After watching Duncan Jones’ fantastic 2009 movie “Moon” I have gotten a craving recently for “different” sci-fi movies. Not your typical “Pew pew action” sci-fi, but something else. Not that there is anything wrong with “pew pew action”, I love that shit, but I want to see different types of sci-fi movies as well thanks to “Moon”. So now I have watched another “different” sci-fi movie and I feel like I should review it.
Ladies and gentlemen… “Sunshine”.
In the future our sun is dying out. Soon it will be dead and then so will we. So they sent a group of ethnically diverse scientists to go out into space and reignite the sun with a giant nuke. But this is also not the first attempt at reigniting the sun, the people we follow is the second team. So it is also a little about them finding out what happened what happened to the first team… while they try to nuke the shit out of the sun. And from that we get a suspenseful and excellently written story that I really liked. I was interested through the entirety of the movie, seeing if our heroes could succeed with their mission. It was also mainly a story about the characters and their struggles as a team, making sure they didn’t hate each other too much in the end. And like I said, I stayed interested the entire time.
The characters are all interesting, well-written and really well-acted. Even if all of the scientists could be considered some form of main character, the true main character really is the one played by Cillian Murphy. And he gives us another winning performance that solidifies him as a great actor. Al otehr actors are great too. There are a fair amount of them so I will not go through them all, but they were all great.
The score for the movie was done by electronic band Underworld and composer John Murphy. And it was great. It helped keep tension and suspense up and was in general also pretty great to listen to. It is a soundtrack that I could probably listen to in my car (if I had one). Also the track “Adagio in D-Minor” by composer John Murphy is one of those tracks that have been used in everything. Kind of like “Lux Aeterna” from “Requiem For a Dream”. It’s jsut funny how everyone has heard the song yet they most likely don’t know it’s from this movie. So now you know!
This movie is directed by Danny Boyle and holy shit is it well-directed! The way he uses different angles and lighting in scenes looks pretty great. And I have honestly never seen anything by him before. I know that I suck, but that’s just how it has gone. But don’t worry, I’ll get to more of his movies sooner or later. Anyway, uhm… topic switch! The visual effects in this movie are pretty damn fantastic. They all look fantastic and feel very real. What I can also mention is that the third act of this movie is one of the most suspenseful ones that I have ever experienced. It is also a little heartbreaking because of *spoilers*. It also has a really great twist in the third act.
This was a pretty well-received movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 76% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.
“Sunshine” is a very different and also pretty awesome science fiction movie. It has a great story, terrific chracters/acting, great music, fantastic direction and visual effects and one of the most suspenseful third acts I have ever seen combined with a great twist. Time for my final score. *Music swells* My final score for “Sunshine” is a 9,84/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Review of “Sunshine” is completed.
Wake up Sunshine, open up your sleepy eyes for me…