'Sunshine': Space Opera with a Dark Cloud or Two Brightness has never seemed as menacing as it does in Sunshine, a sci-fi nail-biter about a future Earth's scramble to reignite a dying sun. It's the latest from 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle.
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'Sunshine': Space Opera with a Dark Cloud or Two

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'Sunshine': Space Opera with a Dark Cloud or Two

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, Host:

Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

KENNETH TURAN: Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (As character) He's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SUNSHINE")

TURAN: Unidentified Woman (Actor): (As character) We have major incident. We are flying free from here.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SUNSHINE")

TURAN: "Sunshine" is the latest film from British director Danny Boyle, whose eclectic resume, including "Millions," "Trainspotting" and "28 Days Later," reveals a refusal to make the same film twice. This philosophy allows Boyle to bring the energy and enthusiasm of newness to each genre he tries.

G: Sadly, this film eventually floats free of the plausibility that has been its anchor and falls victim to conventional plotting. "Sunshine" is too smart to be fatally wounded, but it's hard not to wish it wasn't smarter still.

WERTHEIMER: Kenneth Turan reviews movies for MORNING EDITION and the Los Angeles Times.

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