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Sunshine (Music from the Motion Picture)

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A Star Within a Star

Danny Boyle's 2007 SF outing was greeted with mix results. Audience and critics alike didn't seem to know if Sunshine wanted to be a straight forward genre film with plenty of hollywood-moment-heroics or a more deep contemplation on the human condition and God delusion. Whenever the art-house meets the spaceship in cinema it seems one half of the audience question why the film didn't have enough courage to embrace completely a dark existential philosophy which science fiction, at its, best can wonderfully illustrate while the other half complain there just wasn't enough 'robots with guns.' Even Kubrick's outstanding 2001: A Space Odyssey had walk outs. The result was that, on its release, Sunshine didn't do nearly as well as it should have or been given the recognition it deserved. It seemed crompromised with fear for the Hollywood opinion that experimentalism leads to distribution extermination. Some may argue though that it was infact a magpie of a film, pinching all the shiny bits from other great SF movies and was nothing more than an executive-pleasing project. However, there was one very original and shining addition to the film - the soundtrack. A collaboration between John Murphy and Underworld, it has taken over a year and a half for its release due to legal complications. Like previous Murphy scores it is able to reach chillingly dark moments (Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus 1) that have undertones from earlier work such as 28 Days Later while being able to whip up intense searing chaos (Pinbacker Slashes Capa). Regardless, no doubt die-hard fans will be purchasing the soundtrack for its unmistakably powerful anthem on tracks such as Keneda's Death Pt. 2 and Sunshine which stir at an moment in the film when someone may sacrifice themselves for the survival of mankind. Those who have enjoyed Murphy's previous work will like this and those who built a cult around the film after its release will, I expect, love it. The soundtrack is a star within a star which unfortunately has never been given the chance to shine as bright as it could until now. Its time sit back and bask...

W.T.F !!!

Ok first off this is an excellant score and I like many others have waited with baited breath for it's release, so why o why has it been released as album only?! Once again I can't help but feel like iTunes has let down it's customers, don't get me wrong but I begrudge paying for evey little interlude that ended up in the film. This malign and under handed tactic to make money from something which has taken so long to reach our iPods is an insult and a disgrace. I'm sorry but i DON'T care how good John Murphy or Underworld are, they should be greatful that people even remember this score after so long and wish purchase even 1 track, SORT IT OUT iTUNES!!!

Overall worth the money

It was a clever idea making this album only purchasable as a whole, otherwise most people would only have bought a few of the tracks from it. Also the titles of tracks annoy me because, as far as I can tell, at least some of them are incorrect. For example, track 4 "Kanada's Death, Pt. 2", although a very good track in itself, is not actually used during the scene where Kanada dies in the film, they use track 15 "Sunshine" instead, in fact, I don't think track 4 is used at any point in the film. Those 2 tracks along with tracks 2, 5, 19 and maybe 3 or 18 (the latter two being practically identical) are the only tracks I felt were worth listening to, the others were more to create tension during the film and as a result aren't particularly nice to listen to by themselves. But having said that, I would still recommend this album purely because of track 15, for it is one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard, John Murphy (the man who composed it) is a genius.

Sunshine (Music from the Motion Picture)
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: 25 November 2008

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