Critic Consensus: Danny Boyle continues his descent into mind-twisting sci-fi madness, taking us along for the ride. Sunshine fulfills the dual requisite necessary to become classic sci-fi: dazzling visuals with intelligent action.
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Critic Reviews for Sunshine
The picture would be nothing, an incomplete Venn diagram, without Murphy.
Cluttered storytelling undermines Sunshine.
On sci-fi's crowded table Boyle serves a fresh feast for our eyes, minds and hearts.
Sunshine, if a fireball, is one that warns us yet again of the danger of flying too close to the sun.
Audience Reviews for Sunshine
Boyle's entry to the space opera category begins well; crew introduction, personality dynamics, and plot direction, only the finale gets murky as the mission to save the Earth gets closer to resolution, as the ship gets closer to the sun.Still a worthy effort.
A remarkable, completely mesmerizing under-seen film from Danny Boyle about a group of eight astronauts sent up into space in hopes of reviving a dying sun 50 years into the future by setting off a nuclear bomb the size of Manhattan Island inside it. Everybody complains about the last 1/3 of this film, and I'm not quite sure why. Yes, it undergoes a dramatic shift in tone but I for one found it to add yet another thrilling layer to an already intense story. Cillian Murphy's all-out turn drives this film for the most part, with nice support from his supporting cast. More importantly, this thing is just beautiful to look at. The one thing I would complain about would be a lack of character development (then again, you could say the same thing for "Alien" and other classics, too, which I love) and an unclear look at why the main villain in the film chooses to do what he does. Still, as violent as the tone change might be and as underdeveloped or undercooked some of Boyle's and writer Alex Garland's ideas might look at times, this picture makes up for these shortcomings and some by providing a ridiculously hypnotizing story and action on-screen. The ending is both tragic and fitting, with an epic score to complement the orange waves of the beautiful sun captured in full-scope. I for one really, really like this movie.
Memorable and intelligent.
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