Solaris is a 2002 film directed by Steven Soderbergh, and stars George Clooney.
It is based on the science fiction novel by Polish writer Stanisław Lem (which inspired the critically-acclaimed 1972 Soviet film Solaris, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky).
Aboard a lonely space station orbiting a mysterious planet, terrified crew members are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including eerie visitors who seem all too human. And when psychologist Chris Kelvin (Clooney) arrives to investigate, he confronts a power beyond imagining that could hold the key to mankind's deepest dreams...or darkest nightmares.
- Solaris is a Polish science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006), published in Warsaw in 1961 and probably his most famous work. The novel uses remote space exploration as a metaphor for whether the human mind will ever understand a truly alien life form. While the narration suggests that humans study the planet, the opposite seems to be the case, where the titular alien planet Solaris examines the secret, often guilty thoughts of men, which in the novel are given physical form and which invade the space station, disturbing the routine. The novel is pervaded by a powerful and moving poetic sense of remoteness and loneliness.