Boyle is one of the most exciting
English directors during last decades, with fresh products like
28 Days Later
(and some other films that failed, like
the disappointing The Beach).
Now, with this Sunshine,
he has achieved a product that pays homage to some science fiction
classics, being the most obvious inspiration to be recognized:
2001: A Space Odissey.
film is visually beautiful and shocking, with nice sequences like the
one when the captain and Capa go out of the
spacecraft to solve the problem with the protection panels. The
design inside inside and outside the craft is astonishing, once again
you can feel the impact of classic sci-fi movies all around the sets.
Boyle shows respect for all that previous influence and achieves
technically a very competent film. The actors` work is efficient,
with special mention to Chris Evans
as the down to earth man on board, Cliff
Curtis as the sun-lover doctor and
as the sacrificed captain. But the plot loses balance after the
encounter with the Icarus I and
the appearance of Captain Pinbacker. The film could have had much
more to offer just exploding the philosophical and ethical crashes of
the crew’s personalities, without having to resource to the typical
“monster” solution to endanger the mission. At the end, Boyle
just offers a bit of everything good from the science fiction’s
tradition, and much of nothing.