Source Code: Film #32 of Film 365

Wednesday 27th April 2011

Director: Duncan Jones
Year: 2011
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Well, this was a nice surprise. As I read more and more reviews of this, I became more convinced I wanted to see it. But I was still a little sceptical that it would run away with the plot too much, and just be entirely unconvincing. So what a lovely surprise it was to watch a film that was actually cleverer than it seemed to think it was. Usually the reverse is the case.

Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) is a soldier who is sent back in time, to when a train blows up, in order to try and find the man who has bombed the train. There's a lot more to the story than that, but that's all you really need to know to get a sense of the movie.

Every time I thought there was a gaping plot hole here, the movie answered my question. It's a neat, tidy thriller with a satisfying ending. It'll probably hurt your brain a bit, but in a good way.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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