Steven Soderbergh's desire to remake Andrei Tarkovsky's legendary sci-fi film was questioned by some, but the rather pleasing result stands on its own merits. Tighter and decidedly shorter than the two-and-a-half-hour Tarkovsky original, Soderbergh's version features George Clooney as a clinical psychologist who is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a distant planet, only to be confronted by his deceased wife Natascha McElhone, seemingly now in the peak of health. Crew members Viola Davis and Jeremy Davies are also experiencing unexplained manifestations. DIR/SCR Steven Soderbergh, from the novel by Stanislaw Lem; PROD James Cameron, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini. U.S., 2002, color, 99 min. RATED PG-13
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