It’s almost like Deja Vu, but the character goes back more than once.
Source Code begins immediately with a mystery as Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in a body that’s not his on a train he is unfamiliar with. Before he is able to figure anything out, the train explodes. Stevens then wakes up in a type of advanced capsule and is in communication with military officials. Stevens finds out that the train was actually destroyed a long time ago and the military is using a program called the Source Code that allows him to enter the world of someone on the train for the last eight minutes of their lives.
After learning this, Stevens begins to wonder why he can’t leave the capsule and the film begins to balance two mystery plots, who blew up the train and what is really going on with the military not allowing Stevens to leave the capsule.
The story of Source Code works extremely well. The film balances these two plots, both of which having a different setting with completely different characters in a way that keeps the audience invested the entire time. The story has a mystery that will keep you guessing on what will happen and makes it very interesting to watch.
The two main story threads lead to a great climax that at first seems a bit confusing, but still does the job. In a way, the film was almost like a sci fi version of “Groundhogs Day,” in that the character keeps going back to the same moment and is able to control what goes on more and more every time he goes back. This was amazingly well done in an action movie with the setting only being a train.
Colter Stevens is a great lead character, He is easy to follow since both him and the audience don’t know what is going on. Also, he has a likable personality and his cynical attitude really makes him easy to get invested in.
Helping the character is Gyllenhaal, one of the best up and coming actors in Hollywood. Gyllenhaal brings a balance to the character, bringing both a sense of urgency in wanting to save the train and his frustrations with the military.
Michelle Monaghan is good in the movie also starring as the love interest to Stevens, Christina Warren. The military officials Colleen Goodwin (Farmiga) and Dr. Rutledge (Wright), are also good, since there’s always some secrecy surrounding them, adding to suspense.
Overall, Source Code is a fantastic, thrilling sci-fi mystery. It has a great lead character and a good supporting cast along with a good way to keep the audience from knowing what’s going to happen next. The terrorist plot line was a little bit generic however it doesn’t hurt the movie too much. High 4 out of 5.