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* ''{{Literature/Sunshine}}'': The urban fantasy vampire novel by RobinMcKinley.
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* ''{{Film/Sunshine}}'': The science-fiction film directed by Creator/DannyBoyle and starring CillianMurphy.
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21st Feb '14 10:28:19 AM m8e
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* ''{{Film/Sunshine}}'': The science-fiction film directed by DannyBoyle and starring CillianMurphy.
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* ''{{Film/Sunshine}}'': The science-fiction film starring CillianMurphy.
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* ''{{Film/Sunshine}}'': The science-fiction film directed by DannyBoyle and starring CillianMurphy.
14th Aug '11 10:37:35 PM Falco
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sunshine1_8173.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:320: Hope he brought his factor 1,000,000...]] -> ''"Our sun is dying. Mankind faces extinction. Seven years ago the Icarus project sent a mission to restart the sun but that mission was lost before it reached the star. Sixteen months ago, I, Robert Capa, and a crew of seven left earth frozen in a solar winter. Our payload: a stellar bomb with a mass equivalent to Manhattan Island. Our purpose: [[SolarCPR to create a star within a star]]. Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. [[WelcomeToHell Welcome to the Icarus Two]]."'' --> --'''Robert Capa, physicist.''' ''Sunshine'' is a psychological thriller disguised as a [[FollowTheLeader bog-standard sci-fi disaster movie]]. Often overlooked due to its somewhat nonsensical premise, which sounds like ''TheCore'' but in [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace THE SUN]],]] the film is actually a slow, melancholic character study, somewhat philosophical in tone, though never [[FauxlosophicNarration fauxlosophic]]. It is a beautiful example of science fiction as originally defined: the human spirit meeting the challenges of nature by embracing technology and reason. The major themes in the film are science vs. fundamentalism, isolation vs. community, and the human response to imminent extinction. Directed by the [[DannyBoyle guy who would later direct]] ''SlumdogMillionaire'', and had earlier directed ''TwentyEightDaysLater'' and ''{{Trainspotting}}'', ''Sunshine'' is an example of BetterThanItSounds. Similar in tone (though, luckily, not pacing) to ''{{Solaris}}'', only the premise seems to turn more people off from watching it--keeping it to an almost cult-classic status. The first half of the film is essentially character introspection. The second half then switches rather abruptly into a space slasher film, while still maintaining its melancholy tone. ---- !!Tropes in this film: * AIIsACrapShoot: Averted. Icarus II's on-board computer is important to the film, yet does its job exactly as it's supposed to, responds properly to override commands, and trying to save it (as opposed to trying to stop it) is an important part of the film's climax. * AllThereInTheManual: You'll need to go the the website to find out the Character's back-stories, how the bomb would work and even why the sun was dying in the the first place. * AloneWithThePsycho: Very well done. --> ''(Capa is arguing with the computer as to why there is [[spoiler: not enough oxygen left]])'' --> Capa: "There are only four crew members." --> Computer: "Negative, [[HolyShitQuotient five crew members.]]" * ApocalypticLog * ArcWords: "We are dust." * BadassBeard: Kaneda sports one. * BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]], now that his hairline has been seared away. * BeardOfSorrow: Mace has a stubbly beard and unkempt hair, showing that he's suffering from lowered morale. When he finally gets control of himself, he shows up clean-shaven, with a fresh buzzcut. * BloodyHandprint: These, and bloody footprints, are left behind by [[spoiler:Pinbacker]] wherever he goes. Also a signal that he's already [[OhCrap beaten Capa to the payload]]. * BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]]'s extreme exposure to the Sun has cooked his flesh. The burning is so bad that, during a fight scene, [[spoiler:the skin on one of his arms is torn off.]] * ColdEquation * DavidVersusGoliath: Capa versus [[spoiler:Pinbacker]]. * DeusExNukina * DistressCall: The Icarus-1's distress beacon. * DrivenToSuicide: The entire [[spoiler:Icarus-1 crew]], from the looks of things. ** [[spoiler:Trey]] is later found in this state, but it's been staged. Danny Boyle's commentary reveals that [[spoiler:Pinbacker murdered Trey]] and made it look like a suicide. When Rose Byrne's character grabs a surgical knife later, one is already missing from the drawer. * DwindlingParty * EnforcedMethodActing: ** The main eight actors were required to live in an apartment together for three months before filming. CillianMurphy's wife was pregnant during this time, so he would go back home at night. This proved helpful for