Friday, April 1, 2011


Guest blogger Liz Parker is back from an advance screening of "Source Code" staring Jake Gyllenhaal.  Does this sc-fi leave you on the edge of your seat or the edge of misery? Let's read what Liz thinks...

With some movies, if you try analyzing the science behind them, you'll find that it may not match up with "rules" the movie has previously set for itself. "Source Code" is one of those films, but it still manages to provide a detailed story that will not fail to entertain its audiences.

Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal, "Love and Other Drugs") wakes up on a train in the body of someone named Sean. A woman called Christina (Michelle Monaghan, "Due Date") is sitting across from him, and appears to know him. Stevens has no idea what is going on. Eight minutes later, the train blows up, and he is bounced back to "reality," a small, confined space where a woman (Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air") is asking him how his mission went. He is soon told that this train blew up at 7:30am CST this morning near Chicago, and a second attack is imminent; they need his help to go into the "source code" that a scientist (Jeffrey Wright, "Cadillac Records") has created and find both the bomb and the bomber. The train bombing itself cannot be prevented but the next attack might be, if he can find the bomber in time.

Yes, see this film. This movie kind of reminded me of "Groundhog Day," if that film had been sci-fi. It was definitely interesting, and Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job as the main character in the film, as well as Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan as his co-stars. The movie was definitely intriguing, and as Gyllenhaal's character learns more about his "mission" and what actually happened to him in his real life that placed him in this position, the plot gets more and more complex. The ending is a bit of a mind-bender but it is one that I definitely enjoyed.

"Source Code" is in theaters today, April 1st.

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Liz Parker is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan. She currently works as an Assistant Medical Editor for a pathology website. Visit her at her movie blog Yes/No Films
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