Did you know that Danny Boyle made a movie in between “28 Days Later” and “Slumdog Millionaire”? Few do. But he did, in fact, sneak out one of my favorite movies of the past few years, the gorgeous space flick “Sunshine”. When I saw it in the theater, the space FX were so good I could have sworn it was film and not CGI. (The trailer above does it ZERO justice.)
In the near future, for reasons unspecified, our sun is dying. An international crew sets out on a massive spacecraft, hoping desperately to try an untested technology to reignite the star. Let’s just say that things don’t go very smoothly for them. This is one dark, brutal film.
Despite the presence of Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, and other strong actors, it was an utter bomb, seen by maybe ten people. It does stretch plausibility a bit, here and there. And some have said it has a weak third act depending on your tastes (although the conclusion blows minds). But I found it to be a thought-provoking, eye-popping blend of “2001”, “Das Boot”, and “Alien”. If you’ve got a good screen so you can appreciate the dazzle, it’s one of those films for which Blu-Ray was made.