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Sunshine (2007)

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A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.



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50 years into the future, the Sun begins to die, and Earth is dying as a result. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun - but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind's last hope. Written by harpster_2004@yahoo.co.uk

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Dark days are coming. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sunce  »


Box Office


£26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,021,063 (United Kingdom), 8 April 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$242,964, 22 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,675,753, 18 October 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Hiroyuki Sanada's character was originally called Kanada but he asked Danny Boyle to change the name to Kaneda, a more natural Japanese name. See more »


(at around 2 mins) At the beginning of the movie the ship is 36 million miles from the Sun, and thus the Sun would appear about (93/36)^2 = 6.7 times brighter than it would on Earth. But the computer says that at 4% transmission through the screen, the Sun would cause eye damage - despite being four times fainter than it would appear on Earth (and we know that in the story the Sun at Earth is fainter than we observe it today). Still, at 36 million miles, the Sun would only be about 1.3 degrees in angular size - much smaller than one's fist at arm's length. See more »


[first lines]
Capa: Our sun is dying. Mankind faces extinction. Seven years ago the Icarus project sent a mission to restart the sun but that mission was lost before it reached the star. Sixteen months ago, I, Robert Capa, and a crew of seven left earth frozen in a solar winter. Our payload a stellar bomb with a mass equivalent to Manhattan Island. Our purpose to create a star within a star.
[long pause]
Capa: Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. Welcome to the Icarus Two.
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Bad Science, Bad Acting, Mediocre Plot
9 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Sunshine" follows a small group of people commissioned to deliver a bomb to our dying sun in 2057.

It certainly fits "fiction". Not so much "science".

Given that we've known for a while the sun is going to be around for oh, about 6 billion years, their margin of error is pretty big. Past that, we know that before it actually runs out of hydrogen, it's going to swell up like a balloon and fry everything on the surface of the Earth.

The film makes no attempt at explaining these inconsistencies, nor do they explain how anything, let alone their ship, can travel into the sun to deliver this "bomb".

If you can get past the bad science, you'll have to get past the cheesy, unconvincing acting. Never been a fan of Cillian Murphy and this film is a good example of why. He can't do something as mundane as drink from a glass without trying to look like drinking water is some sort of emotional turning point in the film.

The plot didn't help the acting, either. I realize this is cinema, but when you have grown adults, presumably some of the best scientists from Earth, acting irrationally like they're really convicted felons on a prison space ship -- it's hard to put yourself into a "this could happen" mentality. Quite the opposite.

Overall, the script could have been way better and so could the acting. Rose Byrne as well as Cliff Curtis were decent -- he should have been lead.

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