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on: April 03, 2009, 04:28:16 AM
The Pseudopod Autopsy: Sunshine

A lone crew struggling to cope with the stress of an impossible mission. A bomb the size of a city and a star whose light is fading. Danny Boyle’s Sunshine  is a difficult, spiky film that turns the traditions of spaceship movies on their head. Now, we take a look behind the scenes, examining how it’s structured, what it says about the times and crucially what makes it tick. Welcome to the Pseudopod Autopsy. Now glove up…

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Reply #1 on: April 04, 2009, 09:35:34 AM
sunshine is a popular movie to review. it's an interesting mix of good, great, and god awful.

edit: looks like i was channeling a bit of Alasdair5000's original comment
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Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 05:10:58 PM
Great autopsy!

I love Alex Garland and Danny Boyle, taken individually or together. The Beach remains one of my all-time favorite novels and I think Trainspotting, Millions, and Shallow Grave are all remarkable films. 28 Days Later, their first union, I absolutely adore.

So I really wanted to love this movie. And I found there was a lot to like about it. But that last 25 minutes felt...wrong. Pinbacker seemed too much of a supervillain.

The more I think about it, the more I can justify it. There's a nice mirror story there between Icarus I and II. And I imagine Al's right - that I could watch it a 2nd time (which I probably will one day) and it will work better. But I remember Sullydog reviewing this last year, and saying something along the lines of worth seeing, if only to see how close they came to making a great film, and then completely blowing the last act.


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Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010, 09:51:58 PM
Sunshine is basically a nonsensical retelling of the Clark Ashton Smith story "Phoenix."

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