Monday, February 6, 2012

Movie of the Week – Sunshine

This week’s movie is Sunshine (2007).

The sci-fi film, made in the style of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Andrey Tarkovskiy’s Solaris, is about a crew of eight who sets out to reignite our dying sun. Director Danny Boyle, working again with screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach and 28 Days Later…), forms the film to be both a thriller and a psychological look at what it is like to look out into oblivion and see nothing looking back (or what it is like to look into the face of God), isolation, and facing death. As far as the thriller aspect goes, it is quite gripping and effective. The psychological drama aspect, however, is much more interesting, and is what makes this one of the great sci-fi films. Plus, the visuals are astounding. Cinematographer Alwin H. Kuchler and production designer Mark Tildesley do phenomenal work (among 2007’s best). The score from John Murphy and Underworld is also fantastic. The cast is very good with Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Cliff Curtis, and Mark Strong. Sunshine is a must-see for fans of the genre, as it is one of the best of the last decade (and one of the most underrated film as well). Check out the trailer.

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Streaming

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