Source Code (2011)

Director: Duncan Jones

Writer: Ben Ripley

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

 

Story This starts when Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a train head to Chicago. He has no idea how he got there and why he is sat opposite Christina (Monaghan) who keeps referring to him as Shawn. Starting to panic a bomb goes off, Colter wakes up strapped to a chair in a closed capsule.

 

Colleen Goodwin (Farmiga) is in charge of Colter who is in the Source Code run by Beleaguered Castle. Colter is being set back into the same eight minutes to locate a bomb and the bomber. Each time he returns a different piece of the puzzle is revealed, both in the train time line and in Colter present time. Can Colter figure out what is happening in both time zones before it is too late? Watch this action thriller for all your answers.

 

Verdict Coming from director Duncan Jones who bought us the brilliant Moon, his second outing it an edge of your seat thriller ride with just as many twists and turns to keep you guessing from start to finish. Even though the movie is pretty much the same eight minutes with slightly different outcome each time this is a movie that keeps you involved from start to finish. Some twists are small while others are huge. For action thrillers this could well be the best this year and will be enjoyed by all.

 

Story Mark 10/10 Keeps you guessing all the way through.

 

Action Mark 9/10 Thriller side is real edge of your seat.

 

Character Development Mark 10/10 Only real focus is on Colter Stevens but you seem to learn more about him as the story unfolds.

 

Star Performances Jake Gyllenhaal strong lead performances without looking like the big action star.

 

Favourite Character Colter Stevens reluctant hero of the train but real hero in his life.

 

Best Part Some of the twists unfolding.

 

Worst Part Hard to say but I guess being picky the ending is a bit to Hollywood.

 

Fun Trivia Duncan Jones using the song ‘The One and Only’ by Chesney Hawkes as a ring tone much like in Moon is was an alarm for Sam.

 

Similar Too – Twelve Monkeys, Moon

 

My Rating 93%

 

The Thing (1982)

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: Bill Lancaster

Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat

 

Story Set in Antarctica a small base filled with scientist, there peaceful environment is interrupted by a Norwegian helicopter chasing a husky. After the helicopter lands one man comes out with a gun and starts shooting aiming for the dog, not very well shooting one of the scientists before being killed himself. Another man falls out the helicopter dropping some dynamite blowing up the helicopter and himself.

 

R.J. MacReady Mac for short (Russell) goes to investigate the base of the Norwegian only to find the place has been burnt out and what looks like a deformed body burnt outside. Upon further investigation Mac finds a block of ice half melted inside the base.

 

Back at the home base the husky from the beginning has been wondering around all day but is forced to stay with the over huskies. With the people gone the dog soon starts changing shape shifting trying to use the other dogs. The scientists catch it during the process. Grab the flamethrower to dispose of the creature; is that the only creature on the base? Isolated tension between the scientist’s rises no one knows who to trust, who is still human? What is the creature?

Verdict This horror film is considered one of the best films of all time. And after watching again just yesterday this film just doesn’t seem to age. It is truly a brilliant film the tension through out is full blown edge of your seat stuff. Each character has hints they could be one of the creatures but just after you start thinking it one character you are more convinced it is another. John Carpenter is one of the masters of horror and this is a strong contender to be his best having Halloween in there to makes it hard to pick his best. If you a horror fan you watch this movie, if you a film fan in general you should watch this movie.

 

Story Mark 10/10 Many films have tried to copy the simple ideas this one uses to brilliant effect, this would be the best of the ones with the same story.

 

Action Mark 9/10 Explosions, flamethrowers all against an snow storm background.

 

Horror Mark 10/10 The shock values brilliant the fear given to the characters works to great effect, isolated in the middle of Antarctica no where to run against a deadly creature.

 

Special Effects Mark 10/10 No CGI just old fashion brilliant special effects.

 

Star Performances Kurt Russell great lead performance able to keep calm through out all the panic.

 

Favourite Character Childs (David) seems to be level headed but also looks ready to snap at any time

 

Best Part One of the characters who has died head comes off turning into a creature and tries to sneak off.

 

Worst Part Nothing

 

Best Quote Clark ‘I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.’

 

Fun Trivia John Carpenter has stated that of all his films this is his personal favourite.

 

Similar Too – Well only comparing this to worse movies in Whiteout, The Thing (2011)

 

My Rating 94%