The film that would supposedly finally change everyone’s perception of video-game to film adaptations has finally come out and it has been lambasted by everyone, so why not go back in time and look back at the great things Duncan Jones has presented us in the past. Following the fantastic job Jones did on Moon, two years later he released Source Code which embraced the sci-fi genre like no other film out there, dealing with parallel realities, time-warping, plus finding a way to weave in a timely message, Source Code plays like a tense thriller that set the groundwork for Edge of Tomorrow some years later.
Repeating the same eight minutes over and over, director Duncan Jones finds a way to make every minute count, make every identical scene seem different, manipulating the variables that define destiny and bringing forth a fantastic performance from Jake Gyllenhaal who anchors the film. Much like Moon, Source Code is yet another contained story about a man designated to a single location, forced to do the same job over and over again, but because of Jones’s brilliant direction, he’s able to bring forth so many different messages about humanity, mortality, loyalty, and more from what could’ve been a generic action/sci-fi film made on a low budget. Watching this film post the death of David Bowie, the father-son relationship in it really stuck out to me, as it felt like Duncan Jones’s spiritualistic way of seeing goodbye whilst also playing with the film’s concept of changing destiny via alternate realities. Although Duncan Jones brought forth a sense of humanity to this incredible premise, there is a segment on the train towards the end that does go a tad overboard in its depiction of complete happiness, channeling a bit of cheesiness. But, apart from a piece of the ending resembling Joseph Gordon[Levitt’s post-sex scene from 500 Days of Summer, the way Jones brings forth the idealisms of happiness and spearheading your own destiny, Jones succeeds incredibly well in making this contained sci-fi thriller about so much more.
Jake Gyllenhaal is clearly the focus in this film, delivering a grand performance that blows the other five cast-members out of the water. Under-going a fast yet well-developed character-arc, Gyllenhaal plays the evolution of his character extremely well, depicting both the vulnerability and fierceness of his character perfectly. The problem with the film is a really didn’t believe the rest of the characters except for Gyllenhaal’s and Vera Farmiga’s. Aside from them, I never bought in to the relationship that is established with Michelle Monaghan or the silly over-acting from Jeffrey Wright’s part. Plus, the mystery factor of this film revolving the identification of a terrorist which the whole plot-revolves around felt deflated for me because I guessed from minute five who the guy was and even though Jones tries to trick you a few times into thinking its somebody else, I didn’t fall for it and wasn’t surprised when the man responsible was finally revealed. With that said, I had a lot of fun with Source Code ultra-geeky take on the sci-fi genre, as proved yet another incredibly intriguing entry in the genre for director Duncan Jones, leading me to rank the film at a 75 out of 100.