So far, everything I have read and watched about “Source Code” seems to be just right. If you haven’t watched the trailers, “Source Code” is a new science fiction movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. After watching the first teaser trailer I cheered, and then I thought, “now this seems to be a movie perfectly tailored for my time-traveling-mania needs.”
Time travel movies have always been a subject of interest for me. Lately, I have noticed most movies that deal with time travel set up some kind of a limitation. Like, you can only go back four days (“Déjà Vu “), even two years (“The Lake House”), or, you can go back just a few minutes (“Prince of Persia” starring Jake Gyllenhaal ). These limitations make for more exciting movies, and that is exactly the approach for this new movie.
“When decorated airman 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. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.”
Below is a clip for the first five minutes of the film. Consider it trailer of sorts as it doesn’t give anything substantial away, but it sets up the premise of the movie majestically. I love the colorful pallet of this movie and the way it is filmed. And with such excellent actors leading the film, I have pretty high expectations.
When the clip begins, we see Captain Colter Stevens waking up in a passenger train cabin confused and disoriented. He looks around at all the passengers and all the details that are happening. It is obvious from the get-go the movie is trying to make us feel suspicious of various individuals on the train. He is sitting across form Cristina ( Monaghan), who apparently know this person whose body he is possessing very well and refers to him as Sean. He explains to her he is not Sean and walks down the train as it stops as some passengers board and others exit. In that moment, once again they present us with another couple of suspicious-looking characters, but not much attention is placed on these at the time. It is also cool when he notices his reflection and realizes its not himself (kind of like the TV show “Quantum Leap”)
Most of this we had already seen in the trailer, but I suggest you watch this clip. Its gives us a head start on the movie — which could easily be the first really big hit of 2011. What do you think about this opening? Like it, don’t like it?
“Source Code” hits theaters on April 1, and also stars Vera Farmiga (“The Departed”) and Jeffrey Wright (“Casino Royale”).
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