Source Code

I don’t have a lot to say about this one.  Not very memorable, but it felt like one of the better Twilight Zone episodes stretched to a tightly plotted short film, in a good way.   Not too long, not too short, not too many people.  Made me think of End of Tomorrow (rinse and repeat), Minority Report (prevent the crime before it happens) and Cube (very tight/limited set; find the answer from the limited pieces).  It might have been better with completely unknown actors?

I disliked the marketing imagery, which for some reason focused on selling the romance.  There is basically no romance.  The predominant emotion this film left me with was sadness for the lead and the complete loss of control over his own fate.

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Boneshaker

A surprisingly intimate story about a mother and son in an alternative universe Seattle.  I loved their rough as guts relationship that is nevertheless built on a quiet respect for what each other puts up with.  The lead characters are written really well and believably – and what a relief to have a teen boy written like a teen boy without being a needlessly obnoxious stereotype.

The peripheral characters all had somewhat of a generic texture, but at least that texture felt like a turn of the century Seattle with applicable ethnic range.

The difficulty with this story is usual expectations from mainstream fantasy / sci fi, which tends towards the epic / space opera — being that the story should make some kind of grand sweeping statement about all humanity while solving major world dilemmas via assorted macguffins.  This is not that story; this is a story about a relatively ordinary-complex mother-son relationship amped up by zombies and deadly blight.  The end revelation is an intensely personal one for the small family, not a worldchanging one, and all it does is reveal more about the complexity of the husband-wife relationship which predates the story.  This tale could have been set in a range of high risk settings, but there’s definitely nothing wrong with the steampunk setting and it certainly adds a bit of relevatory interest along the way.

I liked it and will follow the series, but it wasn’t one of those stories which changed my world view.