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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.



Total Count: 168


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As the sun begins to dim along with humankind's hope for the future, it's up to a desperate crew of eight astronauts to reach the dying star and reignite the fire that will bring life back to planet Earth in this tense psychological sci-fi thriller that re-teams 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle with writer Alex Garland and producer Andrew Macdonald. The skies are darkening, and the outlook for planet Earth is grim. Though the encroaching darkness at first seems unstoppable, scientists have concocted one desperate last-ditch plan to buy the human race a temporary reprieve from the grim future that looms just past the horizon. A crew of eight men and women has been given a nuclear device designed to literally reignite the sun and sent hurtling through infinity on the most crucial space mission ever attempted. Suddenly, as the crew loses radio contact with mission control, everything begins to fall apart. Now, in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, the men and women who may hold the key to ultimate survival find themselves not only struggling for their lives, but their sanity as well. Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Michelle Yeoh star in a film that asks audiences just what would become of humankind if the sky suddenly went black.

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Critic Reviews for Sunshine

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (44)

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

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello
    Top Critic
  • The picture would be nothing, an incomplete Venn diagram, without Murphy.

    Sep 22, 2007
  • Cluttered storytelling undermines Sunshine.

    Jul 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • On sci-fi's crowded table Boyle serves a fresh feast for our eyes, minds and hearts.

    Jul 27, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Sunshine, if a fireball, is one that warns us yet again of the danger of flying too close to the sun.

    Jul 27, 2007
  • For Mr. Boyle, a Swiss Army knife of a filmmaker, there's always something new.

    Jul 27, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sunshine

  • Jun 07, 2016
    A brilliant sci fi movie that has a great fresh story but isn't told all that well at times and it got very silly at times too and it did ruin the movie, It's brilliantly acted and yes the plot is very farfetched but it was good with allot of twists and turns along the way, The ending was how it should of ended just lack of knowledge of what was going on made the climax not as satisfying as it should of been.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2015
    I found myself really getting into this movie, even though it got too strange towards the end. I did enjoy the effects and the originality of the story. Great cast and good direction for sure.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2013
    From Danny Boyle comes the smart and exciting space odyssey Sunshine. The story follows the mission of the Icarus II to reignite Earth's dying sun, but the mission is jeopardized when they alter course in an attempt to salvage the derelict craft of their predecessor, Icarus I. Exceptionally well-written, the film does an excellent job at developing the characters in subtle ways, and at grounding itself in the real world. The set designs also do an incredible job at creating a real, lived-in universe. Additionally, the special effects are remarkably effective at conveying the spectacle and the danger of space. Starring Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, and Cliff Curtis, the cast is quite impressive and delivers some powerful performances. A brilliantly crafted and compelling film, Sunshine is a riveting science fiction thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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