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Sunshine

The story is set approximately 50 years in the future. Unlike our current situation, where everyone is banging on about global warming, it's more the opposite - the world is getting colder because the sun is slowly dying.

The answer to the problem is the space ship Icarus - aptly named. It's mission is to fly to the sun and set off a big bomb, which hopefully will kick-start the star back into life and give everyone some sunshine, except that the first mission failed when the ship disappeared without a trace.

So eight years later Icarus 2 is sent off on the same voyage - and perhaps you get the idea here, things do not entirely go according to plan. Before the crew can deploy what they refer to as "The Payload", a whole pile of stuff happens. To tell you much more would be to give it away, but the crew have to succeed, as the Earth's resources have been depleted to such a point that they can't build an Icarus 3.

As with all space-themed films, there is a degree of homage being paid to the genre. I certainly identified a few Alien and 2001 Space Odyssey references. However, they're all made in good taste and the film is well put together, even if in my opinion the story was just a little too predictable. One thing you can't argue with, though, is that the film looks beautiful. The full glory of space and the impact of the sun is just amazing, fully conveying how little and fragile we are. For a relatively low-budget film, the visuals are great. You must see this in the cinema to appreciate it. It just won't look the same on your T.V. when it makes it to DVD.

However, to quote the question posed in a few other reviews, "is the film just style over substance?". Hmmmm, that's a tough one. I'd say no, but only just. There are some statements about future world asian domination, namely in the way that three out of the eight crew are asian, along with some of the hardware they use being of asian origin (for example, look at the space suits). Several references are made to outposts of human-life on the moon and Danny Boyle is alleged to have consulted scientists on the feasibility of the science in the film, resulting in him being told he was on reasonably firm ground - although you won't care about that. After all, it's sci-fi, innit?

This film is worth going to see, though. Even if you think it stinks, you'll agree that the visuals are something to behold - and that's worth your fiver, if nothing else.

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