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Sunshine (DVD, 2008)

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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Corey Lidster TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Space is so damn spacious, and yet there are so few truly great semi-realistic SF films. 'Sunshine' is one of them, and in my opinion, one of the very best. Alex Garland, the novelist behind 'The Beach' and 'The Tesseract' who moved to film when he adapted the former novel for the cinema, has developed a brilliant collaborative relationship with 'Trainspotting' director Danny Boyle, creating perhaps the high watermark for horror in the 'new' millennium, '28 Days Later'. 'Sunshine' does for SF-Horror what '28 Days Later' did for Zombie-Horror, giving it a slap and a shake and getting on with telling a tale that blows your eyes into the back of your head. The utter majesty and terrifyingly beautiful power behind Sol is at the heart of the film, as a team of scientists embark on the 150 million km trip to the center of the solar block, dragging along a city-sized warhead meant to kickstart a nuclear furnace 300 000 times the volume of Earth. Even with a film that sticks tight to a scientific appreciation of the inexplicably ailing sun (like most science fiction, it can be forgiven for letting the science get fictional at times), it is difficult not to get quasi-mystical about the celestial forge, the elemental womb, the source of light and warmth and life. The Sun houses within it so much power it's incomprehensible, making humanity and all our endeavors seem like insignificant wisps of stardust in comparison.

The cast is thoroughly excellent, led by the always stellar Cillian Murphy as the thinker who's forced to make a hard and fateful choice when they come across the apparently intact vessel and warhead from the mysteriously lost mission that preceded them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
One of the most underrated sci-fi movie, highly recommended.
Published 27 days ago by X. Yan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
merci
Published 2 months ago by ti-lain
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
My type of entertainment. Not for everyone. Enjoyable movie. Hard to find.
Published 3 months ago by Gary S. Melnyk
1.0 out of 5 stars BRUTAL
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erin Sanders
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of time and money
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
Published 5 months ago by Barb McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Danny Boyle's best
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AmazonNoob
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Danny Boyle's best films
A great film from an amazing director! and one of his lesser know and most under-rated films. A great cast. I love it.
Published 7 months ago by LouieD
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie
For Scifi and horror fans this movie is great, it leaves you guessing and the end gets the job done
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer
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 14 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 20 months ago by JEAN LUC AUSSANT
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