50 years from now the sun is dying and life on earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. Mankind puts together all its resources and sends a spaceship carrying a huge bomb designed to re-ignite the dying sun.
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My reaction to movies such as Danny Boyle and Alex Garland’s ‘Sunshine’ reveals so much about me, I think: I liked it a lot. It was a sad, uncompromising movie about life and sacrifice. And it’s a science fiction film.
What sound does the sun make when its light hits any surface? It’s an explosion of brightness and one expects deafening sound, but there isn’t any. There’s just immense heat and silence, but the sight is more than enough to make you go blind: it’s a blinding kind of sound; a deafening kind of sight.
What I like best about is how unhysterical it is. All the acting is understated, the dialogue plain and straightforward, and the plot unremarkable but serious. It’s about eight scientists heading towards the dying sun to send a nuclear payload the size of Manhattan and create a chain reaction that would jumpstart the said star. It’s a simple story well told and well showed. I demand nothing from it.
Right now I am thinking of my father whose favorite color was yellow and whose favorite flower was the sunflower. He would’ve liked the movie and its simplicity, the starkness of it and how the characters were able to see themselves in relation to the rest of the world, to humanity. Life means nothing if it meant millions of others losing others when you could do something about it. It was pretty zen-ny.
Dr Searle (Cliff Curtis): WÃ¢â‚¬â„¢eÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a collection of astronauts and scientists, so we are going to make the most informed decision available to us.
Mace (Chris Evans): Made by you, by any chance?
Capt. Kineda (Hiroyuki Sanada): Made by the person best qualified to understand the complexities of payload delivery: our physicist.
Robert Capa(Cillian Murphy): Shit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Three out of seven, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of short straws.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Capa: Icarus, who is the fifth crewmember?
Capa: Where is the fifth crewmember?
Icarus: In the observation room.
A ship heads for a dieing sun, with 8 people and a bomb big enough to revitalize it. But when crew error forces major sun-damage to the ship, the mission and the safe return of the crew is placed in major jeopardy. Ultra-stylized and often violent, this, ambitious, tense film is another feather in the cap for versatile director Danny Boyle. It is at its best in it first 90 minutes, when it concentrates on exploring the dynamics of the crew relationships (and where the action is a vehicle to expand on those relationships). When it changes course and enter horror film territory, it goes a bit downhill, although not enough to negate the good work done before. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not only the sudden change in tone, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the stupdity of crewman Capa: when he finds out from the computer that there is a fifth mystery person on board, does he inform any of the other members of the crew so they can seal off the area and proceed cautiously? No, he goes there all by himself to check it out!
The most memorable moment is watching crewman Harvey freezing to death.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦operates on the level of pure entertainment even as it asks the big questions about the meaning of existence and challenges every assumption, including what constitutes a happy ending.Ã¢â‚¬Â
- Andrea Chase (Killer Movie Reviews)
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It retains a power it rightfully earned, not faltering enough to fully squander it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
- Jeffrey Chen (ReelTalk Movie Reviews)