Earth's endangered environment has been rich material for science fiction films over the years. The search for solutions to save a dying planet or depleted resources has taken us to the outer regions of our galaxy and beyond. Danny Boyle's Sunshine continues this tradition, setting its story much closer to home.
The film follows the misadventures of a group of scientists travelling on board the spaceship Icarus II who have been entrusted to reignite our dying sun by launching a thermonuclear device into its heart.
Boyle's painstaking attention to detail saw his cast endure a vigorous rehearsal period to prepare them for the psychological stress of space travel. It's interesting to note that given the few instances of humankind travelling into orbit, it is difficult to properly gauge the long term effects of space travel, something which Sunshine exploits for more sinister effect.