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Sunshine [DVD] [2007]

Cillian Murphy , Rose Byrne , Danny Boyle    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
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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 (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6UZEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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You can never accuse director Danny Boyle of lacking ambition. Sunshine sees one of Britains 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 thats 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 doesnt 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 youll find no plot spoilers here, Boyle proves a dab hand at ratcheting up tension on the way to the big finale. If anything, its 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 its 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 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, atmospheric, if a little overhyped 11 Feb 2009
By Crookedmouth HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It's a good film.

The plot keeps you interested although I was a little disappointed when it degenerated into a "race-against-time, chaser". Still, the ending is pretty unconventional in Hollywood terms and that has to add to the credits.

The science of the plot was a little over-hyped and it's taken a bit of a knock now that some of the inaccuracies & fallacies have been exposed. However, for the intelligent layman that sort of thing is not obviously noticeable (the explosion of the bomb at end mystified me a little tho') and it's possible to watch the film and come away thinking that you've seen something a little more intelligent than "Coneheads".

The atmosphere set up by the sets and effects is an oppressive, claustrophobic one and adds hugely to the film. The space suits were designed carefully to give a feeling of enclosure but that applies equally well to the space ship itself. The sense of the nearness, hugeness and raw power of the sun is well conveyed and it's hard to watch the film without a chill running down your spine.

I found the characterisation a little light - really the only character I ended up caring about was Murphy's scientist, and Searle, the psychologist, was intriguing. The rest of them appeared to be there to carry the story and more could have been made of the tensions between the crew.

Good effort - let's see more of this.

"At the end of time, a moment will come when just one man remains. Then the moment will pass. Man will be gone. There will be nothing to show that we were ever here... but stardust."
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254 of 301 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
A lot of people have given this negative reviews on here. I've read their reviews and the main criticisms seem to be:

1. It's boring. That's true, if you're the kind of person who can't sit through any film that doesn't have gunfire and explosions through 90% of the movie.

2. It's not a good Sci-Fi movie like Armageddon. Well, the fact that these people think Armageddon is great tells us something about their taste.

3. It's scientifically inaccurate. I find it hilarious that these critics think they know more about physics than Dr Cox, the scientific advisor who provides a commentary on the DVD. Of course there is artistic licence, but there's nothing wrong with that.

4. The end doesn't make sense. No, the end is confusing - there's a big difference.

5. The characters are paper thin. Again, not true. There is so much depth to the characters, but you need to actually think about it. Like any good script, this shows us the depth to the characters, rather than telling us. Look especially at Chris Evans' character.

This is an amazing film, and is easily the best of 2007 (so far). There are plenty of films for the people who didn't like this, but there are only a few movies with the perfect mix of style and substance that Sunshine achieves.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Masterpiece 7 Feb 2012
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This review gives a short review of the film itself before concentrating on the extras. Hopefully this will help potential purchasers decide whether they want this movie in their collection.

I saw this movie twice at the cinema. Now I have the DVD, the more I watch this film the more impressed I am: camerawork, editing - both sound AND picture - music, effects are all worthy of praise. The acting too is good, although some of the diction of the actors leave a little to be desired. But overall, this is a triumph of British cinema: a visual masterpiece.

There are a few problems with the otherwise-excellent plot. For example, how come no one is Capa's deputy in case he becomes indisposed? How come no one protests when Mace volunteers Capa to go outside with the captain to assess the damage to the shield? And why does Capa go alone to the observation room to see who is the fifth unknown crew member, and why would the computer allow the room to be drenched with full sunlight when it was occupied?

One of the few things I would change is that I would have used John Murphy's excellent music over the closing credits, thus leaving the audience to leave the cinema on a high.

My DVD comes with a chirpy commentary by Danny Boyle (pre-Slumdog) in which he comments on the tricks employed in the movie, the colour palette, camerawork and other technical issues. He acknowledges that serious science fiction requires a slow pace, and identifies the three elements that all serious sci-fi films possess: a ship, a crew, and a signal that changes everything.

As influences, he name-checks Scott's `Alien', Kubrick's `2001', and Tarkovsky's `Solaris' as the main influences; but also `Apocalypse Now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
All this needs is a cameo appearance by Prof Brian Cox (and maybe Dara O'Briain too!!). Definitely recommended and worth a watch.
Published 26 days ago by Paul Ryder
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere within this galaxy...
…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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MJB
2.0 out of 5 stars Danny Boyle should be ashamed !
A film that promises much but delivers little. The script is confused, the acting wooden, and the ending is just plain silly !
Published 3 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
found this film kept me glued to the tv and was a great plot with a twist, this keeps the dramatic element alive. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tom
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off well...
... but then descends into a confusing, stupid, and unsatisfying ending. Such a pity as there was so much potential. I would not watch again.
Published 5 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Top sci-fi movie, with loads of extras on DVD
It worth buying this DVD just for the audio commentary by Dr. Brian Cox. Enough said he was a science advisor for the movie and the character Capa is modelled after him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Stan
3.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack makes the film
I caught the tail end of this film last year, and was hooked by the Adagio in D Minor by John Murphy. I decided to buy the film and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. K MCCOLL-BEGGS
2.0 out of 5 stars Entering the zone of foolishness
I really don't understand what goes through a director's mind when he reads a script such as the one we have here. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Lazaridis
3.0 out of 5 stars "If you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day,...
This is an ambitious but not entirely succesful British SF film. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaneda! What Do You See?
A brilliant film, with a wonderful soundtrack.
A fine cast.
This belongs next to the gem 'Moon'..:)

Danny Boyle should do more Sci-Fi.
Published 11 months ago by Reyza
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