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Solace – Review


Release Date: 2015 [USA]
Director: Afonso Poyart
Writer: Sean Bailey - Ted Griffin
Cast: Colin Farrell - Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Anthony Hopkins - Abbie Cornish



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Posted September 14, 2015 by

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Solace Review:

In a previous paper, I extolled the necessity of watching the first movie of a new director on the market. ‘Solace’ is sadly the best example that I am wrong. Alfonso Poyart was lucky enough to leave the humble productions he was used to in his native Brazil, to direct such major figures as Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, and brilliant supporting actors such as Kenny Johnson, Abbie Cornish, or Jose Pablo Cantillo. He was lucky enough to work on a project that could have raised a lot of interesting topics, about the ideas of life and death, about the personal ethics surrounding those topics, but he only gave birth to a rather mediocre piece of blabbering nonsense.

Let’s summarize the plot in once sentence : how can we catch a killer that can predict the future ? After a third unexplained murder, FBI agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, from ‘P.S. I Love You’, ‘Watchmen’, ‘The Salvation’) decides to implicate his friend Joe Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), given that Joe is “gifted” with psychic abilities, being, for example, able to tell every aspects of your life after meeting him for five minutes, or even foresee glimpses of your future. With such an asset, the manhunt begins, but agent Katherine Cowles (Abbie Cornish, from ‘Sucker Punch’, ‘RoboCop’ and ‘Limitless’), John’s partner, has her doubts concerning Joe…

There’s one quality in the movie that I can’t possibly deny: the photography is, for a first “major” production, truly great, and it feels like a lot of work was made around the visual rendering. But, sadly, that’s it. It is the only good thing to say about ‘Solace’. The evolutions of the character is either stupid or predictable, if not both, the dialogues are beyond being an insult to the work of a proper dialog writer, and the music will make you want to tear your ears out, especially the “music scenes” where you have no choice but to watch epileptic motions of pictures with horrid pseudo-rock tunes. And no one among the casting to try and increase the height of this disaster, not even Hopkins, saddled with the most ridiculous haircut of his career.

An ordeal… So I went back home, trying to understand who on earth was able to give money to produce that kind of filth. Simple answer: Beau Flynn, the “brilliant” (yes, I am being sarcastic) mind behind masterpieces (still sarcastic) ‘San Andreas’, ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’, ‘Battle of the Year’, ‘Hercules’ (the one with Dwayne Johnson, that is)… Strangely enough, Beau Flynn was in the production team for ‘Requiem for a Dream’, proof, if ever was needed, that it is very hard to stay on the same path your entire life…

So, here’s my advice : do not only base your ideas on whether a film might be good or bad regarding its director or its actors, you should first know who is the producer ! That should allow you to avoid to waste nearly two hours of your life.


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