Sunshine (2007)

Rating: ★★★★☆

The plot: The sun is dying and about ready to go out. No supernova or anything like that, just ‘poof’ and the lights go out. The people of earth get together and decide to send a spaceship to the sun and ‘restart’ it by exploding a nuclear bomb in the sun’s core.

I will not get into the absurdity of the plot. Suffice to say you have to suspend your belief in over 1000 years of science to even have a chance of liking this movie.

I expected this to be a low budget (unintentional) laugh-fest, this was reinforced by the cheesy title screen on the DVD. I have to say though, this movie wasn’t half-bad. From the special effects there was obviously some sort of budget behind this movie. As I said, if you suspend your beliefs in physics, this is actually a decent film.

The entire film takes place in space aboard Icarus II, save a few minutes at the end. I would have liked to see the effects of the ‘solar winter’ on earth in the beginning of the movie, just to give a visual representation of the desperation that drove mankind into taking action.

We find out that Icarus I was launched seven years prior but failed to complete its mission for some unknown reason. At some point between the ‘dead zone’, a point in space too close to the sun for radio communication, and the surface of the sun itself, Icarus I failed in its mission so Icarus II was sent.

As the crew of Icarus II approach Mercury they pick up the distress beacon of Icarus I, apparently Mercury’s iron composition acts like an antenna. The crew has a choice, continue on its mission which will take them within 15,000 miles of Icarus I -or- adjust their course slightly to make an approach much closer to Icarus I, and possibly learning the cause of the failure.

The crew is split on this decision. On one hand, the future of mankind depends on them completing their mission. On the other hand, they only have one bomb and the success rate (explained in the movie) is only 40%. If they are able get to Icarus I they have two bombs to try. As stated in the movie “two last hopes are better than one.”

I’ll stop there so I don’t give too much away. If you are intrigued, go rent the movie.

On a side note… The dude from 28 Days Later is the physicist in this movie. I half-expected the reason of Icarus I to be zombies… He is officially typecast in my mind.

Also, how cool would it have been if they used “Don’t let the sun go down on me” for the opening credits song? Am I the only one that thinks of this shit?


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