Saturday, April 9, 2011

Source Code - 2011

Source Code is a movie about conspiracies and altered minds. The film is a modified reality and inner space, and there are points of comparison with Christopher Nolan's Inception. But the world of Source Code seems to me more interesting, and more able to incubate real drama, real suspense and even some real humour.

At its centre is Jake Gyllenhaal(Colter Stevens), a US army helicopter pilot who has crashed in Afghanistan. When he wakes up, he finds himself in civilian clothes aboard a crowded commuter train arriving slightly late into Chicago on a glorious summer morning. He appears to be in someone else's body; the body of a suburban teacher. Opposite him sits Christina (Michelle Monaghan) who behaves as if a brief nap has merely interrupted their highly flirtatious conversation, but she is then increasingly alarmed as Colter, wild-eyed and panicky, demands to know what is happening and what is going on.

Source Code is hi-tech in a 21st.century way, but also has something from an earlier age: it is a story from the Twilight Zone and traces of the television world of The Prisoner and The Fugitive.

Rating: 8/10

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