Set in the not too distant future, SUNSHINE follows eight astronauts on a mission to save the dying Sun by delivering their payload of a nuclear bomb into the star's core. In the year 2057, the Sun no longer produces the amount of energy needed to sustain the human race. The international community decides to send a combination of astronauts and scientists on a mission to the Sun in the hope that they can successfully fire a bomb the size of Manhattan into the star in order to reignite it and save mankind. The multinational crew are comprised of Captain Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada, THE TWILIGHT SAMURI), physicist Capa (Cillian Murphy, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY), biologist Corazon (Michelle Yeoh, TOMORROW NEVER DIES), engineer Mace (Chris Evans, FANTASTIC FOUR), pilot Cassie (Rose Byrne, TROY), physician Searle (Cliff Curtis, WHALE RIDER), communications officer Harvey (Troy Garity, BARBERSHOP), and navigator Trey (Benedict Wong, GROW YOUR OWN). As they journey towards the Sun, the crew discover the Icarus I spaceship, which was sent on the same mission as them seven years ago but mysteriously disappeared.
Director Danny Boyle reunites with screenwriter Alex Garland and producer Andrew MacDonald (THE BEACH, 28 DAYS LATER) for the science-fiction thriller SUNSHINE and creates a visually astounding film that, like its influences SOLARIS and 2001 - A SPACE ODYSSEY, is a sci-fi film that is grounded in reality, making for an intense examination of the human psyche and the strain brought upon people who are engaged in space travel. The international cast produce engaging performances and, while looking visually spectacular, SUNSHINE contains a lot more depth and intelligence than the average space travel film.