Average User Score: 7.6May 16, 2011This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I just don't understand all the positives for this movie at all.
There are some plus points, as a story about the mental makeup of the main chafachter it works, as a kind of suspense movie it sort of works, unfortunately that is all the positive I could come up with.
That is vastly outweighed by the negative. Whenever you set about telling a story in the science fiction genre you have two options, either to go all out on the fiction or to root it in reality, this movie has everthing rooted in reality from the present day(ish) setting to present day computers and issues. For a movie based like that the science simply has to be plausable. Not only is the science of Source Code implausable but it is actually impossible.
The premise is that a scene can be reconstructed by using the last 8 minutes of peoples memories, mayeb that is possible, maybe not, I don't know, that isn't my issue. My issue is that 8 minutes is a tiny amount of time, with sufficient memories and thoughts I'm sure a computer model could forcast what a person would do if a specific in the timeline changed, 8 minutes isn't enough so there is no possible way to determine how each charachter would respond, making the intelligence gained useless. Even worse than this is that despite only having memories from those who died on the train they are trying to find a bomb that none of those memories would contain. The only brain that had those memories is driving around in van somewhere so realistically even if Stevens found the right location, thee would be no memory of the bomb being there.
To top everything off we get an idiotic parrallel world style ending just so the cripple and the idiotic bint who has only known him for 8 minutes can walk off happily into the sunset.
I'm sorry but anyone who actually understands anythign about logic or science is going to hate this film by about 20 minutes in. The worst part is that it looks like there was a decent premise fo a film in thre somewhere but it appears to have been battered around by hollywood screenwriteras need to dumb down science, raise action and needlessly include romance like they try to do in every film. Normally it's an annoyance but nothing more, this time it has created stupidly large plot holes that simply ruin the film.… Expand