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Source Code Film Freak Movie Review + 1st 5 Minutes

Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on a mission, only he doesn’t even know it.  He awakens on a morning train commute & quickly discovers he’s taken over another man’s body.  Why is he here? Who are these people?  What the heck is-BOOOOOOM!!! Lights out.  Train explodes.  It’s a tough eight minutes & that’s the essence of  “Source Code.”  It’s a top secret military program allowing soldiers to inhabit a person’s brain & relive the last 8 minutes of their life.

Captain Stevens gets his briefing from his knockout military liasion, Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga).  Now the mission is brutal but clear:  Locate the bomber to prevent further terrorist attacks.  It really is like Groundhog Day, only it’s intensely  Sci-Fi with zero humor.

With every 8-minute failure, Stevens gets closer & closer to preventing this tragedy.  Along for the ride is, (Christina Warren) Michelle Monaghan.  The flirtations become more informative, eight minutes at a time.  But hey, in a parallel reality anything’s possible right?  No spoilers here.

Director Duncan Jones is sure to leave an abundance of clues.  If you’d like to figure it all out, all you have to do is watch seemingly random shots ordinary objects & normal passengers.  There’s mostly information with little disinformation to throw us off track.

In an effort to re-create a different explosion experience on film every time, the special effects grew more & more fake. This type of time-travel film has a polarizing effect on the audience.  I loved “Groundhog Day,” but I could watch Bill Murray be funny all day, that’s just me.  As for “Source Code,” it just seemed like 8-minutes of film spread out & regurgitated over 2 hours.  Not all of  it was nail-biting, there was a lot of looking at my watch thinking one thing: After this is over, should I pick up Chinese take out or pizza?

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World Premiere of ‘Source Code’ opens 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival

World Premiere of ‘Source Code’ to open the

2011 South by Southwest Film Festival

Stars Jake GyllenhaalVera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, and director Duncan Jones will be in attendance for the world premiere of ‘Source Code’ which will kick off the movie portion of the South by Southwest Festival.

SXSW, which also includes music and tech fests in the proudly unique Texas capital, has become an important showcase for cutting-edge entertainment.  ‘Source Code’ directed by David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, is a mind bending thriller that exemplifies all aspects of SXSW.

About the movie…

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 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.

Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, ‘Source Code’ is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) also starring Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera  Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana).

U.S. Release via Summit Entertainment, April 1, 2011.

Rated PG-13. Visit http://www.enterthesourcecode.com/

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