I’m sad when movies like this are overlooked. Is it because it’s science fiction? It certainly was marketed poorly. Looking at the trailer, you’d think it was crap like The Core or the one where Ben Affleck has to blow up the moon or whatever that was. Such a shame.
First off, it’s made by the folks who did the 28 Days Later movie, which transcended the zombie genre. Likewise, Sunshine transcends the sending-a-nuke-into-space-to-save-humanity genre. 28 Days wasn’t just about zombies, you know. Likewise, Sunshine is outer spacey, but really it’s about people, how we sometimes can’t quite manage to overcome our personal needs and crackpot ideas to prevent to sun from nova-ing. The Earth is just a spaceship of eight people trying to complete a doomed mission, when it comes down to it.
Helps when one of them is cute, cute Cillian Murphy/ cute, cute Michelle Yeoh.
Anyhow, it’s also gorgeous. The sets compare to 2001: A Space Odyssey, plus there’s the sun. The huge, terrifying sun that nourishes us all. Nothing like the sun, indeed: they really do a good job in giving us the idea of the SCALE of that thing. It’s huger than huger, more powerful than anything we can ever create. So bright that, even on Earth, you can be permanently blinded by it. And in space, it can burn you alive. Space doesn’t care about us, we have to care for each other.