Saturday, January 19, 2008


I bought this movie for two reasons: I love science-fiction, and I liked 28 Days Later a lot. Sunshine was directed by Danny Boyle (Not Mr. Doyle, as the New York Times would erroneously have us believe.), who directed 28 Days Later.

I was very disappointed by Sunshine. Sci-fi and Danny Boyle didn't quite make up for the film's shortcomings.

  • For the first half of the film, we are treated to science-fiction. Inexplicably, the film tries to be sci-fi horror in the second half, and fails miserably. It's not scary, it just becomes stupid.
  • We're led to believe that the crew started out expecting to complete the mission and return home. It quickly becomes apparent that the ship was ill-designed to survive after completing its mission. You'd think that a crew full of the supposed "best and brightest" would have seen the design flaws.
  • Speaking of the ship and design flaws, not only was it not designed to survive after completing the mission, but it seemed designed to fail to complete the mission in the first place. No redundant systems, fragile equipment, only one airlock, etc. The last, best hope for humanity? You guys might as well phone home and tell them they are fucked. "Sorry people, humanity gave its best, and it was pretty bad. Might as well just kill yourselves now."

The cinamatography was brilliant, the visual effects were cool (except the goofy attempt at horror with a shaky, blurry camera), and the acting was good, but it just couldn't save the film from the poorly thought out plot and the stupid ending.

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