Film #324: SOURCE CODE
3 out of 5 stars
OK, I’ll be honest… there is 2/3 of a pretty interesting movie in SOURCE CODE. The premise is unique. The execution is competent. The acting is solid. But then, we reach a point in the film where it EASILY could have ended… and then the script takes a HARD turn toward sentimentality, a dopey love angle, and some VERY wonky science. Gyllenhall does a good job as does Vera Farmiga. Michelle Monaghan does what she’s there to do: look cute and be engaging. But again… that last act is so blatantly tacked-on and ridiculous that it sours the fascinating first two thirds of the film’s run time. SOURCE CODE’s idea in fact would have made a terrific TWILIGHT ZONE or NIGHT GALLERY episode, but as a film, it overstays its welcome and drifts into heavy-handedness. It’s still worth the rental, but… just go in knowing that the film dummies up toward the end.