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Sunshine (DVD, 2008)

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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A novel blend of doomsday thriller and meditative science fiction, Danny Boyle's Sunshine imagines a disturbing future in which mankind must re-ignite the sun or face total extinction. A team of scientists and crew members (played by an eclectic cast that includes Cillian Murphy from Boyle's 28 Days Later, The Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, Rose Byrne of TV's Damages, and martial-arts legend Michelle Yeoh) is dispatched to the dying star, but disaster strikes from almost every conceivable angle; as the crew is whittled down by accidents and psychological breaks, the survivors must discover a way to carry out the mission or seal the fate of the world's population. Alternately exciting and pensive, Sunshine's dichotomous tone may throw viewers expecting a special-effects bonanza (though the film's visuals are frequently stunning), but for those who recall such cerebral '70s efforts as Silent Running and Phase IV, Boyle's unusual take will be refreshing and even fascinating. The DVD includes commentaries by Boyle and Dr. Brian Cox, who served as the film's science advisor; Boyle also lends his voice to a brace of deleted scenes, including an alternate ending (which doesn't improve on the one used in the film). Thorough production diaries cover every aspect of the film's execution, from casting to special effects design, while a pair of unrelated short films by Chris Shepherd and Dan Arnold seems to be included only as a gesture of Boyle's appreciation for these directors. --Paul Gaita

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
From the director who brought us Trainspotting, this is an excellent sci-fi that combines the thoughtfulness of 2001 with some real sounding dialogue like we saw in Alien, all to the tune of an original premise. The concept is that the earth is frozen in the future, and a small group of scientists and astronauts are launched on a mission to re-ignite the sun, without having any idea what happened to the first team after they disappeared.

There are very human moments (a character walks into a room, stares at a second character until the second characters says "Is that your apology?" The first one replies "Yes," and they turn away from each other) and with all humanity hanging in the balance one simple decision that doesn't seem unreasonable begins a chain of events that makes the mission an increasingly desperate one. The end is a little surreal, and not paying close attention can allow you to miss some important information, but it's nothing that isn't in keeping with the tone and thoughtfulness of the film.

Like Blade Runner, this is one of those films that was fairly misunderstood on release (don't expect a disaster movie, an action film or aliens, this is somewhere between a drama and an art film), but I believe it will eventually gather a following and be considered a classic.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, human sci-fi flick Dec 15 2007
By Curio
Format:DVD
First off, the previous and first reviewer must be joking!

If anything, even the detractors of this film from many reviews admit that Sunshine boasts incredible visuals. It was indeed a "low-budget set," but that is a consequence of the film being based largely on the single ship, rather than bad design. The Icarus II's layout is functional, practical, convincing, and suitably claustrophobic. As to "vertigo," that would vary from viewer to viewer--Blair Witch this is not, a film that actually gets mentioned as nausea-inducing in reviews.

Rather than expecting a space opera, viewers must understand that this film is much more related to something like "Solaris" or "2001: A Space Odyssey." This means that human psychology and struggle is the crux of the plot, and it makes for quite a suspenseful and thought-provoking journey--the mood of the story is consistently tense, a fact and experience I cannot believe the previous reviewer did not notice.

While the science is not perfect, it is not completely unbelievable--any research into the film's creation reveals extensive collaboration and consultation with scientists. There is also an existing back story that is not given much treatment in the movie that better explains that the sun is not "dying," which we have already predicted as happening many billions of years from now. Actually, it's infected with a "Q-ball" particle--despite the funny name, it is something really under investigation in the real world, and in the movie, it interferes with the sun. The bomb sent towards the sun is not meant to reignite the star, rightly pointed out as impossible given the scope of the sun by the other review, but to destroy this Q-ball so the sun can resume its normal course.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BRUTAL May 27 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The video did not work after about 10 minutes into it. The picture in picture display popped up and no amount of playing with the settings could get rid of it. What a waste of money
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1.0 out of 5 stars Defective blue ray May 7 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Do NOT purchase SUNSHINE on blu ray
there is a picture in picture problem that cannot be fixed or turned off. FOX is aware of this. They tried issuing me a newer version and it also defective. Essentially all SUNSHINE blu rays are defective. Dont waste your money on this one people
youve been warned
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2.0 out of 5 stars waste of time and money April 25 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
we tried and tried to get into the movie but it was lame and then we watched it again a couple of days later thinking maybe we weren't in the right mood..........nope
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Danny Boyle's best March 29 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Don't know why this never got popular in North America. Danny Boyle doesn't even like sci-fi. He just makes great movies regardless of the subject matter. Blu-ray is the only way to see this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Danny Boyle's best films March 18 2014
By LouieD
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A great film from an amazing director! and one of his lesser know and most under-rated films. A great cast. I love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good movie Jan. 14 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For Scifi and horror fans this movie is great, it leaves you guessing and the end gets the job done
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Movie
i'm a huge fan of danny boyle and cillian murphy, but this one fell a bit short. still a very solid movie with lots of suspense.
Published 10 months ago by Tony B
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Sci-fi
Very nice special effects.
Nice actor performance.
But, like any other Sci-fi with a bad ending...

Not very cridible because of the mission to the sun...
Published 17 months ago by JEAN LUC AUSSANT
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic from Danny Boyle
When I think of my favourite Danny Boyle films, Sunshine is definitely at the top.

It does a fantastic job of combining the scifi and horror generes, while also... Read more
Published 17 months ago by S.Katari
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning visuals and epic soundtrack, story may be a stretch for some.
This movie is a trip! I saw it at first in the theater and felt like I had just dropped a hit of Acid after walking out. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Darko55
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine
A good movie for those who liked 2001: A Space Odessey. Same type of story. Good Performances by all and a little surprised that someone could survive.
Published 19 months ago by Lisa Guitard
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Sci-Fi
As a professional audio engineer I can tell you that this film is one of the best sounding films in recent memory. I don't think this film would be quite the same without a 5. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ryan G
1.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly dull and inane
1. They have Star Trek type artificial gravity on their ship!
2. What is the purpose of those sun shield louvres that are so important to the story? No purpose, at all. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2012 by Angus Uncleberry
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