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Sunshine (2007)

Released on 27 August 2007

Featuring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans & Mark Strong

Format: DVD | 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.
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 Quality Thriller

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Apart from a slightly deranged final act, this is a very well plotted and acted action thriller. As tense as Boyle's '28 Days Later' and equally entertaining, this is well worth a look. Just don't expect a nice clear ending; like a lot of lone space crew movies, it all gets a bit surreal towards the end - although happily it doesn't finish with a big black monolith and a baby.

 Show the world what the British can do! Excellence!

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BRITISH director Danny Boyle has created one of the brightest entries into the sci-fi genre in a long time with Sunshine, a jaw-dropping cinematic achievement that positively radiates with intelligence and edge-of-the-seat thrills.

A self-confessed fan of films like Alien, Solaris (the original) and 2001, Boyle has created a memorable experience that manages to pay respectful homage to such classics as well as something very unique in its own right.

Set in the not-too-distant future, the film follows the fortunes of an eight-man crew of scientists as they attempt to re-ignite the solar system's fading sun using a nuclear bomb the size of Manhattan.

They represent Earth's last hope and travel with the knowledge that a previous mission has failed. But as they begin to near their target, divisions emerge and crew members struggle to keep a grip on their sanity. Then they receive a signal from the previous mission's spaceship...

The great thing about Sunshine is the way that it thrusts you into the heat of the action from the beginning. Boyle doesn't feel the need to set the scene or investigate his characters' back stories.

Rather, they're mid-mission and almost immediately faced with difficult decisions. It's a clever device that grips from the outset.

The crew, too, is comprised of strong ensemble actors rather than A-list faces, making the trajectory of their demise more difficult to predict. And they're all on cracking form.

Chris Evans (of Fantastic Four fame) stands out as the brash engineer who puts the success of the mission above everything and everyone, but there's equally notable support from Hiroyuki Sanada as the ship's captain, Cliff Curtis as the psychiatrist, and Cillian Murphy, as the science expert - not forgetting Rose Byrne and Michelle Yeoh as well.

Boyle, for his part, isn't prone to making sentimental choices. No one is safe and all are prone to selfishness and survival instinct.

Alex Garland's script also has fun toying with notions of science and faith without ever resorting to too much techno babble, while the film's obvious parallels with global warming lend it a timely environmental edge.

The film does threaten to lose its way during the latter stages when Boyle veers more deliberately towards Alien territory (we won't ruin how) but Sunshine still maintains its pull even during its freakiest moments.

And visually it cannot be faulted, making a mockery of its modest production costs and proving that less can sometimes be more. The film looks stunning, mixing moments of beauty and savagery with effortless aplomb.

The end result is a truly special experience that confirms Boyle as one of the British film industry's shining lights. Audiences should go and be dazzled by its brilliance.

 Glorious in every way.

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To say this film blew me away is an understatement. The way director Danny Boyle was able to catch the vastness and lonelyness of space was astounding. He understandably used films such as 2001, Alien and even Event Horizon as insparation and if those films appeal to you then I urge you to buy this movie.
The cast are on the money with Chris Evans putting in a sterling performance for which he deserves a large amount of credit. Finally a mention has to go to John Murphy who has produced a music score which will haunt you and inspire you in equal measures long after the credits have rolled.

 Excellent. Those who says otherwise do not understand film.

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This is a truly excellent film. So well paced and composed it's jaw-dropping in not only its visual impact, but also in its compelling narrative. I saw a review here which attacks a lack of back story. What this reviewer fails to acknowledge is this movies exceptional feeling of isolation, which any back story would have ruined. This space Sci-Fi is not made like other space Sci-Fi's, and is the better for it. There are so many poignant moments in this movie, like the spectacle of Mercury, which make this an exceptional film. It is also worth noting the superb score co-created by Underworld.

 Powerful and under-rated!

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To me this is what Event Horizon should have been all those years ago.

A harrowing and disturbing look at how space travel can wreck havoc on the human mind.

I took my time to see this movie as it at first looked like a simple horror in space. But after reading a few reviews i sat down and finaly watched it.

To me this is one of the finest Science fiction films in the last 10 years, its a deeply disturbing look at how we are simply not realy ready for long space flights or maybe how we will never be ready.

I think the films strongest point is the display of how fragile our sense of reality and grip of it, can be. The acting is for the most first class and although at a later point it felt alot like Event horizons horror chase scences, it finds itself again and finishes with a strong and beautifuly done ending.

A definate movie to leave a mark on you...

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ActorsCillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Mark Strong, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis & Benedict Wong
DirectorDanny Boyle
Certificate15 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesEnglish Audio Description
SubtitlesEnglish For The hearing Impaired
Duration1 Hour and 47 Minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.