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Sunshine (2007)



Critic Consensus: Danny Boyle continues his descent into mind-twisting sci-fi madness, taking us along for the ride. Sunshine fulfills the dual requisite necessary to become classic sci-fi: dazzling visuals with intelligent action.

Movie Info

Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.

Rating: R (for violent content and language)
Genre: Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Alex Garland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2008
Box Office: $3.4M
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Critic Reviews for Sunshine

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (43)

Nothing anyone does makes much sense, but gad, is it ever gorgeous.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

The picture would be nothing, an incomplete Venn diagram, without Murphy.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
Top Critic

In an age of technical advancements when filmmakers have circumvented ideas for synthetic visual thrills, here is a movie that plays like some decisive, brilliant rebellion to that pattern.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014

Don't pack a tube of SPF 50 to the theater; bring a can of Jolt or a double espresso.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

"Sunshine's" mostly cerebral adventure into unquantifiable science and human nature makes its huh-what conclusion more forgivable. Loopy as it gets, once the Icarus II sets a course for the heart of the sun, "Sunshine" becomes a head-trip and a half.

Full Review… | October 16, 2010

Sunshine is a fantastically enjoyable film that works our minds, delights our senses and shows that futuristic science fiction can be serious drama rather than mere popcorn fodder.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Sunshine


A new sci fi movie that i hadnt heard about but was better than i expected.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Boyle's entry to the space opera category begins well; crew introduction, personality dynamics, and plot direction, only the finale gets murky as the mission to save the Earth gets closer to resolution, as the ship gets closer to the sun.Still a worthy effort.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

A remarkable, completely mesmerizing under-seen film from Danny Boyle about a group of eight astronauts sent up into space in hopes of reviving a dying sun 50 years into the future by setting off a nuclear bomb the size of Manhattan Island inside it. Everybody complains about the last 1/3 of this film, and I'm not quite sure why. Yes, it undergoes a dramatic shift in tone but I for one found it to add yet another thrilling layer to an already intense story. Cillian Murphy's all-out turn drives this film for the most part, with nice support from his supporting cast. More importantly, this thing is just beautiful to look at. The one thing I would complain about would be a lack of character development (then again, you could say the same thing for "Alien" and other classics, too, which I love) and an unclear look at why the main villain in the film chooses to do what he does. Still, as violent as the tone change might be and as underdeveloped or undercooked some of Boyle's and writer Alex Garland's ideas might look at times, this picture makes up for these shortcomings and some by providing a ridiculously hypnotizing story and action on-screen. The ending is both tragic and fitting, with an epic score to complement the orange waves of the beautiful sun captured in full-scope. I for one really, really like this movie.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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