SUNSHINE - MOVIE REVIEW
- "Only dream I ever have... is it the surface of the sun? Everytime I shut my eyes... it's always the same." -
I've noticed -not sure if you have too- but 9 times out of 10, every sci-fi movie that features a world ending catastrophe will always be solved in the most American way imaginable: by blowing it the hell up.
Transformers, Independence Day, Armageddon, The Avengers and even Star Wars have used that solution to any type of extinction level event. Why? Because this is 'Murica and if there's a problem, we drop a bomb on it and we will drop a bomb on anything. Even the fucking sun.
Sunshine is a small sci-fi movie from 2007 directed by Danny Boyle that stars a grear ensemble crew of Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Benedict Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada, Troy Garity and not one black guy.
They almost had every ethnicity covered in this movie but they somehow forgot to put in a black person. That's just really, really weird.
But nonetheless, what we have here is a crew of scientists and smart people who have all signed up to sacrifice themselves in go on a suicide mission to stop our dying sun from bringing about an Earth-ending apocalypse by dropping a bomb on it because... 'Murica.
Danny Boyle is a director whose work I always look out for. He can take the most basic of material and turn into something completely unconventional. By this point he had brought the zombie genre back from the proverbial dead with 28 Days Later and made a movie about 4 Scottish heroin addicts one of the best movies of the 90s.
He's done practically every genre of movie in his career and has always brought something new to it. He's the kind of director who you can go to see whatever new movie he has and know that you're gonna get something entirely different from what the trailers might show you.
In the case of Sunshine, we have a sci-fi movie about a spaceship full of pretty blue collar people who have one mission in mind but after something unfortunate happens, the crew starts biting the dust.
Immediately and inevitably, that makes you think of Alien; and if that doesn't then stop lying you damn liar.