Ian MacLeod sums up Sunshine (see below) with a brevity and skill that will not surprise anyone familiar with his novels:
“Sunshine is one the cleverest stupid films I’ve seen in a long time.“
The perfect review.
Well, Sunshine was visually quite spectacular, but for me the story tended to lurch from one quite unbelievable scenario to another. And as for the visual references to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien, it seems Tarantino only watched these two films before/while writing the script. There’s even a scene with the crew sitting round chomping a meal while chatting, straight out of Alien. The imagery is really that similar. Maybe this was intentional.
The film, as Ian pointed out to me as we left the cinema, is also highly reminiscent of a certain episode of Thunderbirds. Would I recommend it? I’m not sure. To me it came across as if Tarantino wanted to make an SF thriller that showed SF people how it really should be done, but failing to appreciate the clichés he was using, or the credibility required.
Other problems included corny orchestrated strings at key “emotional” moments, such as when someone dies; the fact that the first ship sent out was called Icarus 1 (uh, you wouldn’t call it “1″ unless you thought you were going to need a “2″ now, would you?), the snow-encrusted Sydney Opera House just to illustrate that it really is that cold on Earth (which also reminded me of the Statue of Liberty scene at the end of Planet of the Apes) and, for me, Big Noises: although atmospheric, there is NO NOISE IN SPACE! And in particular, while it’s feasible for spacecraft to make noises, I don’t believe sunlight makes a noise. (If I’m showing my ignorance of physics here, please feel free to let me know…)
I think I’d give the film three stars out of five. Wear your sunglasses and some sun screen and you should be OK.
Watched the last Life on Mars last night. Although I was gutted when this wasn’t wrapped up in the first series last night’s episode gave us a satisfying conclusion. A great series. Not sure what we’ll do on Tuesday evenings now…
Bold as Love – Gwyneth Jones
The Lost District – Joel Lane
The Light Ages – Ian R MacLeod
(Finished The Straw Men – fabulous book)
The new Arctic Monkeys album.