Sunday, May 15, 2011

Source Code Review


Source Code has Jake Gyllenhaal (Love & Other Drugs) awake on a train in a body that is not his and get blown up eight minutes later. Colter Stevens is apart of an apparent Military program to discover who blew up the train using the source code. A program that allows someone to relive the last eight minutes of someones life.

The premise of the same eight minutes repeating over and over in only slight differing for ninety minutes seems like a hard idea to pull of, though I had my trust in 'Moon' Director Ducan Jones.

When a Sci-Fi film like Source Code introduces you to a new idea you need good actors to carry the story and make sure you, the viewers, believe what is going on and fortunately with the cast of Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye) and Vera Farmiga (Up in The Air) you're in good hands. Gyllenhaal and Monaghan play well against each other but it's Vera playing the mysterious stern women in charge of talking to Gyllenhaal that we get some of the best performances in the entire film.

Coltor Stevens (Gyllenhaal) consults Goodwin (Farmiga)

Source Code runs in at 93 minutes but even then it drags for at least ten minutes in the middle. I would have preferred them to cut it down to 80 minutes or so then just aiming for the 90 minute mark. Saying that though I will say other then the ten minute drag Source Code moves along at a nice pace mixing the action, story and character progression along nicely.

From mark one Source Code is photographed superbly with fantastic shots of the city, the train and then the cube that Gyllenhaal spends the film in. The few slo-motion scenes are used well for use unlike allot of films with action scenes in them from recent time.

Christina (Monaghan) thinkgs her friend is acting a bit weird

Source Code offered a great fresh idea into the seemingly laking Sci-Fi genre that both Sci-Fi nerds and non alike can enjoy. The films offers the chance for thought beyond the ending but won't stain the brain of those that didn't understand it. I guessed who the bomber was a bit early on but I didn't guess where Source Code would go and it's great. Duncan Jones Direction on top Ben Ripleys fascinating script is a great team up and an enjoyable time at the cinema.

Acting: 7.5
Writing: 8.0
Direction: 8.5
Production: 7.5

Overall: 8.0


  1. I didn't think it dragged at all, if anything I would have liked to have seen some of the times through the simulation that the movie only showed in quick succession. That said, I agree that it is a smart sci-fi film that raised the standards for the genre. Overall it's a pretty good film.

  2. @Dan
    It deffiently raised the bar for the gerne. I haven't seen a good idea like this in the Sci-Fi genre for ages. It was really a breath of fresh air.
    Thanks for reading.