Tonight it was the weekly film club outing and I was bound by certain rules when writing my review – to not use key words…
#58 / 365 – ‘Source Code’ – 93 mins
Cinema Challenge #26 / 115
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is bewildered to find himself trapped in the body of a man he doesn’t know, travelling on a train with a woman named Christina (Michelle Monaghan) who thinks he’s a teacher called Sean. When the train is destroyed in an explosion, Stevens is transported into a hi-tech laboratory, where he is confronted by a military officer (Vera Farmiga) and a scientist (Jeffrey Wright). They reveal that Stevens is on a mission to find the terrorist who bombed the train earlier that day. Stevens is part of a government experiment called the Source Code which enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last eight minutes of his life. With an even greater threat looming, Stevens must return to the train again and again, gathering clues each time – before it’s too late to save the city.
When director (son of a famous musician, guess who??) Duncan Jones brought us the high concept/low-budget and ultra impressive ‘Moon’ in as his debut feature, I thought hang on a minute, here is a man who really knows his science fiction stuff. Two years later, he as returned to earth with his follow-up ‘Source Code’, with a much higher budget and a bigger cast.
Filmed in Chicago it opens up with some beautiful and sweeping cinematography, of the city’s skyline. Acting-wise everyone outside of Gyllenhaal are definitely good, and there is subtle chemistry between him and Monaghan, but Gyllenhaal makes the movie his own and is proving himself a rare actor able to perform well in pretty much every genre, with every performance he rolls out.
Source Code is an engaging mystery puzzle with a science fiction edge where you’ll find yourself drawn into the mission, where a certain day is fused with a ’90s TV series using the technology of Minority Report – but there are enough quirks and differences to keep it fresh and interesting,