'Source Code' Review: Why It's a Must-See

Sally Mercedes
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Source Code movie stillAmidst the mediocre to awful releases so far this year, Source Code stands out as one worth watching. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the movie is best described as a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, where Gyllenhaal's character must relive a train explosion until he figures out who the bomber is. It doesn't sound particularly original or exciting, but maybe we should all have a more open mind.

So what is it that makes this movie stand out? Check out the reviews for Source Code to find out.

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly:

Each repetition of unfolding events, altered as Stevens gains a finer understanding of his surroundings, is a nifty little scenario, held together by nimble work from Gyllenhaal. [...] As a result, we care about Stevens more and more [...].

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

What we have here [...] is something that looks like hard science fiction. That's a threatened genre. Movies with plots are threatened in general; much modern "science fiction" involves blowing stuff up. The good classic sci-fi involved starting with an idea and exploring its implications.

David Edelstein, New York Magazine:

Those who inexplicably convinced themselves that Matt Damon and Emily Blunt had romantic chemistry in The Adjustment ­Bureau should check out true heat, courtesy of Gyllenhaal’s unblinking baby blues and Michelle Monaghan’s irrepressible glow.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:

A good science fiction movie will let you forget it’s sci-fi, focusing on characters, their humanity and their quest. [...] That happens with “Source Code,” an adorably preposterous concept becomes far less important than the compelling journey these characters take and the sympathetic actors who insist, with their performances, that we come along for the ride.

In Source Code, we have a sci-fi movie that stays true -- for the most part -- to its classic sci-fi background while still appealing to those who aren't typically sci-fi fans. It's the best of both worlds!

On top of that, it has a combination that we haven't seen in many movies so far this season: good acting and chemistry, an interesting plot, and pure entertainment. It's a good thing critics are used to having a greater perspective than I do, because their B+ and 4-out-of-5-stars ratings were enough to make me jump for joy given the stuff we've been watching the last few months. Three full months into the year, and we finally have a movie I don't want to miss.

Have the reviews convinced you to watch Source Code this weekend?

 

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