Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Half-ass Movie Preview: The Source Code

I adored the 2009 movie, Moon, by David Bowie's progeny, Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie). It was a smart, well-written sci- fi movie with an excellent cast, and a design sense that favored old-school models to tech-crazy CGI.

I just don't understand how the same director could have made The Source Code. The trailer, at least, makes this look like a run-of-the-mill thriller with your regulation number of explosions and desperate embraces in the face of disaster, with a dash of mind-bending sci-fi thrown in to differentiate it from other run-of-the-mill thrillers. It seems to be getting good reviews (91 on Rotten Tomatoes, 75 on Metacritic), so maybe this is a case of misrepresentative trailers.

It is important to note that Jones did co-write Moon, and that it was an independent film that went through Sundance, SXSW, and the Tribeca film festivals. Source Code, on the other hand, smacks of big studio. The two movies don't share any cast or crew beyond Jones.

Maybe it's actually good. Maybe I'll actually see it. But it's not looking so good at the moment.


CedarBough said...

so you're reviewing it without seeing it? that's the dissertation writing way to keep up on pop culture without losing the time of going to the theatre and watching it I'm guessing.

Eve's Apple said...

It's more like a review of the trailer and billboards.

Priyanka said...

your HA preview almost matched my actual movie review. The science fiction was pretty weak and there were inconsistencies in the story that made it boring at times.


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