All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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…
i refused to watch this movie for a really time because there is literally no way a sci-fi movie called SUNSHINE could be good but i was wrong ok I Was Wrong literally any name would have been better than SUNSHINE but I was WRONG
edit: nvm it could have been called Sun Team or Sun Brothers
edit: the world is a beautiful place and i am no longer afraid to Bomb The Sun
edit: this had a really nice score
edit: the Suncial network
I loved it!
This movie has a little of everything, and the music is great!
Great effects, score, performances-- the visuals in particular are especially impressive considering they're nearly a decade old. Chris Evans's Captain American audition reel must have included several of his scenes here: he'd been either the smartass or the bland leading man for most of his pre-Cap career, whereas here he's genuinely compelling without falling back upon quips.
The much-debated climax did leave me lukewarm (boom), even if I understand the man vs. god thing for which Garland/Boyle were clearly going. Still, the Adagio in D Minor is tremendously stirring.
After having rewatched, this is still a great film. The visual effects and sound design are awesome, and the acting from especially Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans too.
Alex Garland's script is great until the third act, when a horror element is introduced without ever being explained and the effects used to back this up is horrible, and stands out from the rest of the film, which biggeste quality is the fact that it really is SCIENCE fiction. In the end, this horror element is pure fantasy, and have absolutely nothing to do in this, otherwise, amazing film, which would have got 4½ or even 5 stars, had this part been solved better. It's a shame to end off with a negative vibe, after having enjoyed a great film for most of the time.
Ahhh, Sunshine. This is another one that I have trouble recommending, but I have to at the end of the day. The first two thirds of this film are breathtaking, with Danny Boyle putting all of his considerable tools to good use, giving us one brutal set piece after another while also showing us some truly awe-inspiring visuals and production design. Relationships are tested, bodies start piling up, and then....Everything falls apart. I’m talking about the movie now.
I won’t spoil anything on the off chance that there’s some folks who still haven’t seen it. Suffice to say, the movie suffers from a 3rd act that looks like it was tacked on by a bored studio exec. Or maybe writer…
“It falls apart in the final act,” everyone says. I tend to agree, but not entirely. The final act has its merits as a self-contained story. The distorted frame creates a menacing figure, and this new presence leads to an ending that I wouldn’t want any other way. The final moments are gorgeous, and while it may have taken some shortcuts and strange detours to get there, the end result is worth it.
The tonal shift is what gets most people. For nearly the entire movie the Sun - the giver of all of life’s nourishment - acts as the prime antagonist. The dying star is slowly killing the entire human race back on Earth, and the ship’s close proximity…
"we are dust, nothing more-and to this dust we will return"
Here's the gist. I really, really wanted to give this movie five stars, but I happen to have a pet peeve for dramatic monologues. I do feel like any character getting all grandiose in a film that has already made its statement non-verbally just takes away from the quality ;~; I love a space horror but Sunshine was something even more than that, it was just...space, and the end of man, which is deliciously horrifying in itself. Then the twist happened. I'd be so into that if it didn't just saunter in and in my opinion, completely ruin such a well-cultivated atmosphere of dread and awe. But I still…
chris evans knocked it out of the park in this wtf why is he wasted on us with all that captain america nonsense
(also i was super into the third act fight me)
a top 50 of my favorite movies. extremely cut down compared to my last list. i'm pretty damn proud of…
These are my favorite films of all time. Some of the rankings may be estimated, ratings are subject to frequent…