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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

Writer:

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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Dark days are coming. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunce 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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the DVD commentary, the Science Adviser Brian Cox bets the viewer £10 that they (CERN) will not discover the Q-ball particle that disables the Sun in this film's plot. He invites an email to claim the bet. That claim is due in 2017. (In the same commentary, Prof. Cox also says that scientists do not gamble!) See more »

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(at around 50 mins) Searle's statement about 80% of dust being human skin is a commonly held, but false, urban myth. Common household dust on Earth is composed of many different things, and none of them individually account for anything close to 80% of it. Given the situation, it's entirely possible that the dust he's looking at is mostly human skin, but this is not true for dust in general.

Added by another User: In addition, the crew of the Icarus One apparently committed mass suicide early in their mission (when they reached Mercury). Dead people do not produce new skin cells. The inch-thick dust over everything could never have accumulated. See more »

Quotes

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

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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.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Licensed courtesy of The Echo Label Ltd.
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Probably the best sci-fi film I've seen in years.
18 August 2007 | by m_j_raySee all my reviews

Sunshine is, quite simply, brilliant. From the opening sequence - simple yet effective and revealing so much about the character in question - right through to the end, I was gripped.

Oddly for a sci-fi film, the power isn't in the effects or the sheer fantastic nature of the plot, it's in the people. From scary-eyed Cillian Murphy to pretty-boy Chris Evans, every performance is believable. Their reactions to events are so much more genuine-seeming than in just about every other film I've seen in recent years; be it joy, shock or grief, you can share it with them and this is something that a perfectly-worked score and some very accomplished camera-work add to handsomely. Whilst the personalities do lean towards certain conventions, none of them are so much so that they couldn't be explained away as being a result of or necessary to their profession - the slightly distant and isolated physicist; the cool-headed and pragmatic captain; the biologist who is passionate about their charges but emotionally-distant from their crew-mates.

The dialogue too is spot-on with nothing coming across as being too clichéd or too hammy. It all seems like real things that real people would say, from the casual banter to the emotional outpourings and everything in between. Unlike so many other films, the characters are human and they act like humans - there is no casual detachment and needless bandying of glib phrases.

The effects are exactly what they need to be in balance to this - believable but not distracting from eight very dynamic performances; complementing rather than show-stealing and over-awing.

All in all it's more of a psychological thriller than a traditional sci-fi extravaganza and whilst this has been done many times before - 2001: Space Odyssey, Solaris, Silent Runnings; to name a few - Sunshine does it superbly and without fault. I'd highly recommend this film to anyone who is looking for something more than just easy entertainment to kill a couple of hours. Conversely, if you ~are~ just looking for something light then keep on looking - this is not a film to be only half-watched.


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