Sunshine

Sunshine

DVD - 2007
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It is the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope rests with a courageous crew of eight men and women on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. Deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission begins to unravel and they find themselves fighting not only for their lives, but for the future of us all.

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richmole
Mar 25, 2018

Six years before "Gravity" blew out the box office (earning 7 times it's enormous production costs), garnering 7 Oscars from a roster of 10 nominations (!), Sunshine was released in a limited way in the U.S. and around the world to next-to-no hype/promotion and little acclaim and, not surprisingly, is considered a box-office failure.

I remember my reaction to Gravity when I walked out of the theatre (yeah, biggest of big-screen experiences) after seeing George Clooney and Sandra Bullock pinwheel around in space: "Ehhhh."

I just watched this "unknown" trouble-in-deep-space drama, and after the end credits, my reaction: WHEW!!

Sunshine, not some hyped-up space fantasy populated by "movie stars."--Is the real deal, people. (Yeah, but, well..."Oh, George is in space...gotta see Mr. Cool! Sandra too!! Loved her in "The Blind Side"...) If that's all that matters, well...

Other things matter. You get them all here. Terrific visual effects. Stellar performances by young next-to-unknowns including Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Rose Byre (28 Days Later), Chris Evans.(Capt. America) and Cliff Curtis (Fear of the Walking Dead). They and other young, unknown (therefore believable) members of the space crew are on a save-mankind mission to ratchet up the sun's temperatures to leaf-budding levels on an increasingly frigid earth. The stakes are the highest imaginable. What were the stakes in Gravity? Anybody remember? Oh, yeah, dangers to and on-board a space station within sight of earth. Ho-hum. No comparison.

Thank scriptwriter Alex Garland who gave us Ex Machina--borrow that one immediately--and, this year's Annihilation. That's big-time class. So's the director, here: Danny Boyle. Remember Trainspotting? The early zombie thrillers, 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks later? How about Slumdog Millionaire? He was behind the camera for all of them, too.

So: great script--with the exception of one little bitty problem early on--great direction, great young cast, and more twists and turns than Clooney or Bullock went through at the end of their tethers. See this one.

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ramblinjack
Mar 25, 2018

What! Killed Michelle? WTF! I'm not watching it! She's the only reason I found it; searching Michelle. Goodbye!

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t3star
Nov 08, 2017

I liked a lot of the comments so far. elements of 2001 as well as other space movies. crazy creepy ending, didn't see that coming. there were some holes and maybe i wasn't paying complete attention. overall enjoyable and i liked the cast. graphics were pretty neat as well.

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Janice21383
Apr 24, 2017

Somewhere in Ray Bradbury's writings, a character reflects that an astronaut heading into a sun is part of a long line of travelers who set sail for the dazzling south. And Sunshine is dazzling, brilliant, yet realistic (just don't look too closely at the science). As others have noted, it has a flawed third act -- or does it? I haven't much to add -- IMO, it works, but could use a final rewrite -- but I've posted a video that goes far to explain what the film makers were aiming at. It contains spoilers, so I suggest you watch the movie, enjoy the characters, the acting, the score, and the stunning cinematography, and come back to watch the video if you need help with the story.

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wiredonjava
Mar 13, 2017

Dazzling special effects. I hear the term 'algorithm' in movies far too many times.

AL_SARAHD Sep 25, 2016

Sunshine is probably one of my favorite Sci-Fi films of all time. While I agree with the others here, that the ending was pretty terrible, the rest of the movie definitely carries this one to 4 1/2 stars for me. With brilliant storytelling, incredible effects and strong character development, you will be at the edge of your seat.

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joywolf83
Jan 18, 2016

Scary brilliant. I told my friend since there wasn't any black people, that meant ALL the asians would die! She laughed but then as movie progressed we were both shocked as to who survived. Starts as typical space mission to save the world. However it gradually twists and becomes about deeper issues. Do risks outweigh the benefits? Is it right to sacrifice one for many? If yes how do you decide who should die? How does space effect the mind? Is it right to choose your own death? How do you feel after you've made a mistake? Makes you reflect long after the movie is done.

The evil character at the end is so well done. I loved the effect they gave him to blurr it as if looking at heat wave. Which was so unique, gave you his prospective and was scary!

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Monolith
Aug 31, 2015

I enjoyed the first two thirds, and then came the absurd ending, spiraling reality down the bowl... whooosh... too bad.

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Nursebob
Feb 04, 2015

In the year 2057 the sun is starting to burn out prematurely causing an eternal ice age on earth. A crew of eight astronauts is sent on a mission to explode a huge mega-bomb in the sun’s upper layers in an attempt to “create a star within a star” thereby re-igniting the solar furnace and saving the world. This is mankind’s second attempt to do this, the first crew having mysteriously disappeared before they could complete their mission. What follows is a grand entry in the sci-fi genre with elements reminiscent of 2001, Alien and Event Horizon. Boyle splashes the screen with gorgeous sensual images which convey not only a sense of wonder but also explore the various ways technology and spirituality impact each other. The talented cast is well-balanced and play off each other with a high degree of believability thanks in large part to a strong director and tight script. While there is some definite artistic license regarding the underlying physics (this is science FICTION after all) the accompanying commentary by Dr. Brian Cox offers some interesting theories regarding the film’s premise. Well deserved praise aside, the film is not without a few glaring flaws. The “Bogeyman in the Airlock” subplot was a bit of overkill, and Boyle seemed to fall in love with his own pyrotechnics towards the end resulting in a finale that bordered on the self-indulgent. Despite these faults, Sunshine is still an exhilarating ride worth taking.

BookReviewer2015 Jan 21, 2015

This thrilling sci-fi has it all! An epic soundtrack, a suicide mission to save Earth, metaphysical philosopy, a deranged ship captain, and of course great actors from Cillian Murphy to Rose Byrne to Mark Strong!

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