Source Code review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso
Director Duncan Jones directs his second feature ‘Source Code’. Whereas in ‘Moon’, he delves into the life of a lonesome astronaut, this time he puts emphasis on the lone mission of a man investigating a tragedy over and over in the course of eight minutes.
Dubbed a techno-thriller ‘Source Code’ is ‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘Speed’. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Colter Stevens, a military man who has been tasked to enter the last remaining memory of Sean Fentress, one of the victims of a terrorist attack on board a train. Using the secret program called source code he is able to relive eight minutes before the train attack. His mission: find the bomb, find the bomber.
If the science of ‘Source Code’ is mind-bending, that’s the main idea. To have a man relive a tragedy multiple times over is both cruel and unusual punishment, but however torturous it is, he must do it and come out with results. Imagine the strain on his mind and body, the pressure, the emotional rollercoaster. And yes, as Stevens (Gyllenhaal) makes his rounds in every situation within those eight minutes, he gets invested and like him, we want to find the missing puzzle as well.
To throw in a love story in the film is a welcome plot point.
The problem is the object of affection of Stevens, Christina (Michelle Monaghan), is already gone. How bittersweet that you could have found what you’ve been looking for, presumably you’re ‘The One’, and she happens to be dead.
Unpredictable, fast-paced, and timely since terrorist attacks are not yet a thing of the past, ‘Source Code’ depicts a world that everything can be solved, as long as we have the technology and manpower to do it – maybe less manpower and more technology. But it’s not far from our reality now. What’s interesting about the film is the concept of borrowed time, the ability to go from one place to another by just using someone else’s consciousness. However it’s scary too. If ever such a technology can be produced, it could be abused. When does investigating start and intrusion end?