"Sunshine" -- is it any good?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Lord Garth, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    Here's the situation: my birthday is coming up in 10 days and I'm getting a Blu-Ray player that I'm not supposed to know about. Wink, wink. Despite what I'm not supposed to know, I'm being asked what movie I'd like to see.

    Preferably, I want something made in 2005 or later, in order to watch something that was made with high-definition in mind. Even if someone counters with "well, movies more than a few years old can be seen just as well in HD", save it. I want to test out my new player with a new movie.

    I went to Saturday Matinee and Best Buy to look at the Blu-Ray selections, and so I can see what I don't already have on DVD. Sunshine caught my eye but it seems to me to be one of those movies where I'd either think it's great or think it's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen.

    Which one do you think it is?
  2. The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 20, 2003
    1123, 6536, 5321
    You'd think the first two thirds is great and the last third is one of the most ridiculous things you've ever seen.

    At least that seems to be most people's reaction, your mileage may vary of course.

    At the very least, it's a gorgeous looking movie and would at least be very nice for checking out your new BluRay player with.
  3. James Bond

    James Bond Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 8, 2004
    James Bond
    Agreed on all counts. I loved Sunshine, but the third act was very iffy, but not absolutely terrible. Fortunately, the first two acts are so incredible, that they make up for the third, and save the movie as a whole.

    And yes, this movie looked absolutely amazing on just a standard DVD, so what does that tell you about a bloody Blu-Ray? :eek:
  4. Capt. Vulcan

    Capt. Vulcan Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 18, 2001
    PlanetExpress Ship
    Haven't seen sunshine yet, but the trailer looks pretty gorgeous in HD.

    If you're looking to test out that new blu-ray player, there isn't any better product than Planet Earth.
  5. Ethros

    Ethros Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 4, 2001
    1123 6536 5321
    Wow, two in the space of one week :lol:
  6. TK421

    TK421 Commodore Commodore

    Mar 5, 2007
    Terrible movie. The most pretentious thing I've ever sat through.

    Pretty though.
  7. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Is it just a rental or is it a blind buy movie?
  8. jbrinegar

    jbrinegar Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Dec 31, 2005
    Austin, TX
    it was an okay movie in my book. Do you know what type of player your getting? Some of my players had some trouble playing sunshine without a firmware update so Id check your firmware version first to make sure it wont hang up your player if you get it.

    Going on eye candy alone, some of the upper tier video quality movies on bd IMO are:

    Casino Royale
    Batman Begins
    Live Free or Die Hard
    POTC movies
    I, Robot
    Black Hawk Down
    Kingdom of Heaven
    Pearl Harbor

    Hopefully some films on the list are some you dont own and would like to. If your recvr is capable of decoding some of the high def audio youre in for a real treat.

    Probably could look at avsforum and check out their tier system for video quality.

    Regards, Jerry
  9. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blooness Premium Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    "Sunshine" is NOT worth buying, IMO. It might be worth renting, as the effects are pretty good. What could have been a very intriguing, or even philosophically interesting story, dissolves into a third rate "monster" film. "Oh no! The Big Bad is after us!"

    While normally that wouldn't piss me off so much, this film starts with such promise and potential, and proceeds to COMPLETELY and HORRIBLY drop the proverbial ball.
  10. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    It would've been a blind buy but it looks like maybe this should be a rental.
  11. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    High-Def Digest is a good site for Blu-Ray reviews. The movie reviews themselves are subjective, obviously, but you can get a pretty good idea of how they'll look and sound.
  12. BigFoot

    BigFoot Admiral Admiral

    Sep 27, 2001
    Slovenia (EU)
    Here's my suggestion, post a list of DVDs that you already own and we can suggest what you should pick up on BD.

    Some of my personal suggestions would be Casino Royale, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Blade Runner and Kingdom of Heaven (and of course both Underworld movies). ;)
  13. Antihero

    Antihero Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 2, 2008
    I liked Sunshine. Right up until the part where it turned into a monster movie. Although the ending redeemed it a little. If you just want to see an amazing-looking movie in HD, it's not a bad choice.

    Blackhawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven are both must-sees. And Cars is breathtaking.

    If you can find Dark City, that's also worth watching. The Blu-Ray is supposed to be out now, although I couldn't find it myself.
  14. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    Sunshine was gorgeously photographed, but stupid in spades. It went from a clever idea to a 10 Little Indians body count. Pretty pictures but ultimately ugly underneath.
  15. Daedalus12

    Daedalus12 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 9, 2002
    Transatlantic Flights
    If you want the best PQ I recommend the following.

    Pirates I to III
    I, Robot
    Live Free or Die Hard.
    The Island (only released in the UK).
    Shoot'em up
    Lost Season 3

    These movies are all reference quality. People should be using these titles for Blu-ray demos. The two titles in bold are what I consider as the two best ones among the best.

    The PQ of the following are not quite as good but the difference is very very tiny.

    The Rock (amazing PQ for a fairly old movie)
    Blade Runner (the same as The Rock)
    SpiderMan 3
    Casino Royale
    No Country For Old Men
    FF4: The Rise of Silver Surfer
    Zwartboek (Black Book)
    Sunshine (yes the PQ of this one was indeed excellent)
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    The Fifth Element (not the discontinued copy but the 2nd remastered Sony release)
    300 (The first Blu-ray I got myself)
    3:10 to Yuma
    Batman Begins
  16. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    Batman Begins
    The Brave One
    The TV Set
    Thank You for Smoking
  17. Faldor

    Faldor Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 4, 2001
    the mad spaces between the stars
    I really did not like Sunshine, it wanted to be a 'hard science' film ala 2001 and then had a space ship go and try to bomb the sun to make it work right... wtf?!
  18. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    If you like those films, then obviously they'd all be good to own. But those last two titles aren't on Blu-Ray. Obviously something like Batman Begins and Cloverfield will look great. Do you have a high def sound system to go with the TV? Because that's where Batman and Cloverfield might impress you even more.

    If you're just looking for something to show off the Blu-Ray and high def picture, lots of colors and/or lots of daylight will do the trick (for movies with good transfers, anyway). Superman Returns, The Phantom of the Opera and Pirates of the Caribbean look amazing. And Pixar cartoons are a no-brainer.
  19. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
    I bet Sunshine looks amazing on Blu-Ray, but don't expect much on the plot side.
  20. CommodoreKong

    CommodoreKong Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 27, 2004
    Amana, Iowa
    I just watched Sunshine a few days ago and I enjoyed it. When I bought it the guy I bought it from told me that
    the third act turned into a slasher film
    so I was prepared for that and I really enjoyed it.

    I bought it as part of Blockbuster's 4 for $20 sale, so of course the price was right for the movie.