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Sunshine (2007)

  • Starring: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 107 min.

Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
May’s pick was made by Derek Dunn.

“Sunshine is both creepy and beautiful. The two aspects coalesce until the movie makes the idea of a cosmic end seem almost romantic.”

Synopsis: The sun is dying. It is no longer providing the energy and the light that mankind needs to survive on Earth. The entire global community pools its resources to send a mission into space to deliver a bomb to reignite the part of the sun that is failing. Our story concerns the eight astronauts and scientists who lead this mission. On their journey towards the sun the crew stumble upon the ship that was sent on the same mission seven years previously, the Icarus I, drifting in space. From this point on things start to go very wrong. Its about how the crew react under the enormous pressure of their endeavor to save mankind. (Fox Searchlight)

"On sci-fi's crowded table Boyle serves a fresh feast for our eyes, minds and hearts."
- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"As a pure cinematic experience, it's exhilaratingly, brutally beautiful."
- Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Sunshine -- despite a title so at odds with the film's tone -- is engrossing, believable and intelligent sci-fi filmmaking at its best."
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Every frame wows with exquisite arrangements of light and color; each of the characters' choices is packed with a sense of consequence and urgency that makes us feel as if we're frittering away our lives by comparison."
- Jan Stuart, Newsday
"The experience of watching Sunshine is one of nearly relentless tension, a sticky-palmed dread that takes on literally cosmic proportions as the story progresses."
- Dana Stevens, Slate
"Boyle's spiritual and metaphysical musings intertwine neatly with his pop sensibility, imbuing this with an art-house intelligence without diluting its summer blockbuster appeal."
- Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"Brightness has never seemed as menacing as it does in Sunshine, the nail-bitingly tense science-fiction thriller."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An extraordinary film, operating simultaneously at visceral, psychological and spiritual levels as it takes us on a voyage into space with the fate of mankind at stake."
- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter