Solace (2015 film)

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Solace -- movieposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAfonso Poyart
Produced by
Screenplay by
Music byBT[1][2]
CinematographyBrendan Galvin
Edited byLucas Gonzaga
Distributed byLionsgate Premiere
Release date
  • September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09) (TIFF)
  • December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
Box office$22.4 million[5]

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 (Anthony Hopkins), who works with an FBI special agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell).[6] The film's 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.[7]


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, Merriweather's partner, is skeptical about Clancy's 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 Merriweather's death. He arrogantly declares he has seen all the possibilities but Clancy surprises him by doing something he hadn't 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.



"The film has an influence of Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, but tried to flee the genre. I do not think Solace is a serial killer movie, it is only its outer layer. In the background the film is much more than that, talking about life and death, and raises some interesting moral dilemmas.

—Afonso Poyart.[8]

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.[9] At one point the script was intended to be a sequel to Se7en.[10]

On May 10, 2012, it was announced that Brazilian director Afonso Poyart was attached to direct.[11]

Principal photography began in May 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.[6][12]


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.[13] In October 2016, Lionsgate Premiere acquired U.S rights to the film, and set it for a December 16, 2016, release.[14]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 26% based on 50 reviews and an average score of 4.3/10.[15] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 36% based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews".[16]

Peter Debruge of Variety called it a "corny but clever serial killer thriller" whose cast makes the film work.[3] 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 film's reputation for having a troubled production.[17]

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."[18] Tim Robey of The Telegraph calls the film a misfire and blames director Afonso Poyart and his unusual editing and zooming.[19]


  1. ^ "BT to Score 'Solace'". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "LA ENTRANCED, BI-COASTAL GIGS & A WORD WITH BT". Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Debruge, Peter (September 30, 2015). "Film Review: Solace". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Solace (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 15, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Solace (2016)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Filming Locations and Casting Information for 'Solace', starring Anthony Hopkins & Colin Farrell, in Atlanta". May 22, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Upcoming Anthony Hopkins Thriller Solace Was Going To Be A Se7en Sequel At One Point Cinema Blend
  8. ^ "Afonso Poyart, de '2 Coelhos', estreia em Hollywood com 'Solace' (Portuguese interview)". VEJASP. June 5, 2013.
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  10. ^ "Hannibal Lecter will be the hero in Se7en sequel!". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Justin Kroll (May 10, 2012). "New Line in talks with Poyart to helm 'Solace'". Variety.
  12. ^ ""Solace" with Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell filming in Atlanta". May 30, 2013. Archived from the original on June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  13. ^ Lang, Brent (January 8, 2016). "Anthony Hopkins Serial Killer Thriller 'Solace' Gets Release Date (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  14. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (October 6, 2016). "Grindstone Lands Anthony Hopkins-Starrer 'Solace' As Pic Escapes Relativity Orbit". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "Solace (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "Solace Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  17. ^ Besserglik, Bernard (September 9, 2015). "Solace: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  18. ^ Peter Bradshaw (January 8, 2016). "Solace review – Anthony Hopkins hams it up in psycho-killer thriller". The Guardian.
  19. ^ Tim Robey (January 8, 2016). "Solace review: 'has a screw loose'". The Telegraph.

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