Sunshine review

Film description

In a nutshell:

A team of scientists set out on a last gasp mission to kick start our dying sun with a massive nuclear bomb.


If the sun dies, so do we.


'So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it. Okay, I'm signing out.'


The year is 2057 and the sun is dying. Icarus II is making a lastgasp journey to dump a nuclear payload the size of Manhattan into the centre of the star to try and jump-start it with an almighty explosion, thus ensuring a future for the entire human race.

After the failure of Icarus I, the Earth has been combed for its last raw materials to create another device; essentially, we aren’t going to get another pop at this.

Riding on the enormous nuclear bomb is a team of Earth’s greatest scientists, and we join them as they are making their final approach to the sun.

Better on Blu-ray:

Danny Boyle has crafted a taut, heart-thumping thriller with the sun itself as the centrepiece, using the sumptuous CG vistas to make the sunshine a character in itself. A character of overwhelming impact, and one that has never looked better in heart-thumping high definition.

Dr Brian Cox, the scientific advisor on the project, delivers one of the great commentaries on the disc, revealing he and some of his big-brained chums theorised a scenario where the sun’s demise could be accelerated to create a catastrophe not unlike the one faced by the crew of the Icarus.

Web production diaries, which act as teasers to the wonderful work of the previz and special effects teams, cast and crew interviews, and a special on costume and production design; the elements that really give Sunshine its depth and believability.

Boyle also serves up an involving chat-track and insightful comment for the deleted scenes, and has used the extra space on his disc to showcase up-and-coming talent, with a startling animation from Chris Shepherd. (Ali Upham)

Blu-ray Extras:

    * Audio Commentaries
    * Deleted Scenes (SD, 13 minutes)
    * Web Production Diaries (SD, 38 minutes)
    * Short Films (SD, 12 minutes)
    * Theatrical Trailer (HD) - Sunshine trailer, plus 'Alien vs. Predator,' 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' '28 Days Later' and '28 Weeks Later.'
    * Enhanced Viewing Mode: "A Brilliant Vision"
    * Journey Into Sound: Surround Sound Enhancement (HD)
    * Additional Deleted Scenes (SD, 6 minutes)
    * D-Box Motion Sensor Track

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
April 5th 2007
UK DVD release
August 27th 2007
UK Blu-ray release
August 13th 2009
UK Blu-ray release
October 29th 2007

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