his character being the youngest member and an outsider to the crew. The voice of the spaceship, Chipo Chung, was usually somewhere on the set and would be directly talking to other members of the cast, which is very appropriate for the character she's voicing. ** Also in the scene where Capa falls over in the very heavy gold spacesuit and struggles to get back up, unbeknownst to him several stage-hands held him down while he was inside the suit for the internal shots, in a attempt to make his struggling look more realistic. *** The actors unanimously say the worst cook of the bunch was MichelleYeoh. * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt * EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]]. * ExactTimeToFailure: Decoupling and detonating the bomb before the Icarus reaches the sun. * FemaleGaze: [[CillianMurphy Capa]] getting into his spacesuit. [[TakeOurWordForIt It's a lot sexier than it sounds.]] * FridgeLogic - In order to fulfil their mission, they must fire their bomb into the Sun. However, the heat shield that protects the payload until detonation point is also the heat shield which protects the rest of the ship. Just ''how'' was the crew ever supposed to survive? ** A secondary, smaller shield was in place behind the payload to protect the relatively thin profile of the rest of the ship. * GeekPhysiques: Capa. * GhostShip: [[spoiler:The Icarus 1]] * HeroicSacrifice: Plenty. [[spoiler: Kaneda, then Searle, then ''not'' Harvey, then Mace, and finally Capa.]] It could be argued that the whole crew gets a credit for this trope. Once they realize [[spoiler: there's hardly enough oxygen to get to the detonation point near the sun, let alone to make the trip back to Earth, they all accept rather gracefully that they will die to save the human race.]] * HollywoodScience, but not to the extent of TheyJustDidntCare, as they had a science advisor on staff in an attempt to make it seem remotely plausible. DannyBoyle intended to leave out things like visible stars, slow-motion zero gravity, and [[SpaceIsNoisy sound in space]], but left them in because the movie just [[RealityIsUnrealistic didn't look right otherwise]]. The science is actually about fifty-fifty. The oxygen garden is a very likely component of long distance space travel. In an actual space ship, the crew ''would'' be able to hear the ship creaking from the inside, as they did in the movie. The "Dead Zone" around the sun is TruthInTelevision; recall that the primary effect of solar flares is to disrupt electronic communications like HAM and AM radios. The way that [[spoiler: two crewmen escaped Icarus I without spacesuits]] is also scientifically plausible, though just as unlikely to work perfectly as it was in the movie. Also, try not to think about the effects of gravity in the climactic scene. [[{{Understatement}} It's a bit...wonky.]] ** In a scene that was left out of the movie, but can be seen in the dvd extra's, [[spoiler: Capa explains that the payload generates it's own gravity]]. What was left in the movie, was another scene in which Capa explains [[spoiler: that the payload will move at such a speed in its final moments that close to the sun, that all physics in fact will get... [[BuffySpeak wonky]]]]. Perhaps not enough info for it to be a checkov's gun, but enough so that it's from the movie's perspective, not that unexpected. ** The science advisor, Professor Brian Cox - [=PhD=], OBE, [[ScientificProgressGoesOi D:Ream]] - said that he would tell them how thing would really happen and where they were going wrong, but then it was up to DannyBoyle et al decide on it, and if the story was better off if they bent the real science, that's what they did. He considered that the right way to do it. ** Explaining why "visible stars a science fail" from above, because it's more a visual arts trope conflicting with science: the sun only looks like a flaming ball when viewed through special filters/computerized images. Depicting exterior shots with a sun like that is forgetting the fact that with all the visible light a star puts out at the local system range, you wouldn't ''see'' anything, you'd literally be blinded by all the light. This is depicted somewhat in-story when one of the crew members asks to have the viewport filters turned down by a small fraction ''and the room is almost completely washed out by all the extra light''. * HopeSproutsEternal * HotScientist - Interesting example: Danny Boyle was originally reticent to have Cillian Murphy play Capa because he considered him to be "too good-looking" to be a scientist... until he met [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Cox_%28physicist%29 the movie's science advisor]], who had a similar sense of style. * HurlItIntoTheSun * InfiniteSupplies: Averted. * ImplacableMan: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]] compensates for his slow gait through his intimate knowledge of Icarus-2's systems. * KillEmAll * LatexSpaceSuit / InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: Averted. * LetsSplitUpGang: "[[GenreSavvy I don't think that's such a good idea]]." -->'''Mace''': "[[WrongGenreSavvy Why, will aliens pick us off one by one?]]" * LightIsNotGood: The awesome sight of the sun drives several characters insane. Its rays burn flesh and threaten to torch the whole spaceship. Ironically, the story is about a dying sun and the Earth's desperate need to restore its life-supporting rays. ** We never get a good look at [[spoiler:Pinbacker]], partly due to the crew's dementia and also because of his portrayal as a 'being of light'. * LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:Harvey]]'s frozen corpse collides with Icarus-2's antenna, shattering his arm. The rest of him drifts into direct sunlight, whereupon it ([[RuleOfSymbolism Insert symbolism]]) crumbles to dust. * MillionToOneChance: The crew is perfectly aware that, once the ''Icarus'' reaches the Sun's horizon, everything about the mission goes into the realm of the theoretical. Not even the computer can calculate the outcome. [[spoiler: It works, of course]]. * MultinationalTeam: Based on ideas of the global community's space programs would be in 70 years, the Icarus mission is a mix of Americans, Chinese, and Japanese astronauts. The first Icarus ship had Pinbacker, who was apparently supposed to be South African (his accent is easier to place in his recording). * NeckLift: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]] effortlessly hoists Capa and shakes him like a rag doll. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to the comparatively low gravity of the payload room. * NeverTrustATrailer: The film's tv ads pitched it as a horror film. In actual fact the horror element is something of a twist near the end of the film. When you go in expecting a horror you will end up waiting an hour for the plot to get going. And thus word of mouth deemed the film to suck. * NietzscheWannabe: [[spoiler: Pinbacker.]] * OnlySaneMan: Mace. He may not be the most sensitive guy on the ship but everything he said was true and if they had all just listened to him from the beginning, they might have been okay. * OpaqueLenses: Searle's aviator sunglasses, hinting at his increasingly-long periods of staring fixated at the sun. * PragmaticVillainy: The characters eventually resolve to resort to this in order to reserve the mission. [[spoiler:They decide to kill their suicidal crewmate in order to leave enough oxygen to complete the mission. Capa puts it best, "What are you asking? That we weigh the life of one man versus the future of all mankind? Kill him." It's the fact the he says it so casually makes you go ''damn''.]] * RecycledTrailerMusic : The trailer uses "Lux Aeterna" from ''RequiemForADream''. Conversely, various trailers recycle "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)", which also pulls duty as the ''{{Kick-Ass}}'' theme. * SceneryPorn: The entire film just looks beautiful. And eye motifs. And Cillian. * ScienceHero: Especially Capa. * ShinyLookingSpaceships, necessary due to the nature of the ship's sun shield. * ShootTheDog. Pretty much the whole litter. * ShoutOut: Pinbacker's name is almost certainly a shout out to Sgt. Pinback of ''DarkStar'', a much sillier movie with which ''Sunshine'' shares a few themes. ** The spacesuits? Based on [[SouthPark Kenny]]. * ShownTheirWork: The film is very well-researched. Small details of every aspect of manned space travel (and the projected future of it) appear in the film, from the psychology of a crew living together to the science of astronauts growing their own food onboard a spaceflight. * SkeletonCrew: Averted when [[spoiler: Capa finds the crew of the Icarus I, huddled together and burned to a crisp in the observation room.]] * SnowyScreenOfDeath: On [[spoiler:Kaneda's]] helmet camera. * SolarCPR: The whole point of the mission. * SpaceIsCold: among the nail-biting uncertainties in an ImprovisedMicrogravityManeuvering scene. Another is that the [[spoiler: four crew exploring the wreckage of Icarus I are aware: only three can attempt the jump back to Icarus II.]] They'll survive...if nothing goes wrong. * SpaceIsNoisy * SpaceMadness: Developing in [[spoiler:Searle]] and particularly evident in [[spoiler:Pinbacker.]] * StarshipLuxurious * StupidGood: Cassie. * [[ComputerVoice Talking Computer]] * TestosteronePoisoning: "Report to flight deck. We have an excess of manliness breaking out in the comms center." * ThrownOutTheAirlock: Happens on three separate occasions. * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Harvey misses the hole then freezes out there in seconds, his frozen corpse hitting an antenna, thus breaking his arm before flying outside the shield, reduced to dust in seconds by the Sun.]] * TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The last few minutes of the film are in it. Sure, they're out of context, but still... * ViewersAreGeniuses: The premise might make a bit more sense with some of the [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] that uses a real physics-based description (they weren't "restarting" the sun but destroying a particle chunk that was prematurely killing the sun), but there was no way to explain that without invoking this trope. So it was a kind of "screwed either way" situation. * WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Don't answer the distress call, don't mind us. Just passin' through. * WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Negative, five crew members."]] * WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt?: Whose bright idea was it to name the ship going on a mission to the Sun on which ''the fate of Mankind'' depends ''the '''Icarus?''' '' (you know what happened to Icarus, right?) And worse, to stick with the name after losing that ship and naming the second one ''Icarus II''? Danny Boyle apparently named it like that on purpose, to keep with the bleak nature of the film and the International aspect of the ship. According to him, "[Americans would] call it Spirit of Hope or Ship of Destiny. They'd call it something optimistic... in America they would sacrifice all plausibility, because there would be hope." * WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison: The film arguably contains a number of examples, but in one instance a character comes close to saying this trope's name verbatim [[spoiler:when the crew is deciding whether to kill an injured crewman in order to save oxygen]]. * YouAreInCommandNow: Harvey is promoted to [[spoiler:Captain]] following his predecessor's demise. Ironic, since he's the Communications officer on a ship with a useless communications array, leaving him the most expendable person on board. * ZeroGSpot: {{Word Of God}} states that original scripts for ''{{Sunshine}}'' had a planned sex scene between Cassie and Capa. Oh, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen What Might Have Been...]]
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sunshine1_8173.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:320: Hope he brought his factor 1,000,000...]] -> ''"Our sun is dying. Mankind faces extinction. Seven years ago the Icarus project sent a mission to restart the sun but that mission was lost before it reached the star. Sixteen months ago, I, Robert Capa, and a crew of seven left earth frozen in a solar winter. Our payload: a stellar bomb with a mass equivalent to Manhattan Island. Our purpose: [[SolarCPR to create a star within a star]]. Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. [[WelcomeToHell Welcome to the Icarus Two]]."'' --> --'''Robert Capa, physicist.''' ''Sunshine'' is a psychological thriller disguised as a [[FollowTheLeader bog-standard sci-fi disaster movie]]. Often overlooked due refers to its somewhat nonsensical premise, which sounds like ''TheCore'' but in [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace THE SUN]],]] the two different pieces of unrelated work: * ''{{Film/Sunshine}}'': The science-fiction film is actually a slow, melancholic character study, somewhat philosophical in tone, though never [[FauxlosophicNarration fauxlosophic]]. It is a beautiful example of science fiction as originally defined: the human spirit meeting the challenges of nature by embracing technology and reason. starring CillianMurphy. * ''{{Literature/Sunshine}}'': The major themes in the film are science vs. fundamentalism, isolation vs. community, and the human response to imminent extinction. Directed urban fantasy vampire novel by the [[DannyBoyle guy who would later direct]] ''SlumdogMillionaire'', and had earlier directed ''TwentyEightDaysLater'' and ''{{Trainspotting}}'', ''Sunshine'' is an example of BetterThanItSounds. Similar in tone (though, luckily, not pacing) to ''{{Solaris}}'', only the premise seems to turn more people off from watching it--keeping it to an almost cult-classic status. The first half of the film is essentially character introspection. The second half then switches rather abruptly into a space slasher film, while still maintaining its melancholy tone. ---- !!Tropes in this film: * AIIsACrapShoot: Averted. Icarus II's on-board computer is important to the film, yet does its job exactly as it's supposed to, responds properly to override commands, and trying to save it (as opposed to trying to stop it) is an important part of the film's climax. * AllThereInTheManual: You'll need to go the the website to find out the Character's back-stories, how the bomb would work and even why the sun was dying in the the first place. * AloneWithThePsycho: Very well done. --> ''(Capa is arguing with the computer as to why there is [[spoiler: not enough oxygen left]])'' --> Capa: "There are only four crew members." --> Computer: "Negative, [[HolyShitQuotient five crew members.]]" * ApocalypticLog * ArcWords: "We are dust." * BadassBeard: Kaneda sports one. * BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]], now that his hairline has been seared away. * BeardOfSorrow: Mace has a stubbly beard and unkempt hair, showing that he's suffering from lowered morale. When he finally gets control of himself, he shows up clean-shaven, with