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Source Code - 29/3/2011 6:07:58 PM   
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really wanna see this - 29/3/2011 6:07:58 PM   
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I haven't seen Moon, but want to! This looks more my thing, Moon reminds me of Space Odyssey 2001, which was good/epically tiring to watch! hopefully Moon will be more my thing!
I am looking forward to this also, because I missed out on watching Unstoppable at the cinema, & i do love trains, & Jake Gyllenhaal...so yippee! can't wait!

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RE: really wanna see this - 31/3/2011 12:18:58 PM   
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I enjoyed it, above-average Friday night popcorn entertainment. It's not as atmospheric or gripping as Moon, but then that was so well done it would be unfair to expect it to be I guess. It's a well-acted, well-paced thriller, and the only (minor) gripe I would have is that the end felt slightly drawn-out compared to how tight the rest of the film felt.

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Duncan Jones is no Christopher Nolan - 1/4/2011 1:56:10 PM   
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Is this the start of bad "Incepion" rip-offs? -

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RE: Duncan Jones is no Christopher Nolan - 1/4/2011 6:13:34 PM   
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Saw it today at an early screening and was thoroughly impressed. Had low expectations going in having watched the trailer and being sold a run of the mill thriller with sci-fi elements. Actually Source Code makes the most out of a great premise within a tidy 90 minute running time. There is tension, paranoia, mystery and of course some Groundhog Day style humour. There are a couple of similarities to Moon, mainly through Jake Gyllenhaal's character who exists somewhat isolated within this catastrophic situation and it does pull at the old heartstrings towards the end without being overly sentimental.

Definitely worth checking out.

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RE: Duncan Jones is no Christopher Nolan - 1/4/2011 6:36:23 PM   
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Is this the start of bad "Incepion" rip-offs? -


Didn't Source Code go into production before Inception made it big?

Source Code and Inception are Sci-Fi Action Thrillers. And that's where the similarities begin and end.

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Don't even read the inception comparisons. - 1/4/2011 9:22:10 PM   
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This is what people want from sci-fi films. I loved these kind of episodes when I used to watch the x-files (I still do actually). Even towards the end of the film you're still not completely certain what will happen or exactly what it's about; job done in my opinion. Great resolution!

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RE: Source Code - 1/4/2011 9:35:28 PM   
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Director: Duncan Jones
Screenwriter: Ben Ripley
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Synopsis
When Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Review
If Inception did anything for future sci-fi blockbusters, is that a big-budget extravaganza can do more than just boom-bang as it can also have a brain and substance all the way through. Christopher Nolan’s film set a benchmark for up-and-comers and since then we’ve been seeing a number of Inception-ish works such as the Philip K. Dick-based Adjustment Bureau and now Source Code.

Duncan Jones (formerly known as Zowie Bowie, son of David) previously made his debut Moon, an atmospheric throwback to those classic 70s sci-fi films like Silent Running and Soylent Green. In the case of his second feature, if you want to see a Hitchcock-styled thriller with a Dick-like sci-fi plot, then Source Code is for you.

From the writer of the straight-to-video sequels of Species, Ben Ripley’s script is a tightly-constructed sci-fi piece, in which Jake Gyllenhaal’s confused protagonist embodies a train passenger in the last eight minutes of his life in order to find the bomber before the train explodes. If he fails, he goes back to this timeline for another eight minutes. So, to pitch this film in a very simple manner is that it’s “Groundhog Day meets Quantum Leap”.

On the basis of its trailer which gives the film a disservice, there is more to this than just having a mainstream appeal, as the sci-fi aspect goes into sublime territory and might lead to head-scrambling for the simple-minded. However, the heart of the film is the character of Stevens, who Jake Gyllenhaal brilliantly plays as this tortured individual who is put into a situation he has no knowledge of and doesn’t want to be in. During this mission, he develops a relationship with another passenger (played by Michelle Monaghan), which leads him to do an impossible task.

Although there are hints of Tony Scott’s Déjà vu, particularly in the film’s debatable final moments, Duncan Jones succeeds at bringing a Hitchcock sense of suspense as all the action is set within a train. The director keeps the film tightly-paced through its running time and yet there is an emotional core throughout, thanks to his subtle focus on the characters. However, the climax becomes one ending too many and goes into a kind of sentimentality which I found questionable.

