Solace (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Alfonso Poyart
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins
Rated: R/Region A/2:41/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Lionsgate Films
A psychic doctor, John Clancy, works with an FBI special agent in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose. After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an FBI special agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy.
In the somewhat tradition of Seven and other such crime thrillers that tip toe the line over into the world of horror comes, Solace. This is a movie with an all-star cast with such names as Anthony Hopkins, Colin Ferrell, Jeffery Dean Morgan, and more. Hopkins plays a retired physician with psychic powers that they enlist to help solve a strange case of murders but we soon learn that the killer might have more in common with our psychic detective than it seems. The movie overall knows how to put you on the edge of your seat from time to time. It comes with some very creepy moments that can remind you of some older film such as Manhunter and the likes. I was impressed with just how well the story flowed and how good this one was shot and I had a whole bunch of fun as the film grabbed my interest and kept it. These days that is hard to come by in most films but this one does its job and does it well.
A lot of people seemed to not care much for Solace, but I liked it. Maybe it caught me at the right time? Maybe it is because I’m a big fan of both Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Dean Morgan? Either way, whatever it was, I liked a lot of what this one had to offer. It packs some blood, a cool story, and it wasn’t always predictable. I think while not a perfect film, this was a film that at least hit all the notes and marks it needed to hit in order to keep you watching and keep you interested in what was going on. Sometimes solid is enough and I think Solace is solid enough for me. Of course, you can be your own judge. The movie does look great! Which shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone as it is a new film from Lionsgate. So not only do we get a solid movie in my opinion but we get a great looking disc as well. I think at the end of the day Solace is worth you checking out.
– Commentary with Director Afonso Poyart
– Visions and Voices: The Making of Solace
Quality of Transfer: 98%