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Sunshine: Rose Byrne

Not long after I made this post, iBrett and I had a discussion about some other upcoming projects involving up and coming Aussies. One such project which iBrett mentioned was Sunshine and after doing a bit of poking around, I have to say the movie looks like it could be a lot cooler than the initial logline may have you believe.

50 years into the future, the Sun begins to die, and Earth is dying as a result. A team of astronauts are sent to revive the Sun – but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team are sent to finish the mission as they are Earth’s last hope… [source]

Certainly sounds like a job for Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, don’t it!

If there’s only one reason to bother taking a deeper look into what this film may offer, it’s the team behind the camera. Sunshine’s Producer (Andrew Macdonald), Director (Danny Boyle) and Writer (Alex Garland) have all previously worked together on another project: 28 Days Later and while I’ll concede that there were a few plot flaws in 28 Days Later, the one thing it wasn’t missing was truckloads of awesome. Particularly when you’re talking about emerson and outright suspense.

The, not by much, longer synopsis on the film’s official website doesn’t elaborate too much on the short blurb listed above, but it does add enough to let you know that the aforementioned creative team aren’t straying too far from the genre of their previous collaboration, horror:

The Sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. Soon the crew are fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.

If the previous blurb had you thinking of Armageddon, then this one maybe has you thinking of a movie that, for the life of me, I can’t understand why people rate highly enough to continue talking about: Event Horizon.

Now, I know it’s popular to bag out stuff directed Paul W.S. Anderson these days, but just let me say that I was disappointed with Event Horizon long before I even knew who Paul W.S. Anderson was. However, I was disappointed in it for the very same reasons that I’m disappointed with most of his films – The absolute lack of character development. Luckily the 28 Days Later guys have proven that they have no such inadequacies in that area.

So, where’s the Aussie up and comer connection? Rose Byrne is probably known (if at all) to most film geeks as that chick who hung around with Natalie Portman in Attack of the Clones, where as most Australian’s probably still think of her as ‘that chick from Heart Break High’ – or, if they’re really lucky, they manage not to think about Heart Break High at all, because, yeah, the show was as bad as the name ‘Heart Break High’ makes it sound.

Since her days at Heart Break High Rose has also appeared in City of Ghosts, The Night We Called it a Day, the brilliant The Rage in Placid Lake and now has the lead in Sunshine. [source]

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    I always liked her performance in Two Hands – had a kind of sweet, naivety to it. Best Australian gangster film ever.


  • ditto.

    I think it’s also one of Heath’s better moments.