Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wide Tube 2.0: Source Code

What would you do if you only had one minute to live? What if you need to re-live the last 8 minutes of a person to witness a painful death over and over again? This is the main plot of Source Code, a sci-fi movie with a twist of time travel and parallel universe concepts.

Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in a train with no memory how he got there. All he knows before is that he was in Afghanistan flying a helicopter and was surprised waking up in a train. The train then explodes after sometime and he wakes up in a sphere-like ship. Upon making some sense of what happened, he suddenly remembers that he is part of a secret government program known as Source Code.

Source Code, according to its creator Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), allows a person to be sent, simulate and/or re-live the last 8 minutes of a person before he died. In this case, Colter is sent to re-live Sean Fentress last 8 minutes to identify who bomb the train to prevent a second possible larger bomb threat. With assistance from Colleen Goodwyn (Vera Farmiga), Colter must identify the bomber so that he can prevent a greater disaster to happen and at the same time save Christina (Michelle Monaghan)

During the beginning of the film you will think that the concept of the Source Code project is about time traveling. But later, you will understand the real concept of the project, that it is an access to alternate reality that any action he takes will not affect the current reality he really is since the time line will be a different one. As Rutledge explains "Source Code is not time travel but is only a time re-assigment".

The movie was able to deliver the concept of alternate reality, with a little twist of time loop, in a unique way. Unlike most time travel or alternate reality themed movies where the protagonist goes back in time, saves the day and goes back to the future and everybody is happy. This movie leaves several alternate realities without preventing the train explosion. The only downside of this movie is I was able to predict the outcome as Colter tries to save the train one last time.

I will give this 8 out 10 rating because the movie keeps repeating an 8 minute scene for almost the duration of the entire movie. LOL! Another notable appearance in the movie is stand-up comedian Russell Peters doing some sketch at the end of the movie.
All images came from Internet Movie Data Base

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