Danny Boyle’s ‘Sunshine’ from 2007 imagines a dying Sun in a scenario in which humanity can only be saved by the bravery of a motley crew of scientists and explorers onboard a spaceship called “Icarus II”, on its way to defibrillate the sun using a gigantic bomb.


Boyle is exceptionally good at weaving the story with a great cast of characters as we follow them on their impossible mission. From its very beginning, the film gives its audience a prevalent uneasy feeling of claustrophobia, even before things start going wrong with the mission, as well as a sense of the vastness of space – one of the most memorable shots is of a lone figure standing in front of a raging sun.

Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, and a pre-Captain America Chris Evans are among the famous faces aboard the Icarus II, and the story’s as much about the crew facing their own beliefs and anxieties as it is the perils of space travel.