Source Code Review

Most science fiction requires a leap of faith on the part of the audience. This film requires a leap into a chasm that leads to a lava pit.

Run, Jake, run!

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan are certainly attractive people. Gyllenhaal, as always, flashes his wounded puppy dog eyes to convey Emotions.  He is Frustrated! He is Sad. He is Determined to Succeed.

The merits and demerits of this film depend heavily on the terrible, terrible premise. The infuriatingly nonsensical nature of the main plot erases any sense of verisimilitude and automatically distances a critical audience (comme moi) from engaging in the movie. Furthermore, the use of the plot as a motive force for a film narrative fails spectacularly in achieving  any sort of narrative drive.Very quickly, I intuited that the main character was dead. Even sooner, the audience realizes that the train narratives are false constructions. Given these two factors, I saw no reason to emotionally invest in the characters or the film. Why should we care if Christina dies? After all, she’s just part of the Source Code program. Who cares if Stevens finishes his mission? He’s dead anyway.

The ending provides a neat solution. If Source Code creates new universes, then there is a reason to care about the characters. However, this revelation comes too late. By this point, the audience has already been given leave to check out entirely.

Plot aside, the film is somewhat enjoyable. There are some nice action sequences, but the train segments get tired quickly. The final act does feature good ooh’s and ahh’s and a fairly happy ending.  I wasn’t terribly impressed.

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7 responses to “Source Code Review

  1. Nice review. I would say oh no spoiler alert, if not for the fact you could probably guess that from the trailer too!

  2. Hey, I thought I’d check out your blog since you’d been so nice as to leave a comment on mine. I agree with your post about the audience figuring the story out too soon in terms of realising he’s dead, (although there was an older couple behind me who were very vocal with their ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’), and it did leave me a little uninterested in how it would further unfold. But overall not a bad film and I like your blog 🙂

  3. I thought it was a given he was dead from the trailers. This review made laugh and glad I have decided to wait for Netflix on this one despite some hype from critics.

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