“Sunshine” Gives Rays of Hope to Hollywood

Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Release Date:
July 20th, 2007 (wide) MPAA Rating: R for violent content and language.
20th Century Fox International, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Directed by: Danny Boyle

JJ Rating: B+

The sun is dying. A payload is to be delivered to the sun by a ship called Icarus but it failed. So Icarus II is sent and that is the story of Sunshine.

The payload is the size of Manhattan. It’s to be placed in a certain area and it will create, as the movie states, a star within a star. That’s not a problem in doing that. The problem isn’t even space related. The actual mission is simple. What makes it difficult is that humans with moral issues and different agendas are on that ship. They are the problem and cause more problems with their difference in what is wrong and right.

I like the name Icarus because it refers to a character in Greek Mythology. The character flew too close to the sun and melted the wax that held his fake wings on. He ended up falling into a sea. This name works well for the ship because they flew close to the sun. I thought the naming was clever.

Sunshine entertained me even though there was not explosion after explosion. It had interesting dilemmas that the crew had to go through in order to succeed with the mission. It is a movie that appealed to me because I like those kinds of decisions. Putting people in difficult situations and watching them squirm to figure out what they should do. Some of the characters were able to live their life all the way through with the way they were from the get go. Others just could not pull it off.

There is great acting on everyone’s part in this movie. The one that stands out that shows a different side that has not shown such a side is Chris Evans as Mace. I’ve seen him in all kinds of movies like Not Another Teen Movie and Fantastic Four and his characters are the cocky look at me I’m hot I can do whatever types. This role he has in this movie is different than that and it gave a different look to him and it fit. I think he did an excellent job. I do not believe that there could have been more pulled from these actors. As a whole they made the movie as awesome as it is with, of course, help from Danny Boyle the director.

They have a sun room where they can allow the sun to beam on them. I believe the highest they can allow the sun is 3.1% without damage. Going in that room seemed more like an addiction and it was weird. There isn’t a whole lot touched on that, or I missed it, but that is what that room seemed like to me. Sunshine did not derive from that room but maybe. The name, most likely, came from the fact that the payload’s password was sunshine.

The visuals were astounding. I wanted to stare at the sun a while longer. It looked amazing. Also what was interesting to me (and I’m not a science freak so I wouldn’t really think of these things unless presented to me) was the plants. I know that plants convert CO2 into oxygen. I understand that. I just never gave much thought of them being needed on a long space flight. I’m a Star Trek fan so I guess that could have hindered my reality thinking. Maybe. Ha.

Speaking of Star Trek, why is it that space movies when they have computers the computer’s voice is a woman’s, for the most part? I believe, if I’m not mistaken, that a woman’s voice is used when the computer is good and a man’s voice is used when the computer is bad. I guess it has to do with women’s voices are soothing when they are talking. I really don’t know the true reason as to why they would constantly use women’s voices. I do find them soothing though.

I’m having a hard time with deciding if I’d purchase this movie or not. I believe that I just might because it is one of my favorite types of movies, movies where characters have to deal with moral issues and it’s mostly discussion and less action. I like action movies too. Sunshine is a movie that gives a hopeful sunrise to more interesting movies that deal well with issues in a creative way. It gives a beam of hope for Hollywood and their obsessive need with doing the same thing over and over again. It shows that movies can be interesting without pointless action taking over the screen. Sunshine hopefully will show people what makes movies awesome. It has me believing in movies, again.

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