There's nothing particularly fresh about novelist Alex Garland's script for his third collaboration (following THE BEACH and 28 DAYS LATER…) with director Danny Boyle. In fact, some of the corny dialogue sounds as though it had been lifted from an episode of Thunderbirds
. But what this spectacular-looking sci-fi thriller lacks in originality it makes up for in pure beauty: It just might be the most visually audacious and startlingly beautiful space opera since the original SOLARIS.
As a solar winter descends on Earth and mankind faces extinction, eight astronauts aboard the less-than-fortuitously named Icarus II race toward the sun in hopes of...