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Solace 2015

Solace 2015

A serial killer who can see your future, a psychic who can save itSep. 03, 2015 101 Min.
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Anthony Hopkins isJohn Clancy
John Clancy
Jeffrey Dean Morgan isAgent Joe Merriweather
Agent Joe Merriweather
Abbie Cornish isAgent Katherine Cowles
Agent Katherine Cowles
Colin Farrell isCharles Ambrose
Charles Ambrose
Marley Shelton isLaura Merriwether
Laura Merriwether
Kenny Johnson isDavid Raymond
David Raymond
Sharon Lawrence isMrs. Ellis
Mrs. Ellis
Janine Turner isElizabeth Clancy
Elizabeth Clancy
Luisa Moraes isVictoria Raymond
Victoria Raymond

Synopsis

Watch full solace 2015 movie online. A psychic doctor, John Clancy, works with an FBI special agent in search of a serial killer. After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an FBI special agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer.

Investigating a string of murders, FBI agents Joe (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Katherine (Abbie Cornish) are stumped by the killer’s bizarre method of delivering painless death. Joe brings in an old friend in the shape of retired doctor and clairvoyant John (Anthony Hopkins) to help. As John helps the agents get closer to the killer, it becomes clear that the perpetrator (Colin Farrell) is a clairvoyant too, ensuring that he can stay one step ahead of the authorities.

There’s a delicious premise at the centre of Solace. It’s easy to see why the concept of a clairvoyant serial killer appealed as a follow-up to Fincher’s terrific crime yarn. However, the execution of the idea falls at every hurdle, from script to performance to direction. Solace has the feel of a film that was initially moulded and looked after by its studio, but was then tossed out and left at the side of the road like an unloved family pet.

Anthony Hopkins, complete with slicked-back silver hair and his best Hannibal Lecter stare, is on autopilot throughout the movie. He often seems to be bored of the sound of his own voice and has absolutely no chemistry with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s gruff cop, despite their supposedly long-standing friendship. Abbie Cornish fares slightly better, but she’s no Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs and the film has a horrible habit of forgetting about her as if she’s a mere narrative device to facilitate the final macho stand-off between the good and the evil of extra-sensory perception.

The failures of Solace are doubly depressing given the initially interesting way the story unfolds. It positions itself as a mystery to be solved and teases nicely at a potentially gruesome climax for the story. However, the film quickly spirals downward as it nears its conclusion, dumping in second-billed star Colin Farrell as if his frowny-faced inclusion is something of a surprise. Then, in a move that could have been daring but transpires as utter nonsense, they have the ludicrous ending of the film explained in detail five minutes before it actually occurs, robbing it of any shock factor or indeed intrigue. Although, given how little sympathy the film manages to create for its characters, it’s debatable whether even a surprise ending would have worked.

Afonso Poyart, in his English language directorial debut, tries his best to inject life into the film, but Solace comes across as pretentious. The first time Hopkins’ character’s powers portray a shocking vision of the future, it’s a potent blast of horror. Unfortunately, the film leans on that device far too often and it very quickly becomes tired. It’s a classic example of a film that thinks it’s cleverer than it is and inflicts its crushing stupidity and silliness on the audience.

Original titleSolace
TMDb Rating6.2 637 votes

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