|Danny Boyle Director||previously directed Millions|
"Sunshine" is a science fiction movie where a group of astronauts are humanity's last hope as they try to restart the Sun.
According to Director Danny Boyle, the shape of the helmets of the golden space suits in the film Sunshine was influenced by Kenny from South Park's Hoodie.3 More Trivia
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Our sun is dying. Mankind faces extinction. Seven years ago, the Icarus project sent a mission to restart the sun, but that mission was lost before it reached the star. Sixteen months ago, I, Robert Capa, and a crew of seven, left Earth frozen in a solar winter. Our payload: a stellar bomb with a mass equivalent to Manhattan Island. Our purpose: to create a star within a star. Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. Welcome to the Icarus Two.
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2057: The sun is dying out and when it does the Earth will freeze and the human race will die. The plan: A group of 8 astronauts pilot a ship (Icarus II) containing a massive stellar bomb, to detonate inside the sun and restart it, to save the human race and all life on earth. Several years earlier, a similar mission (Icarus I) had departed but it had failed to deploy the payload, and it was outside of the range of communications, the reason for it's failure was unknown.
The film starts with the Icarus II on the original course and with surplus oxygen to travel to and from the sun to complete their mission and return home safely. However, whilst orbiting Mercury to slingshot towards the sun, a distress beacon is observed from the Icarus I, the first mission that had failed. It is very near to their planned course towards the sun. Capa, the physicist on board has to decide whether it is a worthwhile risk to change course and dock with the Icarus I to understand what happened to them and salvage the payload. After running simulations of what will happen when the payload is delivered to the sun, the simulation loses all credibility at the critical final phase. Capa decides that they should go to the Icarus I to increase the chances of success for the mission.
When the course is being reconfigured to meet the Icarus I, Trey, the pilot of the ship, forgets to reconfigure the shields protecting the ship for the powerful rays from the sun. 4 of the panels on the shield are damaged and the crew need to get out there to fix it. In order to take the damaged area of the shield out of the sun the ship is angled in a way that the damaged part of the shield isn't in the sunlight. Kaneda and Capa get suited up and go out to the shield. The begin fixing the panels, and are heading towards the 4th when the ship's on board computer begins to automatically re-align the ship because in the previous angle the on board oxygen farm had been ignited, putting the mission in great danger. Two of the crew on board the ship (Cassie and Harvey) ask to override the computer's movement, but Mace and Kaneda stop them, in order to protect the mission. Kaneda sends Capa back to the ship as he can fix the last panel. Capa just makes it back, but Kaneda is vaporised by the sun shortly after he fixes the panel.
The crew now realise they must dock with the Icarus I in the hope of finding more oxygen, or else they won't have enough to keep the crew alive for long enough to deliver the payload. They dock the Icarus I, and Searle, Capa, Mace and Harvey enter. The ship has no lights, and is covered in a thick layer of dust. Harvey discovers the oxygen farm which has been left to run wild, and is overgrown. Searle notices that the water is still working. Capa checks the payload of the Icarus I, and discovers it is still functioning. Mace checks the ship's computers, and discovers that someone has sabotaged the ships computer, rendering it inoperable. The trip is pointless, they can't take the extra payload or the oxygen with them.
At this point, a large bang is heard and the ships are disconnected. The airlocks between the two ships have been broken off, and the Icarus I is leaking atmosphere. In order to get back to the Icarus II, the crew must align the airlock of the Icarus 2 with the broken airlock of the Icarus I, then blast open the door firing them out of the Icarus I into the Icarus II. There is only one space suit, and the crew decide Capa should take it because he is the only one who can operate the payload. It is at this point they discover that because the airlock is broken, one of them will have to stay behind to open the door. Searle volunteers. Harvey and Mace wrap themselves in insulation while Capa waits in the space suit.
Searle releases the door, and Harvey, Mace and Capa are blasted out towards the Icarus II. On the way out, Harvey hits part of the broken airlock and flies off course, freezing solid and floating off into space, where he eventually floats outside of the shield and is vaporised by the sun. When the Icarus II is ready to leave, the crew say goodbye and Searle goes to the observation deck of the Icarus I. When the Icarus II leaves, Searle leaves the shield off, and stares directly into the sun as it kills him.