a fresh buzzcut. * BloodyHandprint: These, and bloody footprints, are left behind by [[spoiler:Pinbacker]] wherever he goes. Also a signal that he's already [[OhCrap beaten Capa to the payload]]. * BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]]'s extreme exposure to the Sun has cooked his flesh. The burning is so bad that, during a fight scene, [[spoiler:the skin on one of his arms is torn off.]] * ColdEquation * DavidVersusGoliath: Capa versus [[spoiler:Pinbacker]]. * DeusExNukina * DistressCall: The Icarus-1's distress beacon. * DrivenToSuicide: The entire [[spoiler:Icarus-1 crew]], from the looks of things. ** [[spoiler:Trey]] is later found in this state, but it's been staged. Danny Boyle's commentary reveals that [[spoiler:Pinbacker murdered Trey]] and made it look like a suicide. When Rose Byrne's character grabs a surgical knife later, one is already missing from the drawer. * DwindlingParty * EnforcedMethodActing: ** The main eight actors were required to live in an apartment together for three months before filming. CillianMurphy's wife was pregnant during this time, so he would go back home at night. This proved helpful for his character being the youngest member and an outsider to the crew. The voice of the spaceship, Chipo Chung, was usually somewhere on the set and would be directly talking to other members of the cast, which is very appropriate for the character she's voicing. ** Also in the scene where Capa falls over in the very heavy gold spacesuit and struggles to get back up, unbeknownst to him several stage-hands held him down while he was inside the suit for the internal shots, in a attempt to make his struggling look more realistic. *** The actors unanimously say the worst cook of the bunch was MichelleYeoh. * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt * EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]]. * ExactTimeToFailure: Decoupling and detonating the bomb before the Icarus reaches the sun. * FemaleGaze: [[CillianMurphy Capa]] getting into his spacesuit. [[TakeOurWordForIt It's a lot sexier than it sounds.]] * FridgeLogic - In order to fulfil their mission, they must fire their bomb into the Sun. However, the heat shield that protects the payload until detonation point is also the heat shield which protects the rest of the ship. Just ''how'' was the crew ever supposed to survive? ** A secondary, smaller shield was in place behind the payload to protect the relatively thin profile of the rest of the ship. * GeekPhysiques: Capa. * GhostShip: [[spoiler:The Icarus 1]] * HeroicSacrifice: Plenty. [[spoiler: Kaneda, then Searle, then ''not'' Harvey, then Mace, and finally Capa.]] It could be argued that the whole crew gets a credit for this trope. Once they realize [[spoiler: there's hardly enough oxygen to get to the detonation point near the sun, let alone to make the trip back to Earth, they all accept rather gracefully that they will die to save the human race.]] * HollywoodScience, but not to the extent of TheyJustDidntCare, as they had a science advisor on staff in an attempt to make it seem remotely plausible. DannyBoyle intended to leave out things like visible stars, slow-motion zero gravity, and [[SpaceIsNoisy sound in space]], but left them in because the movie just [[RealityIsUnrealistic didn't look right otherwise]]. The science is actually about fifty-fifty. The oxygen garden is a very likely component of long distance space travel. In an actual space ship, the crew ''would'' be able to hear the ship creaking from the inside, as they did in the movie. The "Dead Zone" around the sun is TruthInTelevision; recall that the primary effect of solar flares is to disrupt electronic communications like HAM and AM radios. The way that [[spoiler: two crewmen escaped Icarus I without spacesuits]] is also scientifically plausible, though just as unlikely to work perfectly as it was in the movie. Also, try not to think about the effects of gravity in the climactic scene. [[{{Understatement}} It's a bit...wonky.]] ** In a scene that was left out of the movie, but can be seen in the dvd extra's, [[spoiler: Capa explains that the payload generates it's own gravity]]. What was left in the movie, was another scene in which Capa explains [[spoiler: that the payload will move at such a speed in its final moments that close to the sun, that all physics in fact will get... [[BuffySpeak wonky]]]]. Perhaps not enough info for it to be a checkov's gun, but enough so that it's from the movie's perspective, not that unexpected. ** The science advisor, Professor Brian Cox - [=PhD=], OBE, [[ScientificProgressGoesOi D:Ream]] - said that he would tell them how thing would really happen and where they were going wrong, but then it was up to DannyBoyle et al decide on it, and if the story was better off if they bent the real science, that's what they did. He considered that the right way to do it. ** Explaining why "visible stars a science fail" from above, because it's more a visual arts trope conflicting with science: the sun only looks like a