Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: April 1st, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language.
Distributors: Summit Entertainment, LLC
Director: Duncan Jones
JJ Rating: A-
See it again: Yes.
Own it: Yes.
Recommend it to: those that enjoy good movies about repeating the say moment in time over and over again…differently.
Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) Quantum Leaps into man in the last eight minutes of his life on a train to find a bomb and who planted it so that he can keep him from killing anyone else in his crazy terrorist attacks. If Stevens can’t find the bomb and who did it, he is sent back to try again. Source Code.
Source Code does remind me of many things because I’m into comic books and sci-fi so I’ve seen the stuck in a loop kind of stories in the Star Trek series. It also reminds me of “Quantum Leap” and it should. The difference is Colter Stevens only jumps into the same man repeatedly until exhaustion sets in. Over done story idea that’s revamped in a revampy wowness way. I can’t go into what makes it totally different, because that ruins the idea of Source Code, but I can say that it’s well worth viewing and enjoying.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a good actor. He’s one of the actors that make a film worth seeing just because he’s in it despite the story concept. He’s the reason I wanted to see it as well as the idea, but he was the major reason. Doesn’t even look like he tries hard, he just does it without exerting much effort. Michelle Monaghan repeated the same lines making them fresh and not annoying. I feared that it might go stale based on the concept, but they figured out how to make it interesting with the repetition. Vera Farmiga had great use of facial expressions with her delivery. Great direction and script that gave her the opportunity to show her ability to raise her eyebrows to gesture emotions without uttering a single syllable. They were my favorite moments of Source Code.
Speaking of favorite moments, one of the best is toward the end where they do a freeze shot and pan across the characters. It’s a cool and emotional moment. With the same explosion happening throughout the film, they had to display it differently each time and they do so with creative flare. When the same scene is shown repeatedly (though differently) creative thinking either comes into play or it doesn’t and we the moviegoers suffer because of it. However, with Source Code Duncan Jones did a good job of keeping it from becoming mundane.
Source Code is fun, fast, entertaining and thought provoking. It also greatly interested me because it does remind me of my story “Jeremiah Jericho: Allowance”. The idea of working inside someone’s mind in the last few moments of their life is similar to my concept. Some writers dislike finding stories that are similar to theirs. I don’t mind. It’s like free brainstorming that I didn’t ask for. It gives me ideas I didn’t think about. I don’t steal; it just gives me a different perspective.
It’s worth seeing again, that’s my professional opinion.
I write like: David Foster Wallace