more than just another movie

Posted on August 25, 2011


After the disappointment of super8, i needed to watch a movie that i felt would deliver. And so it came to pass that I turned to one of my favourite directors – Duncan Jones. After his brilliant debut movie ‘Moon’, I felt confident that he would deliver again with his second foray into the science fiction genre… ‘Source Code’.
Source Code works like this. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Colter Stevens, an army pilot who seems to be on a mission, the details of which he is struggling to remember. He has been sent – and I use the word loosely – onto a train that has 8 minutes until a bomb explodes killing all on board. But he is not being sent back to save the people, he is being sent back to discover the identity of the terrorist in order to prevent a later, much more devastating explosion. Stevens is told he will keep being sent back until he completes his mission. Every time he dies he is snapped out of the “source code” to feed back what he has found out. Watching him go through the process of building a profile of the other passengers is fun, and watching his interaction with his military superiors is both intriguing and worrying. However, the movie isn’t just a flashy race against time special effects story, there’s a real sense of the Captain [Jake] really wishing that he could change the events in order to save the passengers – even though he’s told this is impossible as the jump is only into a memory. He feels this is something he has to try and do. There’s also the subtle developing relationship between Gyllenhaal and Monaghan’s character. This isn’t swallowed up by the sci-fi elements, and they are both very convincing and have some very touching moments.
As with all great sci-fi movies, all is not quite what it seems and as the story unfolds – especially in the final stretch, we are taken deeper into Colter’s situation. This is where ideas about the dignity of life, morality and misuse of technology [just because we can do something doesn’t make it right to do so] but also about giving oneself fully to save others. helping those who cannot help themselves.
Source Code is a clever and highly enjoyable sci-fi thriller, and for me, the best movie of 2011 so far.
The tagline for this movie is “make every second count”. What a great tagline.
What a great thought and ideal to take into our lives…
Make – Every – Second – Count.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people… For Christ is the real Master you serve.”  Colossians ch3 v 23-24

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