It is the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope rests with a courageous crew of eight men and women on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. Deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission begins to unravel and they find themselves fighting not only for their lives, but for the future of us all.
I had no real expectation of this film and had read some negative reviews prior to watching, but I must say that this was really superb. Yes the characters could have been developed more, but that would have lead to a 2-3 hrs saga, so to keep the running time acceptable I guess they could not develop the 8 or so main characters more than a little. The plot is as outlined in the review above and I would say that this is a little like Alien but not as drawn out for the first hour. The acting, script and the effects really are top notch and the extras on the disc, especially the commentary by Dr Brian Cox, are very interesting.
If you like your Sci-fi quite 'real' then this is for you. It has quite a bit of tension towards the end I actually had to get my breath back at the end...very intense.
Whilst not being a classic of the likes of 2001, this is a modern sci-fi with a touch of horror. The film is about a team sent to the dying sun in a specially designed craft to set off a nuclear explosion with the intention of reviving it. If you like sci-fi there is lots to enjoy, but the pace in the first half of the film is slow. Things 'hot up a bit' when the ship meets up with the previous one that was lost on a similar mission and it becomes clear that someone, or something, is trying to sabotage their mission.
Decent sci-fi horror thriller.
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This is a pretty decent sci-fi horror thriller which is somewhat reminiscent of the 1998 film 'Event Horizon'. The story's good, the acting's good and the special effects are fairly decent. Well worth a rental.