“Our sun is dying. Mankind faces extinction. Seven years ago the Icarus project sent a mission to restart the sun but that mission was lost before it reached the star. Sixteen months ago, I, Robert Capa, and a crew of seven left earth frozen in a solar winter. Our payload a stellar bomb with a mass equivalent to Manhattan Island. Our purpose to create a star within a star. [long pause] Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. Welcome to the Icarus Two.” – Capa
Number of Times Seen – 2 (12 Aug 2007 and 22 Sep 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A team of international astronauts are sent towards the Sun to complete a task that an earlier misson failed while attempting years earlier.
My Take on it – I really liked the initial premise of this movie because of its philosophical and intellectual undertones and its effects of nature storyline.
It’s rare that a movie does this so well while also giving us an entertaining space thriller. There are scenes that are reminiscent of 2001 (1969) in the slow deliberate shots of the vast and empty void of space.
There are numerous mythological references that work well within the story.
The choice of the international cast was a wise one in order to help us see the inevitable future collaboration of nations on the space endeavor.
This movie eventually succeeds despite it falling into the trap of other movies with a similar plotline like Event Horizon (1997) which turn a good space exploration story into a borderline horror movie.
Bottom Line – Interesting philosophical look at the exploration of space and the effects of nature. Also liked the mythological references. Great international cast. Like Event Horizon (1997), it loses most of its majesty when it dips too much into the horror genre. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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