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…
"Just remember it takes eight minutes for light to travel from sun to Earth, which means you'll know we succeeded about eight minutes after we deliver the payload. All you have to is look out for a little extra brightness in the sky. So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it." - Capa
This is surely one of the most under-rated films of recent years. In the year where such masterpieces like There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men took all the credit, we must not forget Danny Boyle's first and only foray to date into sci-fi territory. And in typical Boyle style, he manages to make…
Possibly one of the defining science fiction films of the 21st century. Danny Boyle delivers a realistic feeling film, with great set designs, a succinct premise and a perfect cast.
For some reason I had misplaced my love for this film. How? you may ask. Simply put, I'm an idiot.
My heart has now been stolen once again.
Hearing that a certain film is 'one of the best *insert genre* films of the 21st Century/all time' before you actually watch it can often have very negative effects on your viewing experience. Rather than watching and enjoying the film for what it is, you tend to spend a lot of the duration thinking 'Is this good? Am I enjoying this? Is this changing my life?' and other such silly questions. I definitely found with Children of Men (another film that shares the 'defining sci-fi film of the 21st century' moniker that this does) that I didn't enjoy it as much as I felt that I should have done, because of the unanimous praise it has been given.
Great film. Falls apart in the 3rd act.
Catching up on 3 months of Letterboxd inactivity is a daunting prospect - I think I've forgotten a few of the films I've watched since August, and I'm not exactly sure when I watched the ones I do remember. IT'S MY OWN FAULT THOUGH.
I think I've already reviewed Sunshine in the past, so I'll keep this one brief. Sunshine is, in typical Danny Boyle fashion, fantastic. The cinematography is excellent at accentuating the sci-fi genre, as well as adding beautiful and poignant moments for reflection. Cillian Murphy is a great protagonist, and the supporting cast is strong too. The soundtrack is stellar (accidental puns are my favourite) and is integral in creating some of the most dramatic and intense…
This is my favorite film. I say that now because I can't in good faith type the review I want to write because it would the most biased thing you would ever have read.
It's MY film. In every way I love it. The way the shots are framed, the soundtrack.. oh look at that I've started to review it. Like I said, I'm biased.
I love it. And other year I watch it and am glad to remind myself why I love it so.
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Danny Boyle’s oeuvre. He is an extremely gifted and interesting director. All of his films have something to take out of them, including Sunshine and the Beach which are widely stated to be the lesser of his works. Well if Sunshine was the worst of my films I would be extremely proud of my work because it is far from being a poor film. It does have its pitfalls; the camera work is in my eyes very experimental and I feel that it doesn’t quite work. There are too many quick cuts and far too much fiddling around with camera angles. I realise that Danny Boyle was…
I have a hard time hating this movie. I feel invested in the little world that's created inside the spaceships, I am engaged with with the majority of the cast. The notion that psychopaths have been sent into space because they realize that saving the whole of humanity outshines their worth as individuals comes up a lot, and I appreciate the dynamic of the crew.
As much as the device that dwindles the cast before they reach their destination feels forced, it doesn't fail to feel necessary to me. So much MORE time would have been spent bickering if they hadn't died.
Pretty amazing. A prequel about Icarus I would be cool.
I know it’s a contrarian view to take but, for me, the final act of Sunshine is the best part of a mediocre and disappointing film. After taking us through ever possible sci-fi trope he can think of, Boyle (director of Shallow Grave (which is still his greatest film) & Trainspotting throws a spanner in the works about an hour in and suddenly the film takes such a leftfield turn that it’s impossible not to enjoy.
Set in the future, Sunshine follows a team of astronauts on their mission to “restart” the sun.…
Kaneda sequence still owns. The third act mostly does not. Alas, quality.
The impressive iconography of the Sydney Opera House in the final shot of the film is powerful for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it establishes the location as Australia. Secondly, it contrasts with the snow to give the film a real sense of place.
Fuck You Danny Boyle.