3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Intelligent, atmospheric, if a little overhyped,
This review is from: Sunshine [DVD]  (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."