Friday Night Movie Recommendation | Sunshine

Friday Night Movie Recommendation | Sunshine

The sun is dying. The only way to save Earth is to reignite the sun by sending a bomb into the heart of it. Eight astronauts have been chosen to bring the bomb the incredible distance and make sure that it goes off, effectively saving mankind. The spaceship that they are piloting is the Icarus II, the Icarus I was already sent, lost contact with Earth and wasn’t heard from again. Without knowing what happened to the previous mission, the astronauts of the Icarus II have to do their best to complete the mission while hopefully not making the same mistakes. After all, it’s only the fate of the world that hangs in the balance.


Directed by Danny Boyle, Sunshine is a visual masterpiece. The images that we are presented with as the Icarus II drifts through space are breathtakingly beautiful. The cinematography is top notch and the feelings of seclusion and confinement in direct opposition to the vastness of space is one of the most effective depictions of space travel and the corresponding physiological impact. Boyle really gets into what these conditions will do to a person’s mind.


Each of the eight astronauts reacts to the circumstances differently. The best performance comes from Cilian Murphy who plays Cappa, the physicist who is in charge of the bomb. His depictions of the silent outsider is perfect for the character. He knows more than anyone what needs to be done to complete the mission but he doesn’t want the responsibility of making the tough decisions. He’s willing to though, and we see his transformation into a leader when push comes to shove. Rose Bryne was also a great choice as Cassie, the pilot. She added real depth to some of the more difficult decisions that have to be made. At one point she says, “You’re saying you need my vote. I’m saying you can’t have it.”  It’s moments like these that really highlight the different personalities that are on board. Finally, although not the best performance in the film, Chris Evans’ character, Mace, the engineer, really resonated as the voice of reason in the film. He was a good counterweight of logic to the other emotional characters. Also, Chris Evans is really nice to look at.


Sunshine has been criticized for it’s technical inaccuracies but if you take it at face value and let yourself believe in the world of the film, it really is a great ride. More important than the scientific accuracy of the film is the physiological accuracy of the characters, and Boyle made a determinate effort to honestly portray the reactions of the characters after a prolonged period of time in space.


On a slightly negative note, the ending leaves something to be desired. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t live up to the first two thirds of the movie. It isn’t terrible but it does go a little sideways and there are a couple of “Really?” moments.


All in all, Sunshine is incredibly beautiful to watch, and although the plot may seem a bit illogical at times and the ending takes a very bizarre turn, it is definitely worth seeing. The performances are very well done, the cinematography, visual effects and the directing are top notch. Even though I do see it’s faults, it remains one of my personal favourites. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.


Also, the people who named the spaceship Icarus… are they not familiar with Greek mythology?


38 thoughts on “Friday Night Movie Recommendation | Sunshine

  1. Excellent review! I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I didn’t watch this with too much of a technical eye (I think think that can mainly be attributed to the fact that the movie never really presented itself as a super sciency movie like Interstellar, for example) and I thought it came together incredibly well. That end did have a few too many “Really??” moments going for it.

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  2. Great review Mel! This is one of my all time favourites movies, certainly in my top 10 🙂

    A lot of people don’t like the third half, which is a shame. I love all of it but I can see how people find it strange. It’s very ‘Danny Boyle’ though and the entire film has creepy segments. I’m glad you still enjoy it 🙂

    I think the ‘science bits’ are more realistic than some movies – at least! I’ve watched the director’s commentary and Prof. Brian Cox (a famous physicist in the UK haha) actually helped Danny Boyle write a lot of the ‘science bits’ so they are as true to form as possible. People just like moaning about things tsk!!!!! 😀 but he tried really hard!!!

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      1. Not yet but it looks good and I can hear that Jimi Hendrix song in the trailer RIGHT NOW lol. You’ve seen it haven’t you? Did you end up going to London to meet everyone last week?

        The ‘science bits’ hee hee, you know what I mean!!!!!

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  3. Great review, Mel. Love your analysis. First off, the Icarus name, definitely a bad omen. Secondly, what an amazing cult classic with a dynamic cast. I agree, the highlight is the visuals, but I also love the strange properties of quantum physics and how it relates to the ending. I remember seeing this when I lived downtown Toronto, where most of the audience left shaking their heads and saying WTF. That’s the unlikely sign of a great movie.. one that divides the audience. Thanks for highlighting this hidden gem.

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    1. And the original ship calls themselves “Icarus I” on the recording Icarus II finds, which is obviously an error as they wouldn’t have known (at the time) a second Icarus (Icarus II) would be made and would have just called themselves “Icarus” !

      If that makes sense :p

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  4. I love this film great pick, seen it so many times even if the end is iffy. so many brilliant moments i like the sun room, the cast are easily some of my favourite stars, with Murphy who is gold, Byrne who always surprised, Evans in a normal role stealing the scenes, Cliff Curtis, Mark Strong, all of them. this could go on

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      1. I am confident i saying Emma is going to give you an epic comment because i know how much she loves this one too.

        This is so underrated though, i think it also has the ability to be picked up anywhere during the film

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      2. It really is underrated, probably because a bunch of physicists went on and on about how unrealistic it is. I’m more of the mindset that anything is possible in the world of a movie. I’m so glad Emma likes it too. I’m always happy when bloggers whose opinions I respect (you and Emma) like the movies I recommend 🙂

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