While Gyllenhaal is doing a truly heroic performance, Michelle Monaghan is doing the most difficult task in which she replays the same actions and soon alters in response to her co-star’s actions, which she succeeds in a very down-to-earth performance. Both Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright act as the two separate voices supporting Stevens, as Farmiga’s role is stuck between her duty and her positive attempt at helping the tortured soul, while Wright is the menacing pantomime doctor whose is more concerned about the success of his work rather than human loss.

Verdict
Although it lacks the atmosphere of his astonishing debut, Duncan Jones’s second feature offers than just a mainstream aesthetic with his suspenseful direction, its well-constructed sci-fi narrative and a fine performance from Jake Gyllenhaal.

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RE: Source Code - 2/4/2011 1:34:29 AM   
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Agree very much with Kim Newman and RW above. Good film, sci-fi, romance and rather moving story all dealt with really well. Perhaps a bit too much of an ending, as RW suggests. But very much well worth seeing.

And, I suppose, the theme of the exploitation of a human/not-quite-human by the powers that be is also dwelt upon, as in Moon.

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Great stuff - 2/4/2011 8:13:42 AM   
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Wasn't exactly what I expected but was all the better for this. My favourite film of the year so far.

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RE: Source Code - 2/4/2011 10:45:00 AM   
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Agree very much with Kim Newman and RW above. Good film, sci-fi, romance and rather moving story all dealt with really well. Perhaps a bit too much of an ending, as RW suggests. But very much well worth seeing.

And, I suppose, the theme of the exploitation of a human/not-quite-human by the powers that be is also dwelt upon, as in Moon.


I noted this too. Thematically they're very similar, which is nice.

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RE: Source Code - 2/4/2011 11:02:26 PM   
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I hope this film flops so he can get back to making interesting films set in space rather than boring ones with a love interest set in America like 99% of movies released.

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RE: Source Code - 2/4/2011 11:30:11 PM   
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I hope this film flops so he can get back to making interesting films set in space rather than boring ones with a love interest set in America like 99% of movies released.


Have you seen the film?

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- 3/4/2011 4:08:36 AM   
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Good but makes you wonder how much better it could have been if Duncan Jones was making this without a studio looking over his shoulder.

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Another intelligent Sci-Fi film by Mr Jones - 3/4/2011 1:27:52 PM   
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As soon as I knew Duncan Jones was making another sci fi movie after his phenominal debut Moon, I knew it was going to be special. With an inflated (but by no means large) studio budget, Jones has crafted an intelligent, well written, character based sci-fi thriller that isn't by the numbers and genuinely keeps you guessing until the end. Unlike most films with a good sci fi premise, it is excellently excecuted and fully explored with a solid ending and enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes throughout the tight 90 munite running time. Gyllenhaal and Monahan are likeable screen presents and do well as the central leads giving the movie the love story at it's heart while Jeffrey Wiright puts in a solid turn as the driven authoritarian military scientiest behind the technology. Faramiga is also excellent.
Thematic comparisons ware likely made to the likes Groundhog day (repeating 8 minutes in time), Quantum Leap and possibly even Vantage Point but Ben Ripley's script encorporates all these influences in a fresh way that work well making for a tight and satisfying story. As an auteur, there are themes carried accross from Moon, namely exploitation of man for corporate/miliraty gain and there were even a few little cyberpunk ideas thrown into the mix but this is one of the best films I've seen this year and I'll be eagerly anticipating what Jones does next.

If he keeps up this form a certain Mr Nolan might have to watch his back.

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Crap trailer, brilliant movie - 3/4/2011 2:34:58 PM   
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Much better this way around!

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Crap trailer, brilliant movie - 3/4/2011 2:35:00 PM   
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C'mon where's the extra star? Give it five! - 3/4/2011 2:35:30 PM   
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Excellent film Jake Gyllenhaal is on top form here I love him. The film seems to have lost a star because it adheres to a few Hollywood conventions i.e the "the estranged father son angle" and the love interest, I don't mind because its so damn clever the way it happens. Best film of the year I think, and Jakey is going up in my affections he may knock Leo off my top fav.

