January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #1 of the 48.
Let’s start with…
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this for the first time on DVD by accident and immedately fell in love with the concept that bends together Groundhog Day and Quantum Leap
“It’s the same train, but it’s different.” – Colter Stevens
Number of Times Seen – 5 (13 Jul 2011, 25 Nov 2013, 25 Oct 2015, 14 Nov 2018 and 1 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A soldier finds himself on a train in a strange body and must try and find a bomb before it explodes.
My Take on it – Amazing concept that works so well. The film is paced so well and the 8 minute time slot on the train each time helps keep things so thrilling because it adds even more suspense to each “leap”. They do a nice job explaining the science of the story in a relatively simple fashion that doesn’t bog things down too much. Jake Gyllenhaal is superb in the title role and shows how great an actor he can be in such a strange, yet powerful role like this one. The supporting cast is also great with Vera Farminga, Jeffrey Wright and Michelle Monaghan as they each add so much to this story as it unfolds in interesting ways. The film leaves the viewer with so much to ponder long after the credits roll and that helps make it so much fun to rewatch this film because there is always something new to discover on each subsequent viewing. Love the slight nod to Quantum Leap by the way they use Scott Bakula as the voice of the Gyllenhaal character’s father. Even though, he has only directed 4 films, this is my favorite Duncan Jones film. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Beleaguered Castle, a military project code name for the unit that runs the Source Code project, takes its name from a variation on the game of solitaire. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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