Gill and I went to see the movie Source Code today. I thought it was pretty good. Granted most of the elements in it I’ve seen elsewhere in other movies or video games. Assassin’s Creed comes to mind for the core plot element, but from there it branches out into something more akin to a Twilight Zone or Outer Limit episode.
That said, I thought it was a good enjoyable movie that, while feeling familiar, was unique enough to stand out on its own. And while it reminds me of an episode of the Twilight Zone in terms of structure, it doesn’t feel in any way like a half hour episode stretched out to two hours. The pacing and storytelling were spot on.
I enjoyed the movie immensely, but I found myself thinking as a writer the happy ending given wasn’t right for it. There was a moment fifteen minutes before the end that was beautiful and bitter sweet and would have been far better a place to end the film. This is unusual for me because I am a sucker for happy endings.
It’s not like the one here felt tacked on or forced, per se. There’s foreshadowing and everything needed not to feel like a cheat. It’s just that the bittersweet ending would have been better, stronger, and had more meaning to it. It was a mistake not to go with it, no matter how much my heart prefers the happily ever after.
My enjoyment of the film isn’t too surprising when you realize the director is Duncan Jones, who also directed one of my favorite SF movies – Moon (though he didn’t write it). What is surprising is that there is only one writing credit – Ben Ripley. Because of the ending problem I mentioned, I thought I had smelled a re-write by a second team, but it seems I’m wrong.
Ben Ripley’s greatest claim to fame before this were two Species sequels (ugh!).
Way to shake off that past shame, dude! Be proud of this one.