217th Movie Review: Source Code

An intelligent and satisfying sci-fi thriller that made the most of what it had

[warning: minimal spoilers ahead]

After waiting for months for a decent sci-fi thriller, I finally stumbled upon Source Code, a film that focuses more on the actual storyline of the characters than giving viewers a hard time trying to figure out what actually happened in the movie (though that doesn’t mean Inception was bad)

Source Code is a program that allows a human brain to travel back to the past and relive the last eight minutes of a random person’s life. It is the central and most important part of the story. The program is tested on Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhall). He was chosen because scientists believe that everyone has some sort of connection to some other random person in the world, and his just happened to be connected to a teacher who was traveling on a train bound for Chicago. Unfortunately, the train exploded which led to several casualties, and authorities discovered that there’s still another explosion that could occur anytime.

In order to determine the location of the other bomb, Stevens had to relive the last 8 minutes of the teacher’s life multiple times. However, it turned out to be harder than he expected.

I will cut the story there, so as to not spoil the whole story. But I’m telling you, I actually didn’t say it all. There are still plenty of things in the movie that will entertain you. The thing I like about this film was that they were able to expand the last 8 minutes of the teacher’s life into a full-blown sci-fi thriller and made it exhilarating and exciting.

The actors also did their part. Jake Gyllenhall was believable and likeable enough to carry the story. Even Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga were pleasing to see. Monaghan looked younger that she did on Made Of Honor and The Heartbreak Kid, and it made me believe that her character indeed was only 28 years old.

The plot wasn’t as great or as big as Inception in terms of scope and ingenuity, but director Duncan Jones was able to make the most of what was given to him. As a result, the filmed turned out to be intelligent and well-made.

In the midst of mediocre films and hackneyed plots, Source Code stands on its own and is one of the best and believable sci-fi thrillers out there.

GRADE: B+

External Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Fresh, 7.4/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 74/100

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