I first became aware of Danny Boyle's 2007 Sunshine
via the breathtaking soundtrack composed for the movie by John Murphy and the band Underworld. (Credit where due, I first heard the soundtrack courtesy this brilliant video
.) One thing led to another, and I found myself on the Wikipedia article
, a little known film with a big cast, big production, big special effects and a big story.
In 2050, the sun is dying out, leaving the world in perpetual darkness and winter. The Icarus spacecraft was sent from Earth to detonate a stellar bomb in the sun, in theory reigniting the star and bringing light and warmth back to our planet. For unknown reasons, the mission failed, and seven years later, the Icarus II, under the command of Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada) leaves Earth to accomplish the task of its predecessor.
Needless to say, it's not that easy.