Movie Review: Source Code

“I took your advice.”

When Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up, he’s sitting on a train across from a beautiful woman. Disoriented and confused, he rushes to the bathroom, but when he looks in the mirror, he sees a different reflection.

A few moments later, the train explodes.

When he again opens his eyes, he is in a cramped pod, and another woman on a computer screen, Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), is asking him who bombed the train. It turns out that he  is part of a program called “Source Code” and is on a mission to find the bomber of a train heading for Union Station. Each time he is sent back into the strange body on the train, he is given eight minutes to find the bomb and the bomber.

“I took your advice,” the beautiful woman, Christina (Michelle Monaghan), says again.

Each time he finds himself on the train, he learns a little more about himself and what really happened to him. Soon, the mission doesn’t only become a mission to find the bomber, but a mission to save Christina and all the rest of the passengers aboard the train.

If you liked Inception, then you’ll like Source Code. I think Source Code is a bit easier to understand than Inception, but just as good. It had the right amount of humor and just the right amount of sensitive moments (“What would you do if you knew you only had one minute to live?”).

It’s rated PG13 for some violence and runs for 93 minutes. You can watch the trailer for Source Code here on Youtube. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed by this new sci-fi/action thriller.

Only one thing could have made the movie a bit better — if the ending had been cut short to the part where everything froze (watch the movie to understand). It would have given the movie an overall cliff-hanger effect, just like how you couldn’t know whether or not Cobb was still in the dream or not at the ending of Inception.


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