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Sunshine [DVD] [2007]


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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 (329 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6UZEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,472 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MJB on 3 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
…or rather within this film is a much better one. It uses a simple but effective premise to hook our interest, but unfortunately character and plot development are subjugated to the sound and visual effects and these ultimately swamp the storyline. In fact, the tale finally lapses into a cosmic variation on the ‘old dark house’-style of melodrama, a format that has been done to death even in this context.

All of this is rather regrettable, as the production design and execution are excellent. If only the same attention had been given to the characters and the plot the whole experience would have been far more satisfying, but too many events and motivations are unexplained and the characters are sketched too lightly for us to care about them.

This strikes me as yet another of those films that could be remade in a far more satisfying way, although experience has shown that only the films that were right the first time ever seem to get that treatment. Let’s just hope that if the situation depicted here should ever arise we won’t put the future of mankind in the hands of people quite like this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
It seems almost mean to welch on a Danny Boyle film - but for me 2007’s "Sunshine" is a strange beast that only half works for most of its scorched duration.

In 2057 our Earth is dying – freezing over in a permanent winter. After the failure of “Icarus” (a first attempt at igniting the core of the Sun) – a second last-ditch space mission is organized to deliver a payload right into the Star’s internal short and curlies. The only small problem is that the Sun is 93 million miles away and has a surface that’s gurgling in the cosmos at 10 million degrees Fahrenheit. That and the fact that exposure to such heat (even half way there) can singe your eyebrows or drive you and your crew stark raving mad. Star’s eh…

Up steps our band of hipster Scientists and Desperados to save the planet - even if it means sacrificing themselves to do so. For the ladies there are Cillian Murphy’s piercing blue eyes (apparently an object of uber lust) and for lesser mortals like me and a million other Sci-Fi geeks - there are plenty of jaw-dropping special effects (most of which are based around a bulbous Heat Shield at the front of the long Space cruiser). So what’s not to love?

The ludicrously youngish age of the astronauts on such an important mission stretches credibility for the whole duration of the movie (box office draw over reality) and the crew being picked off by some malevolent force has just been done one too many times before - even if there is a clever twist to it. And then the story gets so convoluted towards the end that “Sunshine” stops being entertaining and starts to entertain the idea that its deep – a sort of “2001: A Space Odyssey” when it just isn’t.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug 2013
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This is an ambitious but not entirely succesful British SF film. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

It is the Year of Grace 2057 and our sun is dying. A first attempt to re-ignite it, by spaceship "Icarus", failed for unknown reasons (the ship disappeared without trace). A second mission is launched - spaceship "Icarus II", carrying an enormous "star-bomb device", passed already the orbit of Mercury and is now on approach towards the Sun. Then, the radars detect an object which should not be there... And then the film really begins.

Renowned director Danny Boyle tried to make a very ambitious SF film here, but as far as my perception of this film is concerned he succeeded only partially. So let's begin with the good stuff, before the criticism:

1) The director certainly gathered quite an ensemble cast and made all the actors perform well. The crew of "Icarus II" is made of following people:

- Captain Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada). Sanada is an excellent actor, who impressed me in "Twilight Samurai" - here he is very credible as the skipper of the most important ship in human history...

- Second-in-command/communication officer Harvey (Troy Garity). Never saw this guy in anything before - but he is OK in this film.

- Physicist Robert Capa (Cillian Murphy). This is an important character and Murphy played him very well.

- Pilot Cassie (Rose Byrne). Another important character and also well played - and this is a high praise coming from me, because I usually REALLY don't like this actress (since I saw her ruining Briseis character in "Troy")

- Engineer Mace (Chris Evans).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
For about 83 minutes, Danny Boyle's Sunshine is an above average sci-fi film with a great hook - a potential suicide mission to reignite the dying sun - and, if not entirely realistic (the sun's far too powerful to approach even with heat shields), it's at least credible enough to dispel any worries that this is going to turn out to be Solar Crisis 2. Thanks to some excellent character development (with one underwritten exception in Troy Garity's case), the first two thirds work because the focus is kept firmly on the human element, and it's human error that is the root cause of the increasing obstacles that threaten the mission. When things go wrong at first, it's a series of logical consequences of a mathematical error, and the film follows these through with a mechanical logic, constantly proving adept at offering hope only to remove it.

Unfortunately it misses a few opportunities by keeping too cool a head at times: rather than tempers rising along with the temperature and rational decision making being affected by the purely physical affects of an increasingly hostile environment providing the drama, Boyle and writer Alex Garland show the same confusion over how to end this picture as they famously did with 28 Days Later and decide to introduce an external threat which takes the phrase deus ex machina to new lows. The nature of the threat didn't work for George Pal in the 1950s and works even worse here.

Things start to get dodgy around an airlock sequence where it's revealed that tinfoil and holding your breath might just work in a minus 272 degree vacuum.
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