Synopsis: When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, “Source Code” is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon”) also starring Michelle Monaghan (“Eagle Eye,” “Due Date”), Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Departed”), and Jeffrey Wright (“Quantum of Solace,” “Syriana”).
Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Ben Ripley
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
Duncan Jones proved his directorial capabilities with his phenomenal film Moon and it seems as if his talent is no fluke. Jones does a fine job with Source Code, a story of a military technological experiment that manipulates time, space and matter. It looks as if Duncan Jones has found himself a little niche with his psychological / sci-fi thrillers which keep you guessing from the outset of the movie as to which reality is real. As I have said plenty of times, I am a big fan of the thinking-man’s movie, so Moon and Source Code has both resonated very well with me.
While I found Moon to be a much better film than Source Code, his most recent film was no slouch either. The constant twists and turns would be very problematic for most directors, but were handled very capably by Duncan Jones. The pace of the film keep me tuned in throughout the whole film, and while I was not at the edge of my seat, I was completely tuned in to the film.
Of course, the obvious references being pulled into this film are Groundhog Day and Memento. You cannot help thinking of those two films while watching Source Code, but Source Code does plenty on its own to set itself apart from any other film. Like I said, the film is not perfect, but it is quite entertaining and will keep you on your toes throughout the length of the film.
One of my favorite scenes in the film is show below. It was an intense scene where Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan) are talking on the train and then the accident begins and we are trapped in this moment with them as the explosion moves in closer.
One of the weirdest things about this film was that I was feeling like I was not enjoying it, but after being done with it, I kept thinking about it and realized that I actually really did enjoy it. I actually feel like watching it a second time. Since I still have to watch Insidious, I could make it a double feature one night this week and enjoy both films the same night. Now, that would be an awesome night.