ⓘ Solace (2015 film)


ⓘ Solace (2015 film)

Solace is a 2015 American mystery thriller film directed by Afonso Poyart and starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish. The film was released on December 16, 2016, by Lionsgate Premiere. The film is about a psychic doctor, John Clancy, who works with an FBI special agent in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose. The films script was originally planned and developed as a sequel to the 1995 thriller film Se7en, but the idea was eventually scrapped, and Solace was completed as a standalone film instead.


1. Plot

Having lived two years in isolation since the death of his daughter, psychic Dr. John Clancy is asked by his friend Joe Merriweather, an FBI special agent, to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. FBI special agent Katherine Cowles, Merriweathers partner, is skeptical about Clancys gift, but soon comes to discover otherwise. The victims all turn out to have been suffering from terminal illnesses and Clancy realizes the killer has abilities exceeding his own. Merriweather is shot by the suspect and while in hospital admits he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After the funeral, Clancy is confronted by the killer, Ambrose, who explains he is sparing his victims from a slow death, killing them out of mercy, and that he engineered Merriweathers death. He arrogantly declares he has seen all the possibilities but Clancy surprises him by doing something he hadnt predicted, nonetheless Ambrose escapes.

Cowles and the FBI discover the killer is a man called Charles Ambrose. Clancy is forced to test his abilities to their limits and is able to intercept Ambrose as he poisons his latest victim. Clancy tells him he has no right to take time away from even the terminally ill, such as his friend Merriweather.

Cowles and Clancy finally confront Ambrose in a subway car. Ambrose takes Cowles prisoner and forces Clancy to shoot him, believing that his death will set him on a path of killing. Clancy reconciles with his wife, but has a recollection of euthanising his own daughter as she was dying from leukemia.


2. Cast

  • Colin Farrell as Charles Ambrose
  • Anthony Hopkins as John Clancy
  • Jordan Woods-Robinson as Jeffrey Oldfield
  • Jose Pablo Cantillo as Sawyer
  • Kenny Johnson as David Raymond
  • Luisa Moraes as Victoria Raymond
  • Marley Shelton as Laura Merriweather.
  • Sharon Lawrence as Mrs. Ellis
  • Janine Turner as Elizabeth Clancy
  • Xander Berkeley as Mr. Ellis
  • Matt Gerald as Sloman
  • Joshua Close as Linus Harp
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Agent Joe Merriweather
  • Abbie Cornish as Agent Katherine Cowles
  • Autumn Dial as Emma Clancy

3. Production

The original script was written by Ted Griffin, co-written with Disney executive Sean Bailey fifteen years before it became a film. Jamie Vanderbilt contributed to the script and final changes were made by Peter Morgan. At one point the script was intended to be a sequel to Se7en.

On May 10, 2012, it was announced that Brazilian director Afonso Poyart was attached to direct.

Principal photography began in May 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.


4. Release

The film made its premiere in Turkey on April 24, 2015, before receiving a screening at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2015. The film was originally scheduled to be released on September 2, 2016, by Relativity Media. In October 2016, Lionsgate Premiere acquired U.S rights to the film, and set it for a December 16, 2016, release.


5. Reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 26% based on 50 reviews and an average score of 4.3/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 36% based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews".

Peter Debruge of Variety called it a "corny but clever serial killer thriller" whose cast makes the film work. Bernard Besserglik of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film is not as good as its inspiration, but the chemistry between Hopkins and Farrell makes it worth showing theatrically despite the films reputation for having a troubled production.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote "This could be one of those rare and terrifying serial killer cases where the psychotic culprit apparently intends to bore and embarrass everyone to death with bad acting." Tim Robey of The Telegraph calls the film a misfire and blames director Afonso Poyart and his unusual editing and zooming.