Source Code

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

You have to feel for Duncan Jones. Not only does he have to escape the shadow cast by dad David Bowie but there’s also pressure on the director to follow up award-winning debut Moon with a film that proves he’s not just a flash in the pan.

Unfortunately for Jones, Source Code leaves you with more questions than answers about his ability.

Yes, it’s well paced and well acted but it also features some of the clunkiest exposition you’ll experience all year.

The plot sees airman Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wake up on a Chicago-bound train inside the body of another man. A big explosion later, Stevens discovers he is part of a US military initiative that – thanks to something called the source code – can place a soldier inside someone for the last eight minutes of their life.

The airman’s mission is to discover who is responsible for blowing up the train and stop them. Making things more complicated is the presence of sexy fellow commuter Christina (Monaghan) whom Colter falls for. With Gyllenhaal in fine form, Source Code is a decent enough ride until revelations about what the “source code” actually is quickly derails the film.


Good for: Blowing stuff up.

Watch the trailer for Soure Code here:


-Pierre de Villiers