Aww, it wasn't that
beyond belief, yes, but it wasn't your run of the mill low-budget schlockfest or mind-numbing high-budget crowd pleaser.
The first half of the movie had me convinced it was going to be my favorite sci-fi movie of all time - decent actors (some of whom I've actually heard of), attention to detail that I haven't seen since Kubrick's 2001, and a plot that can be best described as "Apollo 13", plus "what you get when you give a particle physicist one beer too many" - note that the fate of the world was depending on a lone particle physicist studying probably the most esoteric subject imaginable. In other words, everything I've ever wanted a sci-fi movie to be and then some.
The one scene where the physicist has these computer projections that blur and break down because they are the limit of what is known and understood, and he has to make a huge call based on his intuition - that made my jaw drop because that is what we deal with every day (with much lower stakes, thank goodness, unless you are unfortunately enough to study climate science), and that's precisely why we even bother doing this for a living, and some screen writer actually understood that and got it right.
And then it suddenly dived off a cliff into the worst B-grade schlocky horror movie imaginable. It even did it with the mother of all schlocky horror gimmicks - when the AI reveals there is an extra person on the ship, somehow not a event worth reporting until now? And everyone starts dying in completely predictable ways, while I shake my fists at the screen in frustration.
Why? Oh Why??
I still have no explanation for this movie, other than rabid zombies must have eaten the brain out of whoever wrote the first half, and then they just used random boilerplate sci-fi/horror scripts they had lying around to finish the second half and hoped that no-one noticed. I can't, in good conscience, recommend this film to anyone, even if they like schlocky horror movies, because it just doesn't make any sense when you put the two halves together. I've seen movies based on video games that made better sense than this (Resident Evil anyone?). The only reason to see this movie is so that you can commiserate with me about what could have been.
First thing I thought of too. I saw the movie at a "Movies that are so bad that they are still bad" movie night. Sunshine was a horrible movie, there was no redeeming qualities to it besides for that it made you laugh from being bad. Though I do know some girls that liked it because of the "hot" guys in it.