Sunshine (2007)

Directed by Danny Boyle.  Written by Alex Garland.  Starring Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Hiroyuki Sanada, Troy Garity, Mark Strong and Chipo Chung.

Plot: a team of international astronauts are sent to reignite our dying sun in the year 2057

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The crew of the Icarus II is taking a huge bomb to the sun, so that they can jumpstart it.  My first question, why would you name a ship flying toward the sun Icarus?  It didn’t end well for him.  And if you don’t know the story, let me tell you as quickly as possible.  In Greek Myth, Icarus was the son of Daedalus, an inventor, who made wings out of wax and feathers, so that he and his son could escape Crete.  While escaping Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly to high or the wax would melt in the sun, but Icarus didn’t listen.  He was transfixed by flight and wanted to go higher and higher, which he did, and just like his father said, the wings melted, Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.  Now again I ask, why would you name a ship on it’s way to the sun, Icarus II?  Especially after Icarus I, having the same mission, failed at it?

Speaking of, the whole movie starts to go really wrong after Icarus II receives a distress call from Icarus I.  Mace (Evans) doesn’t want to take the detour citing the high risk level.  The rest of them, lead by Capa (Murphy), decide that having two bombs and therefore two opportunities to ignite the sun, is worth the risk.  So, they deviate from course and almost immediately wish they hadn’t.  The ship gets damaged, they find everyone aboard Icarus I dead and they even lose two of their own.  And the fun doesn’t end there, of course.  But you’ll have to watch the movie to see the rest.

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I didn’t really like anyone that much except for Chris Evans because he was the only smart one from the beginning.  And no, that has nothing to do with him being my future husband, because he was the only one DJ liked, too.  It was a good cast though filled with great performances.  And the end was optimistic which we like.  We didn’t really think it was all that horrific though.  Much more of a thriller.  And while I have nothing terribly bad to say about it, I have nothing terribly great to say either.  It was a good movie.  Not great, but good.  You should probably see it if you’re a horror fan though, and definitely if you’re into a good science-fiction piece.

Our score: 50.

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