Source Code's Target Audience: Me

Time Travel + Chicago + Jake Gyllenhaal. It makes me feel pretty good that somehow a movie that involved these three things is being promoted as heavily as it is because I would have thought that combining those three things would narrow the target audience size down to 1. Moi.

I mean, let’s just do a quick (abbreviated) recap of Jake G:

  • Prince of Persia – Awesome except for the fact that it was a Disney movie (bonus points for time travel, of course)
  • Zodiac (loved him in it)
  • Brokeback Mountain (haven’t seen, but I guess it won some awards or something)
  • The Good Girl (in which he legitimized Jennifer Aniston)
  • Donnie Darko

Yeah, there were other movies… but the four of those that aren’t based on video games make for a pretty good filmography by themselves.

Time Travel movies I liked:

  • Back to the Future (all of them; classic)
  • Time After Time (not bad, really)
  • Terminator (again, all of them, even the bad ones, and the canceled TV series which was awesome)
  • The Butterfly Effect (Ashton is dreamy, but also, it was kind of good)
  • The Jacket (wicked awesome)
  • 12 Monkeys (one of the best evar)
  • Timecrimes (AWEsome)
  • Primer (modern classic)
  • Groundhog Day (if it counts)
  • Deja Vu (underrated if you ask me)

Others that weren’t that great, but still good cause of the time travel part:

  • Timeline
  • Flight of the Navigator (when I was young)
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Timecop

Throw in TV shows:

  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (mentioned above)
  • LOST
  • Journeyman (another show canceled just when it was getting good)
  • Flash Forward (dealt with time travel themes)
  • Daybreak (fits in the Groundhog Day bucket)
  • Quantum Leap
  • Phil of the Future (sorry, I liked it)
  • Tru Calling (not great, but good enough)
  • Heroes (which I stopped watching, but I am considering going back to finish since I made it half way through season three; I was almost there)

That’s kind of a lot of good stuff there. Hopefully I won’t get too hung up on the fact that the Source Code is evidently a computer program that allows you take someone’s body for the last 8 minutes of their life… over and over… So, it’s like the Matrix, but for time? As someone who writes code for a living, the movie is just unfortunately titled. But at least it provides for a fun Twitter Meme that probably won’t catch on. And having a bit of Michelle Monaghan can’t hurt.


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