The Abyss Solaris

  |  Buy to Own: 18/06/2007
  |  233 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Sci-fi double bill. 'Titanic' director James Cameron tested the waters for aquatic adventure with his earlier submarine-set sci-fi thriller 'The Abyss' (1989). An unidentified floating object is picked up on the sonar of a US nuclear submarine, and the ensuing panic leads to the sub being marooned on the edge of an abyss. Oil rigger Bud Brigman (Ed Harris) leads his team on a rescue mission, aided by engineer Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), Bud's estranged wife. Whilst navy representatives attempt to salvage the 150 nuclear warheads on board, the force that had caused the initial accident begins to make its presence felt. George Clooney stars in Steven Soderbergh's 2002 version of Stanislaw Lem's classic sci-fi novel 'Solaris'. Chris Kelvin (Clooney) is a psychologist sent to investigate a series of mysterious occurrences aboard a distant space station. When he arrives he finds the two surviving crew members isolated from each other, and he learns that they have both received visits from loved ones who have been dead for many years. Soon Kelvin receives a visitor of his own - a figure in the form of his dead wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) - and the feelings of guilt and tenderness that she awakens in him make his attempts to penetrate the mystery even more difficult. Lem's novel was previously filmed in 1972 by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.