Source Code (2011)
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Running time: 93 minutes
Hello and welcome to part 2 of “I’m sorry that my interwebs were being crap!” review sesh. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you clearly haven’t read my Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides review, so why don’t you go do that. The rest of you, let’s just skip the intro and hop to it shall we?
Now Showing this week is the film Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Duncan Jones (who directed the fantastic film Moon). Basic premise, Jake Gyllenhaal plays soldier Colter Stevens who is being forced by the government to relive the last eight minutes of a man’s life who was killed in a terrorist bombing on a train, in the hopes that he might be able to discover who was responsible for the attack. He is reliving this man’s demise through a piece of technology known only as the Source Code (oh, I see what they did there!) which they describe as a piece of technology that is able to digitize the residual electrical activity left in the human brain after death and the result is a sort of security camera recording of that individual person’s last eight minutes. The Source Code can then send a person into that memory and they can then wander around the scenario and discover what happened that the forensics teams could not. While inside the machine, he falls for a lady on the train and therefore he tries to find a way to save her.
Now, the film assumes that it’s audience are morons because those of us who aren’t morons would have already realised that what I just explained to you doesn’t make any sense. I know that there is a degree to which we must suspend our disbelief in science fiction films, and the explanation of residual electricity in the brain and gaining a recording of the last moments that person witnessed makes a little sense. That’s all well and good. But there is no explanation, nor could they possibly make one, to explain how the hell that that recording stretches to being able to make an open world that Stevens can walk around in and see things that the real man did not see. The scientists in the film use the security camera analogy so I shall as well. In their logic, the human brain recalls events like if a security camera in a petrol station was able to not only record what it was pointing at but also what was happening one hundred meters behind it! See my point, that makes no sense! Sure Stevens could go in and re-witness the eight minutes leading up to the train bombing, but it would just be like watching a film and he certainly would not be able to go around and see something that the real man didn’t see. So please good people, explain to me how any government organization would deem anything gained from this piece of technology as tangible evidence?!
Have any of you seen the film Deja Vu? Source Code reminds me a lot of Deja Vu in the sense that it has a science fiction premise of using technology to observe the past in order to catch the perpetrator of a terrorist attack, but during the process the main character also falls for a woman killed in the attack and tries to find a way to use the technology to save her. Ok, scratch that, it doesn’t remind me a lot of Deja Vu, it’s freakin’ exactly the same as Deja Vu! And like Deja Vu it made this grave mistake: it ignores it’s own logic. I won’t say how Source Code does that for the sake of spoilers but to give you an idea in Deja Vu they say that you can’t use the time machine to change the past and guess what he does. Yeah, you guessed it.
I guess I need to leave this one there given there isn’t much more I can say about this film without going into spoilers. The acting is good if it’s any consolation, Gyllenhaal and his supporting cast all play there roles very well. And the romantic subplot is believable which is nice to see in a movie these days. But given the plot has more holes in it then Swiss cheese and unlike a RedTube video none of these holes get filled with anything, the film is just plain stupid. Enough said.
See you next time!