Review of Source Code


Movie Review: Source Code

Rating: PG-13
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, and Thriller

Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, and Michael Arden, "Source Code" is an action thriller that is sure to delight fans. With the all-star cast, the PG-13-rated movie is great for teens, young adults, and adults who enjoy action, thrillers, mysteries, and a touch of comedy.

This thriller focuses on a soldier who wakes as an unknown man. He becomes involved with a mission to find a bomber of a Chicago train. The storyline begins with the soldier Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) flying a helicopter in Afghanistan. He wakes on a commuter train as an unknown man, and then is part of the explosion that takes place in the last eight minutes of the man's life. After he wakes, he finds himself in an unusual place and talks to Goodwin (Vera Farmiga). She gives him a mission, along with her partner, to find the person who bombed the train using the source code, a program that allows him to enter the other man's memory.

Over the course of the movie, the character relives the last eight minutes of the dead man's life as he tries to identify the bomber. After he fails to find the bomber the first time, he is told that he can attempt to do so again. According to the mission, he is not actually going back in time, but instead living through the man's consciousness in the last minutes of his life. With the tagline, "every second counts," this movie is a mystery thriller that is great for those who enjoy action-packed and exciting films.

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, and language, this thriller is best for older teens and adults. The repetition of the time-loop sequences are different enough for viewers to remain intrigued during the film. This attention-grabbing mystery thriller is ideal for those who love adrenaline-pumping films.

Like many mystery thrillers, the movie starts with the main character being confused about what is happening to him and why he is not himself. It is a drawn-out sequence of events to get to the point where he understands what is happening, but it is timed well and allows the viewer time to adjust to the storyline and plot of the movie. As the movie goes on, it is important to know the reason that Colter Stevens is unaware of what is happening, even though it may seem to be unimportant to viewers. The film is built up gradually, making sure to include the vital facts that make the film run smoothly as it continues.

The movie is not all dark, as some thrillers are. There is humor, a love story, and enough action to keep movie-goers on the edge of their seats. Dark moments in the film are often lightened with humorous lines that keep the film moving without leaving audience members feeling depressed or anxious. Being a sci-fi thriller, many of the situations are based on futuristic technology. Audience members do have to accept the technology as it is, which makes it a unique and interesting film.

Jake Gyllenhaal makes this film exciting and moves the story along easily. Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright play their roles as the people in charge of the source code with mastery, adding the supporting roles needed to keep this film moving along and intriguing to the audience. This intelligent mystery thriller has something to offer everyone who comes to see it, with complex themes and interesting storylines. The ending is not obvious, which makes this film even better for those who enjoy a good mystery.