Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
Directed by Duncan Jones
The weekend is fast approaching here in our beautiful city of Toronto and as always we are all in search of some sort of entertainment. Out this week at video stores across our fair city, was a big hit when released in theatres back in April and filmed just east of us in the lovely city of Montreal. Now on DVD & Blu-Ray, let’s take a ride on the Source Code.
Source Code is the story of Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) who wakes up in the body of an unknown man; he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.
On second viewing; the detail of Source Code really came shining through. Director Duncan Jones truly does manage to extract the maximum amount of detail and action out of what is ultimately the minimalist of settings. Even though none of it truly makes any sense, we get emotional depth, tense action wrapped in the visual poetry of an art house film where for most of the movie we are essentially reliving the same 8 minutes over and over again. It won’t be long before this son of David Bowie has his dad say “I’m the father of Director Duncan Jones”. He will be making movies for as long as the universe lets him in this perfect blend of popcorn entertainment, post-war paranoia and metaphysical moralism.
Only Gyllenhaal gets to establish any character and emotional relevance as Captain Colter Stevens and as he runs through the stages of grief like a marathon (He does only have 8 minutes after all) he gets to set everything right and have some sort of peace with what has been presented before him. It’s a hell of a ride.
The Blu-Ray looks sharp and sound great, the extras on the Blu-Ray include audio commentary, Access: Source Code which includes interviews with cast and crew along with experts weighing on the science of time travel.
If you can get past the science, in this science-fiction really not making any sense, Source Code is an entertaining ride worthy of the mileage you will put on your couch.
4 out of 5 stars.
Source Code is available at video stores across Toronto, click here for more details.
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