Written by Robin Bell
A few weeks ago I blogged about Scream 4. All that really needs to be said about that film is that it's not as bad as 3, but not up there with the first one. To be fair a good 'stab is made, at resurrecting what is, I'm afraid, a tired idea.
Now a film that REALLY deserves your attention is the movie Source Code. I wrote a blog on this last week only for computer to delete it, not even keeping the source code for the final eight minutes of the file memory. (That may be an in joke too far, you'll understand when you see the film).
Duncan Jones is a name that has featured on this blog before - he's the son of the great David Bowie and gave us an exclusive interview to promote his debut film Moon in 2009 (phenomenal film, read the blog here). Source Code is his first foray into the Hollywood mainstream with big name actor Jake Gyllenhaal on board.
It's always a worry when an independent film maker moves into the mainstream; will their artistry be diluted as they are shoehorned into what producers want? No such problems here as Source Code is bristling with an independent vision. Ideas burst out all the way through the film, with plot twists and revelations pulled out of the proverbial magicians hat at regular periods.
The film takes place over eight minutes on a train before a bomb is due to go off. To say anymore would be to ruin all the surprises in store for you. It's kind of like Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day - but that's massively underselling it. There is so much going on - and this makes it all the more entertaining to see what Duncan Jones will make next. I'll be going to watch it for sure, whilst I may give Scream 5 a miss.