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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 (321 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 (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6UZEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, atmospheric, if a little overhyped 11 Feb 2009
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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255 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5 Nov 2007
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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A 'DAZZLING' BLU-RAY EXPIERIENCE' 8 Jun 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with this film no marks like new thanks
Published 2 days ago by john
2.0 out of 5 stars restart the sun
8 astronauts are sent to the sun with a bomb as the sun is going to flame out. All of the plan is theoretical. Read more
Published 11 days ago by ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best film ive seen for along time
Published 11 days ago by rob7
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
It's a bit boring. I found this film to be quite boring, the story I think would have been OK if there was more action in the film.
Published 19 days ago by Jason Mantell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good plot
Published 21 days ago by Tornado8
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by R. Ardis
4.0 out of 5 stars As described-didn't like it
Turned up on time and as described. Not 5* since I just did't think it was a very good film
Published 1 month ago by Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasure
Can't believe this didn't go viral around the world. It's just so good. Top five science fiction films. Really. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bertie
3.0 out of 5 stars A motley crew of experts set out to reignite our fading sun.
Cillian Murphey stands out again among a group of scientists aboard a spaceship heading to the sun with an 'H' bomb to blow it up to reignite the fires that are burning out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael
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 4 months ago by Paul Ryder
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