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"Source Code" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

US Army Helicopter Pilot Colter Stevens (Jake G) wakes up on a Chicago bound commuter train.  The woman sitting across from him appears to know him, but Stevens does not remember a thing. The last thing he remembers is being shot down during battle.  In a panic, Stevens finds his way to the bathroom to discover he is inside the body of another man.  Eight minutes after he woke up the train explodes from a planted bomb and Stevens wakes up again, but this time inside a dark capsule.  A woman, Goodwin, in uniform begins to talk to Stevens in an attempt to bring him back into "reality".  Before he grasps what is going on, Stevens is blasted back onto the train to relive the same 8 minutes from before.  The Source Code is a miltary experiment based on quantum physics that allows a human brain to relive 8 minutes of an event, over and over.  The goal Stevens is tasked with is discovering who planted the bomb before the suspect can do even more harm to the city of Chicago.

Specifications

  • Summit Entertainment
  • 2011, Color, PG-13, 1 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan
  • Directed by Duncan Jones
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Duncan Jones' previous movie, Moon, was expertly crafted so I was excited to check out his second movie, Source Code.  Although not quite as polished and thought provoking as Moon, Source Code is a very enjoyable ride. The movie is relatively short at 93 minutes, so there is not much investment required.  Jake does a pretty good job carrying he movie, but I really enjoyed Vera Farmiga's performance.  Source Code is definitely worth checking out.

Technical

Picture quality on this disc was very solid. I wouldn't put it in a reference quality category, but detail is great, colors are natural and there were no apparent compression artifacts or haloing.  The audio track had quite a bit of energy to it with some great low frequency effects and pretty good use of the surrounds.  The music was presented with a nice full soundstage as well.

Extras

Audio Commentary and a feature called "Access Source Code" which allows the user to view scene specific features and interviews.