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Movie Review: Source Code July 30, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Movies, Society, Technology.
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Netflix Synopsis: Jake Gyllenhaal portrays a soldier recruited for a time-bending government investigation that places him in another man’s mind and body, reliving the same traumatic event repeatedly in an effort to identify the perpetrators of a terrorist bombing. Vera Farmiga plays a communications specialist who provides the vital link to the soldier’s primary reality as he searches for critical clues within a recurring nightmare.

I am not a big sci-fi fan. Yes, there are computer guys that aren’t into Star Wars, Star Trek, and others. But for some reason I am drawn to movies involving time travel. Memento was weird and interesting, Time Traveler’s Wife was mind bending and now this one. I like movies that keep me engaged and wanting to know what is going to happen next. Source Code fell into this category for sure. It wasn’t overly complex but the ideas were cool and the acting was very good. Gyllenhaal is very good and does such a good job staying within his character. And Monaghan and Farmiga were also excellent.

The storyline was timely and felt not that far from reality, which I suppose is not great to have to think about. But it was also fun and excited. I definitely recommend this one to people willing to escape reality but stay within the realms of today’s world. There was suspense and romance – who could ask for anything more?

Also, the Special Features section on Focal Points was fascinating if you get the DVD.

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