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Running Time:
1 hour, 47 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violent content and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A gripping sci-fi spectacle with dazzling visuals and thrilling action.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:
Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Danny Boyle; Alternate ending; Web production diaries; Two short films with intro by Danny Boyle; Audio commentary by director Danny Boyle; Audio commentary by Dr. Brian Cox, University of Manchester.

Cliff Curtis ... Searle
Chipo Chung ... Voice of Icarus
Cillian Murphy ... Capa
Michelle Yeoh ... Corazon
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Kaneda
Rose Byrne ... Cassie
Benedict Wong ... Trey
Chris Evans ... Ace
Troy Garity ... Harvey

Set fifty years in the future, the sun is coming to the end of itís natural life and mankind is going to be dying along with its extinction. Our last hope is to send a spaceship and crew to drop a bomb on it and restart its fires. The eight member crew of the Icarus II hurtling towards our closest star is carrying an explosive payload roughly the size of Manhattan Island.

The team is comprised of an attractive group of astronauts and scientists, each needed for their specific talents. Among them is a physicist (Cillian Murphy "Red Eye"), a botanist (Michelle Yeoh "Memoirs of a Geisha"), their pilot (Rose Byrne "I Capture the Castle") and a mission obsessed astronaut (Chris Evans "Fantastic Four"). During the voyage they pick up a distress signal from a spaceship which had been sent on the same mission seven years earlier, but was assumed destroyed. But the Icarus II crew is having problems communicating with mission control, due to their proximity to the sun and the interference that it produces, therefore they can't get official permission to followup on the messages they're picking up. Theoretically there could be people still on board Icaris I, alive and well. Plus if they are able to team up with them, they would have a better chance of reigniting the sputtering sun with double the fire power. Is it worth changing their mission for the possibility? They must make the decision themselves. and after much deliberation they decide to go for it. So they calculate a new trajectory. This is where things start to go wrong. But their problems start even before they dock with the original spacecraft.

Director Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting") and writer Alex Garland ("28 Days Later") have combined elements of "Alien," "Solaris" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" and made an awe-inspriping gripping sci-fi drama that will leave you dazzled and mesmerized. This is is serious science fiction for those who prefer to think of space's real possibilities rather than escape into the fantasy usually found in typical special effects adventures.

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