Nov 23, 2011


“I took your advice… It’s a very good advice.” is the first sentence that you will hear over and over again. I always love a good movie that could provoke debate and controversy among viewers. Considering all of the twists and turns, thiz movie is one of those. The opening scene directly brings us to Capt. Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) who finds himself wakes up in a train. Afterward, in front of him, a beautiful girl named Christina (Michelle Monaghan) talks to him. Some events happen such as a soda water splashes to his shoes, the train conductor checks up his ticket and some more details, and finally ends up exactly eight minutes ahead when the train explodes! And then Capt. Stevens wakes up again, thiz time is in a capsule at a mysterious place named Beleaguered Castle, where he meets the project administrator Lt. Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) and her supervisor Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright). That is the first piece of our puzzle, afterward we will be gathering piece by piece of information that takes us to mysterious world of time travel. Gyllenhaal shows his star quality here, he can deliver the leading role very well, his confusion and integrated expression successfully takes us up and down during the movie. Farmiga brings her potential talent to maximum level by delivering her investigating expression and she looks gorgeous as always. And finally Monaghan is an extra sweetener for the story. But once again, the power of thiz movie is in the intriguing storyline. It’s promising at the first and mind-blowing at the end. It’s a pure classic thriller with futuristic details, The man behind it is Duncan Jones who also directed science fiction thriller ”Moon” in 2009. Although there are some repetitive scenes, the storyline is actually very dynamic. After three quarters of the film, we still don’t have a single clue where the story might lead us. Finally, we come to the interesting part of thiz movie. Well, you know thiz movie mentions “Quantum Theory” to explain how things happen. It easily reminds us of the famous TV series “Quantum Leap” (1989-1993), where Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) was always told woke up on different body in every episode. Guess what? Scott Bakula appears as a Cameo in thiz movie by contributing his voice as Stevens’s father when he speaks over the phone. And guess what again? Some things will never change, Bakula starts the conversation with his famous line,“Oh, Boy!...” If you were not even aware of that before, I think you should see it all over again. Do you think it would be a very good advice?

Stars : 7/10
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Jonny Fendi

"It's the same train, but it's different."

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