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Sunshine (2007)

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Sunshine is a science fiction psychological thriller film written by Alex Garland and directed by Danny Boyle. Taking place in the year 2057, the story follows a group of astronauts on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun. The ensemble cast features Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, and Chipo Chung. The director cast a group of international actors for the film, and had the actors live together and learn about topics related to their roles, as a form of method acting.

The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Moving Picture Company, DNA Films, UK Film Council, and Ingenious Film Partners. Theatrically, it was commercially distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, while the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment division released the film in the video rental market. Sunshine explores physics, science and religion.

In 2057, the Sun is dying and the Earth is freezing. Eight international astronauts pilot a colossal stellar bomb aboard the spaceship Icarus II, with the intent to jump-start the Sun, and return to Earth. As they slingshot past Mercury, Icarus II discovers the distress beacon of Icarus I, the first ship to attempt a similar mission, which disappeared seven years earlier. Reasoning that two payloads have a better chance of success than one, physicist Capa recommends Captain Kaneda change course and commandeer Icarus I. Mace, the ship’s engineer, opposes the deviation as risky. Navigator Trey calculates and implements a trajectory to intercept Icarus I, but forgets to realign the shields that protect the ship from the sun, causing damage to four shield panels.

Director: Danny Boyle

Writer: Alex Garland

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong

Cast:

Cliff CurtisSearle
Chipo ChungIcarus (voice)
Cillian MurphyRobert Capa
Michelle YeohCorazon
Hiroyuki SanadaKaneda
Rose ByrneCassie
Benedict WongTrey
Chris EvansMace
Troy GarityHarvey
Mark StrongPinbacker
Paloma BaezaCapa’s Sister
Archie MacdonaldChild
Sylvie MacdonaldChild
Kevin HudsonCrew, Icarus I (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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