Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Source Code - Movie Review
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Duncan Jones.
Jake Gyllenhaal has been in some good movie throughout his career but rarely do the ones that rely sqaurely on his shoulders succeed, but this one does. He's a soldier named Colter who finds himself in an experiment called the Source Code. Turns out there was a terrorist attack that morning, but they were able to recover the last eight minutes of memory from one of the victim's brains. Colter is able to go back into those eight minutes, over and over, as the victim (Sean) trying to figure out who the bomber is. If he can do so, they believe he can stop a second attack from occuring.
It takes him a few tries to get the hang of it, and with each pass he grows more interesting in Christina (Michelle Monaghan), a colleague/possible love interest for Sean. What we have here then is a cross between Groundhog Day and Deja Vu.
I like the claustrophobia of being on the one train (saves them money too), and the way that the movie has two layers going. Yes "Sean" must find the bomber, but Colter is also trying to figure out how he got involved with this experiment in the first place.
The ending's a bit of a stretch, but I'll just trust that there's a quantum mechanist who can say "Yes it makes sense."