Sunshine is a Science Fiction film by British director Danny Boyle.  Boyle directed such films as Train spotting  and 28 Days Later.  This movie is an independent film that is harder to find than most.  I had to wait two weeks for it to open in a theater near me.  If you can find it, you must see this movie in a theater.

As with all of Boyle’s films, it is different from anything else I have seen.  This movie is about a group of astronauts on a mission to reignite the sun because it is dying.  Without the sun to keep the earth warm, the earth is trapped in an ice age that will cause everything to die very soon if this mission fails.  The astronauts are the second team to be sent and they are the final chance earth has.  The group gets a distress signal from the first ship, and pursue it to have a second bomb in case the first fails.  As with most “mission” style movies things begin to go wrong as the team faces one obstacle after another to accomplish their goal.

Even as much as I have said about this movie, it is impossible to explain it completely without seeing it.  It will delight you, scare you, and intrigue you all simultaneously.  Admitingly, I am a biased fan of Danny Boyle films.  However, any fan of any Science Fiction film will enjoy this movie.  Movies like  Armageddon and The Core, are only similar in the “mission gone hay-wire” idea behind the main plot.  What these other movies lack is the sheer ability to make you feel as one of the characters.   It was smart, gritty, and eerie.

This movie is a great story.  See this movie as soon as you can.

4 thoughts on “Sunshine”

  1. This was the stupidest movie, besides I Know Who Killed Me that I have seen this year. I can’t believe you liked it. The plot went everywhere and the ending was totally stupid and predictable. Booo Booooo

  2. There is no doubt that this movie will not be for everyone, obviously it is not for you. However, I am a fan of “one disaster after another” type films. Secondly I thought that the fact that it went in so many directions is what made it great.

    Movies like “The Core” have no purpose other than to show bad things happening. This movie really got into my head. Maybe that’s why I liked it. But if you don’t that’s fine. Like all of Boyle’s films, the thought process behind it is very deep. I am entertained by the images I am seeing while thinking about larger issues. This is a “thinking man’s” movie. Maybe you just like something more fast paced. That’s why I liked it.

  3. I loved this film, and Boyle has quickly become one of my favorite directors. I was never a fan of Trainspotting like so many other people, but I’ve LOVED everything he’s done since. I wish he could’ve done 28 Weeks Later.

    Anyway, Sunshine surprised me in so many different ways. I wasn’t expecting a Solaris-type, cerebral film like this. I guess that’s because the trailer was so fast paced. I didn’t think that the cast, particularly Chris Evans, would be suited for a film like this. But he played my favorite character in the entire movie and one of my favorites of the year. He was the only one focused solely on the mission at hand. A straight soldier, while everyone else are specialists geared towards their own fields of expertise.

    What really struck me was the way Boyle managed to capture just how long these people have been together on this ship without going into loads of needless exposition and character setup. The tensions among them are obvious immediately, and that is both a credit to Boyle and the cast.

    I do think that Sunshine loses it’s a way a bit in the final thirty minutes or so. Not bad like Event Horizon bad, but enough that some people might use that as an excuse to bash the entire movie.

  4. I saw the screener for this film in IMAX.
    Boyle’s vision of the future is a much more sane one than that of Wells, or Clark.

    I am not one for ridiculous sci-fi plot twists, so I was inclined to smirk at the religious expose’ and ‘slim to nothing’ chance happenings.

    The scenery was quite beautiful, an the shots using the SOHO were magnificent in a way that only a long time dreamer could imagine. The ideas for the ship were quite tasty for my love of space travel. Lots of questions about inter spacial travel were answered, such as oxygen, food, and water. The “Earth Room” was brilliantly worked into the plot.

    As far as casting is concerned, I believe everyone had good chemistry. Of course it had to be a rag tag crew of differing persona’s and nationalities, but thats always the formula in such a case as this. Why differ?

    I give it a B.

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