Source Code: Blu Ray Review
Released by Hopscotch and Roadshow
From the director of last year's brilliant Moon, comes
a new sci fi thriller which has heart and soul as well as intelligence and
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Captain Colter
Stevens, who finds himself on a train and facing a woman Christina (Bridget
Monaghan) he's convinced he's never met before.
To make matters
worse, he looks in a mirror and sees the face looking back at him is not his
Before he's got time to make head or tail of
what's going on, a bomb destroys the Chicago bound train - taking him, and all
the passengers with it.
When he wakes up though, he finds himself
being questioned by the military (led by Vera Farmiga) and trapped in a capsule.
They explain he's got just eight minutes on the
train to find out who is responsible for bombing it and send him back in - and
will keep doing so until he's successful.....
Source Code is perhaps one of the best scifi thrillers ever made -
but more than that, it's a compelling film which is grounded in humanity rather
than just scifi.
Duncan Jones seriously impressed
with Moon and he builds even more here with this thrilling and exciting ride.
It's a fiendishly intriguing premise which throws you right in at the beginning
by giving you few clues and so immediately you empathise with Stevens as he
tries to find out what's going on.
mightily watchable as Stevens; as the truth unravels, you understand and really
feel his puzzled viewpoint; the thing is, it's all due to Gyllenhaal and his
steely determination mixed with vulnerability.
credit must also go to Monaghan; her Christine becomes the emotional touchstone
on the train and the reason Stevens keep coming back - she helps give the story
the humanity it needs to keep it from simply being a thriller with a large
dollop of sci fi.
The other star is the script -
initially complex and layered, it rewards an intelligent audience who are
willing to take the ride and embrace the mystery of what's going on on the train
as well as what's going on with Stevens.
Code is one of the best films of 2011 - it's intelligent, ferociously good film
making, and a brilliant experience which rewards with multiple viewings.
Extras: Cast and crew interviews, commentary with Jake
Gyllenhaal and writer Ben Ripley