IT'S LOVE AND COMEDY BY THE BOOK.
Byline: BOB STRAUSS
Realistic science fiction is a very tough thing to get right in movies. "2001: A Space Odyssey" is still, by far, the top achievement in the field. After that . . . well, "Silent Running" was kind of cute.
"Sunshine" is the latest attempt to do something in space that might -- maybe -- actually happen one day. The spaceships look relatively functional and a lot of mathematical calculations work their way into the dialogue.
But, although I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how feasible the film's basic premise is, I had trouble buying it from the get-go. The idea is that, since the sun is flickering out some 50 years in the future, lobbing a nuclear device into the star will somehow reignite Verb 1. reignite - ignite anew, as of something burning; "The strong winds reignited the cooling embers"
ignite, light - cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette" it and prevent the Earth from freezing over.
Um, raising my hand here. Could we invent something powerful enough to do the trick? I mean, the sun's like a trillion hydrogen bombs or something, right? And since it's established that it's still churning out unimaginable heat at the time of this story, wouldn't it fry the device -- not to mention the manned spacecraft This is a list of manned spacecraft (including space stations) sorted by manufacturer/operator and series in chronological order. Operational spacecraft
China National Space Administration
intr. & tr.v. det·o·nat·ed, det·o·nat·ing, det·o·nates
To explode or cause to explode.
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Maybe there is good science to back all of this up; I'll admit I know next to zip about astrophysics astrophysics, application of the theories and methods of physics to the study of stellar structure, stellar evolution, the origin of the solar system, and related problems of cosmology. . Whether that's true or not, though, the fact that I was unconvinced about it all the way through "Sunshine" reinforces my opening argument about serious science fiction movies.
Even without that, events grow less and less believable as the movie drifts on. It doesn't help, either, that so much of it seems derivative, not only from "2001" and "Silent Running" but also "Star Trek Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. " and every movie whose screenwriter was inspired by listening to David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
The Bowie effect comes in as soon as we realize that most of the astronauts on this planet-saving mission have serious psychological issues.
Wouldn't they have been screened a little better before being assigned such a vital task?
Especially since they're traveling on board the unfortunately named Icarus II, Icarus I having disappeared seven years earlier. At least half of the eight-person crew -- played by "28 Days Later's" Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne Rose Judith Esther Byrne (born July 24 1979) is an Australian actress. Biography
Byrne is of Irish-Scottish descent and was born in Sydney, Australia to Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician. , Cliff Curtis Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis (born 27 July 1968) is a New Zealand actor. He has shown the ability to portray characters of a wide range of ethnicities— particularly Latin Americans and Arabs — by virtue of his Māori descent. , Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada Hiroyuki Sanada MBE (真田 広之 Sanada Hiroyuki , Benedict Wong and Michelle Yeoh -- seem unfit for the pressures of deep-space travel. And when a signal is received from long-lost Icarus I, things start going terribly wrong, and the crew cracks like duck eggs.
Lovely special effects make for some eye-popping visuals. There's also something spiritual going on, but not as profoundly as it did in Kubrick's film. By the time it reaches its confusing, strobe-lit and confoundingly cut climax, "Sunshine" has turned from "2001"-style, mind-expanding psychedelia psy·che·de·li·a
The subculture associated with psychedelic drugs.
Noun 1. psychedelia - the subculture of users of psychedelic drugs into one immensely bad trip.
Bob Strauss (818) 713-3670 bob.strauss(at)dailynews.com
>R: violence, nudity, language.
>Starring: Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Strong, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh.
>Director: Danny Boyle.
>Running time: 1 hr. 48 min.
>Playing: ArcLight, Hollywood.
>In a nutshell: Tries to be serious about a future space mission to restart our dying sun but runs out of heat.
>Our rating: Two and one half stars
"Sunshine" explores what happens to the crew of a spaceship on a mission to reignite the sun. Psychological complexities ensue after crew members receive a signal from another ship.