SunshineDirector: Danny Boyle
As the sun begins to dim along with humankind's hope for the future, it's up to a desperate crew of eight astronauts to reach the dying star and reignite the fire that will bring life back to planet Earth in this tense psychological sci-fi thriller that re-teams 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle with/a>/i>/a>… See more details below
As the sun begins to dim along with humankind's hope for the future, it's up to a desperate crew of eight astronauts to reach the dying star and reignite the fire that will bring life back to planet Earth in this tense psychological sci-fi thriller that re-teams 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle with writer Alex Garland and producer Andrew Macdonald. The skies are darkening, and the outlook for planet Earth is grim. Though the encroaching darkness at first seems unstoppable, scientists have concocted one desperate last-ditch plan to buy the human race a temporary reprieve from the grim future that looms just past the horizon. A crew of eight men and women has been given a nuclear device designed to literally reignite the sun and sent hurtling through infinity on the most crucial space mission ever attempted. Suddenly, as the crew loses radio contact with mission control, everything begins to fall apart. Now, in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, the men and women who may hold the key to ultimate survival find themselves not only struggling for their lives, but their sanity as well. Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Michelle Yeoh star in a film that asks audiences just what would become of humankind if the sky suddenly went black.
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- Fox Searchlight
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Paloma Baeza||Capa's Sister|
|Richard Conway||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Tim Fraser||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Garry Freeman||Art Director|
|Glenn Freemantle||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John Hayward||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Suttirat Anne Larlarb||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Stephen Morahan||Art Director|
|John Murphy||Score Composer|
|Tom Sayers||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Dennis Schnegg||Art Director|
|Richard Styles||Asst. Director|
|Mark Tildesley||Production Designer|
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Apart from an actual review and/or recommendation, I think it's important to note what lengths the actors went through in order to play their respective roles. If memory serves me correct, the cast spent a good 15 months living together as a form of method acting. The idea behind it was for the cast to get in the right mindframe and really feel as if they had been together for the full seven years it took to get to the Sun. Quite a fascinating backstory and entirely worth looking in to if you enjoyed the film.
Without a doubt one of the best Sci-fi that I've seen in awhile. Not over the top with the special effects (which EVERYONE wants to do now). I especially loved the soundtrack, but can't seem to find it. You gotta see this movie!
This movie left me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The special effects were amazing for a movie that did not make it to theatres. The acting was great. The shots were creative and left you wanting more!
This is one movie that will keep you at the edge of your seats - I know it did me. After watching it for the first time in the movie theater, it left me with a great impression where I pondered upon the concept of the sun dying and how humanity would cope. Eight lives sacrificed for the conservation of humanity. My opinion is that the movie was well written and well produced. Danny Boyle did a fantastic job in directing and in not attempting into overblowing the main subject, and not adding additional subplots to confuse the issue. He maintained as much realism into the movie. Granted that it would take thousands, or even millions, of nuclear bombs to denotate a dying star, the main purpose of this movie is to showcase the human drama at its best.
In the nearby future - 2057 to be precisely - the sun is dying. The only hope for mankind to survive is to ignite a gigantic atom-bomb in the core of the sun in order to rekindle her energy. The Icarus II is on her way to the sun to deliver her payload. A few of the key-role players are Dr. Searle, a psychologist played by Cliff Curtis, Dr. Capa, a brilliant thirty year old physicist played by Cillian Murphy and the excellent Benedict Wong in the role of Dr. Trey the brilliant mathematician but responsible for huge problems with the Icarus II. John Murphy and Underworld are responsible for the excellent and quiet electric guitar music. The first thirty minutes are slow paced and maybe a little tedious, with an emphasis on brilliant special effects (one of the strongest points of this movie.) But after that the tension and drama are gradually build up to the dramatic end sequence. It's one of the best SF-movies I ever saw. It can compete with "Space-Odyssey 2001", "Solaris", and "Alien". For those who want more background information about the meaning of several scenes in the film, and are interested in astronomy and astrophysics, I would strongly suggest to play the movie a second time with the audio-commentary by the English physicist Dr. Brian Cox of the University of Manchester.
I have watched this several times and love it. Cillian Murphy's performance if unforgettable as Capa. You won't be disappointed.
Unlike most of my fellow reviewers, I can't recommend this film. The cast certainly did well, although they were a little to "pretty" to be taken seriously. Sure I can stare dreamily at Chris Evans, even with his shirt on, as long as the next guy, but is he up to jump starting the Sun? There were three main problems with the execution; firstly, the CGI was excellent, although this was ruined by a great deal of fuzzy camera work due to the excessive eye squinting sunshine. Secondly a predictable, though also blurry villain, with a predictable ending. Thirdly, this movie falls apart a little over halfway through, which is unfortunate, because the first half shows promise. Sunshine was a good idea, that just didn't see the light.