DVD Review: Sunshine


Ugh! This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I like the science-fiction genre, but I strongly dislike artsy-fartsy movies. This movie was artsy-fartsy science-fiction. Bad combo.

I don’t even feel like looking up the people who starred in this movie. The cast included the fire dude from Fantastic 4, Michele Yeoh (of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), the guy who played the scarecrow in Batman Begins, and some other people. 

The premise is that the sun is dying. Earth sends a group of scientists (I guess about 10 people) on a years-long mission to reignite the sun and return home. They’re traveling on a smart spaceship with a sexy voice. (Hey, what other kind of voice should a smart spaceship have?) We come in on the story when they’re pretty close to accomplishing the first part of their mission. But then things begin to go wrong, and people start dying.

Character development was largely overlooked in this movie, and as a result I didn’t care about any of them. Their life-and-death struggles were meaningless and the story fell flat. And in its attempt to be artistic or whatever, things happened that could’ve taken the story to the next level, but were never explained or tied into the story in any way. For example, the subliminal photo flashes. I would say you’ll see what I mean if you watch it, but I recommend you save your time and money.

[By the way, I’ve noticed a lot of people find this post because they’re searching for info on that subliminal photo. So let me try to help: I noticed the subliminal glimpses were of the current ship’s crew at a party. They show the photo a few scenes later, after all the subliminal stuff. Again, I don’t know the significance because they failed to make that connection for us, and therefore the movie still sucks.]

A “monster” showed up in the story too, spouting religious gobbledy-gook. His appearance raised questions like, Where did he come from? How did he survive? What caused him to flip out and kill everyone? and most importantly, How did he get on their ship? None of these questions were answered. Even worse, everytime he’s in a scene, the movie went all fuzzy and blurry. Just … ugh!

All that to say: Avoid this movie. Run in the opposite direction. I give it a 0 out of 5 stars.

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One thought on “DVD Review: Sunshine

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    A science fiction writer I know, Peter Watts, also gave “Sunshine” a firm “thumbs down”, saying the science in the flick was wayyyy below par (even for Hollywood). When are we going to see another good SF film? To my mind, there hasn’t been one in ages. Part of the problem is that SF geeks will go see ANYTHING as long as it has a spaceship and a robot. Like those who read SF literature, they need to become more demanding, better critical thinkers. Until then, the genre will remain in the doldrums…

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