Source Code [Blu-ray]
- Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan (Actors)
- Duncan Jones (Director)
- Audience Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over
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The director of the acclaimed ‘Moon’ (2009), Duncan Jones, helms this sci-fi action thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Soldier Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers that he is part of a government mission to identify the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. The experiment, known as the ‘Source Code’, enables its subjects to take on a person’s identity for the last eight minutes of their lives. Colter has been programmed to relive the incident over and over again, piecing together clues until he can figure out who the suspect is and prevent another large-scale terrorist attack. Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright co-star.
In his second movie Source Code–a looping, hall-of-mirrors story about a downed helicopter pilot who must revisit the same passage of time–Duncan Jones restores some of the virtues of traditional sci-fi, in which technology is just a framework for human drama and where the efficient sketching of smart ideas has as much impact as any amount of CGI. Such is the case with Source Code, in which Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is suspended in a digital limbo (the ‘source code’) by his military bosses, who force him to revisit the same eight minutes on board a Chicago-bound commuter train–right before it explodes. With each attempt to ID the bomber–a satisfying picture puzzle of close detail and shifting perspectives–Colter’s growing fondness for the doomed commuters divides his loyalties, drawing him into a battle with the Fates themselves. With shades of 12 Monkeys, Avatar and Groundhog Day, Source Code is also the up-tempo cousin of Jones’ debut feature Moon, in which a lonely worker’s right to mortality is also violated by a futuristic organization who, in Moon’s case, would like to cut an ethical corner (and the cost of lunar labour). In the space of these two movies, Duncan Jones has proved he’s auteur material and, like the recurring eight-minute sequence at its heart, Source Code feels like the explosion of an exciting new talent–right before it explodes. –Leo Batchelor
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