So the other day my sister decided to educate me on one of my new favourite actors, Cillian Murphy. We are watching the new TV series he’s in (Peaky Blinders) so she wanted to show me some of his films. And she chose Sunshine (2007).
The basic plot is; It’s set 50 years in the future and the sun is dying. So, physicist Capa (Cillian) has developed a bomb which will be detonated inside the sun, effectively creating a star within a star. He and a crew of 7 astronauts and scientists then fly a spaceship named ‘Icarus 2’ to the sun to deploy the potentially Earth saving payload. Of course things don’t go to plan as they realise that Icarus 1, their predecessor that went missing 7 years previously is still in orbit around the sun without delivering their payload. The crew seemingly all went mad and are now dead, all bar the psychotic captain Pinbacker (Mark Strong), who manages to board the Icarus 2 bent on stopping the mission. By this point 4 of the crew have now died, including the captain and first mate. Only four are left; Capa, Cassie (Rose Byrne), Mace (Chris Evans) and Corazon (Michelle Yeoh). With their oxygen supply for the journey back destroyed, and the ship levels dwindling, this is when it gets scary.
Basically I spent most of this film either confused or behind a pillow, did I mention that Marc Strongs character was horribly burned and disfigured from over exposure to the sun? Also he is intent on killing the entire human race. Before the end of the film he manages to kill Mace and Corazon, and very nearly kills Capa and Cassie before the payload is deployed. Notably they all die at the end of the film, but not before Capa successfully detonates the bomb, restarting the star and saving the day.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad film. The science was a little sketchy, but accurate enough for the story line. I would recommend it to science fiction fans, although I wouldn’t watch it on your own. Bearing in mind I’m a bit of a wimp! It might be a while before I watch it again.
If you watch it let us know what you thought in the comments, and I’ll see you soon!