Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Source Code (2011) PG13 - 4 Stars

This film belongs in an episode of a modern day Twilight Zone. A great psychological thriller, Source Code weaves you through an alternate reality that hooks you into solving the mystery.

The story is of a soldier being kept alive to channel the last fragments of his brain via "source coding" helping him look into another man's life. He has just 8 minutes to ride the train, uncovering the bomb and it's creator. The problem is, he must re-play the scene over and over again as he keeps running out of time. With each replay the viewer is slowly allowed deeper into the story, almost the same as Captain Stevens is.

Aboard a crowded Chicago train, a bomb goes off derailing the train and killing hundreds of people. When it's learned that a larger bomb will explode in the heart of town, the government has no choice but to try a wild card experiment known as "Source Code." US Army helicopter pilot, Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), is kept alive to be artificially transported back in time to the 8 minutes before the train explodes. The last thing he remembers is flying in Afghanistan and now waking up in a commuter train, bound for Chicago. As the train explodes, he finds himself in a small pod where the voice of one doctor, Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), encourages Stevens to go back 8 minutes and try to find the device and bomber. She explains the importance of encountering the bomber to save hundreds preventing a much larger explosion about to hit downtown. But Stevens begins to loose reality after encountering a passenger Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan).

Vendome Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company
Director: Duncan Jones
Writers: Ben Ripley, Billy Ray
Producers: Jordan Wynn, Philippe Rousselet, Mark Gordon
I viewed 8/11

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We got this movie from Love FIlm a couple of weeks ago, and although we did really like it, after about the first hour the constant going backwards and forwards was beginning to get a little boring and we couldn't find the story-line interesting anymore.
It was a really good concept and for a one off viewing it was pretty good, but we wouldn't necessarily go out and buy it on DVD

Liam and Pearl