Aug 9, 2011

Source Code Review

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Premise:
Army helicopter pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a train confused and being called Sean by a woman (Michelle Monaghan) who appears to know him. After eight minutes, the train explodes and Colter Stevens wakes up in a pod, speaking with Captain Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) on a monitor. Goodwin explains that the train explosion really happened this morning and Stevens is repeatedly sent back into the body of Sean, a man who died in this terrorist attack, with free range to do whatever he pleases for eight minutes until he finds out who the perpetrator was.


Standouts:
This movie got amazing ratings? Really? ... Really? The science behind the science-fiction was either majorly flawed, or purposefully too confusing so that no one could understand the capabilities of the Source Code. Also, the entire film is littered with plot holes. My favorite plot hole being that the entire eight minute rule is completely ignored.


My Highlights:
Seeing Goodwin's monitor, and when Stevens gets sent to the train the final time.


Overall Rating:
I don't want my critical standouts or the lack of personal highlights to be a big detractor from this film. It was well shot, well acted, and kept me glued to the screen. There were a lot of things that bothered me about the film, but I would still watch it again and suggest it to others. 3 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 7 1/2 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
There are plenty of movies that should be higher on your queue than this, but you should get around to seeing it at some point. Maybe you'll like it a lot more than I did.

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