FILM – Source Code

Source Code (2011)

I watched the new movie from director Duncan Jones (Son of David Bowie, also director of 2009 science fiction movie, Moon) a couple of months back – Source Code.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the premise is that Jake Gyllenhaal is soldier Captain Colter Stevens, undertaking a mission as part of a special unit, and has been transported into the body of a passenger on a train that was the scene of an explosion earlier that day. His mission is to re-live the last 8 minutes of the passenger’s life over and over again to slowly uncover clues as to the identity of the bomber, so his plans to strike again can be stopped.

The Captain starts the movie unaware as to where he is or why he doesn’t look like himself but slowly pieces the information together with the help of his handler, Vera Farmiga.

The movie has had  mixed reviews – I personally really enjoyed it both in terms of the Hollywood sci-fi action appeal and the range of themes explored by the narrative (time travel, parallel universes and on a more personal level duty, destiny, regret, choices). It was pretty much a current and modified version of Minority Report (2002), which was long overdue – we have glass touch-screen technology now so the tech from that film doesn’t seem so impossible anymore…

Jake Gyllenhaal was convincing, the visual effects were dramatic, the conclusion was full of hope and optimism – although, without ruining the plot, I’ve heard the opinion that it should have stopped at the freeze-frame to avoid the cheese factor – if you don’t go in expecting the dark and understated sinister unravelling of Moon but are prepared for a Hollywood suspense thriller with an interesting premise, you won’t be disappointed.

The point of this post for me was twofold:

1. To touch briefly on my new theory of time travel and why, if it’s possible, no one’s visibly come back from the future yet

Clearly there’s tech involved that means if you are here from the future, although risking catalysing a chain reaction that leads to the non-existence of donuts, anyone that you share your secret with is also transported back to the future with you. Which means that we don’t find out about the invention of time-travel until we invent it. Sorry Source Code.

2. To post a song.

I know the movie was set on a Chicago commuter train but I was at The Great Escape in Brighton this weekend and heard this song live for the first time – at an in-store show from Guillemots at Beyond Retro:

Guillemots – Trains to Brazil (Acoustic)

It was one of my top 3 gigs of the festival – the other two being from Breton and Lucy Rose – and they played both older material and songs from their new album, Walk the River. On tour in the UK at the moment.

Jamie Lidell – Multiply

The choice this morning was this or Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja by Lost Prophets…I figured Shinobi was probably a bit heavy a first-thing-Monday track for most people (perhaps better for a Wednesday…?), especially since it’s been sunny all weekend, so went for this instead:

Jamie Lidell – Multiply

Jamie Lidell - Multiply

On first listen (if you ignore the lyrics – which I did – and focus on the summer beats and soulful vibe) it’s a happy addition to the Summer playlist that could’ve been written in the 50s/60s/70s by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Little Richard or a similar Soul-Jazz hero of that era.

The track was on Jamie’s 2005 album, Multiply and on the Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 Soundtrack but his new one, Compass, will be released May 17 on Warp followed by a show at London’s 229 on May 19.

I listened a little more closely after the first time though – and it seems to be about how things used to be so easy but aren’t anymore, haven’t turned out they way you wanted them to, making the same mistakes over but… throwing your hands up and enjoying what is good so you can “least go under with a smile”.

Maybe I should’ve gone with Shinobi…?

SLK – Hype! Hype!

I realise this is a really odd, random, grime track to post at a time when our ears are generally bombarded with folk, electro-pop, indie, hip-hop etc…

SLK - Hype! Hype!

But I ripped some of my old CDs a few weeks back, transferred them to my iPhone and then pretty much immediately forgot about them until I ‘shuffled’.

This came up:

SLK – Hype! Hype! (iLike)

Cue instant smile and memories of other grime tracks I used to love and do again when reminded – like 21 Seconds (So Solid Crew), P’s And Q’s (Kano) and…, I actually also love Random (Lady Sovereign – who is NOT Mel C’s sister).

So I thought I’d share.

Oh My! Nearly forgot Dizzee