Actor Steven Ogg during the filming of Solis at GSP Studios, York. 14/12/16 Photo by Chris Lopez


Astronaut Troy Holloway (Steven Ogg, The Walking Dead) wakes after a space accident to find himself trapped in an escape pod drifting towards the sun, with his oxygen running out and a burn-up rate of 90 minutes. The only possibility of help lies with Commander Roberts (Alice Lowe), speaking to him through a weak radio transmission, who says she will lead a rescue party. As things get worse, Troy wonders if he wants to be saved, and the pair start to influence each other in unexpected ways.

Opening with our lead actor waking up on a space ship escape pod with a dead co-pilot next to him we are introduced to the character with whom we’ll be spending the next 90 minutes. The character is given 90minute before his escape pod lands head first into the sun and we are taken along on his 90 minute journey, both physically as he heads towards the sun and emotionally as he comes to terms with his life and his decisions in it. The other main character is just the disembodied voice of Alice Lowe playing Commander Roberts, the person in charge of the ship tasked with rescuing our lead. The film looks great and the special effects work excellently, making good use of practical effects and miniatures rather than relying too much on CG. The movie feels like it is taking much of it’s DNA from classic science fiction movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien feeling like it could have been made around the same time and forgotten, in much the same way Moon does. Similarly to Moon the movie has to be carried by one main actor, unfortunately the character doesn’t have the same charisma and likeability as Sam Rockwell’s character in Moon and suffers because of it. The film also suffers from a bit of a “boy who cried wolf” type situation, wherein it repeatedly ramps up the tension leading to what appears to be an impossible situation, only for our main character to survive practically unscathed, it keeps doing it to the point where you don’t really have any investment in the character or believe that whatever emergency he’s now dealing with is of any real danger to him. It fails to capture the desperation and loneliness of someone trapped alone in space in a way that Gravity did. The science on the most part feels quite solid although the speed at which he is heading to the sun or his location in relation to it is a bit suspect, but it’s never distractingly bad in the way some SciFi can be.

Beautiful and enjoyable but ultimately average Sci-Fi, Solis feels like it could have been so much more and so much better.


Euan Tenannt

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