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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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Danny Boyle

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Alex Garland
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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50 years in the future, Earth's Sun is dying. See more »


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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunshine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£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:

$32,017,803
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In 2018 when promoting his film Annihilation (2018), Alex Garland revealed that the character of Harvey was actually named after Harvey Weinstein, due to his often rude & snappy attitude to the other crew members & arrogant, superiority complex. Danny Boyle thought it'd be funny to pay homage to Weinstein in this way after Harvey had been difficult with the handling of the US release of Trainspotting (1996) & trying to cut out some of the more disturbing scenes. See more »

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(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 »

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[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.
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Capa: Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. Welcome to the Icarus Two.
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Avenue of Hope
Performed by I Am Kloot
Written by John Bramwell (as J. Bramwell) / A. Hargreaves / P. Jobson
Published by Chrysalis Music © 2005.
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Sci-fi back to the roots
23 April 2007 | by gianluca-ruggieroSee all my reviews

Let me first explain my vote. Sunshine is NOT the best sci-film ever. As many others stated, it's not setting a new standard, as it recalls many other movies in the past. So what's the value in it? Exactly the fact that it recalls the best sci-fi movies ever, with the highest standard. As in "28 days after", where director Boyle made one of the best Zombie movies ever, Sunshine gets the best of the best genre movies in the past (2001, Solaris, Alien...) and eventually succeeds. Sunshine is a must-see for those who are nostalgic about the good ole movies where the outer space is used as a mean to explore our fear for the unknown. It's amazing how Sunshine made me feel uncomfortable and scared, in this period of Japanese horror movies remakes that make me laugh at every single scene. That's because the movie makes you actually feel like you're on a Mercury's orbit, waiting to be thrown at the sun. Because it succeeds to make you feel alone, with no hope to stay alive. And this is a breathe of fresh air again, after an era of sci-fi pop-corn movies such as Armageddon, easy rollercoasters where the only thing that can give a spark of emotion is Aerosmith's soundtrack.

Now, let's play, just because other did, the game of setting the point of references Danny Boyle studied(and widely used) to direct Sunshine; of course, the movie is plenty of scenes and moments borrowed from 2001: A Space Odissey, Solaris, Alien and, yes, Event Horizon.

But I would add another clear source of inspiration: the fantastic video game "System Shock 2". The hydroponic areas are EXACTLY as those in the game, and Pinbacker's character reminds me that of Capt. Korenchkin (and its name reminds me that of the ship Rickenbacker).

All in all, a must-see sci-fi movie, for those who love the genre and hate all the Armageddons and Missions to Mars of the recent past.


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