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Sunshine (2007)

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Troy Garity, Cliff Curtis, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh

Director(s): Danny Boyle

Language: English

Genre: Science Fiction


Dazzling visuals and intelligent action make Sunshine a successful stretch into the genre of sci-fi by director Danny Boyle.

Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spac... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on July 20, 2007, 5:57 pm
Okay, this is officially not only my pick for best of the year (thus far), but this ranks up at the top as the best Sci-Fi flick I've seen in decades.
There is little promo going on for this film, and likely it is only showing in select theaters (it was only in a small Dorval-theater-type in downtown TO), but do yourselves a favour and see it on a big screen while you can. Danny Boyle can direct like crazy (Trainspotting, 28 days Later, etc...) and here he shows his sci-fi chops.

I will reveal nothing, this is all you need to know : the sun is dying, and a shuttle with 8 astronauts is heading towards it with a nuclear device strapped on the back, to be hurtled into the sun to re-energize it.
It takes all the best elements of GOOD sci-fi (notably '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Alien' - but without the Alien), and incorporates a smart story, simple but effective FX, a great ensemble cast, and a few twists.
I was taken in from the get-go, clenched teeth and gripping armrests, and along with the other moviegoers, loudly exclaimed 'Oh shit!' several times. Very intense. Very cool.
It is high on the Science and the Fiction, stays within the logic of its own designs, and only a minor quibble or two will not prevent me from giving this the highest marks I can.
Go in cold.

Set the controls for the heart of the sun!
motleymitch wrote on July 20, 2007, 6:02 pm
And on an ironic note, seeing as how they're headed for the sun, it's neat that Chris 'Human Torch' Evans is one of the crew members, and whaddaya know? He can act!
Also along are Boyle regulars Cillian Murphy and Rose Byrne. She's a cutie!

motleymitch wrote on July 20, 2007, 6:32 pm
Hey, you can check out Ebert's review too. It doesn't contain any spoilers.

Papamikey wrote on July 20, 2007, 8:22 pm
Had posted the link for the preview for this movie a while back. I think I commented that it was one of the first times in a LONG time a preview has given me goosebumps like that....

Now with your review, this one's going on my "MUST SEE" list!!

Jefferygn wrote on July 30, 2007, 8:07 am
Well, sorry to do this... I really wanted to like this movie. I had skimmed some very very positive reviews from the british press, and based on the preview I was stoked.

However... very disappointing. I will start with the positives.

1-Unfuckingbelieveably awesome special effects. I have never seen a better looking space movie. Oh my lord. Great, just great.
2-Decent concept for the story.

Now my major issue...

Two dimensional. Boy, could I have cared less about this large ensemble cast, none of whom we ever get to know in any way that would make us care for them. This movie was pure science fiction in the way that Star Wars and Star Trek are not science fiction. Those series are character driven with space and special efx as a background and setting. This movie was about the story, without character. The movie reminded me of the Andromeda Strain, the old 1970's film. In that film, there are basically no characters. Sure, there are people on the screen, but they serve only to solve the problem at hand in the film. While Sunshine is not as extreme in this characteristic, it comes close. I was disappointed.

What I found really amusing was that I went to see this with Lynda. Then the next night, we dropped in on a screening of The Wrath of Khan, taking place outdoors in a park in downtown Ottawa. We didn't stick around for the whole thing, and Lynda is no trekkie, in fact rather dislikes the whole pile o' crap. But she, SHE, said, that ST2 was better than Sunshine! I couldn't help but chuckle...

motleymitch wrote on July 30, 2007, 12:19 pm
I'm not surprised...this is pretty much the review I expected from Jeff. I actually agree with him, but I didn't find the characters THAT underwritten. The fact that they were there to serve the mission didn't bother me, in fact, I preferred it to a 'Luke-Skywalker-saves-the-universe' scenario.
I maintain that this is still my top movie this year thus far. I'd like to hear opinions from others, as Jeff and another friend of mine are the only ones I know who've seen it.....go see it!

Deril wrote on July 30, 2007, 7:12 pm
this was better than Simpsons for you????????
motleymitch wrote on July 31, 2007, 1:35 am
It's apples and oranges Deril.....this was more original and gave me something I hadn't seen before. The production values were great, whereas The Simpsons Movie was generally a 90 minute episode.
Remember we left the theater laughing so much, but we forgot so many specific jokes...? Well, I'll need to see The Simpsons Movie a few more times to take it all in, but I am STILL thinking about Sunshine weeks after having seen it. Two very different 4-star movies, that's all.
Look! I found a pic that melds The Simpsons Movie with Sunshine!!! Coooool!!!

Papamikey wrote on October 28, 2007, 8:41 am
Caught this on the Hotel movie channel in Orlando (they always play "currently in theatres" movies) and chose it OVER The Simpsons Movie which was also there.

I REALLY enjoyed it but fall short of giving it four stars. The first 80% of it was TOP SHELF Sci-Fi, amazing Space shots and a great movie.


Where it lost a star for me was the end...having the other captain as some sort of COMPLETELY undevelopped "boogey-man" stalking the crew completely turned me off and brought the whole "battling with their own minds" premise of the first first part of the movie.

Then when they drive the ship into the heart of the sun (Floyd, man) and actually INTO THE SUN without being vaporized....mmmm, a little hard to swallow...

But overall...AMAZING!

MrTTT wrote on November 7, 2007, 1:19 pm
Mood: bored
lame ass story, waste of my time.
MasterWoodsman wrote on February 20, 2008, 11:46 am
* Spoilers *

Out of all the reviews I agree with Papa Mikey the most. I too was gripped by the story until the end where a chase scene was inserted for no particular reason whatsoever. It left like the producers forced a bad-guy into the end "for the kids".

This movie was a mix between 2001, Solaris and Jason in Space.

I felt it would have been much stronger if they just stuck to the science. But still, I enjoyed this movie very much! I disagree with jeffy about the simplicity of the characters. I felt there was quite a bit going around. I especially liked the guy who developed an unhealthy tanning addiction!
MasterWoodsman wrote on February 20, 2008, 11:47 am
OOps! Forgot the stars!
Deril wrote on February 20, 2008, 1:44 pm
I too never rated...

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