It’s the Human Torch and The Scarecrow…in space.
I liked director Danny Boyle’s last film 28 Days Later as a different take on zombie/survival horror film, so not knowing much about this new film, Sunshine, we decided to give it a see over the Easter break as there weren’t many adult movies playing.
To make a long review short, I’ll sum up Sunshine in one word: TEDIOUS. Great effects, but the rest of it we’ve seen before not once, not twice but at least 3 times. If you’ve seen movies like Event Horizon, Supernova or Solaris (The George Clooney version) – you’ve seen Sunshine.
Going in we knew there was at least one nerdy-fun thing to see, two movie superhero characters fighting: Chris Evans (Human Torch from Fantastic Four – not to mention an ironic casting choice in a movie to do with the heat of the sun and the what happens to his character) and Cillian Murphy (The Scarecrow from Batman Begins) but no kicking from Michelle Yeow and no swordplay from Hiroyuki Sanada (of The Last Samurai).
Basic B-movie story – the sun is going to burn out so a group of astronauts and scientists go to space to shoot a bomb into the sun to re-ignite it. But that first team fails, so they send a second team to try and do it. They find the first ship and decide, against all better judgment, to go and check it out. To do this they have to change flight plans, sun shields etc. but enough trouble that they screw up the whole mission, people die, the ship gets ripped up and basically they unleash some kind of monster we never really see or have an explanation for.
Hmmm…I think we’ve all seen this movie before. And like we said, not once but a few times specifically Event Horizon with Lawrence Fishburne and Sam Neill who also went into space looking for ghost ships (Which even mirrors another bad sci-fi movie The Core where a team of scientists go to the center of the Earth to restart it but without the monsters).
The effects are great the cinematography is amazing! Big giant space ship, gold plated spacesuits and some interesting ideas on long distance space travel but in the end its a cliche-ridden plot that doesn’t offer anything new or even a new take on an old idea. After we guessed the first few deaths the rest of the movie fell into place to bore us to tears.
So thumbs down on this movie, worth a rent if you are a fan of any of the people involved but really expected more from Danny Boyle (the same director as Trainspotting, The Beach and 28 Days Later.)
There is a neat fansite for the film here.