Back on the Icarus II, they try to figure out what caused the airlock to fail. The computer says there was no malfunction in the machine, all of the crew were accountable for except for Trey, who was put on suicide watch by Searle after he took responsibility for Kaneda's death. Corazon points out that if Trey dies, there will be few enough people left to use the oxygen supply that is remaining to reach the payload delivery point. After some debate, the crew decide that they must kill Trey. Mace offers to do it, but finds Trey lying dead after he slit his wrists.
Mace is frustrated at Capa, for if he hadn't decided to divert the trip then they would not be in this situation. He dabs his fingers in the blood of Trey, and wipes them on Capa's hand. Capa attempts to start a fight, but they both run out of breath as the oxygen is running low.
Capa is in the payload delivery room running checks, when the Icarus II's computer warns him that he and the crew are dying, and that they won't reach the payload delivery point. According to the computer there are 5 crew members on board. Capa asks who the 5th crew member is, and the reply is "Unknown". Capa asks where the 5th crew member is, and is told the observation deck.
Capa runs to the observation deck, to find a mysterious man lying on the bench with the sun shield down very far, it is extremely bright. After a short monolouge, the mysterious man gets up and approaches Capa. It is at this point that he realises the man is Pinbacker, the captain from the Icarus I. Pinbacker slashes at him with a surgical knife and runs. Capa has a large cut on his chest, and runs after Pinbacker. Pinbacker locks him inside an airlock room, trappping him without any way of contacting the others.
Pinbacker then removes the mainframe computer from the coolant, and kills Corazon who is in the burned out oxygen garden. Shortly after, all of the lights on the ship go out and the ship's computer falls silent. While looking for the others, Cassie sees Pinbacker, and runs away. Mace gets to the main control panel and tries to find out what has gone wrong, it is at this point he sees a surveillance camera of Capa. He uses the control panel's comms to tell him to use the headset in the space suit in the airlock, this is when Capa tells Mace that Pinbacker is on board and that he is trying to sabotage the mission.
Mace rushes to the main computer room, and pulls the mainframe computer back into the extremely cold coolant, re activating all of the lights on the ship. Cassie takes the opportunity to stab at Pinbacker, who couldn't see her in the dark and was temporarily blinded by the lights coming back on. She then runs.
Mace climbs out of the coolant, shivering violently and grabs his communicator to speak to Capa, tells him the situation and tries to pull the 3rd of 4 parts of the mainframe computer back into the coolant. In his attempt to get out, he becomes snagged on the computer and stuck in the coolant, and freezes to death.
Capa climbs in the space suit, uses the welding tool to weaken the airlock, then blast open the outside door. The change in pressure pulls the weakened airlock door out of the ship while Capa holds on to the side, and let's him re enter the ship.
Capa walks through the ship to the main control panel, and activates the emergency separation procedure to initiate the delivery of the payload and a 4 minute countdown to the booster ignition of the payload. Capa must make it to the port between the main ship and the payload in 4 minutes or else the payload will boost away and he won't be able to deliver it. He jumps across the gap and in true movie cliche fashion makes it with seconds to spare. As he clings on to the back of the bomb, he looks back at the main ship which flats out of control without a pilot and is destroyed by the undefended sun.
Capa is now aboard the payload, entering the sun's atmosphere and preparing to deliver the bomb. Here he finds Cassie, sitting on the bomb, and asks her where Pinbacker is. She seems dazed. Before she answers, Pinbacker grabs Capa and carries him to the edge of the bomb, over a sheer drop. Cassie then runs up behind and pushes herself and Capa over the edge of the giant cube shaped bomb. After falling for a while, the gravity appears to readjust and they skid to a stop on the next side of the cube. Capa rushes to the payload delivery controls to activate the bomb, and blue sparks begin to appear in the room he is in. Soon the whole room is full of these blue points of light, but this is interrupted by an explosion as the sun enters the room. Time appears to slow as the surface off the sun appears to stop just infront of Capa. He holds out his hand into it, and the image fades to white.
On earth, Capa's sister and two children are playing in the snow in the darkness of the weak sun. They stop, look up and the sunlight fills the landscape, and the credits roll.
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