‘Source Code’ with Jake Gyllenhaal [A Movie Review by Cinema Static]

by on April 15, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Source Code is a pure joy-ride of a movie that comes at you with what you might think is a cliched story line, but makes the premise as fresh as I’ve ever seen it and surprises the viewer in the end. This is as spoiler-free of a movie review as I can muster.

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Source Code (from Summit Entertainment) is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle MonaghanVera Farmiga. When I stepped into the the Redwood Century 21 movie complex theater, I wasn’t sure what to expect . I’ve never been a real Jake Gyllenhaal fan and the idea of a movie based around a man going back through time and using what is obviously an eight minute time-frame restriction to resolve a mystery bomber wasn’t exactly something that sounded like it could be that entertaining. I mean seriously, we’ve seen GroundHog Day, it was cute, but eh.  But then again, we’ve seen it handled well in a different venue, TV, with a Star Trek The Next Generation and Stargate SG-1. (You have got to love ‘Gate Golf!’)

Oh boy was I wrong.

The movie trailer points out that our hero has eight minutes to get the job done, and apparently he has to experience his mission over and over to get it done.

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Source Code opens, well, with a train hurtling along and Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up on the train, from a nap or something that seems like that. But as the first eight minutes evolve, he discovers some confusing and unsettling details about himself and the situation, that is until the train explodes and he wakes up in a control capsule of sorts.

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Obviously Gyllenhaal has to go back again and again to figure out specifics of what turns out to be his mission.

Along the way, he encounters Christina Warren, played by Michelle Monaghan (Due Date, Somewhere). Christina is someone who sort of knows who Stevens is, as he is on the train.

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Vera Farmiga (Henry’s Crime, Up in the Air, Orphan) plays does a wonderful job playing Colleen Goodwin, Stevens’ handler.

The story takes a fairly new approach to the story with every replay so it doesn’t get too old and as the movie starts to wind up in the third act, one surprise after another comes along.

I found the movie to be refreshing, even if there may have been a slight flaw in logic of some aspects of the closing story, but I didn’t care. It was what could only be considered the perfect ending for this movie and the flaw wasn’t distracting. Remember, it’s sci-fi. We’re supposed to stretch our disbelief and imaginations just a bit to enjoy the genre.  Oh, and Farmiga made a fan out of me with this project.

If nothing is catching your eye that is coming out this weekend, I’d recommend this movie.  Either go see it now or later when it comes out on VOD, DVD or what have you. It was a blast of a sci-fi popcorn flick that if I were to score movies on a 1 to 10 scale, I might give it an 8. It was that fun, engaging and surprising.  (And if you come by often, you know I don’t score movies… but I couldn’t help it this time!)

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I can’t really go into too much detail without blowing spoilers here and there, so this is pretty much all I’m going to say. Check out the Source Code movie trailer below.

Source Code Synopsis:

“An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.”

Source Code movie trailer:

(Warning of sorts:  the trailer gives more away than I’ve written here…  but don’t worry, not too much more.)

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