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action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

In the year 2057, Earth's last hope lies with a spacecraft whose mission is to deliver a nuclear device designed to reignite our fading sun.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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5 out of 5
Positive messages
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5 out of 5

Grim, intellectual space adventure. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film isn't for kids; in addition to some brief, very violent scenes, it features extended discussions of intellectual and philosophical issues. Violence includes shots showing the effects of intense sunlight on human flesh (burned, bubbly, and scarred), a couple of vigorous fistfights between crewmembers, the very affecting death of a crewmember who is accidentally loosed in space (he freezes, face in close-up, and his face and then his shatter); a suicide victim appears so his slashed wrists are visible and blood is everywhere (crewmembers display upset); bodies in previous ship appear huddled together and burned to ash; final chase/fight is extended and violent; final explosions are fiery, loud, and devastating (also rather poetic). There are repeated uses of "f--k," with some other profanity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the difficulties of traveling in space for long periods: How do these astronauts contend with their loneliness, competition, rising tensions, and difficult decisions? How does the film show the structure among the crewmembers, across race, age, and gender differences? What do you think about the possibility of the mission succeeding? They can also talk about science fiction in general and what makes a good sci-fi flick.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Sunshine -- despite a title so at odds with the film's tone -- is engrossing, believable and intelligent sci-fi filmmaking at its best.

- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Friday, July 20, 2007

Fresh: The first hour and change is gangbusters, the last part unnerving enough to get by.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, September 22, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A new sci fi movie that i hadnt heard about but was better than i expected.

- jmanard52, Sunday, March 2, 2008

4 stars

Danny Boyle is a filmmaker I have a lot of trouble with. While his films are always dazzling to look at ("28 Days Later", "The Beach") his films don't always grab me emotionally ("Trainspotting", "Slumdog Millionaire"); but it's with "Sunshine", his best film by far, that combines the stunning visuals and the intense characterizations he needs to be successful. With great performances from Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne and Chris Evans and some of the most dazzling images to ever be put to film, "Sunshine" is a rare sci-fi film that both makes you think and brings you into an entirely new perspective. Plus, the emotional impact (something along the lines of "Hearts of Darkness but in space), is something to behold.

- stevenecarrier, Saturday, September 25, 2010

3 stars

I kinda liked it. Everything that they explained in this movie seemed logical rather than crap. The slasher part was ridiculous though. Why do bad people always seem to be death-proof?

- 3niR, Sunday, August 29, 2010