Source Code

The ideas of the film are far more ambitious and interesting than a lot of other films in cinemas and the result is highly enjoyable and smart. Uneven in tone? Sure, but we should be thankful that an original premise concerning parallel realities delivered with imagination and intelligence is on the big screen.

7:45 A.M., a bomb explodes on a commuter train outside Chicago. The bomber informs authorities that it is the start of a campaign of terror with another bomb in downtown Chicago. Transported eight minutes before the explosion, US army helicopter pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds himself parts of an experimental investigation tasked to constantly relive the event in order to find out who the bomber is. 

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Due Date

My 100th post. It’s when a day starts like this, it’s all up-hill from here

The road-trip movie. A perennial favourite with Hollywood. With this one, a highly-strung and hostile office worker and a friendly, weird, bear of a man are both forced travel together across America. It sounds like John Hughes’ 1987 classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it is Due Date, a rather cruder and more extreme version of the road-trip from hell.

Atlanta, Peter Highman, (Robert Downey Jr.) is an uptight architect on his way to the airport to fly back to LA in order to be with his wife Sara (Michelle Monaghan) who is giving birth to their first child. Unfortunately, he encounters the human disaster that is aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) and his dog Sunny. Peter’s day go from bad to worse as they are thrown off the airplane and that incident sparks off the genuine road-trip from hell.

Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis in Due Date

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