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…
After having seen many terrific dramas from Danny Boyle in the past, I was curious to check his entry into the sci-fi genre and the premise of Sunshine looked very intriguing. Usually when the human race is on the brink of extinction, our salvation depends on reaching other planets that could possibly sustain life or has something to do with an extraterrestrial being. This time around it's about dropping a nuclear bomb inside a dying sun in order to reignite it, but there is no certainty that the mission will have the expected outcome.
The tension escalates pretty quickly and then it becomes a non-stop thrill ride during the second half. The editing can be pretty choppy and frantic at…
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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…
Blood brother to INTERSTELLAR and GRAVITY, in that each utilize the sci-fi genre solely to prey on our fears over very real events, spitting out human bodies in the face of total doom as if all that sci-fi can do is show how small we all are. This is the evolved slasher, making it more clear that the disposals are at the wanton desire of a screenwriter playing God. Like those other two films, SUNSHINE is also really dumb, and tries to trick the viewer that it isn't. The first twenty minutes play well, but quickly things get, plainly, offensive and stupid. When Cillian and the asian captain of the ship go outside to try and fix the fuck-up of…
The opening shot in Sunshine is truly an image to behold. Clocking in at an impressive 2 minutes and some change, the looming presence of the Sun stirs up a conflicting sense of wonder and foreboding. That dichotomy is what really drives the first half of the film - despite the Sun's immense destructive force, one can't help but gaze in awe.
Put simply, it's man versus star. Should we, as mankind, sit passively as the laws of the cosmos decide our doomed fate? Or do we, as arrogant creatures, try to bomb the shit out of something in hopes to survive another millennia?
Surprisingly, the film's big ideas start to dissolve thanks to a comically exaggerated villain that pivots…
I think for the most part, this film can be under appreciated by the general public. I think this film is phenomenal. Danny Boyle is an incredible director that is able to tackle many different genres and I don't hear his name being mentioned as often as they should.
This is my favourite Danny Boyle film. The imagery, the action, the characters, the performances, the BEAUTIFUL score. I listen to it all the time. It all works together incredibly.
The film is a melodic, and slow beautiful sci-fi film, until it's not. It changes into a horror film, but it continues the same style the film had already proven it had. It meshes together, it doesn't clash.
A solid SciFi film that takes an unfortunate turn in the final act. Could've been great, but settles for good.
The frequently criticized "third act" is actually very smart. Boyle manages to avoid making the film a predictable and monotonous dirge ("Man versus the elements!") by introducing a human antagonist as one of the mission's complications. This sort of key change is the kind of dynamism missing in films like Alien or Blade Runner, where establishing a mood or atmosphere takes gross precedence over the less inert cinematic virtues. Sunshine is something like the gorgeous aesthetics of Alien merged with the pulse and energetics of Aliens, but I hold it's better than its influences, however less original in important respects.
I'm a big sci-fan, and I wanted to like Sunshine, I really did. The direction and cinematography are excellent and the use of the color palette is wonderfully done, and it's clear Danny Boyle knows what he's doing in regards to that. However, the plot was dull and forgettable, and the infamous third act completely shifts genres and throws all of the atmosphere the previous two acts had built itself upon away. No amount of analysis or explaining could really change my opinion on it.
And not only that - while the concept is somewhat interesting on paper, the first two acts don't really seem to do much other than walk along previously treaded ground by other science fiction ventures…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I cry when he meets the sun because it feels too much like he's seeing god. Anyway it makes sense that looking at the sun too much also can turn you into the devil.
Beautiful. I can watch it again and again and again.
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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