J: I don't mind seeing Michelle Monaghan in movies and Jake is quickly catching Clive Owen for my man crush. Decent enough cast and well directed.
The story of Source Code revolves around Jake Gyllenhaal's character Colter Stevens, who suddenly wakes up on a train heading to Chicago, halfway in the middle of a conversation with Christina (Michelle Monaghan). As he catches a glimpse of his reflection in the window, he rushes to the bathroom, and upon seeing himself in the mirror realises that he is in another body, that of school teacher Sean. Soon after the train explodes, and he wakes up gasping in his original body.
You might think that repeating 8 minutes over and over could be an excuse to reuse shots and dialogue, but thankfully Jones has managed to change camera angles and use other tricks like slow motion to keep the same parts of the film different. This is well supported by the actors. Although Jake Gyllenhaal essentially does something different each time, credit goes to Michelle Monaghan and the others on the train for acting the same each jump but subtly different depending on Colter's actions. Gyllenhaal himself delivers a solid performance as a freaked-out but likable military type, out to do the right thing.
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I really didn't like the ending. I was with the flick the whole way through but then when the ending hit I was extremely disappointed. But not really enough to stop me from watching it again.
All in all, the original story, slick fast-paced directing, and solid acting all come together to form a great sci-fi action flick. The flaws are pretty easily forgotten when you realise you have been taken on an entertaining romp, and as such I give Source Code 7.5 "Jake Gyllenhaal's stubble" out of 10.
Well summed up Tommy D. I really enjoyed it too. Jake is solid in this and as mentioned above, the repeating scene doesn't seem to repeat at all. A very clever idea and extremely well implemented. 7 out of 10 for me.