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Directed By
Danny Boyle

Written By:
Alex Garland

Paloma Baeza, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Strong, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Chipo Chung, Archie Macdonald, Sylvia Macdonald

Sunshine (2007)
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Movie Review by Jesse
July 11th, 2007

When Allegory Overpowers Clarity

Danny Boyle returns to the silver screen with a film that is even better than his previous achievements. Sunshine (not to be confused with the 1999 Ralph Fiennes film) is probably one of the most confusing films if you're not actually trying to understand the allegorical side of the things that occur during the short 107 minute runtime.

Writer Alex Garland reunites with Boyle after their first film together 28 Days Later and writes an equally impressive screenplay. The story is undoubtedly scientifically incorrect, but that doesn't stop it from being mind-boggling. Also, there are religious views mentioned in the film and near the end it's a person (who is embodying this religion theme) that becomes the villain. The symbolic meaning of this creature is a matter of interpretation, but I do believe it is based heavily on religious values versus scientific facts.

Fifty years into the future: the Sun is being destroyed from inside out by a type of highly stable form of matter that renders nuclear fusion impossible, by turning common matter on its own kind. The only hope is to send a team of astronauts to detonate a massive, highly energetic bomb, able to destroy this strange matter and restore Sun's natural state. This mission is earth's last hope for survival.

This film is similar to other films such as Event Horizon and The Core, but it also has traits that those films do not. It's actually good and it has a terrific screenplay for starters. It has a deeper meaning than just bombing the sun. Films like Sphere and Deep Impact do not even compare with Sunshine for it is far better. It's in the same league as 2001: A Space Odyssey and that's saying a lot.

Although many things in this film seem scientifically impossible, don't let that turn you away from enjoying it. Yes, if this spaceship was that close to the sun it would probably melt or explode. The earth is 94 million miles away from the sun and us humans are still able to be burned by it... the space shuttle in Sunshine is 36 million miles away from the sun at one point and it's perfectly in tact. I find that hard to believe, but who knows, this film does take place in fifty years so many things might be invented by then.

Overall, this film is very eye-opening. It made me wonder about things that I would never have wondered before. I love when films have a mysterious side to them and explore topics that humans are so oblivious to. Also, this film is very allegorical and leaves many of its symbolic parts up to the audience's interpretation. If you're turned off by films that make you think, don't judge this film just yet. It also has terrific special effects and an important twist near the end. You may enjoy that. I still highly recommend this film.

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