Friday, April 24, 2009

SUNSHINE

by Tobias
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Alex Garland's shamelessly thrilling script has a tendency to conform to a few predictable genre conventions here and there (especially in the final act) but I think that hiccup is part of the movie's oldschool charm. SUNSHINE'S energy feels new while its concept familiar. It's essentially all of the elements of prior disaster pics spit polished to stylish near perfection. Danny Boyle remains a unique and entertaining pop filmmaker with unique vision. The influence of European dance culture and specifically electronic music on his craft gets overlooked a lot when people discuss his work. He has always cut his modernistic images to the driving bass of electronica in a similar fashion to the way Scorsese cuts his images to classic rock/jazz. But Boyle almost takes it to an absurd degree here, that can be both overbearing and exhilarating. Visually, it's tweaked out pulp sci-fi with some Kubrickian sensibilities. SUNSHINE is what you can get when you turn over the reigns of traditional genre fair to entertaining cinematic talent -- a disaster film that could've easily been bloated and soap-operatic (ARMAGEDDON) but is thankfully ambiguous, spiritual, visually arresting, and, most importantly, deeply focused on its core themes of responsibility and self sacrifice.

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