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Source Code (2011) | Review by Hannah Brooks-Motl

Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Army helicopter pilot Colter Stevens who is played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the newest film from Duncan Jones aka Duncan Zowie Jones aka the son of David Bowie whose first feature was Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, and whose second, Source Code, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as both Army helicopter pilot Colter Stevens and some History teacher named Sean Fentress, who is actually played by a French guy or at least a guy with a long French name and whose bland mug we see exactly twice, fleetingly, when Jake Gyllenhaal the star of Source Code, stares, with his already huge peepers stretched to impossible circumferences, first into a train lavatory mirror and aforementioned possibly French, definitely “attractive” actor looks back, and second, during the insultingly improbable ending, as he grins back at Jake Gyllenhaal, whose star-wattage is best branded as “energy-saving,” from the infamous “bean” in front of the Art Institute of Chicago, the city where Source Code was filmed and whose pretty geometry Duncan Jones lingers pornographically over in the opening of Source Code

which stars Jake Gyllenhaal having one of his better fits of acting as he attempts to convey the seriousness of the existential implications in a plot screenwriter Ben Ripley seems to have cribbed from Groundhog Day, Shutter Island, and all those Iraq war movies no one ever goes to see, except perhaps Duncan Jones aka Duncan Zowie Jones aka the son of David Bowie, the elegance of whose British pedigree not so subtly interacts with the purity of his Hollywood indoctrination, the result of which, in Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as some kind of hastily conceived and “flawed” hero for our undeserving times, means his over-stuffed palette of philosophical tropes, action sequences, stabs at character and dramatic arc, and patriotic master-narratives gets mixed together to produce a kind of shit brown, which is to say healthy enough though messy upon examination and the dull, bodily repetition of which falls to the goofy yet game Jake Gyllenhaal who seems himself to remain in a perpetual state of arrested adolescence, his large thighs encircled in tweenager fat as he hunkers down a train speeding towards

Chicago, a city at once shabby, vainglorious, and cruel, like ambition in poets or mega-fame in parents, and yet whose sad glory Duncan Jones aka Duncan Zowie Jones aka the son of David Bowie seems not to notice as he simply pins its form, as a slightly dumb and over-sized lepidopterist might, to the opening, middle, and end of his movie, Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as semi-dead helicopter pilot Colter Stevens, and Vera Farmiga as the steely Army captain who will not even blink a tough, sexy eyelash as fundamental questions involving the persistence of matter and the existence of multiverse are answered and traversed by a simple Yahoo email account in Source Code, a movie which gives Jake Gyllenhaal multiple opportunities to become complex, and itself numerous exits from which to swerve off the crumbling infrastructure of high-concept “what is reality” plot-ways and yet which settles for the kind of movie “magic” that is as cute, earnest, and smear-offable as the lip gloss of Michelle Monaghan, who is also in Source Code, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Army helicopter pilot Colter Stevens, a…

2 responses

  1. Source Code is a smart, suspenseful Sci-Fi action/thriller which takes the concept behind the hit comedy “Groudhog Day” and mixes it with some Twilight-Zone-Style elements for the post “Inception” era (I know it sounds like a weird hybrid…) and somehow makes it the most exciting and original film I’ve seen this year.

    if you regard cinema as entertainment, you can’t get better than this.

    I loved it!!!!


    April 3, 2011 at 5:49 am

    • mark leidner

      thanks for advertising your blog here again, moviegeek – lol @ “I loved it!!!!”

      April 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

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