Trailer Time: Source Code

Hey all…

I’ve been avoiding watching any trailers for Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who wakes up in the body of a guy on a train about to explode in Chicago. Now, the fact that it’s directed by Duncan Jones, the same director of the cool and twisted movie Moon, had me excited for a while. But now that I’ve seen the trailer, it looks like more of a Groundhog Day spinoff.

The film also stars Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga, but I’m left scratching my head a bit. Unfortunately, I’ll probably skip this one and wait until I see a few more reviews. It hits theaters on April 1, 2011.

Question: What do you think of the trailer? Is this Groundhog Day all over again?

–Fitz

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Movie Review: Eagle Eye (2008)

Hi all…

It’s rare for me to be solidly entertained by a thriller with as much early advertising as this movie had. But it was definitely an entertaining flick.

Eagle Eye pairs Shia LeBeouf as Jerry Shaw and Michelle Monaghan as Rachel Holloman as a couple of strangers drawn into a complex plot that would ultimately decide the fate of the United States. As the story unfolds, you meet Zoe Perez (played by Rosario Dawson), Defense Secretary Callister (Michael Chiklis), and Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton).

[rating:3/4]

Eagle Eye PosterI’ll avoid going into the details for fear of giving away too many spoilers. Suffice it to say that every time you think you know what’s going on, things change.

LeBoeuf surprised me in this one. I thought he did a much better job acting in this role than he did in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. He actually played a part instead of just riding on another actor’s coat tails (Harrison Ford in that case).

And Monaghan did great in her role as the concerned mother. She’s previously done work in a thriller in Mission: Impossible III with Tom Cruise and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie.

The only bad part about this film for me was the very last scene. And when I mean the last scene, I’m really only talking about the last 60 seconds. There was a googly eyed awkward kiss that should have just been cut and I would’ve been fine with it.

But other than that, we really enjoyed this movie. I’ll give it a solid 3 out of 4. If you like taut thrillers with a science fiction twist, this movie is for you.

–Fitz

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