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Sunshine

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    75%
  • Audience Score
    73%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    75%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    73%

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

4 stars

Fascinating and yet so extremely bone-chilling and blood shaking. Poignant and yet so deeply twisted and brutal. This one had me on the edge throughout, and what an experience it was to have to watch those oh so anxiety ridden and despairing scenes and yet achieve to be so emotional, with a little bit of the philosophical here and there. The images are fascinating and so grimly harrowing and poetically imprinted.

- fb1710827246, Monday, August 6, 2012

4 stars

Fascinating and yet so extremely bone-chilling and blood shaking. Poignant and yet so deeply twisted and brutal. This one had me on the edge throughout, and what an experience it was to have to watch those oh so anxiety ridden and despairing scenes and yet achieve to be so emotional, with a little bit of the philosophical here and there. The images are fascinating and so grimly harrowing and poetically imprinted.

- fb1710827246, Monday, August 6, 2012

4 stars

Fascinating and yet so extremely bone-chilling and blood shaking. Poignant and yet so deeply twisted and brutal. This one had me on the edge throughout, and what an experience it was to have to watch those oh so anxiety ridden and despairing scenes and yet achieve to be so emotional, with a little bit of the philosophical here and there. The images are fascinating and so grimly harrowing and poetically imprinted.

- fb1710827246, Monday, August 6, 2012