Danny Boyle Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 08/10/2007
  |  0 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A collection of three films directed by Danny Boyle. In 'Sunshine' (2007), Boyle directs his take on the earth-under-threat scenario in an often gloomy and violent fashion. This time round, it's fifty years from now, and the Sun is on its way out, threatening mass destruction here on earth. Eight sexy astronauts (including Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Evans) have been dispatched to the heart of the solar system in a ship called, ominously, the Icarus II - to kickstart the sputtering star. The notion of darkness and the fear it instills is utilized as a scaremongering theme but is alternated with jarring scenes of pure white light when the ship nears its objective. With a few jolts of unexpected terror and a moody soundtrack by Underworld, Boyle tries very hard to make you afraid of the dark again. In 'The Beach' (2000), upon arrival in Bangkok, American backpacker Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) is given a map by Daffy (Robert Carlyle), a drug-addicted Scot, which shows him the route to an idyllic island. Richard teams up with French couple Francoise (Virginie Ledoyen) and Etienne (Guillaume Canet) to make his way to the island, braving various dangers en route. The trio eventually reach their goal and discover a community of western travellers living on a paradise-like stretch of beach. Richard soon makes himself at home, embarking on a relationship with Francoise, but his new-found Eden proves to have hidden dangers when community leader Sal (Tilda Swinton) also becomes enamoured of him. With '28 Days Later' (2002) Boyle looks at what could happen after a viral attack, but this time the virus is so deadly that within seconds the infected person is taken over by a murderous rage, permanently. After 28 days there is only a handful of non-infected survivors, but the virus is not the only thing they have to contend with...