Silent Running + 2001 + 2010 (!) + Alien + Solaris (both versions) + The Posideon Adventure + 28 Days Later (hence the “minus.”) These are the jigsaw pieces. Luckily, much if not most of Sunshine is shot and assembled in a tremendous fashion. There were whole sequences when I was sick with excitement. So much of this film works and really works well. (One scene would have had more impact had I not seen the exact same scenario on last season’s Battlestar Galactica, but that’s no one’s fault — still, I imagine Boyle & co. were pretty pissed about this.)
There were a few things here and there that I didn’t buy, but I was totally willing to let it slide. . .until one story element that was okay at first but just didn’t go away. I won’t say what for fear of spoiling, but if you saw this already, you know what I’m talking about.
Every production design award goes to this film. Story-wise, sure, nothing new under the sun, but the look is very original given the parameters.
Also: a very upsetting movie! Violent! Depressing, kinda. No way I’m sleeping tonight without nightmares!