Film review: Source Code

To get things back here at the Yatta! blog, we have for you a review of the new film ‘Source Code’ by our good friend, Josh Carson. Take it away Josh!

Source code
Source Code

It follows suit of such films as Unknown and the much appreciated Inception, it is clear to establish that. Such psychological thrillers that involve general mind boggling cliff hangers and the like are spreading like wildfire across the Box Office, usually in the form of metaphysical ganders.

Source Code embodies everything a psychological thriller would usually contain, and balloons them. Every structure created within the Source Code, every character and concept displayed is blossomed by premier acting, divine intervention of key elements to involve the audience and interlaced badassery to boot: This film is a must-watch. It is true, there are a few plotholes, and can be quarelled over whether they are supposed to be there or not, intentional holes for the viewer to fill, but whatever the depiction of such a tragic tale, there is always a sense of suspense. No pell-mell process through the life of the protagonist, or such a misleading tangent in the plotline that is indefinitely present in Unknown, as the film is leant towards fully appreciating what life has instore for you, as well as how to make the difference.

If you have seen the trailer, and already classified it as a generic thriller, the trailer gives away nothing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the cunning mind Colter Stevens creates an unlikely pair with Michelle Monaghan (Christina Warren) through the body of a commuter on a Chicago train. A manic plotline through the eyes of someone reading this review (i.e. You) – but it is safe to say such underlying tremor as sadness, bitterness and pain to potentially save millions from inexorable death creates the needed tension and suspense new films have been longing for.

For graphics and effects, there’s not much to say. It has more of an Assassin’s Creed type feel of relapsing time, Gyllenhaal straying away from the linear roots of his previous roles as canon in Donnie Darko and Prince of Persia, but still manages to pull off the ultimate chill and exhilaration that makes his partnerships with other actors such a tense combination. If there was anything to say about this film which didn’t pride itself, it might have been the sense of ambiguity if lacking in concentration; watching this on a blistering evening would in no way create any proper feel of the emotion and desperation of characters in Source Code.

In summary, granting Source Code an 8.5/10 would bolster its awareness to just how spectacular the film is. The cast is superb; the concept blossoms into something unexpected but amazing, and the uniqueness of the plot earns much needed Kudos: An unforgettable sensation.

Josh Carson


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