Swanner: I was watching The Spy Who Shagged Me this weekend and at the very beginning of the movie Mike Myers and Michael York are talking about a time machine and they both look into the camera and tell the audience to just go with it. Source Code deals with time travel and for that I say “just go with it”. That being said the movie has Jake Gyllenhaal playing a man who can move back to a certain 8 minutes before a train explosion to find out who the bomber is and why.
Judd: This “just go with it” is a layman’s way of saying “Suspension of Disbelief” – the willingness to overlook certain implausibilities to enjoy the story. Source Code asks the view to suspend disbelief as well as logic, reason and science. The plot holes in this movie are so large that it makes it impossible to connect with main character or really care why he is doing what he’s doing or the sense of risk – which in reality, there is absolutely none – involved.
Swanner: See, I total disagree. Gyllenhaal did a really great job of pulling me in through the movie and making me concerned for him as well as the well being of the passengers. This is why you don’t like Sci-fi or Fantasy films…you’re too busy trying to disprove them or call their bluff. It’s a movie about playing with time, of course it’s implausible that’s why it fiction. I don’t want to give any of the film away but I liked it’s reasons for what was happening. You just need to have some fun.
Judd: Once again you’re wrong. We are told repeatedly throughout the movie what Cpt. Colter Stevens (even the name is crap) thinks can happen, absolutely cannot happen. We are explicitly told that it is completely unfeasible because what he thinks is happening to him, isn’t really happening at all, but is actually the short-term memory of someone else that recently died. So not only are we to believe that Colter Stevens can live the life of a dead person’s memory – altering that memory to find a bomber; we’re told what is impossible is actually possible in the end. I call shenanigans.
Swanner: You are sad. Since when has “That can’t happen” ever been true in movies? Really? Director Duncan Jones and Writer Ben Ripley worked well together to product a very exciting and fun film. Some people may be to hung up on reality that they can’t enjoy themselves. I don’t hear you bitching about Zombies not being real or super heroes aren’t real but time travel is where he puts his foot down…silly boy.
Judd: I can sum up the whole movie in one scenario: I show you a red balloon and tell you its red. You disagree and tell me it’s blue. I tell you its red. This goes on for 90 minutes, then at the very end I say, “I’ll be damned. You’re right. It is blue.” Hogwash. I liked the score; the opening titles theme was good. How about that? Is that enough praise for you, because that’s all it’s going to get.