Source Code Review
by O. Spooner
**** 4 Stars
‘This idea is great as it proves that the world could change in a single moment: one minute you are about to die; the next minute you are arresting the terrorist who tried to kill you.’
Director: Duncan Jones
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
Synopsis: An army pilot wakes up on a train that is about to explode, when it does, he wakes up in a government facility and is told he will see the train crash again, with the mission to find the culprit.
First of all, Jake Gyllenhaal’s character can keep seeing the crash because of an invention called ‘Source Code’, which means they can find the culprit for pretty much every single crime ever committed. This idea is great as it proves that the world could change in a single moment: one minute you are about to die; the next minute you are arresting the terrorist who tried to kill you. It is quite amazing how quickly the main character figures out where everything is and how to disarm the bomb. But there are a lot of other areas in the story which are quite emotional, like the part where he finds out that everyone thinks he is dead. The ending, too, is quite uplifting.
There are a few problems with the film, however, as for most of it, you think the true villains are the people keeping the main character in the place where he accesses the ‘Source Code’. The terrorist’s motivations are also a bit generic as his reason for why he wanted to blow up the train is the same as basically every film terrorist since films were ever made. Also, the way the main character talks to people who are innocent and then fights them, is a bit jarring. Why does he feel the need to beat up everyone he wants to talk to?
Overall, however, I would highly recommend Source Code as a great film.
Source Code is currently available on BBC iPlayer and was rated 12 by the BBFC.