Title – Sunshine (2007)
Director – Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Cast – Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Benedict Wong, Troy Garity, Mark Strong
Plot – Set many years in the future where the sun is dying and mankind’s last hope of survival rests in the hands of the crew of space craft Icarus 2 that will deliver a planned explosion into the heart of the sun in hopes of reigniting the dying stars core. The crew however come to realise that the most dangerous part of their mission has nothing at all to do with the harsh unforgiving surrounds of the space but something much closer to them all.
“If you wake up one morning and it’s a particularly beautiful day, you’ll know we made it”
Review by Eddie on 24/01/2017
In one of the rare occasions where both Jordan and I got to head to the cinemas together (now all those many moons ago back in 2007) we ended up on opening day here in Australia at a local Australian cinema establishment to see Danny Boyle’s much hyped Sunshine, little did we know we’d be one of the very few that got to see this Sci-Fi masterclass on the big screen.
That Sunshine (Boyle’s last truly great film) failed so dismally upon cinematic release will always be on of modern films great mysteries. Perhaps too much to handle for popcorn audiences, off putting for those that do not appreciate the moulding of horror and sci-fi and marketed in ways the studio no doubt regretted in afterthought, Sunshine’s failures to connect with audiences despite its fair share of glowing reviews is one of the many cases of underrated movies not getting the recognition they deserve when they first arrive at our disposal.
In the years that have passed since Sunshine’s initial release its hard to say whether or not it’s got the just rewards Boyle’s energetic vision and Alex Garland’s (who has gone on to make fellow brilliant Sci-Fi Ex-Machina) thoughtful script deserved but upon rewatch one thing that is for sure is that Sunshine still holds up fantastically well even if the impact it made on the big screen for those that saw it may never be fully released again in the format of home viewing entertainment.
The somewhat simple yet multilayered story of the space craft Icarus and its crew that includes memorable turns from Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, a pre-Captain America Chris Evans and a slightly sunburnt plus undocumented crew addition in the form of Mark Strong journey to reignite our dying sun is a set up for Boyle and Garland to explore not only incredibly effective set pieces (a white knuckle finale and a mid-space solar panel repair mission are highlights) and visual wonderment (the Sun comes to vivid life here) but intriguing ‘what if” scenarios that give the film a heart and resonate that often is amiss in fellow Sci-Fi companions.
When you add a memorable score from John Murphy and Underworld (that will be familiar to anyone that watches a number of recent trailers), some inventive editing from Chris Gill and a film that never outstays its welcome, Sunshine is the all-round Sci-Fi experience that comes around so infrequently in today’s modern movie climate.
A rip-roaring deep space adventure filled to the brim with smarts, charms and thrills, Sunshine is without question one of the 2000’s very best Sci-Fi’s and at another level all together, one of the genre’s very best examples of a men on a mission type scenario that still holds up incredibly well these many years on from its original and always to be so release that was cause of much disappointment for the lucky ones that got to see this beauty on the format it was meant to be enjoyed on.
5 dust filled spaceships out of 5