I went into this film having only seen one trailer previously and no reviews. But sometimes it’s nice to watch something which you have little preconceptions of before hand. But should I have learnt more about Solace before seeing it?
In the search for a serial killer FBI agent Joe Merriweather (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) brings in Doctor John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) a psychic, much to the dismay of his partner Agent Katherine Cowles (Abbie Cornish). However as John tries to find the killer (Colin Farrell), he finds that he and the FBI are always one step behind.
The movie attempts to rise above the average serial killer thriller, refreshingly John views on his psychic ability is based on science rather than faith, and Agent Merriweather manages not to be either an alcoholic or a crappy husband/father cliché. Colin Farrell is good as the killer, although for any fans seeing it purely for Farrell be warned as he’s barely in it. Which is a shame as the film could have used more of him.
The problem with the film is that it isn’t original enough to make it stand out from any number of supernatural thrillers around.There also isn’t any memorable dialogue or scenes for the audience to remember. While the film looks stylish enough there’s no real flare to John’s visions to make them compelling or to leave you feeling scared.
John’s psychic abilities are also frustrating portrayed. It seems John can see the past and the future, and know enough to recount one character’s entire life yet when the script requires it his visions are vague. Sometimes it seems his visions are bound to happen while other times it seems like they can be changed depending on the plot and how passive John is being.
The film is not awful but it’s flaws seemed exposed on the big screen. Watched on the small screen and the audience may be more forgiving of the predictable elements.
Rating 2.5/5 – despite a capable cast this film is distinctly average