If you’ve seen the trailer for Source Code, then you already know what it’s about. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier who is inside some sort of Matrix-esque computer machine thingy, and he is able to travel into another person’s memory and then live as that person for eight minutes. The concept of Source Code is completely outrageous and ridiculous, and I approve.
Michelle Monaghan plays the girl whom our hero falls in love with, and that’s where the story gets interesting. Is Jake Gyllenhaal able to break the rules of the Source Code and save this girl? What really happens after the eight minutes are up? WTF is the Source Code? I’m still scratching my head while writing this review because honestly, it makes less and less sense the more you think about it.
What this film does very well, is that it keeps you in constant suspense and excitement. Even though you are going through the same eight minutes over and over again, there is something different each time, and you discover more and more as the plot unravels. Duncan Jones (Moon) is proving himself to be a brilliant director, and Jake Gyllenhaal provides a convincing character to root for.
Source Code contains some human relationships that it wants us to care about, but I wasn’t so involved in the emotional aspect of the story. I was more interested in finding out whether the Source Code works or not, and the conclusion did not disappoint. Source Code is nowhere near “mind-blowing”, but it’s good science-fiction and you should watch it.