Source Code – mmm, sourcey

After the disappointment of Sucker Punch I was eager to go see something else with much more promise. And Source Code did not disappoint – a genuine brain twister full of action and drama…

I did think at first that I would actually hate it – one of the main reasons being Jake Gyllenhaal. I don’t know what it is about that guy, but I just don’t like him sometimes. Even in Donnie Darko he comes across as an annoying little pompous git. In fact, with the exception of Source Code, I’d say Zodiac is the only other film I like him in. And in all fairness to him, this film rests firmly on his shoulders – you don’t connect with him then you just don’t care about what’s happening. And his performance definitely makes you care.

He is a soldier being sent back using a system called the ‘Source Code’ to 8 minutes before an explosion destroys the train he’s on – except he’s not him, he’s in the body of another man who was on the train when it exploded. You’d think that, like Sucker Punch, this repetitiveness would get boring after a while. But Duncan Jones (or Zowie Bowie as I still like to call him) keeps it fresh and interesting.

Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan are both excellent as well as the woman giving Jakey his orders and the cutesy woman he meets on the train respectively. And Jeffrey Wright as the guy whose made the ‘Source Code’ isss…well, WEIRD. He hams it up A LOT – so much so I was laughing at him at one point. Not sure if this was intentional…but it didn’t work for me anyway (and I do know he’s a good actor – I’ve seen him in plenty of other stuff to know this, which is why it was so weird).

Unfortunately as well you’ll probably work out who the bomber is. At first Jake goes for the obvious guy who would be the bomber – the ethnic guy/possible Muslim – which is a bit of an obvious idea to use and you can pretty much tell straight away that it’s not going to be him as it’s trying to get a message across that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and blah, blah, blah…

But pretty much with these two exceptions, it’s a near perfect film. Maybe not as good as Duncan Jones’s first film, Moon, which was so minimalist yet still gripping; but still a great film that you should see immediately.

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~ by square-eyed-geek on May 10, 2011.

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