Don’t get too excited. I’m not really here. I’m off this week spreading holiday cheer and you know…eating. So movies are taking over the blog for the next few days. Specifically movies that I want to see in ’11. We’ll be back to more or less regular programming on January 1st. If any of these interest you too, let me know and we will yak it up when I get back. Hope you are having a great time wherever you are and whatever you are doing! Carry on.
In Source Code the government has developed the technology capable of injecting human consciousness into another person for the last eight minutes of their lives. Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is able to observe his surroundings and to interact with people. However, nothing that he does can alter the outcome of what has already happened. Stevens is there to discover who blew up the train he is on so that a bombing by the same perpetrators, in the future, can be prevented. Of course, Jake Captain Stevens, takes a shine to this girl on the train and wants to save her. So even though he can’t, he has find a way and nobody better try to stop him, ya hear?
I always feel like nascent technology trickles down to the public by way of movies, so I like to check out these things to see what disturbing (or delightful) new trends are developing, and what I can expect to be announced over the course of a lifetime. As of late it looks like the experience of consciousness and the ways that it can be manipulated is next up on the universal agenda. Inception prepared me for the fact that I am probably just in some room dreaming, and I guess The Matrix before that showed me that I am just a giant battery; again, somewhere…dreaming. For awhile it had been speculated that the eye recorded and stored the last image that it saw, and now the last eight minutes of life can be hacked and experienced by anyone who needs to mine you for information. Exciting. I am so curious to see where they go with this one. The movie, I mean. I do not want my consciousness hacked, I don’t think.
April 2011. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Duncan Jones.