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Solace (2016)



Critic Consensus: Solace boasts a talented cast and a somewhat intriguing premise, but they're outweighed by a plodding story that teeters between tired clichés and ludicrous twists.

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When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe's partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles's (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy's exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission.

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Anthony Hopkins
as John Clancy
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
as Agent Joe Merriweather
Colin Farrell
as Charles Ambrose
Abbie Cornish
as Agent Katherine Cowles
Marley Shelton
as Laura Merriwether
Janine Turner
as Elizabeth Clancy
Xander Berkeley
as Mr. Ellis
Sharon Lawrence
as Mrs. Ellis
Joshua Close
as Linus Harp
Autumn Dial
as Emma Clancy
Angela Kerecz
as Prostitute
Jordan Woods-Robinson
as Jeffrey Oldfield
Niyi Oni
as Fibbie
Luisa Moraes
as Victoria Raymond
Adam Boyer
as SWAT Team Captain
Kresh Novakovic
as Captain Peterson
Frank Brennan
as Minister
Joey Phillips
as Pathologist Assistant
Charles Lawlor
as Pathologist
Timothy Scott
as FBI Agent
David Weiss
as Officer Waxman
David Alessi
as SWAT Officer
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Critic Reviews for Solace

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15)

Solace isn't a Silence of the Lambs sequel in which Hopkins gets to reprise the role of Hannibal Lecter. But he comes pretty damn close in this ludicrous murder mystery, which is stuck somewhere between a bad season of Dexter and a dated crime flick.

January 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The directorial pyrotechnics keep Solace from "dragging" in a narrative sense; the very real boredom it nonetheless elicits is more existential.

December 16, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Staggeringly silly and visually disordered, this unfortunate misfire has been kicking around Europe and elsewhere for a couple of years under different titles, and it's easy to see why.

December 15, 2016 | Full Review…

As leftovers go, "Solace" retains a fair amount of flavor, thanks to high-end ingredients.

December 15, 2016 | Full Review…

This paranormal cops-versus-serial-killer procedural is never not ridiculous, but it's often entertaining as well ...

December 14, 2016 | Full Review…

An overly convoluted tale drowned in creepy but essentially meaningless violent images and dry performances.

December 13, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Solace


Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Solace is an intense psychological thriller. The story follows a retired psychic investigator who is recruited by an old FBI friend to help catch a serial killer that has eluded him and his partner. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, and Collin Farrell, the film has quite an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. However, the directing is a little weak; particularly the future visions, which are overly stylistic. Still, the writing does a pretty good job at constructing the crime investigation and at developing the characters (while still keeping them shrouded in mystery). Solace has some problems, but overall it's an engaging and provocative film about the value of life and free will.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Not half as clever as it thinks it is. Not half as bad as it's purported to be. I'm glad that this never became EI8HT though. It struggled enough to work as a standalone tale, I don't really see it working as a SE7EN sequel.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

A little bit of a homage to Silence Of The Lambs as a psychic begrudgingly agrees to go after a serial killer. There's even a scene where Hopkins deconstructs a FBI agent, reading her the riot act, just like in Silence. The best scene is when Hopkins faces Farrell, two gunslinger slinging.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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