[Film Critic] A Brief Comment on "The Catastrophe of the Sun"

in Movies & TV Shows3 years ago
Most viewers pursue a sense of refreshment when watching science fiction movies-a bright future, a wonderful plot, a refreshing battle and so on. But the essential tone of another type of science fiction movie is gloomy and depressing.

  I recently reviewed the science fiction movie "Scourge of the Sun", and it gave me a different feeling than before. Although this science fiction movie has always been criticized by mainstream audiences and the media. But I still want to say a few words for it: Most viewers pursue a sense of refreshment when watching science fiction films-a bright future, a wonderful plot, a refreshing battle and so on. But the essential tone of another type of sci-fi movie is gloomy and depressing, such as "Blade Runner", which has completely different popularity and status at home and abroad, but it is the best sci-fi movie in the 1980s. The practice of stimulating the senses with a large number of special effects and visual techniques has actually become the mainstream of science fiction movies since the 1990s, but this popular trend has to some extent made audiences underestimate the ideological nature of science fiction films and mistakenly believe that visual experience is the only thing. Focus.


  The focus of science fiction should not be entirely the principles of future science and technology. The Big Three in the golden age never directly described the future technology in the world they wrote: The "Base" series described the huge changes in the future galactic empire, depicting the future scene in full color, but never focused on certain technical details. elaborated on its possibilities. "End of Eternity", as the theme of time travel, is only a paradox constructed from the side. At the end, all the possibility of time travel is invented cleverly hidden-there is no need to explain its principle. …Because science fiction is not scientific research, let alone scientific prediction, it is fantasy, it is fantasy how human life might be in the future. In essence, science fiction literature is humanistic, a fantasy novel about human nature and culture. 



  Plot review   It is true that many settings of "Sun Catastrophe" are lacking. After so many years, there have been many discussions and criticisms about this on the Internet. Let's skip this part and talk about others.  From the plot point of view, the film mainly talks about the emergence of an anomaly in the team of scientists, which almost killed the entire human race. During the period of weakening of solar activity, the energy and light received by the earth are reduced, leading to a colder global climate. Mankind has launched two spacecrafts in an attempt to activate the sun by detonating a huge nuclear bomb, returning it to the active period and ending the global cold winter. Icarus One, which set off first, lost contact for unknown reasons and the mission failed. Then Icarus II, which was launched as a remedial plan, carried a hydrogen bomb that drained the earth’s nuclear materials. For the earth, this is the last chance, a victory or defeat based on the survival of mankind. 


  End times and salvation, classic and old-school science fiction theme. The problem is that a mental patient appeared in the team of scientists on Icarus One. The captain of Icarus One, staring at the sun in the observation room for a long time, slowly developed a weird and anti-human thought in his heart: He believed that the weakening of the sun's activity was that God wanted to eliminate mankind and was the coming of Judgment Day. The action of human beings to reactivate the sun is blasphemous. He considers himself a substitute for God, so he deliberately destroyed the main control computer of Icarus One, leading to the failure of the mission and almost destroying Icarus. Action number two.  In the development of this plot of destruction and anti-destruction, many characteristics of people as groups and individuals are reflected. In the face of the grandeur of the universe, people are small: after all, the sun is just a star in the universe, and its slight changes have already caused humans to face extinction. Everything about mankind may not be worth mentioning in front of the universe. But from a biological point of view, can we think so: In order to survive, human beings as a creature dare to fight against the supreme environment of the universe. This is the greatness of being a negligible dust in the universe, and it is also the existence of living creatures. The performance of struggling to survive in the environment is the essential meaning of life. A doomsday-themed science fiction film is correct to express this theme, and the depressive atmosphere highlights the difficulty of such struggle.  What's more interesting is that the film also tries to express another meaning: the greatest enemy of mankind often arises inside mankind. Icarus No. 1 and No. 2, with a total of more than a dozen crew members, including the top talents in all aspects of human science, almost all were ruined in the hands of a traitor. As a whole, the whole human race was almost buried with this mental patient.



  create character   "The Catastrophe of the Sun" is good for the psychological portrayal of the characters, but the actual shooting results did not satisfy the audience: many lights and shadows intended to express the mood of the characters make the audience dizzy, and the imbalance of the depiction of each character is also more serious. Among them, the psychologist onboard the Icarus II showed the most success in the psychological changes. At first, he lamented the shock of watching the sun at close range and burned his skin every day in the observation room. In the mid-term, I was aware of the risks that the mission might face, and constantly weighed the gains and losses in my heart. In the end, he chose to sacrifice himself for the sake of mankind, and died facing the sun in Icarus One.  Capa, a young physicist, is the only male character in the film with a softer personality. From the video emails between him and his family, to his description of the countless sparks in the sun in his mind to his friends, all are films. At the end, he laid the groundwork for his desperate struggle to ignite the giant nuclear bomb.  The role played by the American team Chris Evans always puts human existence in the first place in his heart, and his actions are far-sighted and forward-looking, so that in the early and mid-stage of the film he was cold and unkind to the other crew members, but in the later stages Completing the mission, keeping the main control computer of the spacecraft, jumping into the coolant to eliminate the fault and even sacrifice, is also awe-inspiring for his decisive behavior and determination.  The remaining characters in the film are thinly portrayed: the Japanese captain played by Sanada Hiroyuki gives people a more calm first impression. He has a samurai spirit for the sake of the overall situation, but the character is paler. The deputy captain has no other characteristics except that he is afraid of death when things happen; Michelle Yeoh's role is even worse, except for maintaining the plant cabin to provide oxygen, and then acting as a prop to promote the development of the plot, and has almost no effect except being killed by the villain.


   to sum up   In fact, from the perspective of concept and concept, "The Catastrophe of the Sun" is a retro and individual science fiction film, but due to various expression problems in the shooting, the audience basically does not buy it. This is understandable-after all, it is commercial. If the sci-fi blockbuster does not properly cater to market demand, the result is inevitable. However, as a science fiction fan, if you appreciate this film in a targeted manner, you can still get some feelings that are completely different from other science fiction films. (Finish)

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