a bad thing as it left me hungry for more. Yes I'm being deliberately vague because I don't want to give anything away. I have no doubt Hollywood will be banging on the door of Carl Strathie in the near future. And having been on the set of his next move Transience (aka The Encounter), I can't wait to see how that plays out. (Alice Lowe also features in that offering for reference). If you get a chance, see Solis on the big screen. It sounds great; the groaning metal and cracking glass are almost characters in their own right. Music (or a lack of it) is crucial to any movie's success, and David Stone Hamilton does a terrific job of adding a grandiose feel to the drama. He's another rising star who will be snapped up for blockbusters in the near future. I explain to producer Charlette Kilby after the screening that film makers are futurists, and reviewers are historians, examining the light from their star that was created years ago. It's an apt analogy for any sci-fi movie. I have a feeling fans will be examining Solis's glow for some time.


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