Sunshine Review (2007, Danny Boyle)

7 May

So I finally got around to seeing “Sunshine” I was hugely disappointed. It had every cliche ever for a space movie, it basically recycled plot elements from 2010, Event Horizon, Alien/Aliens, Star Trek II, 2001, Solaris, etc.

Here is a list of just some of the cliches I noted:

  1. There was a previous ship sent on the same mission and it disappeared for seven one knows what happened to it.
  2. The crew finds a garbled message from a crew member of the previous failed mission that shows he went nutso.
  3. The crew responds to a distress beacon only to meet their doom by doing so.
  4. Captain sacrifices himself to save the ship
  5. Crew is all young and attractive
  6. The crew are cut off from communication w/Earth.
  7. The ship computer gets an attitude and refuses to cooperate, causing people to die
  8. Someone floats through space with out a space suit and survives.
  9. At some point, an air lock is blown in an attempt to suck the bad guy out of the ship while the hero hangs on tight to something
  10. A crew member goes crazy and has to be sedated and placed in medical room
  11. Same crazy crew member wakes up and kills himself
  12. The hero experiences a magical, religious transformation by killing themselves/merging with something that represents God

The visuals were beautiful, but the film was extremely unoriginal, dull, and mostly a rip-off Event Horizon. event Horizon is overall a better film, in my opinion.


7 Responses to “Sunshine Review (2007, Danny Boyle)”

  1. son_of_ottie May 7, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    THAT’S IT!
    I knew I wanted to like it but I was just so underwhelmed! Every thing you say is correct.
    Event Horizon IS a better movie but for one thing. There’s a part of the movie when they get to the ship and it’s covered in GORE and BLOOD and they’re all like, “Gee it’s nice here. I like it. What could have possibly gone WRONG?!?!”
    It’s like in Little Shop of Horrors when they re-shot the ending but left the plant’s mouth all bloody. Suddenly the plant’s mouth is red inside. I wonder if they had a re-shoot and just hoped no one’d notice. Cause it ruined the movie for me the first time I saw it.
    Of course, now I own the 2-disc and I like it just fine. But on the big screen? Nope.

    • bboyneko May 7, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

      Re: THAT’S IT!
      yeah the visuals were better in sunshine, but it was just not a good movie in my opinion. Not to say event horizon was a masterpiece but at least it knew what it was (space horror)

      • son_of_ottie May 7, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

        Re: THAT'S IT!
        Yep! Sunshine thinks it’s about the nature of the soul or something! And also, I don’t care how many scientists they lined-up to say how realistic the movie is, when our sun runs out of FUEL we won’t be able to “jump start” it.
        They shoulda planned ahead to move to another planet…or live on a gigantic man-made planetoid…ummm…wait, those are When Worlds Collide and that epsode of the original Star Trek series. STILL!

  2. asharak May 8, 2008 at 1:57 am #

    That sucks, I was going to add it to my Netflix queue.

    • bboyneko May 8, 2008 at 2:06 am #

      its worth watching especially in blue ray for the beautiful visual alone, but if youve seen 2010 and event horizon you already know what happens

  3. punctuator September 20, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    You know one of the simplest reasons “Event Horizon” is a better film? It starts out as a horror film and stays that way. It sticks to its premise. It doesn’t start out as poorly thought-out sci-fi and then turn into poorly thought-out slasher-horror two-thirds of the way in. For a really ridiculous reverse example that may have nothing to do with anything, imagine if halfway through “Hellraiser 2,” evil Julia had decided what she really wanted– besides skin (hey, maybe she and Pinbacker could hook up!)– was a career in fashion: “Hellraiser” becomes “Sex in the City.” [Holy moley, I hope Alex Garland isn’t reading this. “What a great idea!” thinks the sporadically talented Mr. Garland, reaching for Danny Boyle’s number on speed-dial….)

    • bboyneko September 21, 2008 at 1:50 am #

      lol thats a GREAT idea

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