Since the cliché about only seeing a particular movie if one has to be chosen is far beyond beaten to death, I usually stay away from the very idea. However, sometimes there is a submission which stands above for a genre in a given year.
For a thriller it may not be a hard thing to pull off since most of them are about as rushed as plots get, though every now and again it is something most audiences can behold. Some of the comparisons to this story liken it to a science fiction spin on “Groundhog Day,” yet I’d go a step further and sell it as a mash up of “The Matrix,” “Run Lola Run” and “The Sixth Sense.” “Source Code” was something I looked forward to in theaters and delivered even though I had to wait until a home viewing.
As others in the same category go, this flick has just the right pace and has enough of a twist worthy to place it in something fans will return to with cult classic appreciation. The story focuses on an army helicopter pilot named Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), who wakes up after a recent mission and finds himself in a very unfamiliar situation involving a train and terrorism.
After finding out he hasn’t been a victim of the attack, but a recreation of the tragedy, he learns how he’s been recruited as a part of a secret military project to figure out the mastermind before a much more devastating attack on the city of Chicago occurs. Throughout the film, viewers quickly get hooked through interactions like those with fellow train passenger Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan) and his link to the mission, Air Force Captain Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga). The ending is worth the wait and some of the themes might even be a geek’s dream discussion afterward.
Speaking of geek friendly content, the extras should also fit the need as well with a few chapters right out of the world of tomorrow. It is also interesting to hear how well the characters worked together given how particular scenes were filmed as if they were all in the studio at the same time.
It’s something which can be watched multiple times, but will be the most powerful the first time when all the surprises are freshest. It’s also a safe watch for most ages and the violence is no more than what kids would see in a first person video game (if even that graphic). For an hour and a half well spent, I’d say “Source Code” deserves three and a half out of five explosions.
DVD rental courtesy of Family Video of Pauls Valley.