SO­LACE

Sixth sense plus Seven

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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!”

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