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Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Troy Garity.

Composer: John Murphy

Year: 2007

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

I like the odd bit of science fiction, from sci-fi fantasy like the original Star Wars to sci-fi thrillers like Alien. The possibilities with the genre are endless. However, I do disengage with sci-fi films that are too action-orientated, for instance Armageddon and the two Matrix sequels; I don’t like mixing my sci-fi with over the top action. It’s like when I’m eating Spag-Bol, the ratio between pasta and sauce needs to be just right (less pasta/action than the sauce/sci-fi). A messy analogy.

Sunshine is an intelligent film without being too nerdy (if that’s possible). The premise is simple: the Sun is burning out and Earth is freezing over. In a desperate attempt, humanity bands together to send a small crew into space to reignite the Sun. I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t that similar to the plot of that Michael Bay film you’ve just said you didn’t like?” Sure, they are not dissimilar, but there’s no Aerosmith, hammy acting, overly used CGI action sequences or ridiculous immediacy; Sunshine is a slow burner.

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The film is a technical masterpiece. The acting from Cillian Murphy, Mark Strong, Michelle Yeoh and Cliff Curtis is superb, the cinematography is gorgeous and the music – oh man the music – augments the drama. John Murphy’s soundtrack is so powerful I’m getting chills thinking about it.

Sunshine is a tragic tale, but the journey is worth the distress. It resonates with me on so many levels: the setting; the desperation and moral extremities of humanity, the majesty of science and the allure and destructive force of the Sun.

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There are obvious connections to films that came before Danny Boyle’s British made sci-fi epic. Many people compare Sunshine to Event Horizon, while others refer to Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sunshine is often misunderstood by wider audiences and considered one of Boyle’s more underrated films by critics. I love other films from Boyle, with 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire being memorable films from the 2000s, but it is Sunshine that takes the accolade of being my ninth favourite film.

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This piece of music from the film’s soundtrack is absolutely amazing (you may have heard it in Kick-Ass and The Walking Dead: Season One):


Discussion on Sunshine with Danny Boyle, film critic Mark Kermode and physicist Brian Cox:


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