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Sunshine

by

Jeff Nelson

Sunshine is worth being given a chance to get your own opinion on it, but don't place your expectations too high.

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Over the years, I have become a fan of Danny Boyle. He's able to have a wide variety of filmmaking types, yet he's able to make them all rather well. From films such as 28 Days Later to 127 Hours, he doesn't stick with one genre. One of the lesser known films on his resume is a sci-fi thriller by the name of Sunshine.

In the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind may become extinct. A crew of eight men and women go on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. The mission begins to unravel as they begin fighting for their lives and all of the human race. Before I knew that Danny Boyle was behind the camera for this film, I wasn't very interested by the trailers or concept. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but the fact that Danny Boyle was handling the film, I felt like giving it a shot. The plot begins slow and takes a little while to pick up, but I couldn't peel my eyes off the screen once I got interested. One of the biggest issues with this film is the choice of characters. It doesn't feel as though the characters give enough depth. There are a couple characters that the audience feels that they can feel sympathy for. It's too predictable who will live and who will die on this mission. The dialogue is mediocre and comes off as tacky when some characters are muttering their last words. A lot of work could have been done to fix this in the final screenplay.

Similar to many others, I was excited to see Cillian Murphy and Danny Boyle do another film together. They worked flawlessly in 28 Days Later and do a great job here as well. Murphy's is one of the best of all the actors in this film. Other than Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne gives a performance at about the same level. These two communicate well and make the madness occurring in the spaceship feel real. When I first heard that Chris Evans would be starring in this, I didn't know what to think. This isn't the genre that he usually signs up to be in. However, he's able to hold his own throughout.

The atmosphere and tone of the film are both rather dark. It's bright when sunlight is being shown, but it's otherwise taking place on a dark and eerie spaceship. Near the end of the film, there is a 'mysterious' figure on board with the crew. Each time that this character would be shown on screen, the screen would become jagged and hard to see. It was an artistic way of filming the scenes at first, but soon become bothersome. The CGI used throughout is good and fortunately doesn't animate the sunshine that's being shown.

Sunshine isn't Danny Boyle's best film by a long-shot. Nevertheless, Boyle remains an extremely talented director whose skills do come out during this film. This movie is sure to have mixed reviews and isn't a film for everyone. Sunshine is worth being given a chance to get your own opinion on it, but don't place your expectations too high.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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