1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…
If the sun dies, so do we.
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.
Hadn't rewatched this since its initial release in 2007. This movie is amazing. Stunning visuals, great score, awesome cast/performances (Chris Evans rules in this) and a perfect blend of interesting sci-fi concepts with traditional thriller/horror beats (mainly in the third act) which are elevated by Boyle's kinetic visuals, editing, and sound design.
This film had me so enthralled. I actually felt the sun getting closer and closer and the intensity ratcheting up to unbearable levels. Such atmosphere and emotion. This is one of the few movies that truly cast a spell over me. If I have one gripe it was the horror elements that were introduced felt like they should have existed in an alternate envisioning of the film. But after some thought they did make sense and weaved their way into the story nicely. Not to mention packing quite a punch by themselves. All in all it is a very minor gripe. I hope this movie can be better appreciated as time goes on and seen for the top tier sci-fi gem that it is. wondrous.
Sunshine is for most of its running time a decent science fiction film that distinguishes itself by creating some amazing visuals. The much talked about final act, which is indeed completely out of tune with the rest of the film, isn't what brings this film down in the end. It is the forced intellectualism that is inserted into the plot that is both unnecessary and poorly done.
Boyle's film looks stunning. I loved the design of the ship and the shots of outer space. I also liked how he handled most of the action and the use of subliminal images to enhance tension was an inspired choice. Boyle has the ability to bring a certain frenetic quality to action sequences…
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A visually intimate, flawed, thoughtful, brilliant, and occasionally astonishing work; Sunshine is both one of my favorite science-fiction films and my favorite work from Danny Boyle. Combining impressive imagery, a spellbinding screenplay, a magnificent score, and a fascinating spiritual core; the film almost sticks the landing, with the film's main flaw being a chaotic and messy final act.
Telling the story of a crew and their mission to save humanity, Sunshine is a work of hushed moral questions and frightening debate. The themes of science and spirituality culminate in a film that is laden with secondary questions and alternate motives. Although the final 15 minutes or so are messy…
Suddenly there seems to be a plethora of Sunshine reviews popping up, and with the coincidence of a bright and shiny Blu arriving in the mail, it seemed to me like a message from the heavens that this should be re-watched.
I have a vague memory of Sunshine from watching it years ago, but not much more than it was a mission to the sun to save humanity. I note that I didn’t rate it, meaning I probably considered it a three-ish star, and I seemed to remember enjoying it.
Right from the top you can tell that Boyle is trying for both an actioner and a hard sci-fi; a lofty goal that few have pulled off successfully; Blade runner…
For a film as good looking, well-assembled, and meaningful as "Sunshine," Danny Boyle's science fiction outing is strangely unaffecting. The film has the parts needed to be something grand, and it comes off, overall, as engaging, grown-up minded sci-fi; but "Sunshine" feels just steps away from being something more.
Taking place in a future where the sun is dying, "Sunshine" revolves around the Icarus 2, a vessel sent to jump start the Earth's source of life. On its way to fulfilling its mission, the crew of the Icarus 2 runs into to conflicts with the nature of the mission and each other. It is a standard science fiction plot told with thoughtfulness and restraint until the narrative, and peace aboard…
E que máis? Moi chulo o salón de bronceado, con vistas ao centro do sistema solar. Pero o rigor científico, non chega nin a anécdota. Nin é crible que se poida achegar media ducia de paisanos, sen churrascarse, por moi bo illante que se teña, nin que se soporten as inmensas forzas exercidas polos planetas atopados no camiño e sobretodo o Sol. Por non dicir, a falta de ingravidade no interior da nsve, todo o tempo. Outra cousa para colmo é saltar polo espacio sentraxe e sen que os pulmóns, veas ou calquer outro achaque rebente.
Terrific sci-fi thriller. Enough action and psychological suspense (and a bit of terror at the end) for entertainment's sake, but also that type of quiet, procedural science fiction that I enjoy. A great surprise.
Obwohl ich mir zu 95% sicher bin, Sunshine vorher schonmal gesehen zu haben, konnte ich mich nur noch an das Ende und die letzten paar Szenen erinnern.
Visuell beeindruckender, gut gemachter SciFi Streifen, der mich an vielen Stellen sehr an Event Horizont erinnert hat.
That third act, amirite?
Sunshine starts off very promisingly and breaks down by the end, at least for me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I struggled with the rating for this one. I initially wanted to give it 3.5 stars, but the good parts of Sunshine are so good that it pushes the rating up. I'm left in the odd position of recommending a film (and really, Sunshine is great) whilst spending a lot of time dissecting just what is wrong with it. And there is only one thing wrong with it; the trouble is that it prevents the film from solidly reaching the greatness it occasionally touches.
It's a Danny Boyle film (yes, I'm working my way through a boxed set...), so we know this is going to be a trip to hell. And the crew of the Icarus II is truly on…
Clearly it's a very misunderstood and overlooked masterpiece. It is more than a technically well crafted sci-fi movie, which it is, but moreover it's a very human movie with very clear intentions and a definite perception. It raises questions on fundamentalism, morality, basic human nature, existential fears, idealism with the backdrop of knowledge and science. There were places I felt it's flat, but with all its imperfections which all gets so irrelevant in the end because of the majestic experience it provides.
I liked this a lot more than pretty much everything else I have seen from Danny Boyle, but that is perhaps because I have an obsession with the sun. There's also a degree of artistry that Boyle pulls off regarding the design of the spaceship (the plant room for oxygen is amazing & ingenious) and the space of Space. The ending is pretty stupid, and normally I wouldn't care, but I wasn't entirely sold on the rest of it. Dude who kills himself via the sun is the best part though. Ended up making me wish I was watching Event Horizon.
How do you rate a film that's three-quarters four star sci-fi movie and one-quarter one star slasher movie? Add the two... divide by pi... subtract half a star for Slumdog Millionaire... times nine... carry the star... Shit.
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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