Director: Afonso Poyart
Writer: Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin
Runtime: 101 min.
Synopsis: An FBI investigator that is pre-cognoscente comes out of retirement in order to help catch a killer.
Review: I have to start off by saying I’m a sucker for Anthony Hopkins. Ever since Silence of the Lambs I’ve been fascinated with his acting skills. Hand him some solid writing (which this has) and he will turn your masterpiece up a few notches beyond what you thought its’ threshold was. If I get the chance to ever work with him I’ll take it up in a heartbeat. That said, I’m sure you can imagine this is the part where I gawk at his performance. Hopkins, Jeffrey Morgan, and Abby Cornish really meshed well throughout the film and though I didn’t find Morgan of Cornish’s characters nearly as fascinating as Hopkins’ character, that may be my own personal bias.
Moving on to the visuals, this feels like Requiem for a Dream and Seven had a crime thriller baby. I really enjoyed the somewhat experimental moments that wrapped up nicely at the very end. You’re not left with a lot of questions in regards to the events of the film when its’ over, but there is plenty of room to generate questions after. It’s very much a psychological experiment in perception, time, politics, suffering, etc. that may make you wonder, if you could stop suffering, would you?
Overall this is the perfect movie for someone who doesn’t mind some violence (It’s a crime thriller, there’s blood, no way around it) and for their minds to sort of meld around the experience. Whether you’re into philosophical arguments or just like a movie with a solid and interesting killer with murky intentions, this is the film for you. If anything, the visuals are gorgeous, the soundtrack intense, and the experimental nature of the whole film has your brain constantly moving and wondering what it all means. But, thinking is optional since the film answers all your questions at the end. It’s a solid mesh between Avante Garde and Narrative.
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Image is a still shot from the film and therefore being cited below:
Solace. Dir. Afonso Poyart. Perf. Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Abbie Cornish. FilmNation Entertainment, 2015. DVD.