starring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh
((Special thanks for Lord Crayak for suggesting this as a review. Never gave it a chance until you otherwise convinced me.))
I once mentioned that I'm aching to see a slasher film taking place in space. As in an original slasher taking place in space, not cheesy sequels with slasher icons being thrown into space for one Goddamn reason to the next. I know there's plenty of titles out there who tried this but for now, I'll settle with something close to it: Danny Boyle's Sunshine.
|No 3D glasses required.|
Sunshine is not a slasher film, honestly, but the last act of the movie is what led me to consider adding this title into this site and too the fact that I really wanted to do a review to one of Danny Boyle's works. (Apart from his 28 series, I'm also a big fan of his Shallow Grave (1991)) The film owes more to sci-fi classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Event Horizon or even Alien (1979) than your average teen-kill bodycount movies, making it more of an amalgamation of science fiction, psychological thriller, and drama with added levels scares and blood to build up an effective atmosphere. It wasn't until halfway into the movie, wherein only half of the crew had survived the mission so far, that the slasher talk kicks in. A bit of a spoiler though but as it turns out someone from Icarus I survived the radiation from the unshielded sunlight, goes mad (actually this guy's was already mad even before he was exposed to the sunlight) and now has boarded Icarus II, hoping to kill off everyone inside it to sabotage the mission since he believes, in doing so, he'll be doing a favor from God Himself. (Kinda ambitious for a religious nutcase, if you ask me) Next thing you know, he's chasing people across the ship with a medical device that looks like a birth child of a scalpel and an electric knife in typical stalk-and-kill fashion.
Still, Sunshine ends as a sci-fi film with a more deliberate focus on the mission and how it would go on despite the odds that kept coming at them. Just as Boyle once stated about his movies, it's a film about overcoming impossible challenges and Sunshine took these grounds to the stars in an epic piece of pure sci-fi trappings, all the while keeping as much realism as possible. (No laser guns here, just ordinary people pitting against celestial nature. Think Deliverance in Space!)
|For a movie about the sun, |
we also got some cold contrasts when it comes to the deaths.
|When Freddy Krueger goes Scifi.|
1 male burned alive in solar flare
5 males and 2 females found burned to death after being exposed to unshielded sunlight
1 male knocked into space and froze in sub-zero temperature
1 male exposes himself to unshielded sunlight
1 male found dead with wrist cuts
1 female stabbed through the back with scalpel
1 male trapped inside a coolant reservoir, froze to death
2 males and 1 female killed in bomb detonation