‘Solaris’ too artsy

Devinn Winkleman

Solaris is a movie that has been hyped by its trailer, hyped by movie reviews and hyped by the crowd that can’t wait to see it.

The only problem: It’s too boring. It tries to take an artistic angle, but this makes it hard for anyone to understand and appreciate the film.

The plot: astronauts die aboard a space station. The survivors send a distress signal to Dr. Chris Kelvin (George Clooney) so he can rescue them and get them safely back to earth.

Kelvin makes it to the space station, which hovers over Solaris, a hazy blue and purple planet. Solaris is a living planet.

When Kelvin takes a nap, he dreams about how he met his wife, who’s deceased, and about their life together.

Solaris perceives all of this. When Kelvin wakes up, his deceased wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) is beside him.

Kelvin knows she’s not his wife, so he sends her away in an escape capsule. But Solaris doesn’t give up that easily. Once Kelvin sleeps again, his wife is back with him.

Kelvin then wonders if Rheya might be real. He tries to convince the crew she is.

But the movie takes a turn for the worse. It turns into a boring drama full of delusions, paranoia and hysteria. The characters have no room to develop.

The film shows the dreams Rheya has while she’s figuring out she could really be Kelvin’s wife, and there are dramatic voice overs by Clooney about Kelvin’s regrets. The movie ends in a cluttered mess.

The ending is cheesy and unbelievable. It makes the audience wonder whether Clooney’s character has a brain.

This movie isn’t totally bad, but it isn’t good enough to go see. It can be compared to a huge boulder — just there in your way, blocking you off from something more worthwhile.

Grade: C