Solace is a cross-genre film which meshes the notions of serial murder investigations with psychic ability. There are three main protagonists played by Anthony Hopkins, the reluctant psychic, Abbie Cornish an FBI agent with a background in psychiatry who bears a passing resemblance to the psychic’s dead daughter and Jeffrey Dean Morgan who is the FBI agent Hopkins has previously worked with. The psychic ability is presented as both a blessing and a curse as Hopkins can see everything from the past in a series of montage images and projected futures just by touching the person or an object. Imagine having the ability to read a letter which has been written just because you are holding a pen and that will give you an idea of how special the character is meant to be. The projected futures play out according to whether Hopkins intervenes or not. The imagery of the future is sometimes unhelpful and the montage of Atticus/Cross/Bottle breaking/Antagonist that he receives early on doesn’t really help until right before it happens. It’s a case of knowledge not necessarily being helpful.
About an hour into the film it becomes clear that the antagonist is also psychic and actually better at prediction than Hopkins has been up to this point. Played by Colin Farrell, he can pinpoint the precise time that the police will discover a body and uses this to make it difficult to catch him. His motivation, although questionable is also understandable but not one Hopkins can agree with.
There is, of course, a showdown in a public space. There is death and a final reveal. Solace was apparently conceived to be a follow up to Se7en and watching it, it seemed to me that it was supposed to be a pilot for a TV show using different actors but perhaps not.
The reviews of this film when it came out were not very favourable but I liked it. It’s a Monday evening kind of film rather than a weekend blockbuster but still worth a viewing.