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Source Code (2011)

other than knowing that it was a recent movie, i didn't really know anything about it. what prompted me to see it was the recommendation of someone whose taste in movies i generally respect, so i figured it was worth a shot.

and yeah, i liked the movie a lot. i mean, it was essentially a variant on the Quantum Leap concept, but it pulled it off pretty successfully. it had a lot of facets to manage and for the most part it balanced all of them very well - the actual Main Plot crisis interweaved with all of the character development fairly naturally, all of the characters, even the smallest incidental ones, were natural and believable, and all of the subplots and the motivations behind them flowed pretty well within the movie structure. As a result, i felt pretty immersed and attached to the story and the characters in a way that doesn't usually grab me in movies in the same way that television usually does.

There were a few annoyances that i couldn't get out of my head as i was watching. One was that for a mission that had such a high degree of time sensitivity and urgency to it, they didn't really treat it as that time sensitive. As in, they should have given Colter all of the information that he needed to succeed in his mission from the outset as opposed to waiting to give him certain key information gradually as the plot evolved. The holding back of information made the most sense from a viewer-immersion standpoint but not from a practical urgency standpoint.

The second annoyance that i had was in the pseudo-twist ending. There was a place where the movie should have ended, and right at that place is where the twist was introduced. It's hard to talk about it without spoiling the movie, but suffice it to say that despite the already established sci-fi elements, the movie went so out of its way to establish that such a twist *wasn't* plausible that the introduction of that twist seemed to come out of nowhere. It also had a flaw in it that will likely never be explored in that eventually the world could be filled entirely of Captain Colter's consciousness with no one the wiser when the Quantum Leap paradigm makes more sense. The twist should have given the twist ending results to Sean the teacher, not Colter the military man.

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shazamaramack
Nov. 19th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
I agree that the twist ending was awful, but my biggest annoyance: why was it called source code?!? I didn't know anything about the movie other than the name and so I thought it might be about programming. I liked the movie, but the name makes no sense.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 19th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
yeah, i'll agree with that too, that it seemed like the title of the movie and the name of the project was just a good Name that didn't really relate to what the project was all about. you'd think that it would have been more computer programmy in nature, even if it was about the programming of the human brain or human emotion or whatever, but that wasn't what the Source Code was about at all.
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lifeofmendel
Nov. 21st, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'm planning on it, maybe over thanksgiving.
againstathorn
Nov. 22nd, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this movie as well.
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