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Source Code is one mind bending ride

April 16th, 2011  |  Published in New Reels

After the superb Moon, Duncan Jones’ follow up film was always going to be a tough one but he’s pulled it off marvellously with Source Code.

Source CodeThe new movie from the director of the superb Moon, Duncan Jones, is Source Code – a Hitchcock / sci-fi meld that makes you think and also really entertains.

Jones proved with Moon that he knows about great actors and following in the footsteps of the mercurial Sam Rockwell in that movie, he’s gathered together a top flight cast here – who else could portray the bright-as-a-button Captain Colter Stevens but the gifted and smartĀ Jake Gyllenhaal; if you need a solid and focused actor to play Rutledge (the scientist behind the ‘Source Code‘ a device that allows a person to go back in time for just 8 key minutes), you can do no better than Jeffrey Wright.

And the real humdinger of a relationship in the film wasn’t for me between Colter and Christina (though nicely played by Michelle Monaghan) but between Colter and the initially by-the-book but increasingly empathetic Goodwin, played with real subtlety and grace by Vera Farmiga. It was the centre of the film and although never in the same room together, theirs was the strongest connection in the movie for me.

It’s a really intelligent, exciting movie. What’s your next one Mr Jones?

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