Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunshine (2007)

I don't usually spoil movies I talk about but this time I will do that. I didn't like Sunshine that much and telling why I didn't like it requires some spoiling. Sunshine was one of those movie I wanted to see but never found the time or it wasn't available when I remembered it. I like the soundtrack and premise sounded interesting.

Sunshine has hard science fiction feeling without being that exact with the science. It was bit distracting but it wasn't the main problem. Characters and the twist were the problem. Most characters don't have any personality.

Chris Evans is only one who has some. He and Cillian Murphy are main characters. They don't like each others. That was Murphy's characters personality and he was main character. One guy is going crazy but doesn't. His craziness makes him sacrifice himself when it was needed. One guy lost it in one scene and died in next. Others didn't have even that much personality.

Crew is humanity's last hope. They don't act like it. They send two of their most important members outside to fix ship and then turn the ship in a way that puts them in danger. They had only one person who can restart the sun and he is sent to do dangerous tasks because why not. All decisions were done without too much calculations. They wouldn't have had any problems if they acted like professional crew of scientific minds.

I understand what they tried to have with the twist but it didn't work the way they wanted. It was mistake to have two ships and follow the second. Having first ship missing and then appearing didn't bring anything one ship with one guy losing his mind wouldn't have given. At least to what they tried to achieve with the twist.

The twist is first ship's captain lost his mind and sabotaged the mission because "god wills it". He lived alone inside first ship for seven years. When second ship docked to his ship he went to second ship and tried to sabotage it too. Biggest problem was he was made some kind of supernatural villain. He was never show normally like everyone else. There were always effects on him. We never saw him clearly. I am not saying he stayed in shadows. Even when we should have seen him clearly there were heavy effects blurring him.

Having someone sabotaging missions because he thought they shouldn't mess with destiny, god's will or what ever was clever idea. They had one crew member going crazy who could have done that. Having supernatural villain ruined the idea. Having one guy losing his mind would have been interesting. Having crazy guy in other spaceship and coming from there meant one less character arc in movie where there we no clear character arcs.

Sunshine is frustrating movie. It has talented people and good ideas but it fails in few key areas. I might have had too high expectations after waiting so long to see this. Having just average movie was disappointment.

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