What movie was that...?

24 January 2010


directed by Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle’s sci-fi turn is as dazzling as it is heavy, a film about a team of scientists charged with delivering an explosive payload to a dying sun. Every cast member brings their best to each role, especially a marvelous Chris Evans, shedding his human torch nonsense and showing the world that he has the chops. The script by collaborator Alex Garland (28 Days Later, the novel from which The Beach was adapted) is solid and strange, and why this film fell through the cracks is somewhat of a mystery to me. What’s not to like? Boyle’s love of film shows even in his DVD releases, and on Sunshine Boyle features several short films made by members of his crew. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has utilized his Oscilloscope DVD releases for the same purpose (check out the excellent shorts on Wendy and Lucy) which, as a lover of film, I can get on board with. You may love Danny Boyle, and you may hate him, but you cannot deny that Boyle clearly loves the art of making film, and he always tries to do something important. Respect, Mr. B.

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