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Sunshine

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Posted by Sulkyblue (12th Apr 2007, 11:03)

I liked the first third of this film, it has a certain grace and peacefulness to it. With lingering shots of the sun and the ship this appears to be something special - a proper science fiction film, with spaceships, soul and no explosions. Then something explodes and the film nose dives. It reveals itself as a standard 'crew gets picked off one-by-one' affair. The arty shots continue, but now they are just an illusion of cleverness over a dumb film and become increasingly annoying (particularly the brief flashes, subliminal message style). If they'd just accepted that they were copying Event Horizon and Alien then it might have been more enjoyable. The plot degenerates into utter chaos as the desire for dramatic moments overpowers any logic or science. The tense finale just didn't work for me as I had no understanding of why they were having to do the things they were.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that not only did I not understand what the characters were doing, but I didn't really care about any of them. Of the crew of 8 the only ones that made an impact on me either died early or just hid in the background until they too died. The lead was just your standard moping, long haired 'scientist on a mission', with Cillian Murphy utterly failing to emote.

The final third of this film was too bright, too loud, too busy and too fast. I worked out very early on how it was going to end and at that point it was just a matter of waiting for the monkeys to jump through the hoops. They weren't even fun hoops or interesting monkeys.

I know some other icsf members felt differntly, come on, persuade me I'm wrong.


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