“Source Code” Movie: Critical Success

Source Code Movie

“Source Code” the movie is currently enjoying praise from a multitude of reviewers.  Source Code director, Duncan Zowie Jones, is coming off of another hit with the movie “Moon”.  Moon was by far my favorite sci-fi movie in the 2000’s and it appears from the reviews he has hit the mark once more.

Source Code sets off with decorated Captain Colter Stevens waking up in the body of an unknown man. He later realizes he’s part of a mission to find a terrorist accused of bombing a commuter train in Chicago.  It turns out; he is the unwitting participant in an experiment called the “Source Code”, enabling him to take over another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.

The story picks up when another problem arises:  Another target is threatening the lives of millions in the Chicago area. The most interesting element of his ability is in the reliving of his life, with each reincarnation giving him the ability to gain more clues to help him solve the mysteries thrust upon him.

What are the reviewers saying?

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Director Duncan Jones achieves a strange and winning amalgam, a gripping action film that also works as poetry.”

Shawn Levy of the Portland Oregonian:

“This is hair-raising, clever and winning entertainment. Even if his protagonists aren’t entirely what they seem to be or think they are, Mr. Jones is, it’s increasingly clear, the real thing.”

Despite all of the praise, many find the unveiling of puzzle the story has woven to be lackluster.

Scott Tobias of NPR:

“Based on its thrillingly fractured first half – not to mention “Moon” in its entirety – Jones seems much smarter than he allows the film to be in the end. It wriggles out of its own intriguing puzzle.”

Have you watched Source Code? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

Note: If the multiple lives scenario is interesting, you may want to check out the sci-fi novel; Replay by Kenneth Grimwood.  Minus the crime scene detective part of Source Code you see how one man handles living the same life over and over again as he searches to find out “Why?”

For more reviews: http://www.metacritic.com/movie/source-code

 

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