Source Code – DVD Review

I stand by our original review of Source Code; it is a thoughtful piece of sci-fi with a great idea at its core and a thought-provoking ending. What lets it down is that the perfect ending is about 10 minutes before the end credits and that the film gets a little lost in the middle as it focuses more on action than the big idea at play.

Great performances all round, and a very sympathetic running time, help to keep Source Code an enjoyable, tight thriller with as much brains as brawn driving the story forward.

The major bulk of the extras take the form of talking heads mixed with some behind the scenes footage. As usual the heads mostly talk about how great everyone was, though a few interesting titbits do slip through. It’s clear that plenty of behind the scenes footage was shot, so it’s a shame there’s no in-depth documentary, the sort I relish beyond all reason.

A nice addition is a set of beautifully animated short pieces called Expert Intel which briefly explain the science behind the plot to Source Code. You have to admire any DVD extra which briefly delves into trying to explain quantum mechanics to a mass audience.

Also available are an audio commentary with Jake Gyllenhaal, Duncan Jones and writer Ben Ripley and two different trivia tracks which can be switched on to enjoy alongside the movie. I had neither the time nor the inclination to watch the film three more times to sufficiently test these features.

Source Code is a fun film and with its agreeable running time is a DVD you might actually get round to watching more than once. To finish, some talking heads:

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Source Code is out on DVD and Blu-ray today and you could do a lot worse.