Solace seemed to me like the epitome of the mid range movie. On paper it seemed like a good script, that clearly had something going for it as it attracted a few notable actors. It also had next to no marketing, and I hadn’t even heard of it until about two weeks before it came out. So all it really needed to do was have some good acting and some an interesting story with some unique moments. Fortunately for audiences, it does have both of these. For the most part.
Solace follows two FBI agents, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Joe Merriweather, and Abbie Cornish’s Katherine Cowles as they try to solve a series of identical murders, but quickly find that they’re out of their depth. To assist them with this case, Merriweather calls his old friend John Clancy, a psychic who’s helped the FBI in the past to solve certain cases. The twist on the formula (this isn’t a spoiler, it’s the main selling point in the marketing) comes when Clancy finds that the man they’re looking for is also a psychic.
So I said this film basically needed to tick two boxes. Firstly, the actors. Abbie Cornish and especially Jeffrey Dean Morgan were both good in the lead roles, as is Colin Farrell, even if he’s not in it as much as the marketing would suggest (he only turns up in the last third of the film). Now, I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Anthony Hopkins was the weak link here. Don’t get me wrong, he’s by no means terrible, but some of his lines felt very much like he was treating this as a pay-check. It didn’t greatly effect the overall film, but it was certainly noticeable.
So the second thing this film needed was a good script and story, and this is where the film really excels, and where you can see why these actors would’ve been interested in being a part of this film. There aren’t huge twists and reveals, but the mystery is consistently interesting, and you’re fed information at the perfect pace. This film is also quite highly stylised in certain sequences, which sometimes works very well, but sometimes comes across as being a little bit like a music video.
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