It’s official: Hollywood has run out of ideas. There is little to celebrate with this supposed thriller that about put me to sleep. There is also very little originality as it seems like a patchwork of other, not-so-distant, and not-so-classic science fiction films.
Gyllenhaal plays a helicopter pilot Captain who is the right body size and shape, with other biological similarities like blood-type to be placed inside and control an otherwise lifeless body. This sounds way too much like Avitar, the only difference is that he is not blue, and he is not on another planet, but rather a train in Chicago. The Captain must find the bomber of the train, but is helpless to save anyone as he is only traveling back in time.
Gyllenhaal needs to continue to try to complete his mission after multiple failures creating repeating scenes. These repeating scenes are not funny and do not add suspense. I was almost expecting to hear Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” A la the movie Groundhog Day.
The film that it most resembles is Deja Vu the Denzel Washington sci-fi thriller. Source Code sets itself apart from Deja Vu by being less clever with a weaker plot. It almost feels like Source Code is the terrible sequel to Deja Vu.
Cover of Deja Vu