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  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Troy Garity
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Writers: Alex Garland
  • Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Bernard Bellew
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6UZEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It's save the earth time again, as a group of unfeasibly hot astronauts dare to go... Danny Boyle directs his take on the earth-under-threat scenario in an often gloomy and violent fashion. This time round, it's fifty years from now, and the Sun is on its way out, threatening mass destruction here on earth. Eight sexy astronauts (including Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Evans) have been dispatched to the heart of the solar system in a ship called, ominously, the Icarus II - to kickstart the sputtering star. The notion of darkness and the fear it instills is utilized as a scaremongering theme but is alternated with jarring scenes of pure white light when the ship nears its objective. With a few jolts of unexpected terror and a moody soundtrack by Underworld, Boyle tries very hard to make you afraid of the dark again.

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You can never accuse director Danny Boyle of lacking ambition. Sunshine sees one of Britain’s most successful directors switching genre once more, as he tackles this gripping science fiction flick about a quest to re-ignite the dying sun. And he nails it, too, adding another plus to a CV that’s already covered a kids' film (Millions), a big Hollywood blockbuster (The Beach), horror (28 Days Later), and a pair of British classics (Trainspotting and Shallow Grave).

Bursting out of the gate at a terrific pace, Sunshine then doesn’t take its foot off the accelerator for much of its near-two hour running time. Set around the crew of the Icarus II who find themselves on a life-saving mission, things soon start going awry, and while you’ll find no plot spoilers here, Boyle proves a dab hand at ratcheting up tension on the way to the big finale.

If anything, it’s the finale to Sunshine that does let the side down, not quite living up to the standard of what preceded it. But such is the strength of the ride to that point that it’s hard to complain. Especially when the cast, led by the always-magnetic Cillian Murphy, put in believable performances and get heavily into the spirit of the film.

Topped off with cracking effects that belie its modest budget, Sunshine is a real treat, not just for sci-fi fans, but for anyone who likes a strong, tense, thrilling night in front of a movie. --Jon Foster

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I think when first advertised the hype for 'Sunshine' gave people expectations beyond it's real quality.
I did in fact see this in the cinema when released, although i enjoyed it, i was left feeling disapointed a little, i wasn't sure.
the film is not a fast moving action movie, but the tension you could indeed cut with a knife.
An eight man crew set off to save the World, failure to direct the pay-load successfully into the 'dying' sun would mean the end of mankind.( a previous mission had failed, but why ? )
The film is set in the not to distant future, could we readh that point some time soon or is it pure sci-fi fantasy ?
i bought the film on 'blu-ray' because i thought the film would 'shine' on this format.......i was right, the film on blu-ray for both picture quality and surround sound is a must own for all you Sci-fi Buffs.
A good film to re-visit if not seen for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
We are in the not too distant future and the Sun is fading out. After a first mission to reignite it with a nuclear bomb fails, with the ship apparently lost in space, a new team are sent to try again. But it really isn't as simple as that.......

Director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland team up once again for this sci-fi adventure thriller. For as long as I can personally remember, outer space and the planets that dwell within it, have always served us well for cinematic treats. Fears of the unknown and worries over the destruction of Earth, by and large make for great premise's. Not all films realise this potential of course, but it always makes for a great starting point. For his first venture into this realm, Boyle has gone for the Sun as his point of reference, and it makes for a marvellously claustrophobic picture that poses as many questions as it does answers. And even tho ultimately the science fiction aspects of it do not naturally add up, it's dazzling in its visuals and thought provoking into the bargain.

Boyle has never hid his influences and favourites from the public, and here he homages everything from Alien to Event Horizon, stopping for tea and crumpets at 2001s house along the way. But that is no bad thing, molding elements from great sci-fi past with his own intriguing story has given Sunshine a tremendous heart, to which Boyle then manages to cloak it with high quality drama. The crew are up there and we know that this is a genre piece and things invariably go wrong, this gives the discerning viewer an eager anticipation, a sense that one shouldn't go to the toilet for something will be missed. And Boyle lives up to the promise showed, such a pity then, that Boyle didn't let us get better acquainted with his characters at the start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
After reading the mixed reviews for this film I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring and add my thoughts to the collection here.

`Sunshine' follows a crew of astronauts and scientists as they embark on a mission to `kick start' the sun again after it goes into shut down. The crew live onboard a ship called Icarus 2 and whilst on their way to fulfil their mission they come across a distress signal from the original Icarus. When they divert to dock with the original ship a whole host of events occur to throw the mission into jeopardy and which they have to try to overcome to reach a successful mission conclusion.

Personally I liked this film a great deal and whilst it doesn't have the big actions scenes of other space based films, it certainly has a high degree of tension. Everyone acts very well and you get a real sense of the claustrophobia of living onboard a spaceship and of the harsh decisions needed to be taken to ensure a mission of this type is successful.

There is a certain mythical element to the film with some members of the crew becoming entranced by watching the sunlight and the link to the sun and life is highlighted very well indeed.

The soundtrack is excellent. It brings certain scenes to a crescendo and is stirring when it should be and quietly emotional at the right times too.

The ending is a touch confused, but not excessively so and if you have watched the film closely throughout it is clear enough to bring you to a satisfactory conclusion. I have to admit the ending is the weakest aspect of this film though and some may feel slightly deflated after the excellent preceding 2 hours.

All in all I have to say I enjoyed this film immensely and it is easily one you can watch numerous times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
Directed by Danny Boyle and with a screenplay written by Alex Garland Sunshine is a mature, ambitious, visually impressive SF film embracing both science and theology as it follows the crew of the spaceship Icarus II on their mission to deliver a thermonuclear payload into the heart of our dying sun and thus save the human race from extinction. As the narrative develops the inevitable tension is ratcheted up as human error, an unexpected discovery and the fragility of spaceships lead to chaos, confusion and a battle of wills. Similar to Tarkovsky's Solaris or Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey the film does not have transparent answers and neat conclusions and if you are looking for an action thriller in the mode of Star Wars, this is definitely not the movie you are looking for. In my opinion the film effectively conveys the insignificance of humans within the cosmos and this desperate journey to the sun (“our last, best hope”) merely confirms this. Moreover, this is also a symbolic voyage into the very soul of man as the difference between the rational and irrational becomes blurred as these scientists approach the sun (the giver of life / God). The acting is suitably understated, the sets appropriately claustrophobic and the accomplished soundtrack contributes greatly to the overall tone of the movie. An intelligent and divisive addition to the genre.
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