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Sunshine (2007)

20th Century Fox

Cast: Cliff Curtis, Chipo Chung, Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh.

Rating: R.

Run time: 110 mins

Genre: Science Fiction.

Verdict: Bland (see rating system)

I'm getting all burned up thinking how good this movie could have been.

The premise is great: it is 2057, our sun is dying because of some freak cosmic event and a courageous crew of astronauts on a mission to recharge it with a massive nuclear device are mankind's last hope of survival.

The crew of the Icarus ll know just how perilous their mission is - their predecessors aboard the Icarus 1 lost contact with Earth and are presumed dead. All available nuclear material has been scraped together for this final attempt.

Pity the movie doesn't get off the launch pad.

Director Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) and his production team are so wrapped up with the undeniably fine special effects that they hired a cast lacking in star power. Hell, if Daniel Craig, Clive Owen, Matt Damon, Hilary Swank or actors of similar presence had been aboard this would have been a very different movie.

Yes, there are some very exciting, sometimes scary sequences - even though you can see the major plot turning point coming several million miles away. But the eye candy isn't enough - the human element must be strong and it must connect, and here it doesn't.

The movie hardly set the box office on fire, reportedly taking about $32 million worldwide, and less than $4 million in the U.S.

Some deleted scenes, the featurette The Science of Sun Death and a couple of totally unrelated, pretty awful short films (Dad's Dead and Molehills) are among the extras.

One for sci-fi fans only - particularly those with a big screen setup.

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