Sixth sense plus Seven
released out now! 15 | 101 minutes
Director Afonso Poyart
Cast Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean
Morgan, Anthony Hopkins
Any film in which an FBI agent asks Anthony Hopkins to help him track down a serial killer isn’t so much risking comparisons to a certain 1991 Oscar grabber as virtually inviting them. Hold the fava beans, though: Tony isn’t a cannibal this time around, but a resting clairvoyant whose psychic powers are the only thing that stands between a psycho who offs terminal cases and his next unwitting victim.
Next is the key word there, both Hopkins and his quarry having the same future-fore seeing abilities as Nicolas Cage had back in 2007. Or should that be Seven? Quite possibly, given Colin Farrell’s mercy- murderer sharing John Doe’s penchant for an artfully composed crime scene. Throw in Abbie Cornish as a stern Clarice- alike and some Matrix- aping slo- mo and you’re left with a Solace with a hefty quantum of baggage. Did nobody ever tell director Afonso Poyart it’s impolite to steal?
Hopkins, at least, is in on the heist, breezing through it all with tongue firmly planted in cheek. He, alas, is all that’s propping up this derivative grab- bag of gotcha shocks, it- was- only- a- premonition cheats and preposterously Sherlock- ian acts of instant deductive reasoning. Neil Smith
At one stage Solace was planned as a Seven sequel, and rewritten to include Morgan Freeman’s detective.
“I asked for two sugars, asshole!”