Saturday, June 18, 2016

Source Code (2011)

Director: Duncan Jones

Writer: Ben Ripley

Composer: Chris Bacon

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden, Cas Anvar, Russell Peters, Brent Skagford, Craig Thomas, Gordon Masten, Scott Bakula

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Make every second count

Plot: A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yeah.

With films like GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) and EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014) (but, see, I saw that one before SC) you get that feeling of deja vu when watching this.  But it goes to show you the quality of the writing and direction how that fades away that you realize you're watching a movie that takes something familiar and makes it its own.  Halfway through I had forgotten about the restarting device and I was completely enthralled with the mystery.  The ending could have been schmaltzy as hell but Jones was able to bring out some strong emotions in a way that made the picture stronger and better.  I'm not sure how this will play out with a second viewing (albeit it'll be years before I get around to it again), knowing how it all works, but it's definitely worth a shot. 

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