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Directed by Danny Boyle
Released in 2007
50 years in to the future, a crew of scientists and astronauts are travelling to The Sun with a Stellar Bomb to reignite our dying Star. They follow after another crew and spaceship that has seemingly disappeared.
Before I go in to my review of the actual film, i have to say that Danny Boyle is possibly my favourite Director. His ability to create films as diverse as Slumdog Millionaire to 28 Days Later or Trainspotting to 127 Hours is incredible. When ever I have seen him interviewed or read one about him, he seems to be very grounded and just loving the fact the he is doing the job that he is so passionate about and making the very best of it that he can.
It is 2057 and we join a team of 8 scientists and astronauts on their round trip to reignite The Sun with a massive stellar bomb in their spacecraft Icarus II. We learn that this is not the first attempt to do this as Icarus I was launched 7 years ago, but disappeared without trace.
As they enter the Dead Zone, where they will be unable to communicate with Earth, we see the first signs of the crew starting to be affected by the length of time they have been out in Space and tensions between them start to rise. Signs of addiction are also aparrant among the crew as The Sun's light is not just giving the crew the power of energy.
On a routine check of communications the comms officer picks up a repeating signal which changes the whole mission. Upon checking, he discovers he has located the distress beacon of the Icarus I. This leads to the first huge decision that the team have to make, do they carry on, or do they try and rendezvous with the 'lost' ship? After making the logical choice to find the Icarus I a miscalculation with the sun shield alignment means that 2 of the crew have to make a spacewalk to fix some of the panels, this leads to a death and adds to the heavy tension amongst them.
After discovering the Icarus I, they find both positives and negatives. Massive amounts of plant life that they desperately need, but also a sabotaged craft that is useless to them. From this point on we find the crew in ever increasingly challenging situations. Morale dilemmas lie around every corner and different members lead with hearts, and some with minds.
An unexpected visitor creates new problems for the dwindling team and pushes their resolve and endeavour to the very limits.
I loved this film, the acting, the cinematography and score are fantastic. The relationships between the crew in scenarios that no one could ever imagine themselves being in are tawt and fractious, but at the same time we see respect and intelligence in the decisions that they make.
Thank you Danny!