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Sunshine, Dr Who and The Host

I saw 'Sunshine' yesterday. The new Danny Boyle and Alex Garland film. Anyone else seen it yet? Anyone else thought it was all a bit dull and disappointing? Certainly nowhere near as good as 28 Days Later. The film seemed to want to be a 2001 for the post-2001 generation. I certainly didn't feel it succeeded though. Someone else compared it to Solaris but I've never seen Solaris so can't comment.

I thought some of the acting was good, as were some of the sets and special effects. But it was definetly missing something (apart from the action which I felt was promised by the trailers but never really materialised), maybe a half-decent plot would have helped... and I'm not talking about the "Sun is dying we must nuke it" one. More to do with later events concerning Icarus 1 (he says so as not to give anything away).

Certainly not one to bother seeing again. School Report: a very generous C-.


Being ill this week, plus having a long weekend due to Easter, has confused my days. I didn't realise today was Saturday and I have subsequently missed Doctor Who because of that. Thank God for satellite TV and repeats :p


Saw The Host this evening with Rosie. Very enjoyable Korean monster film. Rosie is still poorly though and I will now sign off in favour of cuddles.

Night night world!


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Apr. 8th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Doctor Who has started again?
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
Yes, Episode 1 of Season 3 debuted in the UK last week. Episode 2 was this this weekend. :)
Apr. 8th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
There was a huuuuuge write-up about Sunshine in the local newspaper today. H and I read it and both were very interested in the references made to Solaris, Zardoz, Silent Running and 2001. The reviewer was spouting off about how it's a return to the intelligent spiritual questioning sci fi that had all but disappeared recently.

It's not out here yet... we'll go see it of course, but perhaps with slightly less hyper enthusiasm. :)
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
It certainly aims for the more 'intelligent' sci-fi and, to an extent, achieves it.

Hopefully by going with lesser expectations you'll enjoy it more. I think we let the trailers and spin get to us and were expecting something a lot better than what they delivered to us.
Apr. 8th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
I thought SUnshine was at least 10x better than 28 days later! I utterly loved the film because in the end it wasn't about reigniting the sun, or saving the human race, it was about values, death and courage. What WOULD you do to save the world? How would you face your own death? And however you think you will face it, will it be like that? I thought it was amazing
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
What a number of the characters 'WOULD' do in a mission like that is, I feel certain, not what trained professional people would do in the same position.

I found the actions - and especially the whinings - of certain characters laughable considering the positions they held.

Anyone undertaking such a mission should be - and would be I'm sure - fully willing to lay their life down for the success of the mission. Especially considering the mission is 'Fail and the Earth and all Humanity die'.

I'm not a professional and even I can see the logic in laying down my life so such a mission would succeed or someone more capable of finishing the mission would live.

If it was about values then really only 2 or 3 of the entire crew could be said to have any.
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Well, I think the difference is those that would, and those that would until such time as they are faced with the actuality of their death. Being willing, and being capable are different.

The only character I thought was badly done was the ever crying girl
Apr. 8th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
haven't seen Sunshine yet... but comparing it Solaris is heavy praise. And a tough act to follow- which i adore the original Russian version, the recent remake is simply awesome. i mean perhaps the smartes thing to hit sci-fi in years.
Smarter than Battlestar Galatica!
Proper smart!

Rent out Slaris to watch while giving poorly cuddles. it would be worth it!
Apr. 8th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Saw Sunshine this evening, and though not the most "exciting" film in the world, was in my opinion pretty good.

Perhaps 28 Weeks Later will restore your faith in him.

Cool bananas on seeing Dr Who back on the little screen. :D Do like his new "assistant" and will certainly doing my damnedest to see more over the coming weeks.
Apr. 9th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
I didn't bother with Sunshine as the premis of the film was so poor - bad science strikes again - a zombie film suspends my believe way better than re-igniting the sun with a big nuke - I mean - come on - that's just shite. Friends of mine saw it and they thought it was a bit lack luster as well.

I did watch Alien3 (director's cut) on DVD recently, and it was like watching a film with the narative restored! It's so much better than the hacked around cinema release which left me feeling I'd been cheated from seeing the actual film that was intended by the director.
Apr. 9th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
- oh yeah - and I did enjoy the new Dr Who episodes. The new assistant is great...
Apr. 10th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
>Anyone else thought it was all a bit dull and disappointing?

A and I saw it on Thursday, and I thought it was the best film I've seen so far this year. (Not that it's been a vintage year, so far, I grant you.)

I thought it started out trying to be 2001 and ended trying to be Event Horizon, and inevitably most people are going to prefer one of those halves to the other (me, I liked the first half) and perhaps be disappointed overall for that reason.
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