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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.

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writer:

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
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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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They were prepared for the ultimate mission, but they were not prepared for what they found. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

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

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Trivia

The plot does not revolve around the sun dying in the normal sense: this is not due for around five billion years based on our understanding of nuclear fusion. It has instead been "infected" with a "Q-ball" - a supersymmetric nucleus, left over from the big bang - that is disrupting the normal matter. This is a theoretical particle that scientists at CERN are currently trying to confirm, and was one of the many contributions of the science advisor. The film's bomb is meant to blast the Q-ball to its constituent parts which will then naturally decay, allowing the sun to return to normal. See more »

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(at around 14 mins) Near the beginning of the film the ship is said to be 36 million miles from the Sun. The large images of the Sun that the crew see are therefore obviously greatly magnified, as at that distance the Sun wouldn't appear that massive to the eye. However that distance is closer to the Sun than Mercury's average distance, so the planet should appear much larger than it is shown. However Mercury has quite an elliptical orbit, and it's possible that at the time, Mercury may have been near its closest point to the Sun, which is 28.5 million miles (7.5 million miles from the ship). Even so it would still appear much larger relative to the Sun than it is shown when it passes in front of the Sun's disk. 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.
[long pause]
Capa: Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. Welcome to the Icarus Two.
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The Fox Searchlight logo runs backwards at the beginning of the film, then zooms into the setting sun, which then turns out to be the Icarus II. See more »


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Peggy Sussed
Performed by Underworld
Written by Karl Hyde & Rick Smith
Published by Sherlock Holmes Music Publishing Ltd. / Chysalis Music Group USA
Licensed courtesy of Smith & Hyde Productions t/a Underworldlive.com
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Very Impressive, Boyle conquers another genre!
11 April 2007 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

Danny Boyle has rebooted the sci-fi genre to a magnificent start. "Sunshine", clearly inspired by the classics "Alien", "2001: A Space Odyssey" and many more, but brought to the modern age.

The plot sounds ridiculous at first, but once you get into it, you really get into it! A crew of 8 are sent on a mission to set a bomb in the sun as it is dying and the earth is suffering a solar winter. 7 years before that there was a similar mission, but that failed. They find the lost spacecraft and decide to board it, but a fatal incident occurred that lost them their oxygen supply. There is no longer enough for all of them to get back to earth alive. But there is enough for few; so who will take the plunge and who will survive? And will their sanities stay intact to last them the epic journey?

With such a small cast there was surprisingly no weak performances. Everyone had the desired screen-time to be able to care for them. But the characters anger and frustration caught up with them after being on the ship for 16 months, they begin to take acts of violence on each other and feel stressed so they forget vital aspects that could cost them their lives. You have to remember that they will save mankind if their mission is a success; that's a lot of pressure. And the film feels like a lot of pressure due to the intenseness it creates.

Boyle's skills to create tension is impressive. He uses special techniques to make us feel claustrophobic and more importantly, to panic. Close ups, angles, blurs, stretches, stops, flashes all add up to the effect. The effect of feeling the heat. It burns. But in between those scenes you get to see the relaxing side of space. The view from outside. Its beautiful, truly dazzling and spectacular.

The score is incredible. During the beginning its like a calm 'breather'. But then its turns into a beat. A fast beat. And your heart joins it. Pumping away to make you feel more insecure. Very intense.

Boyle really proves he has talent for different genres in this modern sci-fi to be classic showing how people do the most inhumane thing to survive. I highly recommend it.

Rewatches over the years have revealed its flaws and clichés but it's still enjoyable and nostalgic for me.

8/10


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$242,964, 22 July 2007

Gross USA:

$3,675,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,806,360
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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