WYSHW: Sunshine

Ah Sunshine, a lovely little Danny Boyle film that I still find myself telling people about.  Alrighty,  here’s the skinny:

“Total light envelops you. It becomes you.”

Forty-five years from now our sun will begin to die, causing a solar winter to devastate the earth.  Our only hope of survival lies in a mission to reignite the sun with a bomb with a mass equivalent equal to Manhattan Island.  As the crew of the aptly-named Icarus II approach their destination, they catch a distress signal from the Icarus I, which was thought to be lost.  When Capa (Cillian Murphy), the crew’s physicist, votes to check the Icarus I for survivors, this motion sparks a surge of events that will forever change the lives of the crew.

Let’s see, we have 1,2,3, oh 8? Yeah, good luck with the whole surviving thing.

At first glance, this film almost comes off as being fairly generic – especially because the trailer almost looks like this was going to be some kind of alien flick.  Almost.  I think probably the most generic thing about this movie is that you know that there are going to be a lot of crew members dying off.  And really all things considered, that’s not that bad.  What I love about this movie is that there’s so much more than meets the eye.

Trivia: These reflective suits were specifically designed to make the actors feel claustrophobic in order to heighten the performance.

Sunshine is another one of those special sci-fis which not only has an interesting and enticing story, but also provides enough substance to all decent psychological and philosophical discussion about well, Life, the Universe and Everything.  Even the mentioned deaths were either beautiful or ironic – in some cases, both. Not to mention, the cinematography is gorgeous while still providing enough mystery for terror to kick in when it needs to.

Like many greats (okay, one in particular) Sunshine is another to attempt to grasp the concept of the infinite.  If I were to rank this movie somewhere in an imaginary list of philosophical-commentary-ridden sci-fis, it would be a place above Moon and a place below 2001: A Space Odyssey.  More action and substance you need to dig a little for.  Sunshine is sincerely another remarkable work from Danny Boyle, and it’s just another thing you have to see to believe.

Next time, more Cillian Murphy in the cosmos.

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Posted on August 24, 2012, in Feature, What You Should Have Watched and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. No way could you rank this higher than “Moon.” I don’t even rank it as high as “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Never have we seen a bigger collection of incompetent, undisciplined, childish, squabbling morons aboard a spaceship than we do in “Sunshine.” (And I’m including the dumb teens from “Jason X” in the tally here.) Don’t let the pretty imagery, the great soundtrack, and the (idiotically contrived) tragedy fool you: this is a mess for the ages. Alex Garland should be ashamed of that script, Danny Boyle ought to take his anti-spaz meds on a regular schedule, and the cast ought still to be hiding under rocks after an embarrassment like this. Yuck.

  2. I’m sorry that you feel this way. Granted I do agree I thought Capa’s reasoning for the rendez-vous was foolish, such is the way of space folly. I also don’t feel that this film presented a tragedy, nor did I find it tragic. Unless you found fault in the concept of the story itself as well as the possibility of Pinbacker surviving…that’s why it’s science-fiction.

    I honestly rank this movie so highly because it I think it’s an interesting take on human capability. Is it realistic? Not at all. That doesn’t make it any less entertaining.

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