I recently watched the movie Solace again. Its about a psychic detective called John Clancy who is enlisted by his friend Joe to help solve a number of strange murders. All the murder victims are found to have had some terminal condition that meant they would have died soon. The strange thing is that some of the victims weren’t aware of their terminal condition. As the investigations progress, Clancy – played by Anthony Hopkins – deduces that the killer is psychic as well. Clancy’s powers are activated by touch, while the killer’s power’s seem to have no such limits. He seemingly can see anything and anyone, anywhere and at any time (present, past or future).
When Clancy finally meets the killer, Charles Ambrose – played by Collin Farrel – he tries to figure out why it is that Amrose is killing these people. Ambrose explains that he is saving them from the pain that they will inevitably face. My theory is that Ambrose did all this so that he could meet Clancy. Given the extent of his powers, its possible that he spent most or all of his life trying to find someone like him. This may also explain why his powers were developed to a vast extent. I believe that he sensed Clancy’s psychic abilities long before he started killing.
At the end of the movie, it is revealed that Clancy’s daughter who died of cancer didn’t actually die because of the disease but because Clancy euthanized her. At this time, I think Ambrose believed he finally found someone with powers like his who also had similar beliefs. After Clancy’s daughter dies, he leaves active duty and the present case is what makes him return.
The nature of the deaths is not a coincidence. Ambrose killed as Clancy had in order to coax him out of hiatus. It was all about Clancy. Ambrose wanted to meet the one who was like him. By discovering Clancy, it means that he was no longer unique, but he also wasn’t alone anymore.