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Ending understood? - 3/4/2011 3:15:57 PM   
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I too was a little concerned about the apparent slowing of pace and a concluding drift into sentimentality, I found myself wondering if their was a case of leaving doors open for a sequel (surely not). But hold on! what's this? Right at the end Jones leaves us with the horrific idea that in saving the many one has to be sacrificed - Colter Stevens now has overwritten his 'host', replaced his memories and experience with his own.
If there is to be a sequel then one that explores Goodwin's coming to terms with the implications of the source code process might be OK - but I'm pretty sure Duncan Jones would consign this idea to his uncle Davey's locker.

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RE: Ending understood? - 3/4/2011 9:02:56 PM   
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I too was a little concerned about the apparent slowing of pace and a concluding drift into sentimentality, I found myself wondering if their was a case of leaving doors open for a sequel (surely not). But hold on! what's this? Right at the end Jones leaves us with the horrific idea that in saving the many one has to be sacrificed - Colter Stevens now has overwritten his 'host', replaced his memories and experience with his own.
If there is to be a sequel then one that explores Goodwin's coming to terms with the implications of the source code process might be OK - but I'm pretty sure Duncan Jones would consign this idea to his uncle Davey's locker.


Yeah, that's the main question I had coming out of the cinema. Basically the poor guy is possessed! Or not. Maybe the 'host' (can't remember the character's name) actually does get his own consciousness back at the end, and Colter's moment of happiness only lasted 8 minutes. I'd need to watch the movie again. If there ever is a sequal, maybe the 'host' could actually have 2 personalities in his head at the same time (himself and Colter) - a bit like the old DC Firestorm comics. What a brain-fuck, but how fantastic to see a movie that makes you think afterwards. By the way, as brilliant as this movie is, Tony Scott's Deja Vu is still an under-rated masterpiece - technically as good as Source Code but darker and more emotional.  

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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 9:36:32 PM   
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I hope this film flops so he can get back to making interesting films set in space rather than boring ones with a love interest set in America like 99% of movies released.


Have you seen the film?



Why else would Vera Farmiga need to be there?

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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 9:55:59 PM   
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I hope this film flops so he can get back to making interesting films set in space rather than boring ones with a love interest set in America like 99% of movies released.


Have you seen the film?



Why else would Vera Farmiga need to be there?


She's not the love interest.

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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 10:04:47 PM   
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I hope this film flops so he can get back to making interesting films set in space rather than boring ones with a love interest set in America like 99% of movies released.


Have you seen the film?



Why else would Vera Farmiga need to be there?


She's not the love interest.


The film is about Jake G, what other reason is there for a female lead other than to attract a larger female audience to a sci fi movie?
Even Bowie & Darko said during interviews they tried to appeal towards both men and women and that there is something for everyone. Studios won't risk a high budget blockbuster featuring an A-lister without a damsel in distress in there.


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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 10:07:12 PM   
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32 million is high-budget? And romance is the only thing that appeals to women? 

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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 10:23:23 PM   
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32 million is high-budget? And romance is the only thing that appeals to women? 



Well it's six and a half times the budget of his other film.
Of course there are women who like many other genres, but I think you will find undoubtedly that the most popular genre amongst women are romance and comedy hence rom coms (2 for 1).


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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 10:38:40 PM   
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It's still rather low for sci-fi and blockbuster standards, and unless they don't directly mention the romantic element, you can't really say this is why here are women in the film.


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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 11:01:28 PM   
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Source Code was a film of pure brilliance. Great acting, story, but most importantly it had heart.  I would give this 9/10.


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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 11:24:19 PM   
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I hope this film flops so he can get back to making interesting films set in space rather than boring ones with a love interest set in America like 99% of movies released.


Have you seen the film?



Why else would Vera Farmiga need to be there?


She's not the love interest.


The film is about Jake G, what other reason is there for a female lead other than to attract a larger female audience to a sci fi movie?

Even Bowie & Darko said during interviews they tried to appeal towards both men and women and that there is something for everyone. Studios won't risk a high budget blockbuster featuring an A-lister without a damsel in distress in there.



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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 11:39:25 PM   
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I hope this film flops so he can get back to making interesting films set in space rather than boring ones with a love interest set in America like 99% of movies released.


Have you seen the film?



Why else would Vera Farmiga need to be there?


So you haven't seen the film then?

And as Paul points out, Vera isn't the love interest at all. She's a figure of authority. Which quells your non-point.

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RE: Source Code - 3/4/2011 11:44:26 PM   
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Oh, and Moon had a love interest in it too. Or is it just Americans that you have issues with?

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