Cert: 12 a Runtime: 93 mins Director: Duncan Jones Cast: Jake Gyllenhall, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright
It’s the same train, but it’s different
When the trailer for Source Code came out I was rather intrigued with what Duncan Jones had created this time. His first film Moon was an amazing film, he really brought a new dynamic edge to the Sci-Fi genre. Source Code throws us in the deep end as Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a train travelling to Chicago, only to find he is in someone else’s body, but before he can begin to unravel this mystery the train is bombed. However as he regains consciousness he discovers he is actually embedded in a government trial, as officer Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) informs him he must use the ‘Source Code’ simulation to repeatedly relive the last moments of the man on the trains life, so he can discover the identity of the bomber. Unable to recall the details of how he arrived in the Source Code program, and with the Source Code team urging him to repeat the dangerous process, Colter must rush to prevent a second deadly attack on the city.Whilst using the Source Code, Colter relives an 8 minute period on the train over and over, but each time it is different as he tries different tactics to find out who is the bomber. This might sound repetitive and boring, but instead the mystery is built up intensely.
Duncan Jones has not disappointed me with this film, it isn’t as good of a film as Moon. But boy-hoowdy it is intense viewing. I do love the thought of very limited scenery in a film as the actors voice is the action, his expression and movement creates the intensity of the film. Jake Gyllenhaal is back on form in Source Code, after a few ok films he is back. He carries the whole film, as the mystery of the Source Code is unravelled. The train sequence does feel repetitive but something different happens in every journey, which makes the film exciting.The idea of Source Code is not as complex as Inception so it doesn’t make you to confused. But I do advise you to focus on every single detail. It is an utterly different concept to sci-fi, and I would urge anybody to watch this film.