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…
An okay movie, but a fantastic adaptation of the song "You Are My Sunshine."
Προσπαθώ να ζυγίσω τα πράγματα που λειτούργησαν κι αυτά που δεν λειτούργησαν καθόλου. Μ' έχει τυφλώσει ο ήλιος και δεν βλέπω που γέρνει η ζυγαριά.
This fairly well done science fiction film set in the year 2057 is about Earth's second attempt to send a crew to the dying sun to deliver an important payload in hopes of reigniting it. As the crew gets closer to their destination, almost everything that can go wrong does.
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Sunshine got off to a strong start as a tense sci-fi thriller but by the end I felt that the film just sort of fizzled out (pun intended).
The visuals of this 2007 film are very well done and better than some effects being done now in 2015. Unlike other films that take place in the darkness of space, the brutally blinding light of the sun in Sunshine was visually unique.
Overall the story feels like a very familiar tale of an Earth in trouble which requires a group of astronauts and scientists to perform some miraculous feat in outer space to save the world.
What helped to set Sunshine apart however, was the intensity and the tension that builds…
"So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day... You'll know we made it." - Robert Capa
Yet another reason not to go into outer-space. Danny Boyle accomplished something great with Sunshine, however it does have it's weak spots, not a perfect film but a damn good one. Chris Evans did have a career outside of Rom-Com's before donning the Star Spangled Cowl, and I will continue to champion his work. He's a fine actor that gives calm, subtle, and intense performances; which is a strength in my opinion. Sunshine is full of calm performances, even when the shit hits the fan the characters are strangely calm. There is one element that took me out of the film almost instantly, it's a bit of a shock and tips the scales on the "believable" factor. It's a sudden shift in tone that I don't agree with, but thankfully doesn't derail the film.
Boyle works best in Sunshine when he wears his influences proudly. Provided that those influences are Scott, Kubrick, and Tarkovsky, and not John Carpenter and Wes Craven.
This would have been a near perfect movie if it weren't for the monster aspect of it, it felt like it didn't need to be there. Other than that it's definitely one of my favorite science fiction movies of all time, the score, cinematography, and performances are all fucking fantastic.
There's this moment in the film where they board Icarus I and then there's a quick cut to a face that doesn't even run for a second, just a couple frames really. When this happened I thought that my suspicion of having a virus finally came true, so I ran CleanMyMac and waited for my mac to get all cleaned before continuing the movie. Then I resumed the movie and found out it was just part of the film. Boy did they get me.
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
As of 19th April 2015.