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We saw Source Code yesterday, and all really liked it. When I first saw the trailer late last year, I assumed that this would be an incredibly stupid movie. I revised my opinion when I saw that it was directed by Duncan Jones, who last year released the brilliant, but impressively depressing film Moon. I then assumed that it would be a very good but also really depressing film. It managed to be both very good and not depressing. What was most interesting about it was how well it held together. This is exactly the sort of film & premise that is normally made in a remarkably haphazard and slipshod manner, where the writer and director care far more about building tension, tugging on viewer emotions, and flashy effects than about creating a film that hangs together after you think about it for more than 3 seconds. Source Code managed to hold together well enough to be worth discussing from a conceptual level, and while the technology involved is Hollywood nonsense, it is nonsense that is treated in a consistent and thoughtful manner. Handling an unlikely or impossible premise in this manner is one of the better definitions of SF that I've read, and so I would consider it to be an SF film.

One of the more interesting aspects of the film was how the technology was viewed. Clearly, it's fairly horrific – Captain Colter Stevens is in a ghastly position, both physically and mentally. However, the device not merely ultimately helps him, it saves a great many lives. I found this ambiguity far more interesting than the standard Hollywood technophobia.
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