Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans,
Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong,
RunTime: 1 hr 38 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Day: 5 April 2007
Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind
is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of
eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe
new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of
radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel.
There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon
from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon
the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.
Some called this movie “The Core” part 2 and it’s
not hard to see the reason for that. A group on a long and
potentially suicidal mission to jump starts a planetary size
object in order to save earth. What so special about Sunshine?
the front line, Sunshine is directed by Danny Boyle. The same
guy who gave us the classic Trainspotting and he has been
trailblazing his way thru Sunshine. Together with writer Alex
Garland, they gave us the apocalyptic 28 days later …
which made B grade zombie films fun and enjoyable to watch
again .Now together they present a gauntlet for a rescues
mission for an end of the world scenario.
were a couple formulaic rehash in dealing with this sort of
movie that it’s hard to avoid. If you haven’t
watch that many of this type of major rescue mission movies,
you might want to skip the next following paragraphs.
#1: If the crew consist of more than two or three members,
they will die individually and of a different death.
#2: If your character behaved like a jerk or asshole, your
death will probably be the most horrifying one.
#3: If you are the biggest star in the show, it’s likely
that you will be the last one standing. (that is unless you
are underpaid and your name is used to lure unsuspecting victims
#4: Of course, the best laid plans will not work once it’s
revealed before the execution.
in the hands of Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, it’s a
different ball game. The characters were well cast and handled
in this movie. Hiroyuki Sanada spoke better English in Sunshine
than he did with Mandarin in The Promise and surprisingly
with that, it was more convincing in his delivery as the capable
leader with nerve of steel.
Evans was once again perfect as the loose cannon in the team
(think Fantastic Four) and facing such blazing inferno, I
bet you will want him to say: “Flame on” at least
once. At least this time round, there a method to his madness
that made his character more endearing.
with the rest of the cast, they created a distinctive identity
for each of the characters and endear themselves to the audience,
creating a morality play that will engage the viewers. It
poses the question of what you would do if you are in their
shoes, would you take the easy way out or go with a bang.
were some plenty after thoughts and discussion about their
actions and decisions. One particularity was about the choice
of scarification. The crew had to decide whether to sacrifice
one of their members in order to attempt to complete the mission
which could save mankind. The debate here would be that whether
by using the best that the knowledge could provide to decide
one person’s life or believe in that the best of your
ethics could reason and leave the possibility for unexpected
then there thoughts presented on the minuscule action of mankind
in performing an operation in such epic scale. Who are we
to play God if (the Sun) what was given to us were to be taken
away from us?
issues aside, the cinematography and special effects did an
excellent job of “reminding” us the closeness
of the Sun from the crew. There also some stylish quick insertion
of horrific visual to build the tempo in the most refreshing
many ways, it felt like it was a remade but with the inputs
by the director, writer and cast, this film felt superior
compared to the similar genre films. The visuals were excellent
and it has a strong structure in telling this type of stories,
making it hard to miss if you are a fan of this genre or the
director and writer.
(Thoughts provoking and entertaining action film with rehash
by Richard Lim Jr