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.
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…
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.
Part Seven of Preparing (As Much As Humanly Possible) For Interstellar
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…
Sci-fi goody. Enormously exiting until the twist is revealed, and then it sadly and smoothly swoops down into the stupid-ass-weird-could-have-been-awesome space trash bin.
Danny Boyle is definitely one of the better uneven filmmakers in recent cinema - flowing from one genre and/or style to the next with delicate ease without really seeming to break away from a visual stamp. His science fiction effort "Sunshine" has definitely been shunned and praised equally by viewers; most detractors feeling it cops out and enters the world of slasher horror during its third act; collapsing an otherwise restrained genre fable. But for those who feel it all fits in, "Sunshine" is a serious treat for the eyes and ears; if not growingly aggressive in being so. It's very intelligent, thought-provoking, and quite meaningful in context with the world.
Seamlessly blends and shifts genres. And for a subgenre that often gets muddled (looking at you, Prometheus), this one was masterfully directed. Credit also has to go to Alex Garland for a strong script which kept it entertaining yet insightful, and philosophical without getting lost up its own black hole.
This is certainly the most allegorical and metaphorical science fiction film to come out since Children of Men, and it's probably the best film released since then. On the surface, it's not that special, as it basically melds various sci-fi sub-genres - space adventure, natural disaster, and psychological horror - but it infuses its familiar story with symbolism, subtext, and a much deeper meaning. Even the sharp turn toward horror in the final act, which is jarring, doesn't stray from the overall message. Every part of the film, from the story to the characters to the visuals, works towards its common theme, and that makes it a very powerful experience.
I don't know if I've got a hold on all…
A Sci-Fi full of big ideas, amazing imagery and real human emotion?
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.....wait
I don't entirely disagree with the common complaint that the climax is unnecessarily muddling; who needs an serial killer bad guy when outer space itself is already so hostile? But the villain's Sun God madness is also an example of the competing threads here of pragmatism and spirituality, and there are numerous other instances of the fallible astronauts being simply unable to rationalize or adapt to the inevitable, beautiful, dreadful power confronting them. Typically for Alex Garland these surface ideas in the screenplay don't really resolve, but this is punctuated by enough sublime moments (like the crew huddled together in awe of Mercury as a nickel-sized dot against its star, or Michelle Yeoh's character finding a tiny sprout in the burned-out greenhouse) to maintain a balance between contemplative and exciting. Also I just think tech-heavy space stuff is intrinsically fun.
Best sci-fi in a very long time.
@myself stop watching space films they fUCK YOU UP!
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
I love movies that go through jarring genre shifts or exponentially crazy plot progression, so I decided to gather some…