DailyView: Day 102, Movie 174
My friend Chris recommended this sci-fi movie called Sunshine tonight. I found it on Hulu and so I decided to do one more DailyView for today.
The Sci-fi film had a strong cast, led by Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Benedict Wong, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michelle Yeoh, Troy Garity and Mark Strong. The performances were excellent as you would expect from the high level cast.
It is some time in the future and the sun is dying. Because the sun is dying, the earth is losing its prime energy source. A mission is organized to send a crew with a bomb hoping to reignite the star within the sun itself, but that mission disappeared without completing it. A second mission, with the last remaining of the earth’s resources in this payload was organized in a last ditch effort to save the planet.
Directed by Danny Boyle, Sunshine is a tense and exciting thrill ride into the world of science fiction. There are events that happen that lead one to think of it more as a horror movie than sci-fi, but there are plenty of concepts that work for themes here. The greater good is on display as well as themes of isolation and of sacrifice.
I love Chris Evans, even pre-Captain America, and his character was one of the best of the group. He was the realist who could be seen as uncaring, but he would do anything to make sure the mission was a success where other crew members may not have always done this. Cillian Murphy was the counter to Evans and the pair of them were shown to be at odds despite both being determined to get the bomb to the sun.
I will say that there is something that happens late in the film that, although was suspenseful, was not necessarily the way I would have ended the film. Without spoiling it, it had to do with Mark Strong’s character. This character seemed to inject a level of craziness that did not work as well in the film. As I said, it did build some tension, but I think tension could have been built in other ways and the images during his scenes were too supernatural in tone for me. It did not ruin the movie, but I think it did weaken it some.
However, I still ended up enjoying this a great deal. I got past the fact that the film had Captain America, Wong and Dogen from LOST in the cast and started to see them as the characters they played here. The special effects and the CGI was amazing and worked tremendously, and each character had their moment in the sun (some quite literally). Good sci-fi film that I had never heard of before.