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In the future, the sun is dying and Earth lives another glacial period. After the failure of the Icarus Mission, a team of eight astronauts are sent to the sun in the Icarus II Mission to explode a weapon generating a supernova within the sun in the last hope of planet Earth. However, when a crew-member commits a mistake in the operation of the aircraft shield, he jeopardizes the survival of the group.
If the sun dies, so do we.
Release Date: July 01, 2007
Runtime: 107 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Brimstone Pit Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for violent content and language.
Cliff Curtis ...Searle
Chipo Chung ...Icarus (voice)
Cillian Murphy ...Capa
Michelle yeoh ...Corazon
Hiroyuki Sanada ...Kaneda
Rose Byrne ...Cassie
Benedict Wong ...Trey
Chris Evans ...Mace
Troy Garity ...Harvey
Mark Strong ...Pinbacker
Paloma Baeza ...Capa's Sister
Archie Macdonald ...Child
Sylvie Macdonald ...Child
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More Movie Taglines:
- If the sun dies, so do we.
- Dark days are coming.
- If it dies, so do we.
- 50 years in the future, Earth's Sun is dying.
- [from trailer] Kaneda: It's a two person job, fixing the shield. Harvey you're second in command, you're not coming. Trey: I volunteer. Mace: No! *I* volunteer... Kaneda: Alright. Mace: I volunteer Capa. Capa: [after long pause] ... alright...
Capa: By the time you get this message, I'll be in the dead zone. It came a little sooner than we thought, but this means you won't be able to send a message back. So, I just wanted to let you know that I don't need the message because I know everything you wanna say. Just remember it takes eight minutes for light to travel from sun to Earth, which means you'll know we succeeded about eight minutes after we deliver the payload. All you have to is look out for a little extra brightness in the sky. So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it. Okay, I'm signing out and I'll see you in a couple years.
[last lines] Capa: So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it. Okay, I'm signing out.
Cassie: Are you scared? Capa: When a Stellar Bomb is triggered, very little will happen at first -and then a spark, will pop into existance, and it will hang for an instant, hovering in space and then, it will split into two, and those will split again, and again, and again... detonation beyond all imaging - the big bang on a small scale. - a new star born out of a dying one... I think it will be beautiful... No, i'm not scared Cassie: ...I am.
Pinbacker: Are you an angel? Has the time come? I've been waiting so long.
- The plot does not revolve around the sun dying in the normal sense: this is not due for around five billion years based on our understanding of nuclear fusion. It has instead been "infected" with a "Q-ball" - a supersymmetric nucleus, left over from the big bang - that is disrupting the normal matter. This is a theoretical particle that scientists at CERN are currently trying to confirm, and was one of the many contributions of the science advisor. The film's bomb is meant to blast the Q-ball to its constituent parts which will then naturally decay, allowing the sun to return to normal.
Dr Brian Cox, CERN / Manchester University, acted as the film's science advisor. His wife was involved in production of the movie's blog.
In the original screenplay, the Icarus payload was the same size, but was made of highly compressed dark matter (there is no mention of needing fissile material) and had the same mass as the moon, so it had its own gravity (one-sixth the Earth's normal). The science advisor pointed out problems with using a bomb that massive, so it was reduced to the mass of Manhattan. A take with the original line can be seen on the DVD, in a deleted scene.
Alex Garland wrote the film as a "love letter" to psychologically-minded science-fiction, and also a film about atheism and "meeting God". He and director Danny Boyle differed in their interpretation of this aspect of this film, but found this did not affect the content of the movie. Garland remarks that they had reached "the same two interpretations that could be made from the world around us".
The distinctive golden color of the space suits was intended to make them memorable to sci-fi fans. The character "Kenny" from "South Park" (1997) was used as a design reference for the funnel-shaped helmet. A small number of suits and helmets were built as wearable costumes, so the actors could experience the claustrophobia and react appropriately.
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