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15 February 2010

Solaris

directed by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh’s remake of the Russian film sharing the same name is shocking in its quietness and devastating in its impact. George Clooney plays a psychologist charged with venturing out into space to investigate why a group of scientists are holding out in a space station orbiting the planet Solaris, and what he finds is stranger than he can admit.  An amazing meditation on the nature of memory and the tenuous concept of personal identity, Soderbergh’s reimagining is simply marvelous. George Clooney earns his reputation as one of America’s finest actors yet again, and Jeremy Davies is quintessential Jeremy Davies as Snow, oddball operator of the vacated station. Viola Davis is a knockout as Gordon, who is unwilling to divulge info about her "visitor". Artfully realized, competently directed and beautifully composed, Soderbergh’s Solaris is a wonderful example of a remake done right. You should have been taking notes, Mr. Michael Bay and Mr. Rob Zombie.

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