Solaris (2002 film)

Solaris is a 2002 American science fiction drama film written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, and starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone. It is based on the 1961 science fiction novel of the same name by Polish writer Stanisław Lem.

Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Soderbergh
Screenplay bySteven Soderbergh
Based onSolaris
by Stanisław Lem
Produced by
CinematographyPeter Andrews
Edited byMary Ann Bernard
Music byCliff Martinez
Distributed by20th Century Fox[1]
Release date
  • November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27)
Running time
98 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$47 million[3]
Box office$30 million[3]

Reflecting on Andrei Tarkovsky's critically acclaimed 1972 film Solaris (which was itself preceded by a 1968 Soviet TV film), Soderbergh promised to be closer in spirit to Lem's novel.[4] Still, Lem disliked both renderings.[5]

The film is set almost entirely on a space station orbiting the planet Solaris, adding flashbacks to the previous experiences of its main characters on Earth. The protagonist, Dr. Chris Kelvin, struggles with the questions of Solaris's motivation, his beliefs and memories, and reconciling what was lost with an opportunity for a second chance.

Despite positive reviews from critics, the film grossed only $30 million worldwide on the budget of $47 million.

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