- Broken Base: Some fans think it's an excellent movie overall, while some love the first half but hate the Genre Shift when Pinbacker shows up.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: John Murphy outdoes himself with an absolutely beautiful main theme, and various other great tracks.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: It's widely agreed that Chris Evans walks away with this movie.
- Expy: Pinbacker is reminiscent of Weir from Event Horizon. Both succumb to insanity, hunt the crews of doomed spaceships, believe they are carrying out the will of a higher being, and run around naked, bald, and disfigured (Pinbacker is horrifically burned, while Weir is covered in lacerations).
- Fridge Horror: More of Fridge Sadness, really (Fridge Tearjerker?). The friends and families of the crew members could see from Earth that the crew had succeeded, but had no way of knowing that they'd all died in the process. They wouldn't be able to contact them to find out that there was nobody there due to the dead zone around the sun, and they would just be waiting for the ship to come back not knowing that it never will, and would never have any way of knowing what happened on the it.
- All the grey dust on Icarus 1 - they mention that most dust comes from human skin (incorrect) but in their case, it may actually be correct - the dust is the burned off skin of the crew, all of whom were fried.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Never fall back.
"Do you think that mankind will ever land...on the sun?"
- Also, there was Ali G's poignant question to Buzz Aldrin, posed back in 2003:
- Retroactive Recognition: In actual fact he's so hidden by make-up and freaky camerawork that you're unlikely to recognise him, but Mark Strong's name turning up in the closing credits has retroactively become a "Wait, what!?" moment.
- We do see of his video logs at the beginning though, out of the makeup.
- Tearjerker: Capa's Freak Out when it looks like all life on Earth might die because he tripped over a doorframe.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Danny Boyle has mentioned that Harvey is actually very homesick and is desperate to go back to his wife, hence his irrational behaviour. Had this been incorporated into the film better, it would have made him more sympathetic, but in the scene where his true colors are revealed, he comes across as incredibly selfish and whiny, so what sympathy you may have had for him doesn't ring true anymore.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: See What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic? above. The detonation is a beautiful sight to behold. Also, the many shots of the Sun. Pretty much the entire film is this.