Grade – A
Director: Duncan Jones (Moon)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal (Prince Of Persia, Brokeback mountain)
Vera Farmiga (Up in the air, The Orphan)
Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Maid of honor)
Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, W.)
Russel Peters (Canadian Comedian)
Source Code is a Sci-fi Thriller, about a man named Captain Colter Stevens, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Who is being used by a division of the army to help solve the case of a Terrorist attack on a Train in Chicago. Except, somehow, he is transferred into the body of a teacher who was on that train. He only has eight minutes on the train to try and solve the case, before the train blows up again sending him back to what is called The “Source Code”. Once in the “Source Code”, which looks like the inside of a metal octagon, there is one computer screen where he can see and talk to the army official, Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), and her boss, Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright).
He doesn’t where he is, how he got there, or why he is there, and the only information Farmiga can give him over the computer is that he has a mission, and that is to find out who blew up the train, so that they can prevent another planned terrorist attack by the same person. So, Gyllenhaal is doomed to repeat the same 8 minutes over, and over again until he can figure out which train passenger planted the bomb. As new plot twists are revealed, and Farmiga and Gyllenhals characters get closer, the movie becomes tenser, and a lot more than just trying to find out who bombed the train.
While it does get somewhat repetitive, Gyllenhaal’s character treats it with humor and grace and makes the whole movie more than watchable. At no point was I ever bored during this movie, and just the fact that within 8 minutes the whole train is going to blow up again, keeps the plot extremely tense.
The movie is filled with plot twists and surprises, with one of the biggest thinkers coming at the end. I enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal, but I was really more excited about seeing Vera Farmiga, one of my new favorite actresses after her Oscar nominated role in Up In The Air. With supporting roles from the beautiful Michelle Monaghan and Jeffrey Wright, the movie has a greatly acted cast, and I especially enjoyed Gyllenhaal and Monaghan’s relationship, which was believable and cute
While the movie does borrow many themes from other thrillers (Think Speed and Inception mixed), it has enough new material to make it original and exciting. I am extremely excited, with the success of last weeks box office hit Limitless, and this weeks Source Course, it really proves that a movie does not have to be a sequel, or a remake to be a money maker.
TOP BOX OFFICE FOR FIRST WEEKEND OF APRIL
Source Code $15.1M
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules $10.2M
The Lincoln Lawyer $7.0M
Sucker Punch $6.1M
Battle: Los Angeles $3.5M