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 convinced me, otherwise.))
I once mentioned that I'm aching to see a slasher film set 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 sure there are plenty of titles out there that tried this and they're just waiting for me to find them, but for now I'll settle with something close: Danny Boyle's Sunshine.
|No 3D glasses required.|
Looking at it, Sunshine contains a lot of elements from sci-fi classics and cult classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Event Horizon and 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 where the surviving half of the crew get themselves into a slasher flick situation as it turns out, someone from Icarus I lived through the radiation of the unshielded sunlight, goes mad and now boarded Icarus II, hoping to kill off everyone inside it to sabotage a mission since he believes is going against God's wishes. (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.
Sunshine, however, still 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 against them. Just as Boyle once stated about this movies, it's a story 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