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Movie Review: Source Code

Alternate Title: Somewhere in Time

Story: If you could turn back time - what would you do? Colter Stevens' mission is to go back in time to the eight minutes before a deadly train wreck outside of Chicago and figure out who did it and how he can prevent an even worse inevitable dirty bomb tragedy from occurring. Huh, you say? Don't panic - it is really easy to follow. Through the military's use of a 'source code' they are able to harness the energy of an event in a person's life and via the consciousness of another, enter that event and hopefully change it or manipulate it to advantage.

The film was deftly directed by Duncan Jones and written by Ben Ripley. It is fast-paced, lively and thoroughly entertaining. Are there some plot holes? For sure - but given the overriding interesting themes they are easy to forgive.

Do you have to understand quantum physics to get the plot? Nah - having watched an episode or two of Star Trek would be enough.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkTrG-gpIzE

Acting: Jake Gyllenhaal as Colter Stevens is a terrific action hero. Totally believable.Michelle Monaghan as Christina, the love interest is delightfully innocent and cute. Vera Farmiga as Colleen Goodwin is fine as in the always good, Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Rutledge.

Predilection: I like films that deal with the time - space continuum

Trivia: Director Duncan Zowie Hayward Jones is the son of David Bowie and Angela Bowie. He was his father's best man at his 1992 wedding to Iman. Writer Ben Ripley grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A cum laude graduate of Stanford University and an honors graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, he sold his first screenplay in 2002. Since then he has worked steadily in the genres of horror, thriller and science fiction. His credits include Species III and Species: The Awakening. He developed Source Code from an original idea, and the film marks his first theatrically released project.

Critters: None

Food: Spilled coffee

Sex Spectrum: A kiss

Blatant Product Placement: Dunkin Donuts

Soundtrack: Unremarkable

Opening Titles: A short sequence featuring overhead images of Chicago and the train wreck which will be seen again and again.

Theater Audience: Six other people on an early Friday showing. Two senior citizens were screaming about stolen seats before the film began. Not sure, other than total insanity what the fuss was all about since the theater was almost empty.

Weather: Lovely

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: This is recommended for the big screen.

Length: 95 minutes.