Stars do not live forever. In our universe, one star dies every second. The star that keeps our planet alive, the Sun, is a massive nuclear fusion reactor that scientists estimate has enough fuel to burn for another five billion years. But what if it doesn’t? What will happen to the Earth and to humankind? And could humanity alter the very course of nature if the Sun began to flicker out?
These are the questions that drive the high-tension space thriller SUNSHINE, the new film from acclaimed director Danny Boyle (MILLIONS, 28 DAYS LATER, THE BEACH, TRAINSPOTTING) from a script by novelist/screenwriter Alex Garland (28 DAYS LATER, THE BEACH). The story begins in the year 2057, as our Sun begins to die and mankind faces the unthinkable: extinction. Earth’s last hope lies with the Icarus II, a spacecraft manned with eight men and women led by Captain Kaneda. Their mission -- to deliver a nuclear device designed to reignite the Sun.
Deep into their voyage, far out of radio contact with Earth, the lonely, restless crew hears a distress beacon from the Icarus I, the ship which disappeared without a trace on the same mission seven years earlier. But when an attempt at rescue throws the Icarus II into jeopardy, the increasingly desperate crew soon find themselves literally gripped in the shadow of the Sun, fighting for their lives, their sanity, and the future of us all…