Source Code

Jake Gyllenhaal portrays a soldier recruited for a time-bending government investigation that places him in another man’s mind and body, reliving the same traumatic event repeatedly in an effort to identify the perpetrators of a terrorist bombing. Vera Farmiga plays a communications specialist who provides the vital link to the soldier’s primary reality as he searches for critical clues within a recurring nightmare.

Lauren
Rating: 7 out of 10

Source Code is Groundhog Day meets Inception meets Avatar … kind of.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a disoriented soldier who gets to take over the body of a man who is on a train outside of Chicago that is about to blow up. He has eight minutes until the bomb explodes and everyone on board dies. Eight minutes. Over and over again until he can figure out where the bomb is and who planted it. He’s not supposed to be trying to save the people, only learn about the bomber to stop a future attack. This isn’t, as they say, time travel.

There’s a lot of to figure out in the movie – like where is Jake once he’s off the train and in his own body, who are the people who are instructing him in his mission, who’s the bomber, etc., etc.

Source Code is well made and acted and pulled me in from the start. There’s a question I have about Jake and the end, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. So let me know when you’ve seen it and we discuss the ending.

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4 responses to “Source Code

  1. This truck me as the type of movie that suffers from poor advertising but may be quite enjoyable. I’m intrigued by your review so I’ll give it a shot.

  2. I’m glad that Duncan Jones has made a successful shift from small budget indie sorts of sci-fi (the masterpiece Moon) to this pretty good sci-fi thriller with a large budget and a crop of well-known actors — not all directors make the jump successfully. Hopefully he puts out more great sci-fi films!

  3. Holy holies! I didn’t know Duncan Jones, director of Moon made this. That would be all I’d need to here to get me into the theater.

  4. Erik: it is a substantial departure from Moon…. but still…. a quality film…

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