Source Code review

 

Director: Duncan Jones

Writer: Ben Ripley

Music : Chris bacon

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright

Captain Colter Stevens wakes up on a train heading to Chicago in another mans body. Eight minutes later the train explodes and he wakes up in a cubical somewhere. He finds that he is part of military project to stop a terrorist bomb but can only go back to the same 8 minutes just before the explosion.

Sounds like a sequel to the Tony Scott directed Déjà vu, but that would be a huge disservice to this movie. Source Code is the 2nd movie by director Duncan Jones who hit the ball out of the park with his first film Moon starring Sam Rockwell. Moon was masterpiece in storytelling and an homage to all the things we love about Sci Fi. Jones has said that he wants to work on his follow up to Moon called Mute Witness which would follow in the same universe but in order to do that he needed to direct someone else’s film first.

The result is a thought provoking thriller with a hint of Hitchcock and Quantum Leap thrown in for good measure. This film works, it works really well. Sure there are some flaws but it pulls off the non stop ride while keeping you guessing. Jones wants his audience to figure this out but then he also wants to flip your expectations on the side.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays the Stevens character believably and gets a chance to shine in this role showing lots of emotion but also some strong action as well. He is tasked to investigate the commuters on the train to see who the bomber could be. Time is of the essence due to a larger threat in the outside world. It is in the memory world that he meets passenger Michelle Monaghan’s Christina who quickly becomes the love interest. Each time Stevens goes back we get to see the growing relationship between these two which you can’t help but root for. Think Groundhog Day meets Speed.

Every time Stevens returns to the real world he sees the face of his handler Captain Goodwin played by Vera Farmiga. The last time I saw her was in Up in the Air with George Clooney. I fell in love with her warmth, smile and acting then and here her smile and warmth are back but she seems to be missing something. Maybe it is the hard no nonsense exterior of her character. However she quickly becomes more than a handler to Stevens, even protecting him from the project’s lead scientist played by Jeffrey Wright.

Meanwhile we are edging nearer to the conclusion with events happening quicker and quicker. Twists come one after another in true Sci Fi style and we are right there along with him in his mission for the bomber but also happiness and closure.

An explosive ride from start to finish and although the ending is something you need to decide upon it was great getting there.

GS Rating: 4/5

GS Reporter: Montoya

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