I think I just made a rewatch-and-review category for my blog. For my second post, I rewatched Source Code, a 2011 science fiction thriller film directed by Duncan Jones starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The first I watched this was with my Mandaluyong housemates on my birthday weekend. The film contains science fiction themes (or reminiscent of themes) that I liked: time travel, time loops, time viewing, alternate history, parallel universes. I was one happy birthday boy.
Army Captain Colter (Gyllenhaal) finds himself disoriented in the train and eight minutes later the train exploded. It tuned out that Colter just relieved the last minutes of a train explosion victim and he is on a mission under the supervision of an agency to find out who caused the explosion. He then repeats the process until the mission is complete. Will he complete his mission in time when every minute counts?
I was reminded of various science fiction works when I first saw this and this recent rewatch. The relieving of another consciousness reminds me of the television series Quantum Leap (1989-1993) including the mirror effect. While the time loop effect is reminiscent of the film Groundhog Day (1993), the main plot of this film is reminiscent of the television series Seven Days (1998-2001).
My recent rewatch clarified questions that lingered when I first saw this film in 2011. That Colter is actually inhabiting the body of Sean Fentress (the explosion victim) of an alternate timeline. The “Source Code” is using the input from Fentress’s memories to access a similar alternate timeline that branched off. This reminds me of my recent read Dark Matter.
What would you do if you were given a second chance? In this movie, Colter was given the chance to speak with his father even if he can’t say his true situation. I find this touching.
Colter Stevens: Christina, what would you do if you knew you had less than one minute to live?
Christina Warren: I’d make those seconds count.
Quick rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 4.5 out of 5. (I very much loved this.)
Next on “Rewatch and Review”: Looper (2012).