Movie Review of Danny Boyle’s ‘Sunshine’

by on September 17, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a movie review for the older, 2007 movie, Sunshine.  It has strong character stories combined with the fascinating dichotomy of the bitter freezing cold of deep space with the extreme heat of a sun is what Danny Boyle brought us in the movie called Sunshine.

Danny Boyle's SUNSHINE
Sunshine is directed by Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later) and stars Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight), Chris Evans (Captain America, Scott Pilgrim, The Losers), Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids), Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Mark Strong (Green Lantern, The Guard, Kick-Ass).

As you can see, the creative combination of talent is incredible.  The premise of the movie is that sometime in the future, the Sun begins to fade away.  If it dies, Earth dies.  A team of astronauts are sent on a specially equipped mission to reignite the dying Sun.  Sunshine follows a new team of astronauts in a second attempt, seven years after the first try, to reignite the Sun.

Yes, it’s a typical thematic venue of several people encased in a long spaceship, facing troubles from within and without.  The journey is long and there are all kinds of opportunities for things to fail, or set up to fail.

Chris Evans in SUNSHINE

The build up in the story covers the expanse of dealing with the challenges of a long space trip, the issues that arise from finding the derelict of the first mission and of course, being all cooped up with each other, the obvious personal stress starts to take its toll.

Cillian Murphy in SUNSHINE

But the difference between this and any other space journey movie is that Danny Boyle makes it more about the characters and what they bring to the mission.  Their personalities, their history and their hopes.  What drives each of them.  And the cast delivered it very well.

And Danny Boyle does that rather well.  Plus, it was fascinating and a great change of pace to see Chris Evans not in flames or flinging a shield!

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Movie Review Popcorn Score 09I strangely, did not remember ever hearing of this movie and never saw it until today.  It was a pleasant surprise to catch Sunshine.  If you ever get a chance to catch this movie, be prepared for a little somber depression and a good story.  (Is there any other kind of depression?)

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