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The story begins in the year 2057, as our Sun begins to die and mankind faces the unthinkable: extinction. Earth's last hope lies with the Icarus II, a spacecraft manned with eight men and women led by Captain Kaneda. Their mission -- to deliver a nuclear device designed to reignite the Sun. Deep into their voyage, far out of radio contact with Earth, the lonely, restless crew hears a distress beacon from the Icarus I, the ship which disappeared without a trace on the same mission seven years earlier.
A novel blend of doomsday thriller and meditative science fiction, Danny Boyle's Sunshine imagines a disturbing future in which mankind must re-ignite the sun or face total extinction. A team of scientists and crew members (played by an eclectic cast that includes Cillian Murphy from Boyle's 28 Days Later, The Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, Rose Byrne of TV's Damages, and martial-arts legend Michelle Yeoh) is dispatched to the dying star, but disaster strikes from almost every conceivable angle; as the crew is whittled down by accidents and psychological breaks, the survivors must discover a way to carry out the mission or seal the fate of the world's population. Alternately exciting and pensive, Sunshine's dichotomous tone may throw viewers expecting a special-effects bonanza (though the film's visuals are frequently stunning), but for those who recall such cerebral '70s efforts as Silent Running and Phase IV, Boyle's unusual take will be refreshing and even fascinating. The DVD includes commentaries by Boyle and Dr. Brian Cox, who served as the film's science advisor; Boyle also lends his voice to a brace of deleted scenes, including an alternate ending (which doesn't improve on the one used in the film). Thorough production diaries cover every aspect of the film's execution, from casting to special effects design, while a pair of unrelated short films by Chris Shepherd and Dan Arnold seems to be included only as a gesture of Boyle's appreciation for these directors. --Paul Gaita
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"Two little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Soldier Boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none".
However, I liked Cillian Murphy and his character was sympathetic. That was the only reason why I finished watching. What I did not like, was the scene where the crew decides whom to kill to save the oxygen. During the whole movie, they were so ready to sacrifice each other or themselves instead of trying to work out a plan and survive together. At leat, that was the impression that I got.
Needless to say, the endings of these kinds of movies are never realistic. They end up reflecting our overpowering desire for immortality and usually venture off the road of reality and into some facet of religion. The masses approve and the movie is over.
I won't tell you how this one ends. Maybe it's unique. Maybe not. See for yourself. But I did enjoy it and I've added it to my collection.
The movie Sunshine is a rather unique space movie. I say that because it's one of few movies that doesn't involve going from planet to planet, or anything of that kind. There's no aliens, no war, nothing. It's about a small crew trying to get to the sun to hopefully save the world. The sun is dying from some disaster and a scientific team is attempting to remedy that. In the end, you get a very small cast of characters and they all fit well. One thing this movie done well is show you that everyone is human, they have pain, fear, and emotion. At the same time, they have fear of their own immortality and therefore act out against the others in a way to preserve themselves. Yet, regardless of what their feelings are, the mission to save the world is far more important. The name Icarus fits the name of the space ship well. Those of you who don't know the story of Icarus, it's about a boy who tried to escape prison after his father made him wings from feathers and wax. His father told him not to fly close to the sun as the wax would melt, but not to go into the sea as the feathers would become wet and heavy. What happened was Icarus loved flight and kept going higher and higher closer to the sun only for the wax to melt, and he fell into the sea, where his feathers became wet and heavy. The story of Icarus fits the overall movie well enough.
I highly recommend picking up the soundtrack to the movie as well.The song Adagio in D Minor is flat out one of the best musical orchestra I heard in a while. It goes well with the overall theme of the movie.
Overall a must see for anyone. My thought is watch this movie picking up all the wrong things. You'll eventually think about it and in the end you'll realize this is one of the best movies you could watch in the past decade.
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