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Apr. 30th, 2008

Has anyone else seen Sunshine? It passed through the theatres so fast -- and I was so morning-sickness'd-up at the time -- that I ended up having to Netflix it.

It was only 3% less depressing than I thought it would be.


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Apr. 30th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Mmm, it was...weird. Had serious moments of wanting to yell at the crew for the really stupid mistakes they made, but you wouldn't have a plot if they didn't, no?

Oh, and don't watch it with science-y people. We They have a tendency to laugh (or complain) a lot through it. :-D Because, man, that spaceship was a shitstorm waiting to happen.

Towards the end I had a hard time keeping the spacial geography straight so it made some things hard to follow. (But me and spacial stuff outside of jigsaw puzzles? Massive fail. Tangrams were my bane at school. My bane.) And it dragged at times; could use some tightening. Fairly decent representation of its genre and didn't beat you over the head much.

Pretty though!
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
I did! I really liked it, actually! We rented it from netflix because we missed it in theaters (and I didn't even have morning sickness to blame) and were pleasantly surprised. I thought the effects were really great.

I am torn on the crazy guy part of it - I think there could have been a series of failures without him that ended up making it so hard for them to do what they needed to do and had a similar ending.

I totally cried at the end though. But I'm such a sap these days. I cry at *everything*.

Apr. 30th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I thought that movie was amazing.

I'm constantly searching for the next film that will make me feel afraid or really tense...I'm a junkie for that stuff. Sunshine was the last movie that could do that for me. I love it!
Apr. 30th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
I thought it was very good. It was intense in the same way that Event Horizon was intense.

Definitely depressing, but a heck of a ride, too.
Apr. 30th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
I saw it when I was in Dublin last year, mainly to kill time between checking out of a hotel and my flight ... wasn't as great as 28 Days Later but was definatley watchable IMHO
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I really wanted to see it, rented it with every intention of finally seeing it, and then.. didn't see it. Same thing happened with Perfume. And a bunch of others. Sometimes I'm just really terrible about watching films... I haven't even seen Sweeney Todd yet, I mean, WHAT THE HELL.

But crazy Danny Boyle. I'm weirdly fond of his things, though my favourite is probably Millions which is kind of hugely atypical for him.

Sunshine at least had Cillian Murphy, though, right? So, if nothing else.. Irish eye candy. yes please.
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I thought it was about half of a good movie - it lost me once Mr. Roasty Toasty (I think it was Slate that called him that) showed up and it went from being an interesting, thoughtful film to something far more typical and, to me, aggravating. But sometimes it was just gorgeous. And I mean beyond Cillian Murphy's cheekbones, though those things can practically carry a movie on their own!
Apr. 30th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's actually in my Netflix queue for the same reason: I wasn't up to heading to the movie theaters when it was released. Although, I still can't think of a good excuse for why I stupidly thought to go see Cloverfield in the theater when I was at the very height of my morning sickness. I feel ill just thinking about the experience.

May. 16th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
I'm sorry...that make me simultaneously laugh and weep for you.
Apr. 30th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
It's in my Netflix cue...
I luvs me Danny Boyle and Cillian Murphy is my celebrity crush... :)
Apr. 30th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I hadn't even heard of it, but it sure looks good and I am always game for staring at Cillian Murphy. Adding it to Netlfix!
May. 1st, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
I liked about 68% of it.
May. 16th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
I showed it to a film class recently as one of their options when we took a look at genre (they'd chosen Sci-Fi).


Yes, it's not a happy go-lucky film. On the other hand, it does what it's supposed to do as sci-fi. End of the world senario. Things go horribly awry. Lots of cool and interesting effects, neat ideas. I mean, really, the last bit of the film take place IN the sun. IN THE SUN!!!! PURE SCI - FI paradise.
However, this does not mean it's without problems, particularly that last bit, actually.
I enjoyed the way the movie played with the idea as the sun as a source of life and worship. I liked how the crew, esp. the psychiatrist and the captain, grew increasingly addicted to the sunshine. I was even willing to continue my suspension of disbelief to go with okay, they're so close to the sun it is somehow transformative and life-continuing (working with the movie's established theme), even when you're a crispy critter. Kind of willing... But I think the movie really started to fall apart with an inability to join the Monster/Horror aspect with the more traditional Sci-Fi portion. We've seen that done quite successfully before with the Alien series, but here...
Okay they find Krispy-the-mad-sun-worshiping-monster-man. Now we are comfortably in the horror genre. But the movie is really awkward about sustaining this. In fact, the necessity for the final monster confrontation is what extends the fall INTO the sun beyond what my very willing belief was able to work with. Based on what the movie had established, there was no reason for the final confrontation to last that long, in fact it was impossible for it to do so. Again, had they given themselves a long time to sustain a fall into the sun, I would have worked with it. But they set up around 4 minutes or less. (Fairly long actually.) Yet the last bit goes on...forever! Yes, deep deep in the sun they say space and time are moot (Yes yes, I know, but they said it, for the movie's sake I'll accept it. that's suspension of disbelief), but they're not that deep yet and if they were the carriage they're riding on, behind the shield, is pre-established as highly flamable. THEY'RE INSIDE THE SUN!!! HAVE THE CONFRONTATION EARLIER AND THEN CONTINUE INSIDE THE SUN because even I, totally willing participant, cannot go there, honey. And I love Sci-Fi and really, *really* wanted to. And since they never actually GET a fully satisfying final confrontation (although cool that the girlfriend figure lives for the nonce and rescues the protagonist) the purpose of Krispy falls apart and it just again extends the final sun bits too long. The IDEA of Krispy guy could be GREAT! Carries the theme in an interesting way. Adds new levels of conflict and ways of handling the story/characters. However, without adequate resolution...it peters out. Antagonist ends up disappearing without true resolution. Girlfriend disappears. Protagonists gets to touch wall of fire. That part is good actually. Still, I was left feeling unsettled in a way that felt unintentional, from lack of adequate meshing of the story.

Of course, as a Sci-Fi fan, I'm a cheap and easy date and I still really enjoyed it and loved it for what it was. I particularly adored the ending where we see exactly *where* and what this frozen lake is. And that particularly bright day a few minutes later.

I think the director is really interesting and someone whose films are to be looked for. I'm ambivalent about the protagonist...particularly his hair, which was completely annoying.

Yada. Repetita.
May. 30th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
When you mentioned this movie, my first thought was the movie Sunshine that was made for TV back in 1973 (yes I am dating myself :)) I have looked it up on imdb, and will have to add it to my netflix queue
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