flaming ball when viewed through special filters/computerized images. Depicting exterior shots with a sun like that is forgetting the fact that with all the visible light a star puts out at the local system range, you wouldn't ''see'' anything, you'd literally be blinded by all the light. This is depicted somewhat in-story when one of the crew members asks to have the viewport filters turned down by a small fraction ''and the room is almost completely washed out by all the extra light''. * HopeSproutsEternal * HotScientist - Interesting example: Danny Boyle was originally reticent to have Cillian Murphy play Capa because he considered him to be "too good-looking" to be a scientist... until he met [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Cox_%28physicist%29 the movie's science advisor]], who had a similar sense of style. * HurlItIntoTheSun * InfiniteSupplies: Averted. * ImplacableMan: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]] compensates for his slow gait through his intimate knowledge of Icarus-2's systems. * KillEmAll * LatexSpaceSuit / InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: Averted. * LetsSplitUpGang: "[[GenreSavvy I don't think that's such a good idea]]." -->'''Mace''': "[[WrongGenreSavvy Why, will aliens pick us off one by one?]]" * LightIsNotGood: The awesome sight of the sun drives several characters insane. Its rays burn flesh and threaten to torch the whole spaceship. Ironically, the story is about a dying sun and the Earth's desperate need to restore its life-supporting rays. ** We never get a good look at [[spoiler:Pinbacker]], partly due to the crew's dementia and also because of his portrayal as a 'being of light'. * LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:Harvey]]'s frozen corpse collides with Icarus-2's antenna, shattering his arm. The rest of him drifts into direct sunlight, whereupon it ([[RuleOfSymbolism Insert symbolism]]) crumbles to dust. * MillionToOneChance: The crew is perfectly aware that, once the ''Icarus'' reaches the Sun's horizon, everything about the mission goes into the realm of the theoretical. Not even the computer can calculate the outcome. [[spoiler: It works, of course]]. * MultinationalTeam: Based on ideas of the global community's space programs would be in 70 years, the Icarus mission is a mix of Americans, Chinese, and Japanese astronauts. The first Icarus ship had Pinbacker, who was apparently supposed to be South African (his accent is easier to place in his recording). * NeckLift: [[spoiler:Pinbacker]] effortlessly hoists Capa and shakes him like a rag doll. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to the comparatively low gravity of the payload room. * NeverTrustATrailer: The film's tv ads pitched it as a horror film. In actual fact the horror element is something of a twist near the end of the film. When you go in expecting a horror you will end up waiting an hour for the plot to get going. And thus word of mouth deemed the film to suck. * NietzscheWannabe: [[spoiler: Pinbacker.]] * OnlySaneMan: Mace. He may not be the most sensitive guy on the ship but everything he said was true and if they had all just listened to him from the beginning, they might have been okay. * OpaqueLenses: Searle's aviator sunglasses, hinting at his increasingly-long periods of staring fixated at the sun. * PragmaticVillainy: The characters eventually resolve to resort to this in order to reserve the mission. [[spoiler:They decide to kill their suicidal crewmate in order to leave enough oxygen to complete the mission. Capa puts it best, "What are you asking? That we weigh the life of one man versus the future of all mankind? Kill him." It's the fact the he says it so casually makes you go ''damn''.]] * RecycledTrailerMusic : The trailer uses "Lux Aeterna" from ''RequiemForADream''. Conversely, various trailers recycle "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)", which also pulls duty as the ''{{Kick-Ass}}'' theme. * SceneryPorn: The entire film just looks beautiful. And eye motifs. And Cillian. * ScienceHero: Especially Capa. * ShinyLookingSpaceships, necessary due to the nature of the ship's sun shield. * ShootTheDog. Pretty much the whole litter. * ShoutOut: Pinbacker's name is almost certainly a shout out to Sgt. Pinback of ''DarkStar'', a much sillier movie with which ''Sunshine'' shares a few themes. ** The spacesuits? Based on [[SouthPark Kenny]]. * ShownTheirWork: The film is very well-researched. Small details of every aspect of manned space travel (and the projected future of it) appear in the film, from the psychology of a crew living together to the science of astronauts growing their own food onboard a spaceflight. * SkeletonCrew: Averted when [[spoiler: Capa finds the crew of the Icarus I, huddled together and burned to a crisp in the observation room.]] * SnowyScreenOfDeath: On [[spoiler:Kaneda's]] helmet camera. * SolarCPR: The whole point of the mission. * SpaceIsCold: among the nail-biting uncertainties in an ImprovisedMicrogravityManeuvering scene. Another