Blu-ray Review: SOLACE

SOLACE was directed by Afonso Poyart and stars Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Colin Farrell.  

When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission.

Possible Spoilers Ahead: FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether and his partner FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles have to recruit the help of the reclusive Dr. John Clancy who is living his life in heartache and in mourning. This is all explained as the movie plays out. They’re investing a string of unrelated murders but once Clancy is brought onto the case, he discovers they all have one thing in common – the victims all had some kind of fatal disease. The killer is going around taking these people out by striking the medulla oblongata with a sharp object which leaves his victims in an eerie looking state. But why?

Well, Clancy discovers that this mysterious and elusive killer has a lot in common with him – they are both psychics with some extraordinary gifts. Once Clancy finally comes face to face with Charles Ambrose, the two realize that they are so much alike. Ambrose is justifying all of his murders as mercy killings since his victims are going to die anyway but Clancy looks at it in a completely different way. Every second we’re alive is a gift and should not be wasted or taken from us. Of course, the two have their showdown and Clancy has to find a way to outsmart his opponent to put a stop to his madness. In the end it is revealed that the film’s protagonist may have had just a little more in common with his antagonist than we thought.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Solace was an okay watch but sadly it wasn’t anything special. The story was on the shelf for close to fourteen years and was once even going to be a sequel to Seven. It got dusted off and tweaked a bit and this psychic psycho-thriller was the end product. It’s not a bad movie at all but it is a bit jumbled at times because there’s a lot going on in the story. So much so, the antagonist almost gets left out! Anyway, Afonso Poyart is every bit the visual director that he’s been pegged to be and the cast was easily the best part of the movie. It’s definitely a character driven story led by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell once his character finally arrives. By the way, Hannibal Lector fans will definitey see a kinship with this new character portrayed by Hopkins. Anyway, these two talented actors play off of each other very well. I can’t leave out Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish either because their characters play an important part to the story as well. Solace arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on March 14th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The Blu-ray extras include some audio commentary, a making of featurette, trailer and digital copy.

  • Commentary with Director Afonso Poyart
  • “Visions and Voices: The Making of Solace” Featurette (08:40)
  • Trailer (01:54)
  • Digital HD Copy


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