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Source Code is the best reviewed studio movie of the year so far and why that's great news

Mar. 31, 2011by:

SOURCE CODE, the second film from auteur-in-the-making Duncan Jones, hits theaters tomorrow and currently stands atop Rotten Tomatoes as the best reviewed movie of 2011 with an impressive 93% approval rating. While this may change slightly in the next day or so as new reviews come in (there are currently 68 reviews counted), this is very exciting news, and not just because we love Duncan Jones (though we do love him).

SOURCE CODE is based off a 2007 spec script by Ben Ripley that landed itself on the Black List as one of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood. It's rare enough that a spec script for a big-budget action film gets picked up and actually produced by a major studio and for that alone we should be excited. But Summit Pictures is actually seeing a major return on their investment with the news that original genre content is well-received by US audiences and critics. And this is really exciting.

We often bitch about the glut of sequels and reboots and adaptations yet we wind up paying our money to see all these movies. With SOURCE CODE, we have a talented director bringing us original genre content; somewhat reminiscent of what Christopher Nolan did with INCEPTION. (And if you think that SOURCE CODE is an aberration, look at the film directly underneath it on Rotten Tomatoes: RANGO. Another original story told by a talented director.) As these films succeed and films like RED RIDING HOOD, I AM NUMBER FOUR and TRON: LEGACY stumble, hopefully more studios will take chances on original content and the balance will start to shift.

What the success of SOURCE CODE, critical and/or commercial, allows is the further development of Duncan Jones. MOON is one of the best sci-fi films in many, many years and it proved he's a director with ideas, not just the ability to work a camera. I was thrilled when Jones passed on the SUPERMAN gig because, frankly, who wants to see Duncan Jones waste his considerable talent on a SUPERMAN movie? I'd be interested to see what he could come up with, but I'd rather see what else he could come up with. (I feel the same way about Edgar Wright and ANT MAN.) Why limit Duncan Jones to Metropolis?

I'm not advocating a swift death to all sequels or adaptations because Lord knows I'm looking forward to CAPTAIN AMERICA and RISE OF THE APES and other known properties. But in a year that also sees the release of SUPER 8, BRIDESMAIDS, THE BEAVER and YOUR HIGHNESS - all exceptional and original movies made within the studio system - could SOURCE CODE be the start of something new?

I don't want to shill for a Movie A or Movie B or tell you what you should be spending your hard-earned money on, but it's great to see audiences and critics showing support for movies like SOURCE CODE. And if you're sick of movies like SUCKER PUNCH that insult your intelligence, you owe it to yourself to support original films when they come your way. It's great for writers, it's great for cinema and, maybe most importantly, it's great for you.

Source: JoBlo.com

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3:04PM on 03/31/2011
So can't wait to see this!!!!!!
So can't wait to see this!!!!!!
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4:27PM on 03/31/2011

good movie

SC is a realy good movie, but it's not INCEPTION I thought about watching it, it's DEJA VU... Don't be afraid, it's FAR better than DEJA VU !
SC is a realy good movie, but it's not INCEPTION I thought about watching it, it's DEJA VU... Don't be afraid, it's FAR better than DEJA VU !
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7:49PM on 03/31/2011
I doubt SC will be better than Groundhog Day. Maybe it will be, but in a more dramatic, non-comedic way. I look forward to finding out! :)
I doubt SC will be better than Groundhog Day. Maybe it will be, but in a more dramatic, non-comedic way. I look forward to finding out! :)
5:10PM on 03/31/2011
Won't mean we will be seeing more original stuff, just means we will be seeing more films about alternative realities. Hopefully they won't all end with the cliche "are they back in the real world?" twist ending that so many sci-fi stories end on.

Still this film looks good and I will be seeing it soon.
Won't mean we will be seeing more original stuff, just means we will be seeing more films about alternative realities. Hopefully they won't all end with the cliche "are they back in the real world?" twist ending that so many sci-fi stories end on.

Still this film looks good and I will be seeing it soon.
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5:29PM on 03/31/2011
agree with bill graham. this will be interpreted as "movies with trains or lizards make money."
agree with bill graham. this will be interpreted as "movies with trains or lizards make money."
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5:41PM on 03/31/2011
This is all good news but I dont see all the fuss about Rango. Hated that movie. Totally predictable and by the numbers if you ask me. I was amazingly bored.
This is all good news but I dont see all the fuss about Rango. Hated that movie. Totally predictable and by the numbers if you ask me. I was amazingly bored.
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7:09PM on 03/31/2011
It was boring, non-sensical, and awful! Am quite glad to find some to agree with me, as I am alone amongst my friends about it.
It was boring, non-sensical, and awful! Am quite glad to find some to agree with me, as I am alone amongst my friends about it.
5:47PM on 03/31/2011
I'm surprised this is getting so well-reviewed, as the trailers look mediocre at best and this site alone gave it a rather tepid reveiew.

I think Jones is great based off Moon, and want to believe the premise of this article, but we'll have to wait and see.
I'm surprised this is getting so well-reviewed, as the trailers look mediocre at best and this site alone gave it a rather tepid reveiew.

I think Jones is great based off Moon, and want to believe the premise of this article, but we'll have to wait and see.
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5:49PM on 03/31/2011
Great news.

It really does look great. I do hope Jones works with Rockwell again in a future film.
Great news.

It really does look great. I do hope Jones works with Rockwell again in a future film.
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6:38PM on 03/31/2011
Interesting. The trailer really didn't pull of the wow effect a movie this well reviewed usually has. Your guys review also had me convinced it was a decent film, but not as great. Was planning to see this anyways, but now I anticipate I will highly enjoy it. Unless, of course, the critics are wrong.
Interesting. The trailer really didn't pull of the wow effect a movie this well reviewed usually has. Your guys review also had me convinced it was a decent film, but not as great. Was planning to see this anyways, but now I anticipate I will highly enjoy it. Unless, of course, the critics are wrong.
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7:46PM on 03/31/2011

Optimistic

I wanted to see this movie ever since I saw the premise (before the trailer), and while I thought it might again be typical Hollywood dual releases (Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, Volcano vs. Dante's Peak) since it's coming out a little bit after The Adjustment Bureau, I was disappointed to read JoBlo's own review giving Source Code just a 7 out of 10. [link]
JoBlo gave Tropic Thunder a 9 out of 10, and while I might be one of the few people who didn't enjoy it as much (Unpopular opinion column ">
I wanted to see this movie ever since I saw the premise (before the trailer), and while I thought it might again be typical Hollywood dual releases (Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, Volcano vs. Dante's Peak) since it's coming out a little bit after The Adjustment Bureau, I was disappointed to read JoBlo's own review giving Source Code just a 7 out of 10. [link]
JoBlo gave Tropic Thunder a 9 out of 10, and while I might be one of the few people who didn't enjoy it as much (Unpopular opinion column idea?), seeing how I didn't like TT even though it got a 9 makes me wonder if Source Code and its 7 out of 10 would be worth watching. I hope it is. Or maybe the producers just went back and tweaked the film after they read your review :)

Did I tell you guys how much I love JoBlo? Well, I love you guys! Great blog, and thanks for this article; it restored my faith in good directors and non-standard movies :)
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6:17PM on 04/01/2011

Fuck YESS

Thank fucking god!! please people get out their and support these original films if not we will be getting more news like Time Bandits being remade as a kids action series!! lets go originality!!
Thank fucking god!! please people get out their and support these original films if not we will be getting more news like Time Bandits being remade as a kids action series!! lets go originality!!
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