is that the [[spoiler: four crew exploring the wreckage of Icarus I are aware: only three can attempt the jump back to Icarus II.]] They'll survive...if nothing goes wrong. * SpaceIsNoisy * SpaceMadness: Developing in [[spoiler:Searle]] and particularly evident in [[spoiler:Pinbacker.]] * StarshipLuxurious * StupidGood: Cassie. * [[ComputerVoice Talking Computer]] * TestosteronePoisoning: "Report to flight deck. We have an excess of manliness breaking out in the comms center." * ThrownOutTheAirlock: Happens on three separate occasions. * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Harvey misses the hole then freezes out there in seconds, his frozen corpse hitting an antenna, thus breaking his arm before flying outside the shield, reduced to dust in seconds by the Sun.]] * TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The last few minutes of the film are in it. Sure, they're out of context, but still... * ViewersAreGeniuses: The premise might make a bit more sense with some of the [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] that uses a real physics-based description (they weren't "restarting" the sun but destroying a particle chunk that was prematurely killing the sun), but there was no way to explain that without invoking this trope. So it was a kind of "screwed either way" situation. * WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Don't answer the distress call, don't mind us. Just passin' through. * WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Negative, five crew members."]] * WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt?: Whose bright idea was it to name the ship going on a mission to the Sun on which ''the fate of Mankind'' depends ''the '''Icarus?''' '' (you know what happened to Icarus, right?) And worse, to stick with the name after losing that ship and naming the second one ''Icarus II''? Danny Boyle apparently named it like that on purpose, to keep with the bleak nature of the film and the International aspect of the ship. According to him, "[Americans would] call it Spirit of Hope or Ship of Destiny. They'd call it something optimistic... in America they would sacrifice all plausibility, because there would be hope." * WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison: The film arguably contains a number of examples, but in one instance a character comes close to saying this trope's name verbatim [[spoiler:when the crew is deciding whether to kill an injured crewman in order to save oxygen]]. * YouAreInCommandNow: Harvey is promoted to [[spoiler:Captain]] following his predecessor's demise. Ironic, since he's the Communications officer on a ship with a useless communications array, leaving him the most expendable person on board. * ZeroGSpot: {{Word Of God}} states that original scripts for ''{{Sunshine}}'' had a planned sex scene between Cassie and Capa. Oh, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen What Might Have Been...]]RobinMcKinley.
29th Jul '11 5:04:45 PM pagad
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* MultinationalTeam: Based on ideas of the global community's space programs would be in 70 years, the Icarus mission is a mix of Americans, Chinese, and Japanese astronauts. The first Icarus ship had Pinbacker, who is presumably French going by the accent. ** Pretty sure that Pinbacker was supposed to be South African, his accent is easier to place in his recording.
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* MultinationalTeam: Based on ideas of the global community's space programs would be in 70 years, the Icarus mission is a mix of Americans, Chinese, and Japanese astronauts. The first Icarus ship had Pinbacker, who is presumably French going by the accent. ** Pretty sure that Pinbacker was apparently supposed to be South African, his African (his accent is easier to place in his recording.recording).
29th Jul '11 5:02:39 PM pagad
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** A secondary, smaller shield was in place behind the payload to protect the relatively thin profile of the rest of the ship.
22nd Jul '11 7:39:03 PM pathdoc
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* FridgeLogic - In order to fulfil their mission, they must fire their bomb into the Sun. However, the heat shield that protects the payload until detonation point is also the heat shield which protects the rest of the ship. Just ''how'' was the crew ever supposed to survive?
18th Jul '11 3:56:40 AM ChibiKibou
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* AIIsACrapShoot: Averted. Icarus II's on-board computer is important to the film, yet does its job exactly as it's supposed to, responds properly to override commands, and trying to save it (as opposed to trying to stop it) is an important part of the film's climax.
1st Jul '11 5:42:44 PM BoerBasterd
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**Pretty sure that Pinbacker was supposed to be South African, his accent is easier to place in his recording.
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