- 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000S6UZEM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,027 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Sunshine [DVD] 
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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The set is beautiful- and actually constructed for a change. Danny Boyle really pulls off the clostrophobia of alien and the romance and sterility of 2001 all in one. and i for one loved all the exterior shots! I really don't think boyle went overboard on the CGI. having an on-board physist really made for an interesting (and different) ship.
The performances are wonderful without exception. But Hiroyuki Sanada and Cillian Murphy really shine. Everything is subtle and underplayed- just the way a big sci-fi should be.
The underworld score is just fantastic. Giving a feel of unease and hyperactivity all the way through. The direction is mindblowing (especially the end sequence)... I just loved this film.
and remember- when you buy this fantastic film- you're supporting the british film industry!
Sci-fi is just a way of making "Space-Opera" sound better.
Sunshine surprised me. I was expecting a good old cheesy job like Event Horizon - which I note it has already been compared to. However, in my opinion Sunshine has a LOT more substance, and is one of the most hardcore science fiction films I have seen in a long time.
The average popcorn-munching cinema goer will be bored and disappointed. This film requires concentration and a high level of emotional involvement for it to be enjoyed.
Reading the other reviews - the person who compared it to 2001: A Space Odyssey was about right. If you're into sci-fi, this film isn't for you. Science fiction fans only!
I thank you.
What makes this film stand out are the combination of the amazing visuals and the epic soundtrack, which is currently unavailable even 6 months after theatrical release. They combine to give you a great feel for the struggle faced by our would be heroes. Although I feel this may all be lost when translating to the small screen, due to size playing an important part of conveying the enormity of the sun. In one amazing effects shot we start at a distance from the sun and gradually zoom in on a tiny spec, which of course turns out to be the huge spacecraft. When faced with it on a screen the size of a house, its certainly worth the entry fee. But in reality, the DVD version will be somewhat less inspiring.
Not the best film ever but worth a look if you're a fan of Event Horizon and other such films in the genre.
For best results view on the biggest screen possible with the loudest speakers around. Otherwise you'll be left wondering what all the fuss was about.
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Visually stunning, enthralling action, taut direction, pounding soundtrack. A work of art. The premise behind the difficulty in completing the project is psychological which... Read morePublished 10 days ago by M.Sam
This film makes no sense what so ever. I only bought the film because of the Underworld soundtrack.Published 19 days ago by callum chandler
The stuck on label over the information on the back covers a NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL SALE with no bar code on the cover! Whole thing suspect.
Sent back for refund. Not impressed
Not a film for me. Seemed to me to be a story about a group of immature incompetant 20 year olds. The constant bad language and blaspheming did not impress me either.Published 1 month ago by SimonF
This one's down to personal interpretation.
All in all, it's a mature approach without any of the pre-packed popcorn of Hollywood.
There's a huge white sticker on the back of the case that covers all the useful information such as runtime, subtitles and disc region. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Josh Gribben