The special effects are excellent, considering the modest budget, and really bring to mind the transcendental atmosphere of 2001, and even the recent The Fountain. It would all be great if the film followed that particular theme to its conclusion, but towards the end things nearly go seriously off the rails with some very out of place elements. Despite this wobble, Sunshine still manages to deliver a satisfying climax that isn’t too cheesy, and provokes some thought.
The human element is really the core of the film, and the entire cast deliver admirably, even through the weak points. Cillian Murphy is particularly good as Capa, the unwilling hero of the piece. His wild, piercing stare projects constant anxiety, and he brings drama to even the simplest scenes. Mace (Chris Evans) provides the perfect counter to Capa’s sensitivity with his cold, logical action man, who puts the mission above all else. Murphy and Evans are the biggest stars, but nowhere near Hollywood A-listers, and this keeps things low key, making the dynamics between the crew far easier to believe.
Overall Sunshine is a decent movie, which straddles the B-movie line between gripping and totally derivative, but manages to hold your attention throughout. The story is perhaps not as deep and meaningful as the filmmakers hoped, but it does provide more food for thought than most, and it remains exciting from the first danger the crew encounters. We’ve seen all this before, of course, but most of the time it is nowhere near this well done and nowhere near this much fun.
- Ivan Sadler
The guys that brought us Trainspotting have turned out a decent sci-fi adventure in Sunshine. Yes, we've seen it all before, but normally nowhere near this well done.
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