Source Code – Movie Review
“Source Code” is a genius thriller wrapped in science fiction, but even though it involves a lot of time travel and quantum physics, it is still easy to follow and comes together in the end. It feels claustrophobic at times, with in the confines of a train trough out most of the movie. There is a definite sense of doom and dread right from the beginning.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of Capt. Colter Stevens, who has been entered into a government project dubbed the Source Code. Colter is thrown back in time, on board a Chicago-bound train that was destroyed by a terrorist bomb, killing everyone on board. Over the course of the film, we slowly learn a bit more about Colter, and why he is an ideal candidate to be part of the Source Code program, and his motivation for carrying out the mission.
Colter has about eight minutes to solve the mystery of where the bomb is located and discover the identity of the terrorist and prevent a larger explosion that could destroy Chicago. But like the movie “Groundhog Day,” he can keep replaying the scenario on the train, over and over, until he finds his answers.
Joining Colter on the train is Christina (Michelle Monaghan from “Eagle Eye” and “Gone Baby Gone“), who banters and flirts with Colter. Another key role here is Capt. Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), who works for the Source Code project, navigating Colter back and forth in time. Goodwin is pivotal in helping this story play out in the end.
The film can’t help but be compared to the time-hopping movie “Twelve Monkeys,” starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis. In that film, Willis is sent back in time to find the cause of a virus outbreak years earlier. Other easy comparisons are underrated films “The Jacket” and “The Butterfly Effect,” also about time travel but a bit confusing and can make the viewer lose interest.
“Source Code” on the other hand uses enough just enough sci-fi to keep viewers informed without losing their interest. In short this is a sci-fi movie with a good plot and script, unlike many of its “sci-fi cousins” which rely too heavily on special effets.