Whether it’s Lincoln Square or Hyde Park, River North or Rogers Park, one observes the same thing: Chicagoans loitering around Redboxes and Blockbuster Expresses, trying to decide if that film is worth $1. Well, Chicago, agonize no further, because here this reviewer relays if that movie is, indeed, even worth a buck.
In this week’s review of Source Code, Jake Gyllenhaal, (The Day After Tomorrow), stars as Colter Stevens, a U.S helicopter pilot who awakens on a train in the body of one of its passengers. Stevens, who is repeatedly sent back in time by way of a medically advanced program called “The Source Code,” is given the last eight minutes of the passenger’s life per trip to find out who planted the bomb that eventually blows up the train, killing him and the rest of the passengers on board.
With more terrorist attacks scheduled for later in the day, finding the bomber as quickly as possible puts this soldier under a lot of pressure. Additionally, Stevens, whose assignment reveals a disturbing reality about his own life, must not only learn to cope with death and its repeated recurrence in this mission, but to also see if he can find a way to prevent the passengers from suffering this fate even once while on this train.
With a creative and well-thought-out plotline, Source Code is an action thriller with enough plot twists and turns to keep any viewer interested. Its intriguing concept is further enhanced with good production values that include a solid screenplay, good directing and cinematography, along with great acting, (Gyllenhaal is fantastic, and Jeffrey Wright, [Quantum of Solace],as Dr. Rutledge, the creator of “The Source Code,” has an incredible screen presence). With a film that will no doubt inspire sequels, avoid playing catch-up later and check out Source Code now, as it is deemed definitely worth your buck.
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