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Source Code

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Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
7.60 /10
Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan
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Directed by: Duncan Jones
Written by: Ben Ripley

Released: 2011
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 93

Dim-witted thriller.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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David Bowie’s son, formerly Zowie Bowie but now rejoicing in the more sedate name of Duncan Jones, impressed with his indie sci-fi debut Moon. So I had great hopes of his second, Source Code, a big-budget sci-fi suspenser that sends a soldier (Jake Gyllenhaal, pictured left) to foil a terrorist who will blow up first a train and then downtown Chicago if he is not stopped.

Jake has only eight minutes to spot the bomber; the good news is that he can relive those eight minutes over and over again (like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day) until he finds the solution.

The bad news is that the science behind why he can do this is so poorly if laboriously explained, and the disappointingly tame happy ending so obviously contrived, that the best way to enjoy Ben Ripley’s ultimately nonsensical script is to suspend one’s critical faculties altogether.

Even worse news is that director Tony Scott made a slightly better movie in 2006 with Denzel Washington, called Deja Vu, which covered virtually identical ground rather more excitingly.

Source Code isn’t without its entertaining moments but it’s a waste of its intriguing set-up, a bright director and a superior cast, which includes Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan (pictured right0 and Jeffrey Wright, all of whom deserved roles that had more depth and made more sense.

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