Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sunshine (2007)

****
UK

The Sun is dying. The last team of astronauts sent to resuscitate it disappeared without a trace seven years earlier. So it's now up to Cillian Murphy and a cast that brings memories of a Benetton-ad to save humanity.
On paper it sounds like a daunting thing to sit through, but the plot exposition, along with the less intriguing performers, is disposed of early on and what follows is uncommonly enthralling sci-fi. It's both mildly philosophical in accordance with current zen-sci-fi trends as well as unnervingly tense in that more enduring slasher-sci-fi tradition. On top of this it boasts a high-strung, fatalistic emotionalism that is difficult - and probably pretty pointless - to resist. The soaring anguish of the strings on the soundtrack is an easy enough weapon in itself, but it's that much more stirring matched as it is to awe-inspiring imagery.

dir: Danny Boyle
wr: Alex Garland
ph: Alwin H. Kuchler
ed: Chris Gill
m: John Murphy, Karl Hyde, Rick Smith
pd: Mark Tildesley
cast: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Troy Garity, Mark Strong

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