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Sunshine (Blu-ray)

Released on 29 October 2007

Featuring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans & Mark Strong

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Their mission.... to save the world!

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.
  • Commentary By Director Danny Boyle
  • Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Web Production Diaries
  • Short Films
  • Theatrical Teaser
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Commentary By: Dr. Brian Cox, The University Of Manchester

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 Dont expect an action film, but one to watch again and again

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When I went to see Sunshine in the Cinema I was really dissapointed as I expected an action packed space flick to blow my mind away. What I got instead was a really slow moving film, with visually impressive scenes, but none of the action I had anticipated. When I left the cinema I was dissapointed, but then started thinking if I had I gone to see this with a differant expectation (ie not an action movie) would I of enjoyed it more. So I went to see it again and I loved it.
The Basic Storyline behind the film in laymans terms is that we have 8 Astronaughts going to the sun to restart the dieing stars engine with a giant bomb. I think Boyle is great at Visuals and Characters, both of which are satisfied in this movie. The music and feel to the film is eerie and probobley more what space would be like as a science fact then the sounds we hear in some blockbusters. There is also a cluastrophic feel which helps us get some idea of how the mindset of the spacecrew could be after such a long time far away from home.
The first half of the film builds slowly but steady towards the climax and while the ending dissapointed in some parts, I think overall the film is a very good package. The visuals in this film are amazing and I think that this could be the best challange for the Blu Ray DVD to proove its worth. I dont think theres a film available to date that can really get the full advantages out of the Blu ray as this. Since its not out yet I am speculating but if this film is given the chance to be the best it can be, I think the Blu ray edition will only enhance the experience.
Reasons why I didnt give this 5 Stars?
The ending went a little off the rails and I would expect more from Danny Boyle, given that he is an extremely talented Director.
That said I have watched it again and again simply because I love the characters, the mood of the film (very eerie) and the visuals are fantastic.

 Brilliant Sci Fi Movie.

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I was completely hooked from beginning to end.
The Story, the Premise, the Acting and Direction were fantastic..
The Dilemmas presented were intriguing and the film involved the viewer all the way through.
Chris Evans was Brilliant as was Cillian Murphy. The rest of the cast played their parts as required.
The only downside was the slightly muddled ending.
Definitely one of the better Sci Fi films from the last Decade

 Forget Slumdog, this is the best Danny Boyle film

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If you're looking for a fast moving sci-fi action film, forget it. However this is easily one of the most thought-provoking, majestic and beautiful films ever made. In a similar vein to Donnie Darko and Solaris in that it stays with you long after the film has ended, Sunshine stands as not only one of the best sci-fi films but simply a stunning film in its own right. Visually awesome, a great ensemble piece, and a breathtaking soundtrack all add to the atmosphere. All the complaints about the ending are all moot points as far as I'm concerned; no-one knows what would happen in that situation and the film does actually stay within the realm of scientific theory rather than being totally unbelievable. I can't recommend this film enough, and on Blu-ray the experience is unmissable. Turn off the lights, crank up the amp and let it take over.

 Great scifi

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The visuals are stunning, the plot is intriguing and the acting is convincing. I loved the mood and the style of this piece. It left me feeling like I had watched a modern day cross between Aliens and 2010. Really worth a viewing in my opinion, I will be adding this one to my blue ray collection.

 A modern classic...

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For some reason this movie was not that well received upon its release and I am not 100% sure why but I can hazard a guess, like many movies that will go on to achieve cult status, it is difficult to categorise.
Achieve Cult Status !! Did I really say that, is this movie that good ? Well no it isn't on first viewing. It doesn't really work as a big budget Sci Fi blockbuster or a thriller (even though it does very well in both areas), where this movies scores is in the depth of the storyline and it's characters which is a rarity in Hollywood these days.

Danny Boyle is a brilliant director who refuses to sacrifice quality for the sake of saleability. He cares about the plot of this movie and the lives of the players and it is this level of integrity that pulls Sunshine out of the mainstream and towards cult status.

The story of our dying sun, 50 years from now, and the crews struggle to complete the mission to save it by dropping a massive bomb into a sunspot is hardly groundbreaking stuff, but when things start to go wrong and the crew start dying one by one (again hardly new material) we are able to see why the characters care so much about their mission and why they are literally willing to give up their lives to complete it.

The underlying message that runs through this film is one of sacrifice. The whole crew realise that they are expendable and the only thing that matters is dropping the bomb to save humanity. However some crew members are more expendable than others and this causes tension amongst our 8 heroes. Cillian Murphy is the physicist who is the least expendable crew member but the one who appears the most willing to deviate from the master plan and put everything in jeopardy. Chris Evans (flame from the Fantastic Four) is probably the most expendable but the character who is constantly reminding us that nothing else matters but the delivery of the bomb, and he is even prepared to commit murder to complete the mission.

There are echoes of 2001 A Space Odyssey and Alien in this movie, but without a hint of plagiarism and to truly appreciate the movie I would suggest a couple of viewings. This is a movie that takes itself seriously, and we all know that failure can swiftly follow if a director tries to claim moral high ground with the viewers, fortunately Boyle does not attempt to moralise his characters intentions even when one of them commits suicide over a mistake that costs another his life. Upon discovering this suicide Chris Evans character says "He took responsibility" and moves on without lamenting on the whys and wherefores.

When you think about the subject matter of this movie too much you realise the absurdity of it. The mere thought that Man could affect the course of a celestial body nearly a million miles across with a manmade bomb a little over a mile across is mere folly, but we are so wrapped up in the lives of the crew and their individual weaknesses as men and woman, that we barely notice the futility of their purpose for being where they are.

Sunshine is a superior Hi Def transfer and one if the best I have seen. The source material is clean as a whistle with deep blacks (doubly important with a space movie) and clear, solid and vibrant colours. The depiction of the Sun is wonderful and this is where Hi Def scores with excellent detail and no bleeding of the white hot colour of our star into the surrounding blackness of space.

The audio is also excellent with the DTS Audio Master soundtrack providing a wonderfully immersive experience without over doing the bass.
Sunshine may well attain cult status one day and sit along side such classics as Blade runner and Silent Running. A wonderful movie and must own title,

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ActorsCillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Mark Strong, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Benedict Wong, Chipo Chung, Hiroyuki Sanada, Troy Garity, Mark Strong, Paloma Baeza, Archie Macdonald & Sylvia Macdonald
DirectorDanny Boyle
Certificate15 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio ; DTS
Additional LanguagesEnglish Audio Description ; German ; Spanish
SubtitlesGerman ; Spanish ; Danish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Swedish ; English for the hearing impaired
Duration1 hour and 47 minutes (approx)