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Sunshine (2007)

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Cinematography: Alwin H. Küchler
Production and Shooting: UK

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Mark Strong, Cliff Curtis, Benedict Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada, Troy Garity

Earth 2057, a cosmic 'Q ball' has become lodged in the center of the Sun causing the Sun to cool and dim. As a result life on Earth will perish as the Sun loses it's heat. After the first ship is mysteriously lost, a second ship the Icarus II is launched. Its crew is sent on a hopelessly dangerous mission to detonate a huge nuclear bomb in the Sun's core, with the hope of dissipating the Q ball. This is the last chance to save Earth.

Sunshine presents a fascinating idea that maybe there's something spiritual within sunlight. The scene in the sun observation room where a crew member opens the huge observation window thus blasting himself with intense sunlight, were intense. Sunshine has a subtle, metaphysical idea that within the deadly sunshine is a hidden truth. It's a truth so worth knowing that a person would risk their life by staring into the blasting sunshine, just to get a glimpse of that truth.

Sunshine has an R rating for violence and there's a sub plot twist which involves some graphic horror like scenes, though that's not what the film is about and it's a small part of the film in the third act. I'll rate the decision to include the horror elements a 0. But the rest of the film is amazing.

Sunshine has a great look to it, good pacing and interesting premise. I liked the characters. Their interactions and personal conflicts makes the movie as does the mystery contained within sunshine.