Early Reaction: Sunshine
06.01.07 by REELZ
I just returned from an early screening of the upcoming Sci-Fi Thriller, Sunshine, which is currently set for release on July 20th. This is a movie I've been looking forward to for quite some time because it is directed by one of my favorite auteurs, Danny Boyle. While you may not know his name, he's actually one of the most underrated directors on the fringe of Hollywood and, chances are, you've probably enjoyed at least one of his movies. A few of his highlights include Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Millions.
Sunshine lives up to my expectations and, in most cases, far exceeds them. It's part 2001, part Alien. Set in 2057, the sun is dying, threatening man's extinction. A small crew boards a ship called Icarus II which carries a massive bomb intended to re-ignite the sun. The cast includes Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Rose Byrne (28 Weeks Later), Michelle Yeoh (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Chris Evans (Fantastic Four).
It's intense and enthralling. I found myself completely wrapped up in the movie, forgetting about the stresses of daily life for 108 minutes of movie bliss.
With a reportedly meager budget, Boyle has crafted a different breed of summer thriller that delivers on all levels. Sci-Fi fanatics are going to love it, but even those normally turned off by Spock ears and lightsabers should find themselves highly entertained.
Stay tuned to Reelz.com in the coming weeks for more on Sunshine as well as our in-depth review of the film.