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April 5, 2011

Source Code review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 5:09 pm

This movie is like Deja Vu, except Jake Gyllenhaal‘s character seemingly gets an endless number of tries to go back in time and find the bomber before he blows up the train. Notwithstanding the lack of consequence from constant failure, it’s an awesome thriller as he accosts every suspicious-looking person on the crowded train, which is just about everyone.

He has to keep from being distracted by Michelle Monaghan‘s pretty face right in front of him when he starts, and he has to do it alone with no help, no leads and no special skills in this department. Vera Farmiga‘s character is merely there in between tries to keep him focused and brief him as little as possible of how he got put in this situation.

Truly sci-fi when you realize the full events surrounding this ability to go back and other questions that arise from this fairly preposterous concept, but it delivers on all cylinders.

There were about three different times in the last five minutes where the movie could’ve ended, but they just kept littering fortunate events, making the ending a little less special than it could have been. But that’s after the whole ordeal is over with. Also, the pace was so brisk that I was surprised to find it ran a quick 89 minutes.

Side note: Look for comedian Russell Peters, who has a decent role and will be in two more movies this year, including the star-studded New Year’s Eve. Speaking of that movie, I’ve never in my life seen a recognizable cast from top to bottom. I count 26 recognizable names.

Two agreeable reviews:

Richard Roeper – “Confounding, exhilarating, challenging—and the best movie I’ve seen so far in 2011.”

Roger Ebert – “an ingenious thriller” where “you forgive the preposterous because it takes you to the perplexing.”

Rating: 4 stars out of 5




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    Comment by Dandre — May 4, 2011 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  2. What do you mean by him being omnipresent? Do you mean he’s in two places at once?

    From my interpretation, Colter is no longer in the source code. His physical body died — or, I should say, the one version of Colter’s body that we were following, in one particular universe, died. What I think: the source code doesn’t just allow him to explore a memory afterglow, but literally transports him to an alternate universe, of which there are an infinite number (well, according to some theories). When Vera Farmiga pulls the plug on him, Colter’s “soul” or whatever is now stuck in that alternate universe — where in there is another version of Colter’s body.

    So yeah, there are two Colters in the end: his physical body in the source code, and his “soul” (now in Sean) from another dimension. But they’re two different entities, identities with independent thoughts. He’s not really omnipresent.

    Either way, yeah, the movie requires a stretch of the imagination. But hey, it’s science fiction.

    Comment by Chris Le — April 6, 2011 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  3. Are you talking about the black guy? I thought his performance was awful and noticeably distracting.

    Jake being Sean is the ultimate happy ending, but then is he also alive in Source Code? If so, him being omnipresent is complete ludicrousness.

    I think I came out of that one with a movie crush on Jake.

    Comment by Bryan — April 6, 2011 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  4. *****SPOILER ALERT******

    – I totally agree about the movie’s multiple endings. Initially I thought it would’ve been appropriate, perhaps best, if the movie ended with the still shot (which was not only beautiful and touching, but poignant). I’m fine with the conclusion as is, considering it ties up the father-son relationship and opens a whole lot about the possibilities of source code, and subsequent sequels.

    – Speaking of possibilities, and considering I have a nerdy interest in physics, the main scientific foundations of the movie — alternate universes, brain technology — are theoretically possible. Quantum mechanics is completely nuts and the stuff of science-fiction; scientists often say, “If you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t really understand quantum mechanics.” But the chances of developing such technology that allows transportation is infinitesimal, which is to say, it will never, never happen.

    – Michelle Monaghan is very crushable, especially in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

    – I thought the creator of the source code overacted a bit, trying too hard to sound like a smug, erudite antagonist. Though, i’m sure, that was his goal. Still, trying too hard. Loved him in Casino Royale, though.

    – One thing about the ending I wanted to be resolved was: what happens to Sean? In the end, Colter takes the identity of Sean in this alternate universe and they live happily ever after? Sean, it seems, is the only victim in this scenario. But I suppose the loss of one is better than hundreds; it’s utilitarian, I guess. And how would Colter survive as Sean, who one presumes has friends, students, co-workers, a job, bills — you know, a life, full of duties he must attend to? That goes down the shitter. Oh well, Jake Gyllenhaal lives! Yayyy!

    – Still, as always, i’m picking nits. Loved the movie, loved the concept and it’s implications. Thumbs up.

    Comment by Chris Le — April 6, 2011 @ 9:18 am | Reply

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