Steven Soderbergh (2002)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Polish writer Stanislaw Lem's science-fiction novel Solaris was first filmed, brilliantly, by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972. To remake what some critics regard as a masterpiece might seem impertinent, but director Steven Soderbergh has crafted an original drama here that shares Tarkovsky's intelligence, yet doesn't ape his vision. George Clooney, showcasing the acting talent that is often overshadowed by his good looks, plays psychologist Chris Kelvin, who is called to a space station orbiting the planet Solaris. The planet is revealed to be a responsive being, a Godhead that can take emotions from humans and make them flesh. Kelvin is joined by his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone), though she had killed herself on Earth some time before, but the nature of her presence is enigmatic. Will Kelvin be able to redeem past mistakes or is he doomed to repeat them? As a profound meditation on love, regret and desire, this at least dares to put dialogue before action.


A psychiatrist arrives on a space station to investigate the death of its commanding officer but subsequently starts to experience frightening visions of his late wife - which seem all too real and force him to question his sanity. Sci-fi drama, directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on Stanislaw Lem's novel, starring George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies and Ulrich Tukur.

Cast & Crew

Dr Chris Kelvin George Clooney
Rheya Natascha McElhone
Snow Jeremy Davies
Gordon Viola Davis
Gibarian Ulrich Tukur
Director Steven Soderbergh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 28 Feb 2003