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


Danny Boyle


Alex Garland
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Complete credited cast:
Cliff Curtis ... Searle
Chipo Chung ... Icarus (voice)
Cillian Murphy ... Robert Capa
Michelle Yeoh ... Corazon
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Kaneda
Rose Byrne ... Cassie
Benedict Wong ... Trey
Chris Evans ... Mace
Troy Garity ... Harvey
Mark Strong ... Pinbacker
Paloma Baeza ... Capa's Sister
Archie Macdonald Archie Macdonald ... Child
Sylvie Macdonald Sylvie Macdonald ... Child


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 »


Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


At least seven cast members are tied to, or are part of the DCEU, MCU, and other DC and MARVEL related Movies, like the X-Men Universe. Michelle Yeoh appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) as Aleta Ogord. Hiroyuki Sanada played Shingen in The Wolverine (2013). Rose Byrne portrayed Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Benedict Wong made his MCU entry as Wong in Doctor Strange (2016). Chris Evans is part of two MARVEL Superhero Brands, with his first appearance as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and more famously as Captain America Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and all follow-ups, as in The Avengers (2012) and all follow-ups, and has cameos in Thor: The Dark World (2013), Ant-Man (2015), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Cillian Murphy has a recurring Role as Doctor Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Mark Strong played Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011) and Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in Shazam! (2019). See more »


(at around 29 mins) Cassie turns the Icarus II to 'generate shadow' for the repair to take place, but the computer animation on the screen indicates the intended maneuver won't take any part of the shield out of sunlight. 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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits the sound of the distress beacon of the Icarus can be heard in the background. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


To Heal
Performed by Underworld
Courtesy of Ato Records / Red
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A review 14 years too late
6 February 2021 | by alexanderleonard-77746See all my reviews

A brilliant movie for so many reasons (my gf had an entirely different take on this but I loved the discussion it opened, which eventually brought me here). The kind of cast who each can shine in their own right, visuals that would still be considered top notch a decade and a half later, a goosebump inducing sound/music score and a concept that is thought provoking and shines a light to so many aspects of humanity. To some a slightly shaky 3rd act and while it does feel like someone else took the reigns for 20mins or so of its direction, it's brought together in a stunning finale. The overwhelming enormity of space vs humanity's drive to dictate our destiny and the spectrum of characters earth entrusts to save the planet play together in a beautiful, bleak way. If a film can have me still thinking about concepts, faith and morality after and the score genuinely have an emotional impact, as a director I could say I've done a job well done.

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Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunshine See more »


Box Office


GBP26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$242,964, 22 July 2007

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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