Posted by Fei, a resident of another community, on Apr 10, 2007 at 9:14 pm
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Hiroyuki Sanada, etc.
It is impossible to classify this smart film into any particular genre. It starts off on a sci-fi premise and morphs into a suspense flick in the middle and ends on a philosophical note. The latest film from Danny Boyle, the director of Trainspotting, is certainly worth a watch.
In the near future, the spacecraft Icarus II is on a mission to the re-ignite a fading Sun by dropping a bomb on it. On their way there, they detect the presence of Icarus, the lost spacecraft of the crew that failed on the same mission seven years earlier. The resident physicist, Capa, makes a fateful decision to change their course to meet with Icarus, a decision that leads to an addition to their spacecraft in the form of a deranged killer.
At its heart is an optimistic message to intellectually-equipped youths unprepared for the real world. Capa, played by Cillian Murphy, is the central character in the story. He grows from zero to hero. Initially a background player in the crew (his sole function on the spacecraft is to detonate the bomb), he becomes a decisionmaker when the captain Kaneda (played with steely strength by Sanada Hiroyuki) gives him the power to decide whether to divert their course or not. Finally he is forced to abandon prudence and embrace instinct to fight against a deranged killer.
Along the way, the audience is treated to awesome visual effects of the Sunís fearsome power. Scientific jargon and innovations such as the oxygen supply farm would appeal to geeks in the know but they confuse the layman at times.
This show does not lack in human drama, like the typical space-disaster movie: someone always has to sacrifice himself for the mission; and each crew member eventually dies by his or her passion. This is incredibly sad when such realities are in your face.
Atypical of the classic space-disaster movies is the sudden switch midway through the film, when Boyle cranks up the horror and suspense, by the superimposition of images and a predator-hunting-prey sequence a la the Alien movies.
Three-quarters way through the movie changes tack again and asks the question: do Man have the right or power to challenge nature? This philosophical question, however, was left unanswered in a predictable ending, which was a disappointment for this reviewer but nonetheless does not mar the overall enjoyment of the movie.
Verdict: Worth a watch!
(just my two cents worth - Fei)