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George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh, Andrei Tarkovsky
Written by: Steven Soderbergh, Andrei Tarkovsky, Friedrich Gorenstein, Stanislav Lem
Produced by: James Cameron, Rae Sanchini, Jon Landau
Distributor: 20th Century Fox, Focus/USA Films

US: 27/11/02 UK: 28/02/03

Based on the classic science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem and 1972 movie directed by Andrei Tarkovsky...
Solaris centers on a psychologist sent to investigate unexplained behavior of key scientists on a space station orbiting the planet Solaris. Upon arrival at the space station he discovers that the commander of an expedition to the planet has died mysteriously. Other strange events soon start happening as well, such as the appearance of old acquaintances of the crew, including some, like the psychiatrist's wife, who are dead.
I remember seeing the Russian original as a callow yoof - and being bored rigid. A pretentious rip off, of the slightly more exciting '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Expect a lot more sex in Soderbergh's take. The fact that sci-fi meister James Cameron is a producer should make the sun shine. But remember that Solaris has already been very unofficially and very tediously remade recently - Event Horizon anyone??

9 Dec/JWR: FDA okays "Solaris" for treatment of sleep apnea
2 Dec/Moviebus: McElhone found Solaris role challenging
Soderbergh wins battle of Clooney's butt
Clooney fights to keep butt in Solaris

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