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Saturday, April 23, 2011

SourceCode Movie Review

Would like to thank OMY.sg for the invite to the movie preview of SourceCode on 19 April 2011. The movie screening was held at Shaw Nex and here's my review!



Sourcecode (2011)

Directed by: Duncan Jones
Written by: Ben Ripley
Genre: Science-fiction mystery thriller film
Opens: 21 April 2010

The Plot
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a military army helicopter pilot who finds himself in a mission to locate the author of a bomb which exploded and destroyed a train headed into Chicago. Stevens is isolated inside a chamber, where Air Force officer Capt. Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) explains to Stevens through a computer screen that he is inside the Source Code, a program that allows him to take over someone's body in his or her last eight minutes of life.

Stevens' mission is to locate the bomb, discover who built it, and report back to Goodwin before the bomber can detonate a second larger bomb, a dirty nuclear device, in downtown Chicago, which could cause the deaths of millions of people. Stevens can perform different actions each time and learn from those actions. Goodwin and the Source Code's creator, Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), tell him that the Source Code is not a simulation, but a visit into the past in the form of an alternative reality. He's told that he cannot truly alter the past in the same reality to save any of the passengers, but that he must gather intel that can be used to alter the future and prevent a future attack.

Every time he is sent into the same train he awakens as Sean Fentress, a teacher, sitting across a woman named Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan). A series of events repeat each time with slight variations while he goes on searching for the terrorist and deepening his relationship with Christina, until the bomb that destroys the train goes off and Stevens (as Fentress) dies, sending him back to the chamber.

Stevens has no memory of how he arrived to the mission; his last memory is of flying in a recent mission in Afghanistan while taking on enemy gunfire. Confused and frustrated, Stevens wonders how he got assigned to this project…

My Review
I wouldn’t reveal more about the plot, if not I might spoil the movie for you.

Sourcecode puts together conspiracies, altered minds and modified realities. Mind-boggling at first until the film explains what Sourcecode is. It kinda reminds me of “Inception”, though I will not say one is better than the other. Both are good in their own ways. I liked the way the film is being presented, whereby the order of the series of events are put into a continual loop. You don’t see these often in movies. Most of the time, it’s either a flashback or a normal narrative style.

There’s a blend of action, suspense, humour and abit of romance. Character development was just nice, especially towards the end of the movie where you see more emotional scenes. One surprise was the appearance of Russell Peters, a Canadian comedian who guest stars in this film as an amateur comedian who’s a contestant on America’s Got Talent, with a bad attitude.The cast was well-chosen as each of them managed to bring out the characteristics of their character and was able to portray the emotions well.

Cinematography wise, camera work was nicely done, especially the framing of shots. There’s also the use of colour tone to bring out the mood and feel.

I love the special effects in this movie, especially the explosion scenes. Very artistically done I think.

Overall, I loved this movie. I thought the screenplay was really well-written, with twists and turns, storyline flowed very well. It’s stylistically and aesthetically pleasing. Definitely a must-watch!

Rating: 4/5

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