Moon, in my opinion, is one of the best Sci-Fi films of all time. It’s original, well acted, well scripted, and I find it very gripping. The only problem with a film like Moon is that it’s one of those films that’s so good you come under the impression that the director could do no wrong. However, most of the time they end up making stinkers. Luckily, this was not the case for Duncan Jones. Moon was his first movie, replacing outer space with a train and Sam Rockwell with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jones then brought us Source Code.
Does that sound familiar? If it does, I’m guessing you’re a fan of the classic Sci-Fi show Quantum Leap, which Duncan Jones openly admit was a huge influence on the film. Quantum Leap revolved around a quantum physicist from the near future who becomes lost in time after a time travelling experiment, and temporarily takes over the bodies of other people to put right what went wrong. In fact, Scott Bakula, the star of the show, has a cameo in the film and utters his catchphrase from the show, “Oh boy!”
Now I won’t lie: When I watched this, I spent the first 30 minutes thinking “This is bullshit”. However, once I finally began to understand everything that was happening, I started to really enjoy it.
My only complaint is the film’s ending. Whilst they could’ve closed on a great shot of Colter and Christina, they chose to add an extra 5 minutes of absolutely pointless ending details. The film would’ve been fine without that last little bit. But still, it’s only a minor complaint.
Overall, with its interesting concept and decent cast, Source Code is an hour and a half of enjoyable Sci-Fi fun, yet retains its seriousness all throughout.
Watch Source Code Friday 10th May on Film4 (UK only) at 21:00. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!