Movie Review: Source Code

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, thriller, science fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Director: Duncan Jones
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

“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.” -Golden Screen Cinemas

Verdict: Despite the flaws in the plot, I still liked it. Some elements were probably influenced by movies like ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Memento’ but I still find the concept quite fresh and unique. I was also absolutely blown away by the performance of Jake Gyllenhaal. However, I did feel that the ending is a little bit redundant. They could’ve had a classier closure without the unnecessary elaboration; or perhaps at least a more captivating twist at the end.

Logic: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) How could one’s final 8-minute memory be explored to that extend? It doesn’t make sense at all. I’m not an expect but although I believe it’s scientifically possible to view a person’s memory, it’s significantly impossible to view the things that the person hadn’t seen or heard. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

The director: I personally think Duncan Jones is one of the top new directors in the world today. His first film ‘Moon’ was already fantastic and hands down, this one as well. I bet his legendary father would be proud and as a David Bowie fan, I am too. Keep up the good work, mate!

Russell Peters: Was that him? Could be. Oh yeah it IS him. He’s fatter now. Yes, the comedian made his big screen debut in this movie.

Rating: 4 / 5

Dates for the show: friends

Their verdict: “It’s good, but there are major flaws in the plot.”

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  3. kPg

    Wow, this is a smart critique! You know, among all the reviews I've read about Source Code, the common positive thing was that director Duncan Jones did a great job in telling the story. Actually, I made the same remark in my own Source Code movie review. Will you please check it out? Thanks!

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