Director: Duncan Jones
Featuring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Age Rating: 12A
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Last night, I managed to add to my collection of great Jake Gyllenhaal films with Source Code.
Duncan Jones introduces the concept of “time reassignment” with the ‘source code’ where recently deceased people’s minds can be revived and implanted into other people’s minds repeatedly in order to re-visit and solve world terror problems, such as a bomb destroying 2 passing trains near Chicago. Ultimately, the aim is to prevent catastrophic events and alter the future. As great and revolutionary as this does sound, the idea has some immoral and upsetting uses and consequences, but I will leave that for you to find out yourself.
Jake Gyllenhaal acts superbly, as always, and plays the role of a dedicated American soldier who is ready to serve his country in any way possible. With appearances from Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga, this is a well cast, quick and easy watch in all honesty, with a very emotional and confusing ending, which Gyllenhaal never fails to give us.
This 93 minute feature which re-visits a specific 8 minutes in time several times throughout, is gripping, exciting and at times mind-boggling, and definitely worth a watch on demand, or using Netflix/Amazon Prime if it’s available. Alternatively if you’re a big Gyllenhaal fan, go and add it to the collection!
Recommendation: Rent or Buy – you’ll enjoy it either way!