Sunday, September 26, 2010

SOLARIS

There are a few films out there that transcend the human imagination. Solaris is a film that does just that. What is more remarkable is that the film (in its original format) was introduced in 1972. The story of Solaris however is derived from Polish science fiction writer, Mr. Stanislaw Lem. The basic premise of Solaris involves the interaction of human and non-human species.

In the 1972 film adaption directed by Russian filmmaker, Mr. Andrei Takovsky, the film delivered so deftly the characters of Kris Kelvin, a scientist who is sent to investigate the disappearing of 47 crew men aboard the space station that is orbiting Solaris. Solaris is an alien planet where, much like Earth, its vast surface is covered in ocean. The ocean however plays a role in dispersing some sort of strange bio-chemical hallucinogenic reaction to the men aboard the ship. The strange things that happen on Solaris are the appearance of "guests," figments of one's dream that become fully materialized and real. Kris naturally realizes his long lost wife who reappears before him. There are emotional arcs that revolve around paranoia, schizophrenia and hidden guilt that pervades this haunting film.



Thirty years later, American filmmaker Steven Soderbergh takes a stab of Solaris along with George Clooney in bringing Kris Kelvin's dilemma into a modern tale. The film is equally stoic and entertains the mind into questioning everything. A bit more cerebral that your usual Hal from Space Odyssey 2001 saga, the eeriness that is felt in Solaris is an environment that must be experienced first hand.


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