A Look Inside The Source Code: Movie Review

Source Code

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Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has the reputation of being a “mind boggler,” or as Wikipedia  alternatively calls it, a techno-thriller, even compared to the popular Inception film. Whatever the case, Source Code is sure to grab your attention!

Storyline Overview

The plot would seem fairly complex and disorienting at first glance, though it’s actually quite the opposite. All elements within the film are explained, though they may leave movie-watcher’s with a “What did I just see?” mentality. The film is about a man named Colter Stevens, a U.S. military captain who was stationed in Afghanistan. When he wakes up, however, he finds himself in unfamiliar territory – on a train en route to Chicago. And that’s not the half of it, there’s also a woman across from him named Christina Warren, who refers to him as Sean. Suddenly a man pops open a bottle of soda and a woman spills coffee on Colter’s shoe – today is definitely not his day. Anxiously, the Captain quickly explains his name is not Sean, and proceeds to the bathroom, leaving Christina with the impression that he’s gone insane. What he finds in the bathroom mirror is another man’s face, and a wallet that is not his own. He rushes out, now more confused than ever. Christina confronts him, saying “Everything is going to be alright” – a phrase the audience will be hearing a lot of. However, the opposite is true. The next moment, the rear passenger car erupts in flames, then their own, blowing up into oblivion – now Colter finds himself in what looks like a sci-fi ship’s escape pod with an LCD screen on the wall which soon flickers to life, as well as woman’s voice saying, “Welcome back Captain Stevens.” One or two “freak-out’s” later, Colter discovers he’s in a military program called the Source Code, designed to gather intel from the brain waves of the deceased and recreate their experiences [for eight minutes] in another dimension utilizing a host brain – that’s the Captain. He has been given the mission to discover the location of a bomb, as well as it’s owner. If he fails, he’ll simply be sent back to try again and again – this takes up roughly three fourths of the movie. Once Stevens has gathered the needed information, a team will be sent out to arrest the bomber, successfully preventing mass-scale destruction. Attempt after attempt, Colter learns more about himself and the people who he is working for – ultimately discovering that he died in an Afghanistan air raid. Which leaves both the audience and the protagonist wondering: what’s next? Will the captain live on somehow in the Source Code, or will he be terminated forever? That’s what you’ll have to find out.

General Analysis & Christian – Family Perspective

The Source Code is exceptionally thrilling, and the mysterious elements behind it ingeniously maintains the audiences’ attention-span, despite technological and philosophical jargon. It is a movie that keeps you on your toes, and engages its viewers every moment. The only deterrents for me, which are great indeed, were spiritually motivated. Christina mentions that she received “really good advice” from Sean (the man whose identity Stevens is assuming), which involves “finding herself” among guru’s in India. That is only one tiny observation, however. The real issue for Christians would be the film’s basis – entailing alternate dimensions (and the alternate lives therein), as well as the relativity of death and life, not to mention the presence of fate. Each and every belief imposed must be taken with a grain of salt, and other than a few acts of seeming selflessness, Source Code has little Christian relevancy or redeeming qualities. For families, this movie is quite borderline in some areas, concerning young audiences. I’d suggest taking the PG-13 rating as is, and not bring kids 12 and under to the film. With a madman bomber, a bloody fist fight or two, the intense presence of death, confusing technological jargon, and various other elements, it is intended for a mature audience.

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Posted on 05/22/2011, in All-Things-Reviews, Christianity, Movie Reviews, Post-A-Day {2011}, Technology and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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