Monday, April 18, 2011

Source Code

Fast paced, entertaining sci fi/ action/ romance movie....

I haven't done a movie review for a while now, despite having watched quite a few movies recently - there were none that I liked (or hated) enough....
(Note: I have been making a concious effort to avoid watching Black Swan and 127 hours because of how disturbing I heard they are)

After watching Source Code though, I just had to blog about it - really enjoyed it!

- One of the movie posters:
Jake Gyllenhaal like being The Hero...

I'm really upset that Jake Gyllenhaal did not show off his any of his hot Prince of Persia-esque physique in the show.

Otherwise, he made a very likeable hero stuck in a Quantum Leap ("jumping" into another person's mind/body) meets GroundHog's Day (keep repeating the same time frame) situation that managed to stay interesting.

Also, Michelle Monaghan made for a very believable love interest, neither a plastic-y, damsel in distress nor an unbelievable "RAWR. Grrl power. I am not trained but I can suddenly pick up a gun and fight" type character that seems to appear in some other movies.
(The chemistry between them was also good despite no removal of clothing)

- BOOM goes the train:
What would you do if you had a minute to live?...

Of course the storyline is not perfect - you need to take a leap of faith when it comes to the pretty "out there" scientific explanations they make, and some parts are a bit too soppy.
(Still, definitely worth a watch)

- Russell Peters makes a cameo! :)
(Look in the background, past Michelle Monaghan's shoulder)
A stand up comedian cameoing as a stand up comedian...

If there's only one thing I took away from the movie though, it's this: Sucks to be you, Sean Fentress.
(LOL. You'll understand after you watch the movie)

Watch it! :) It's exciting yet with some well balanced human moments. Try not to overthink the plausability of the "out there" scienfitic explanations though.

Main characters:
- Jake Gyllenhaal as Colter Stevens
- Michelle Monaghan as Christina Warren
- Vera Farmiga as Colleen Goodwin
- Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Rutledge
- Michael Arden as Derek Frost
- Russell Peters as Max Denoff
- Gordon Masten as Conductor
- Frédérick De Grandpré as Sean Fentress Reflection

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake 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 mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

(Note: Synopsis adapted/borrowed from Rotten Tomatoes, which gave this movie a very good rating of 90% fresh!)

Here's what some others thought of the movie:
- Loyar Burok
- Screen Rant
- Dramatic Durian


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  1. lol good work spotting russell peters!

  2. err.. this movie find it ook ok only loh . .my friend directly curse cheapo production cuz of its repetitive scene. . lol~

  3. there've been quite a few intriguing sci-fi movies lately hor. my favorite recent one is 'the adjustment bureau' (cos it was the most emotionally involving one for me), while 'source code' comes second (felt the ending was too, ermm, happy). but they both rank above the overblown 'limitless' :D

  4. to timing:
    Haha.. Well, it's hard not to recognise him since I really like his stand up comedy :)

    to Taufulou:
    Haha. It's not cheapo lah - it's the concept of this movie. :P
    ... and I guess I just like this kinda movie? :)

    to Sean:
    Ooh, that reminds me - haven't watched Adjustment Bureau yet!
    (Yarr. I felt the ending for Source Code was a bit too Happy-Happy-Hollywood too... but *shrugs* overall forgiveable I guess, bcos I liked the rest of the movie)


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