Trailer Tuesday: Source Code
Oh boy, judging by early buzz, sci-fi thriller Source Code could be this year's Inception - a brainy techno-blockbuster that keeps you mentally stimulated, and constantly teetering on the edge of your seat.
Sounding like a combination of Deja Vu, 12 Monkeys, Groundhog Day and maybe even a touch of Battlestar Galactica, Source Code is essentially a time travel mystery. Jake Gyllenhaal's airforce captain, Colter Stevens, is recruited for an experiment (known as the Source Code) where he is inserted into the body of another man 8 minutes before that man dies in a horrific train bombing. It's up to Colter to identify the terrorist responsible for the attack, meaning Colter has to repeatedly relive the 8 minutes preceding the incident. His observatory mission is complicated though when he finds himself falling for fellow commuter Michelle Monaghan. Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright round out the cast as officials running the Source Code programme.
Source Code is the latest film from British director (and David Bowie's son, incidentally) Duncan Jones. Jones previously helmed the highly acclaimed cult hit Moon, and now it seems Source Code is garnering similar praise. Having screened a few weeks ago at the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas, Source Code has already racked up an excellent 80% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film could easily be one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year - it certainly popped up on my radar out of nowhere.
Source Code releases on 1 April in North America. Unfortunately, South Africans have a long wait to see the film, which only opens locally on 17 June.