Watched Sunshine, Danny Boyle’s brand-new sci-fi movie on sunday evening.
It’s not a perfect movie, as evidenced by the four star rating, but a pretty good semi-hard-science fiction film all right.
The back story weighs in in the top class of hokeyness: sun is dying, and the detonation of a big-ass atomic bomb at its core is the only way to retain life on earth. Certainly, the main plot is not amongst the best of them, but the film is otherwise executed pretty well.
It deftly combines bits from a selection of classic movies – Alien, Event Horizon and 2001 amongst the easiest to recognize. The ship is a claustrophobic and lonely place, and there’s definitely something fishy going on with the mission.
Amongst the actors Cillian Murphy (seemingly a Boyle favorite) is spookily distant as the protagonist with his blue eyes as piercing as they have been in previous roles. Took me a long, long while to recognize the botanist – the others rang no bells worth mentioning.
The ship is a work of art – well-lit and dark at the same time, just a few degrees off from behind the heatshield to utter annihilation in the ground-zero sunlight. It’s a functionally ugly ship, but one that is actually somewhat believable, built for a single task only.
The film starts off a bit on the slow side, but quickly picks up a breathless pace that almost unerringly carries it to the very end. There isn’t much exposition and the reason of the sun’s plight is never really explained.
Quite a bunch of trailers before the main event: apart from Shrek 3, the third parts of the biggest franchises were shown. Neither Spiderman nor Pirates of the Caribbean looked bad at all. And it seems that the former saga will dive to rather bleak depths in its third installment. The new Philip K. Dick-filmatisation, Nextdidn’t look as worthy as Linklater’s mighty rotoscoping of A Scanner Darkly.