Jake Gyllenhaal travels back in time and has 8 minutes to save Chicago from a terrible attack. Source Code is a science-fiction movie that reminds me of Groundhog Day mixed with The Matrix. I’m here to find out whether Source Code is worth your time and money.
On a train to Chicago a man awakens confused to find himself in the body of someone else. Across from him sits his girlfriend, but in reality he hasn’t seen the woman before. However, the man doesn’t have time to unravel the mystery, because 8 minutes later the train explodes.
The man, Colter Stevens, is in reality a soldier who perished in Afghanistan during a scientific operation led by the American government. The operation is dubbed Source Code. The ‘Source Code’ program allows you to take control of someone else’s body during the last 8 minutes of his life. The past can not be altered, but you can go back to it to try and change the future. Maybe, the perfect weapon to fight terrorism (So many movies about terrorism … it’s getting old now). Colter relives the attack again and again, 8 minutes at a time. In these 8 minutes he tries to discover who placed the bomb, and who tries to commit the attack on the city of Chicago.
You’ll find that this is very recognisable if you’ve seen Groundhog Day and The Matrix. Jake Gyllenhaal (known from Prince of Persia and The Day After Tomorrow) who plays Colter Stevens (quite brilliantly I might add) relives the same situation over and over. Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day he is aware of this situation, which allows him to refine his investigation by altering his behaviour to provoke different reaction with the same suspects every time he returns to the train.
The few improbabilities, that are extremely hard to avoid in this kind of movie, are not adequate enough to ruin the film. The repetition of the opening scene has been done quite well, the flashbacks don’t interfere with the story and you never lose track of the storyline. You’ll find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat while you follow Jake Gyllenhaal’s adventure. He’s motivated to find the culprit and, despite the situation, finds the time to make a couple of jokes ánd fall in love with the woman on the train.
However, we regret the epilogue which is too sentimental and honestly quite redundant. Source Code is a complex and intelligent flick, not quite like Inception but still fairly entertaining. A decent movie by Duncan Jones, son of none other than David Bowie
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