If the Sun dies, so do we…..
A team of astronauts is sent on a mission to save a dying Sun in the wake of the unexplainable failure of a previous mission aptly entitled Icarus 1.
This is Danny Boyle’s masterpiece and it would take something really special, and even more out of the ordinary to trump this picture from a Director with a pedigree including the anti Tory polemic “Trainspotting“, “The Beach” and the all time zombie classic “28 Days Later”.
Ironically you will probably be hard pressed to see a darker film, given the subject matter, but it’s searing intensity, the claustrophobic situation with a tight cast allied to the existentialist dilemmas make for gripping viewing.
It has the air of the post War French Philosophical School epitomised by Jean Paul Satre and Albert Camus, as the protagonists struggle with unenviable and heart breaking moral decisions whilst battling with the small issue of Saving The World.
We see characters forced to grapple with self sacrifice for the greater good, and having to commit unspeakable acts for similar reasons.
However the fantastic Sci Fi Action makes for a brilliant cinematic experience, superb photography and special effects mean this picture must be seen on the big screen in order to feel the overwhelming power of Boyle’s work which nods to Kubrick and "Alien" along the way..
Cillian Murphy (“The Wind That Shakes the Barley” and “Intermission”) buttresses a growing reputation for versatility and his non verbal acting is simply mind blowing in the way he transmits the tortured emotions of a man placed in the most unadulteratedly brutal of situations.
Excellent performances also from Mark Strong as the tortured soul who has the added ingredient of religion to contend with, and Benedict Wong who has to deal with the consequences of a catastrophic, but wholly understandable error.
This film is a brilliant dissection of humanity, it’s foibles but ultimately it’s strengths and as a result I felt it was a very positive, and uplifting picture.