Friday, May 30, 2008
It was really about time somebody made a movie about a mission to the Sun. My 4th grade teacher once told us that a NASA scientist had suggested one, and when his colleagues laughed at him he said "no, no, we'll go at night!" That's basically what happens in Sunshine, only it's not night but a period of solar winter, and not because it's set 5 billion years in the future, but because some meddling theoretical particle or field of some kind has been messing with the Sun. There are some really beautiful scenes in this movie and I was really into it for most of it, but it more or less devolves into Armageddon by the end. It doesn't spoil anything to tell you that yes, they succeed in the end and there is at least one scene of someone bravely sacrificing themselves for the future of mankind. And that's fine, but for some reason in the middle of this I decided that I really wanted them to fail. For once I'd like to see a big budget movie about the dangerous mission to save humankind that doesn't succeed. They miss the target, everyone dies, Earth is screwed. Now that would be an ending.