"Groundhog Day meets Bourne – a surprising match made in heaven"
Trailers are a strange commodity in the art of cinema. With a little bit of clever editing, they’re able to deliver the promise of hilarity, action, suspense and instill the kind of faith that makes the average viewer think “I simply HAVE to see this movie”. On a worryingly frequent basis, the trailer has ended up being the best part of the film – I can’t remember how many times I’ve told my friends about an incredible film they simply have to watch after seeing three minutes of awesomeness, only to leave the cinema £10 down and with my tail firmly between my legs. There are times however, where a trailer served the purpose nature intended – setting you up just enough to be interested, before the film itself delivers in full.
It is my great pleasure to say that ‘Source Code’ falls firmly into the latter category. Suffice to say if you’ve seen the trailer you get the gist of the film – courtesy of some weird science, Jake Gyllenhaal, aka Captain Colter Stevens relives the same eight minutes over and over in an effort to find out the perpetrator of a terrorist attack on a commuter train, and prevent further disaster.
And that folks, is that – I’m not going to give the game away by rabbiting on anymore. Suffice it to say that ‘Source Code’ fully delivers on the promise of the trailer, and much much more. It’s an incredibly intriguing film from a geek perspective, and yes while the ending might be a little bit Hollywood for some peoples’ liking, I personally thought it was quite a neat little way to end a film that in no uncertain terms had been original, exciting and more than a little thought provoking – certainly you’ll start to consider the consequences of your actions a lot more after watching this one.