Source Code: The Next Deja Vu?

Source Code: The Next Deja Vu?

Optimum Releasing

Release Date: April 1st, 2011

Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Ben Ripley
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

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Time travel is not an easy task, especially in this case when it also involves switching bodies. The new clip from the highly anticipated Source Code shows Jake Gyllenhaal having a bit of a hard time taking orders, and will certainly not lower the expectations of genre fans.

Decorated soldier Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) keeps waking up in the body of a stranger, every time re-living the last eight minutes of the unknown man’s life to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Stevens is part of a government experiment called the “Source Code”, that enables him to go back in time and cross over into the body of the stranger. His mission is to gather clues until he can solve the mystery of who is the behind the bombing and prevent the next attack which would kill millions.

Source Code could be an intelligent mash-up of story ideas that have been over-performing in the last decades. The movie seems to take Groundhog Day (1993) to a new level by cutting it down to eight minutes and certainly taking the fun out of it. Instead it’s hi-tech mystery and the omnipresent fear of terrorist attacks. After all, Stevens not only wants to save the world but also the woman he meets in his body-switching flashbacks. The one worth ‘dying’ for again and again is Christina (Michelle Monaghan, Due Date & Mission: Impossible III). The question is if it will be the happy-ending rescue mission against all odds and the laws of nature we saw in the terror and love stories Deja Vu (2006) and Next (2007).

The script is written by Ben Ripley whose track record includes Species III (2004) and Species: The Awakening (2007). Director Duncan Jones made himself a name with the excellent Moon (2009) and seems to be the right man for a story that involves character comebacks and science fiction.

I hope Source Code will offer a new take on the possibilities of altering reality before things actually become a reality, without getting carried away by technological complexities or playing too much on the present paranoia. That technology is far more advanced than we are made to believe, that we already know.

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