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“Solaris” (2002) DVD Review

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“Solaris” is sci-fi without action sequences, razzle-dazzle special effects, or gee-whiz high-tech gadgetry, but I found the movie to be very intellectually engaging.

Pros

  • Intellectually challenging
  • Interesting in terms of psychology
  • Interesting in terms of philosophy

Cons

  • Some viewers find movie dull
  • Some find movie not emotionally engaging
  • Some find movie difficult to understand

Description

  • DVD containing sci-fi movie “Solaris” (2002) starring George Clooney
  • Film written and directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Movie based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel, which was also basis of 1972 Russian film with same title
  • Excellent picture quality
  • Excellent sound quality
  • DVD release date: July 29, 2003

Guide Review - “Solaris” (2002) DVD Review

“Solaris” (2002) is sci-fi without action sequences, razzle-dazzle special effects, or gee-whiz high-tech gadgetry, but I found the movie to be very intellectually engaging. Set sometime in the future, it’s about the romantic love between a man (George Clooney) and a facsimile of his deceased wife (Natascha McElhone). A major character in the film is a planet that functions like a giant, single living organism having consciousness and intelligence. This is a cerebral movie, and I fear viewers wanting a highly emotional experience may be disappointed. I expect those who aren’t already familiar with the “Solaris” story will find the 2002 film hard to understand on first viewing, but on DVD you can watch it repeatedly.

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