Source Code Review

Moon was my favourite film of 2009 and ever since meeting director Duncan Jones and being impressed by his innate geekiness I have been looking forward to his next offering.  As is my want, I kept away from most of the hype surrounding this film but got very excited by the trailer which I saw for the first time last week.

Source code followed the fate of army helicopter pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhall)who is thrust into the mind of a stranger and forced to relive the last 8 minutes of his life on a train which is about to explode….again and again. Steven’s mission is to identify the bomber who caused the explosion.

The first reference to come to mind is Groundhog Day and fair enough, but this film quickly becomes something more. As we realise Stevens’ circumstances it becomes a treatise on the ethics of  experimentation and the human mindset surrounding that. It is really interesting to see how Steven’s military outlook enables those controlling him to manipulate him.

The science is fascinating and we are t0old very clearly that this is “time reassignment” as opposed to time travel, but the film wanders into the realm of quantum philosphiy as it explores the nature of divergent realities.

The plot is solid and unlike Gylenhalls previous divergent universe offering (Donnie Darko) is not so swamped with temporal ambiguity that one cannot sit back and enjoy it as an action flick iof one should so chooose. Indeed this movie has a perfect balance between action and thoughtfulness.

The acting is great from all corners and I was very surprised and pleased to see Russell Peters a comedian I love playing well…a comedian I love.

The extras on this DVD are nice; inteviews with all the cast and director and a wonderful section covering all aspects of the science in the movie.

As far as I’m concerned this is Jones’ second well-deserved triumph.

Source Code is available on DVD and Blu-ray from July 26th in the U.S. and August 15th in the UK

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One comment

  1. A well-paced and structured sci-fi thriller that’s as complex as it is clear-headed. Also, Gyllenhaal shows again why exactly he really is one of the better leading men out there, and proves he still has that charm. Still, this wasn’t anything amazingly special as everybody in the world made it seem. Good Review!

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