Monday, 23 September 2013


Quick, off the top of your head, name an anti-religious movie... did you say Sunshine? That is the correct answer!

In the future, the sun is dying, so humanity sends a ship to blow it up... only they suck, so a second ship is sent, and they find the first ship. And that's where things start going wrong, because on that first ship is who remains of the first mission... whatever he now is.

This movie has a lot of problems with physics. But, you know what? I don't care about that. My knowledge, when I saw this, wasn't enough to spot the, apparently, hugely obvious egregious errors, so I'm going to give it a pass on that. Instead, I want to talk about how anti-religious it is. And to do that, I need to talk details about the plot, so... for a movie six years old, spoilers!

When the first ship got near the sun, one of the crew (I'm gonna say.... the captain), looked deep into the sun, went stark raving bonkers, and got himself religion of the sun. And also somehow turned into some sun-containing monster that the camera can never focus on. But the point is, he got religion, and then he wiped out the rest of the crew. Thanks guy.

When the second ship comes along, they see the first ship, go 'hey, let's check it out', then let psycho-captain on board to start screwing their ship up. Thanks religious nut job fanatic! Way to ruin the rest of humanity surviving!

(Not that the rest of the crew is that stable. The psychologist, there to keep them all sane, played by Cliff Curtis, is also more than a little crazy himself.)

I don't mind the movie as much as others, and will probably watch it again some time. But everything that happens is because one guy gets big ideas. Cheers for that.


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