Alex Bailey
Aubry D'Arminio
January 04, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sunshine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
180 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/09/00
performer
Jennifer Ehle, Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, William Hurt, Molly Parker, Deborah Unger
director
Istvan Szabo
Producers
Serendipity Point Films
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Istvan Szabo
genre
Epic, Historical, Drama

We gave it an A

Sunshine, Danny Boyle’s extraordinary homage to philosophical sci-fi — think 2001 or Solaris with a rock & roll edge — begins in 2057. The world is frozen; eight astronauts are on a dubious mission to save mankind by jump-starting the sun with a nuclear bomb. The closer they get to the dying star, the more the task begins to — literally and figuratively — cook their brains. EXTRAS Boyle’s comprehensive commentary details his casting choices: Hiroyuki Sanada, the crew’s laconic captain, was recommended by Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai (2046). A

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