Oh, hello movie friends! I didn't see you there - I was cleaning my rocket ship. But I could use…
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…
Well, today is my 3 year anniversary of being a member of this awesome site. As a little celebration I decided to re-watch a film I've been meaning to re-watch for a few months now.
I didn't dislike Sunshine or anything after my first watch. I though it was fine, but nothing special. The wonders a re-watch can do because Sunshine truly is a wonder. From the outstanding visuals to the incredible score there are so many things to love about this movie. In my opinion its easily one of the most underrated Science Fiction films in the last 10 years.
The entire cast is really great. However, the standout for me was Chris Evans. This is definitely my favorite…
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…
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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…
The more I watch these kinds of movies, the less I want to go to space. That place is just too scary.
There's two great movies in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine". One is a science fiction thriller, and the other is a nihilistic horror. They are both equally exciting and have you on the edge of your seat a lot of the time. The pity is that they feel like different storylines.
You can't fault Boyle's ambition and directorial skill. He has made a thoroughly entertaining film with marvellous visual effects, and his use of the shaky camera combined with the deafening sound effects create a visceral impact. I was in awe for the entire film, whether I liked where the…
Nice nice nice.
Beautiful visuals, fierce intensity, and quite a shifting of gears. Excellent Sci-Fi group dynamic.
Probably going to watch this every few months for the rest of my life
pretty fckin morbid
Vergüenza ajena. Abandonada a los... 10, 20 minutos.
I recently re-watched this film after purchasing the Bluray, and... I dunno, I seem to have lost what I used to REALLY like about this film. It's strengths (great cast, awesome visuals, hard sci-fi tone) became undermined by its' weaknesses (bizarre change in tone in the third act and its' occasional inane portrayal of the sun's relationship to the crew). It just seems a lot more pop-psychological than I remembered.
MY THREE WORDS
Ambitious, inelegant, tonal.
One of my absolute favorite science fiction films, audacious and experimental with a pure beating heart of humanity spinning at it's center. Haunting and genuinely moving, it truly touches me on some deep primordial level that's hard to even describe.
A pitch-perfect cast practically defines the term "ensemble", everybody contributing great work with no clear lead character (Cillian Murphy's twitchy-yet-assured physicist Capa would ostensibly fit this role, but he gets surprisingly little screentime until the operatic finale)...a finale that I truly believe is unfairly maligned and misunderstood. It's a natural progression of the themes that the story had been grappling with for the entire film, and it's sudden abruptness is entirely the point.
Because while the special effects are incredible…
This is amazing.
Some of the best editing I've seen in a while, great ensemble cast, terrific use of music, very careful use of cinematography.
It's one of those movies that gong into it blind is definitely the way to go. It's not a movie that holds your hand. It isn't afraid to go places you don't expect.
Just see it dammit.
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…