Directed by Duncan Jones, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Thriller, Action, Drama
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens, who wakes up on a train destined for Chicago. Across from him, sits a woman who obviously has some history with him, but he has no idea who she is. He is completely clueless as to what is going on and seems desperate to find out what has happened to him. He rushes to the bathroom and looks in the mirror to find himself in another man’s body. Minutes later, a bomb goes off on the train killing everyone on-board.
Stevens wakes up enclosed in some sort of device. He has no idea where his is. A woman appears on a view-screen and informs him that he is part of a new experiment called the “source-code” and that he must again re-live the events on the train again and again until he finds the bomber.
The rest of the movie follows many twists and turns as the stakes and confusion keeps rising higher and higher.
Source Code is one of the smartest thrillers I have seen in a while. It may not have an abundance of originality (something most movies are significantly lacking today), but it does have intensity, relatable characters, and actually forces you to use your brain.
Jake Gyllenhaal brings a great amount of charisma to his role and makes him not only a likeable character but a believable one. He is the driving force of the movie and is the glue that holds the film together. Also his chemistry with Michelle Monaghan is fantastic and realistic.
The movie is very intense and while you do see events, that are somewhat the same, over and over it never feels repetitive. This is mostly because of the great writing and the different steps that Gyllenhaal’s character takes as the plot movies forward.
The finale does end up being too confusing and impractical and this is one of the few faults that I could find with an otherwise great and thrilling movie.
An excellent movie