Source Code: Makes Every Second Count

Director Duncan Jones delivers a sci-fi thriller that is neither shallow nor empty. Source Code packs the suspense and draws emotion from its audacious concept. Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds himself inside the source code (a program that lets you re-live the last 8 minutes of someone’s life) and learns about his mission to discover the identity of a bomber that attacked a train in Chicago and killed hundreds. Even though confused by the situation he returns to that same time to possibly counter another impending bomb threat. Soon he finds out more about his own state in the source code and how it works. The film is well-paced, convincing and is condensed in 93 enthralling minutes.

Jake Gyllenhaal works in his portrayal of an army pilot who’s forced to re-live over and over Sean Fentress’ last minutes before the train he’s riding explodes. In the train, he finds himself across Christina Warren played by Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye) whom I presume Fentress is dating. I kind of guessed who the bomber was at the beginning but maybe the director intended it that way (hehe), anyways, I have to say that the action was cut-off earlier than I expected which, I presume, is because of the twist at the end. Truly worth it. As he developed a connection with Christina, his ‘last request’ was to try to save all the people in the train and give them a second chance in an alternate reality which is quite hard to grasp but adds a whole new perspective in the story. His phone call with his father at the end was also a nice, heartfelt moment. I watched it with no expectations but the movie junkie in me ended up satisfied . It was a smart, action-packed adventure.


Love & Other Drugs: You’ll love the actors but not the movie.

I’m a little unenthusiastic to write a review about Love & Other Drugs but I love Anne Hathaway enough not to issue a no comment. Let me see, I think the movie is more Sex & a little drug called Viagra. I don’t understand why the setting has to be that time when viagra was introduced by Pfizer. It sure doesn’t have anything to do with Anne’s character’s parkinsons.

Usually, the sex is something to look forward to in a movie but since the good parts were mostly edited out (FU censors in this country!), its anti-climactic. And halfway through the film it was more like “ugh, they’re having sex again?” Of course, I enjoyed seeing Jake Gyllenhaal sans his clothes with those big…. puppy eyes. At one point even I couldn’t hold back on Anne’s nakedness and said “Ooh, I love her ass.” But then when the love part came, it started to get boring. I mean ya sure the chemistry was there, you can’t deny it, and there were select ‘aww’ moments but overall it didn’t deliver. The movie was kind of saved by that brother of Jake’s character: typical douche fat guy. So yeah, I just wish that it had more love and less sex.

Love & Other Drugs

Kind of cornball movie title, isn’t it?  This RomCom reunites 2 of my favorite actors Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway so I will watch this, no matter what. They worked together on the 2005 critically acclaimed Ang Lee film, Brokeback Mountain. Set to be released this November 24 in the US, hopefully, I won’t wait too long for the local screenings in Manila. I’m lovin’ the trailer, check it out below. ❤

Choice Hottie for December: Jake Gyllenhaal

28 year od actor Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, famous for his wide variety of roles portrayed on film both critically-acclaimed and blockbuster ones (e.g. Bubble Boy, The Day After Tomorrow, Brokeback Mountain, Proof, Jarhead, Rendition and the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), is one heck of a guy. Said to be charming in real life – with those puppy dog eyes and melting smile, no list of hot men or monthly feature that he wouldn’t be on. He’s just adorable and needless to say, S-E-X-Y. Happy 2008 everyone!

WARNING: shirtlessness overload after the jump. 😛

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