Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sunshine Of Your Zodiac

Dos movies:

Zodiac (2007)
Based on the real serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the 1960's and 70's. Great performances by Robert Downey Jr (no surprise there), Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards ("Goose" from Top Gun - remember him?). Very dark and tense mood throughout the movie. The dramatization of one Zodiac murder by stabbing is nothing short of spectacular. One thing that really detracts from my perception of the overall quality is that it drags on for way too long. Two and a half hours of semi-documentary is brutal! Also, it ends rather abruptly, so don't expect any form of closure whatsoever.

Sunshine (2007)
50 years or so into the future, the sun is dying, which by definition sort of crips on da set for life on earth as well. I guess that's one way of dealing with global warming. But have no fear; there are no problems in the known universe that can't be fixed with enormous nuclear weapons, be it potential asteroid collisions or in this case re-ignition of the sun. "Creating a star within a star", as they so aptly put it in "Sunshine". The brilliant plan is to send a manned space craft to dump a nuclear payload the size of Manhattan into the sun from only a few hundred kilometers above it's surface. In order to deflect that pesky heat and radiation emanating from the sun, the space craft is equipped with an umbrella-like shield which successfully protects the ship and its inhabitants. Astonishingly, they have also developed an EVA suit that can withstand radiation from the sun to within a few hundred kilometers away, but this suit has the distinct disadvantage that it gets very hot inside. Whether this side-effect is caused by some idiot lining the suit with wool or if it has something to do with the user being some hundred kilometers away from an active star is left to the imagination of the viewer. Apparently, the current generation of scientists is a bunch of slackers, because the new discoveries and technologies emerging within the next 50 years is nothing short of astonishing. In addition to the already mentioned reflective and heat-insensitive materials, we also manage to fabricate engines for space crafts capable of escaping the gravitational pull of our sun. We also know how to create artificial gravity without the need for rotation about an axis, and superconductors which function at slightly below room temperature. I'd better hurry up.

In a not-so-surprising twist, the Icarus we observe is the second of its kind, with the first ship having mysteriously disappeared a few years earlier. Predictably, something goes wrong with Icarus 2 just after they locate the first Icarus with the crew diseased. They even pick up an unknown passenger after they leave the hull of the first Icarus, and one by one, the crew of Icarus 2 are getting killed.

You really feel like seeing this movie now, dontcha'?

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