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April 15th, 2011
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Film - Source Code - spoilers under cut.
Went to see this today with OH and two kids. The thing that really surprised me came very near the beginning.

Double. Decker. Train. WTF?

Talking about the film on the way home, it turned out that the two-layer train had been a significant factor in the kids' deciding that the film was set in the future. However, what with the mention of current conflicts, that doesn't seem so likely to me, and that much CGI would also be prohibitively expensive, so I'm left with the conclusion that they really do have double-decker trains in the States. Weird.

The other thing that surprised me was just how pretty Jake Gyllenhaal is. I had no idea. (The way my memory works is that I've always known exactly how to spell his name, but I've never been aware of what he looked like. Applies to lots of other well-known people too.)




So, I enjoyed the film a lot more than I expected to.

I worked out quite early on that he was dead. If he was just in a simulation capsule, or wired-up to some kind of mind-management gubbins, he wouldn't still be in his flying gear and harness. At that point I very nearly got up and walked out - I really didn't want to watch something dark and tragic, the more so because by then I had already quite fallen for this guy who was working so hard to solve this problem for everybody.

Towards the end they gave us a very quick glimpse of the body in the tank, and I realised then that there simply wasn't enough of it. I thought the more graphic shot a little later was unnecessary, although to be fair I don't think my kids got it from the earlier glimpse.

I didn't like Dr Rutlidge or whatever his name was; he showed no respect for Gyllenhaal's character at all. Also, what was all the business with the stick, ffs? Was it supposed to add to the characterisation in some way? I just thought it got in the way and added nothing.

Goodwin, on the other hand, I thought was totally brilliant. You could see how difficult she was finding it all. She totally did empathise with him, and treated him as a person. Whoever that actress is, she's good.

The girl on the train - Christina? - I found rather ugly; I suppose it was her job to be passive while he protagonised all around her, but I really couldn't understand what he saw in her at all. I expected him to fall for Goodwin.

As for the story itself, that was well handled and nicely developed each time he went back in. It was a little like a game, where it takes you a long time to work out each step, but when you've got it you just click-click-click through the steps automatically till you get to the bit you haven't figured out yet.

I sort of wish I knew how to write proper reviews, but I haven't got the time or the privacy to think too deeply about it. I'll just say I enjoyed it rather a lot, and maybe it's time I actually watched Brokeback Mountain.




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From:jayb111
Date:April 15th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Don't know about the States, but there were certainly double decker trains in the 1960s and 1970s on the suburban line where I grew up.

I believe BR stopped using them because it took too long to get the extra people on and off at stations.

The upstairs was very cramped because the trains had to fit under the existing bridges.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:April 17th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh, now that's weird too. I had absolutely no idea! Do you mind me asking, did you grow up near your icon, or somewhere else?

And as to bridges, that was actually my main reason for thinking "It could never happen here..."
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From:jayb111
Date:April 18th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
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I didn't grow up here. Same county, but on the edge of London - London postcodes start about half a mile up the road from the house I grew up in.

I did some Googling and found this. There's a YouTube video if you scroll down.
http://www.bulleidlocos.org.uk/(S(ofga23ol34kso1t25db5ayp4))/_oth/4_dd.aspx


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From:gritsinmisery
Date:April 15th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen the movie, but the Amtrak Superliner coaches look like this.

They're used on long-distance trains, not in commuter corridors.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:April 17th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
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If I've understood and remembered correctly, the action was set on a Chicago commuter train. There were references to the same people being on the same train every day.

It was just such a surprise - one of those "wow, different countries are different" moments.
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