Originally Posted by Schwartz
What movies still manage to be good overall despite a genuinely weak ending? Sunshine
is a big one for me. It is marred somewhat by the need to introduce a villain for the end even though the movie had managed to be a terrific thriller without one (no mean feat) for the fist 2/3rds. And things get a little esoteric at the very end, which doesn't bother me overmuch, but I can see how it is sort of an awkward fit for the movie that precedes it. Still, that movie that comes before is incredible, enough that I still recommend it as a good movie. But it would be a classic with a better ending.
I don't get when people rag on the end of Sunshine. The "burnt" guy makes perfect sense if you are paying attention, and those saying "it was so great before they introduced a bad guy". He is introduced TWICE earlier in the movie in footage showing him losing his grip(you know it is the same character right?). He is the one who stopped Icarus from completing it's mission and why the second crew is sent in the first place. The sun is shown as having a powerful psychological affect on those exposed to greater intensity, and Pinbacker is the end result of what the captain and the psychologist are experiencing. He sees the sun as a God and forgoes science to protect what he feels are the Sun's true intentions. Much like religious extremists he will do anything to protect his blind irrationality, even going so far to kill both crews. His motivations are what influence the second mission, and his character is the "secret" driving force of the movie.
I don't really get what movie people were watching that they say the first part is great, but then it falls apart. It's actually quite rigidly structured. Maybe they just weren't paying attention?
I love the ending and the movie definitely makes you think about the Sun in a different way(our bodies are made up entirely of elements that exist in the sun, for example).
Just curious, does anyone have an ending that would've genuinely been better? Would you remove the second ship(why even have the second crew then, or even a movie about it?)
Danny Boyle knows that engaging and entertaining the audience is a top priority. Having a threat come INSIDE the ship and threaten the crew is the natural progression.of the tension that he is building. Would you rather there were some more system failures and a rote philosophical ending that would most likely be more Mission to Mars than 2001?