Review written on: September 2nd, 2007

Sunshine Review

Sunshine was an odd movie, to say the least. The movie follows a team of astronauts sent into space to revive the dying sun (according to IMDb, it is set 50 years in the future). It’s a dangerous mission, especially since the first crew sent out to complete the task never returned. Like most fictional space missions, everyone has a job to do – one is a physicist, one is the botanist, etc., etc. All members of the crew have strong personalities, which further complicates decision-making.

I liked the movie. It was interesting, but not captivating. I doubt I would have liked it even as much as I did had it not been Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans in starring roles, two actors whose work I thoroughly enjoy. I also enjoyed Rose Byrne, whom I’ve only seen in a couple of other movies, as well as Cliff Curtis who was most recently in Live Free or Die Hard.

I probably would have liked it more if it hadn’t been so confusing. I think that’s mostly because I’m not generally a sci-fi fan, so I have a hard time buying into a lot of the assumptions sci-fi stories make. Although a spaceship that talks back to you like K.I.T.T. would be pretty awesome. The biodome-type oxygen garden was pretty cool too.

In the end I can appreciate the movie for the human side of things – the individual struggle each astronaut is going through. The choices they have to make because the lives of everyone on Earth depends on them completing their mission. The most powerful part of the movie, in my opinion, is watching Capa (Cillian Murphy) record his last message for his parents before they lose contact with Earth. Cillian Murphy is a fascinating actor, and truly makes the scene stand out in my mind.

I think if you’re a sci-fi fan, or a Cillian Murphy fan, this is definitely one to check out. If the idea of watching eight astronauts trapped on their ship for an entire movie bores you to tears, skip it.


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