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A weak 40-minute film stretched out to an hour and a half of boredom,
This review is from: Solaris  [DVD] (DVD)
There may be enough material in "Solaris" for a 40-minute short. It's stretched out to nearly an hour and a half, though, resulting in a film that may well send you to sleep.
It's fashionable to like films and stories that set up questions, but don't answer them; occasionally this can work, but usually it's just a sign of inadequate plotting by the writer. Setting up a mysterious scenario is easy, but then resolving it in a satisfying way takes talent and hard work. Many modern writers either lack the talent, or are unwilling to reject plot ideas which they can't complete. All they're interested in is getting paid for a script. "Solaris" sets up (excruciatingly slowly) an interesting scenario, but makes no attempt at any rational explanation of what happens, placing it firmly in the domain of fantasy, not science fiction.
The sound track is OK. You might enjoy "Solaris" if you like very slow-moving, somewhat atmospheric films, and if you don't care much about the plausibility of what you see.