EIGHT MINUTES

SOURCE CODE (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Captain Colter Stevens, an army helicopter pilot, who is on a mission to locate the bomb and bomber of a train that exploded on its way to Chicago. He is inside the source code, a programme that allows him to experience someone’s life in their final eight minutes. They are racing against time as the bomber is planning another attack while Stevens relives those 8 minutes over and over again…

I would say this is one of the more interesting science fiction film I’ve seen recently. The pace is good and I liked how the story played out. But it was quite disconcerting to watch Gyllenhaal getting blown up again and again. It was also hard to pinpoint who the bomber was exactly since everyone looked kinda suspicious! No wonder people are all so paranoid! Liked the ending!

THE MOST POTENT DRUG OF ALL

LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Love And Other Drugs is loosely based on the non-fiction book, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy.

Set in the mid 1990s, it tells the story of a pharmaceutical salesman, Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal), who meets Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), a young woman with early on-set Parkinson’s Disease and how both people who are not looking for love fall in love.

I’ve been waiting to watch this since the trailer was out! I think I just like to watch movies where couples meet, break up then cry a lot (like that, EVERYBODY cries). Plus, it’s Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway! Two of the most good-looking people in Hollywood now… who like getting it on in the film. Nothing full frontal but no inhibitions either. Funny bits include Maggie’s heavily-peppered dialogue regarding Viagra and itsfriend and how she told Jamie to “eat shit and die” when they first met. The scene involving Josh, Jamie’s brother, and a particular videotape is absolutely cringe-worthy. Plus, I liked it when Josh said that Jamie got “hit by a Care Bear”.

It was damn hilarious that they played Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven Is A Place On Earthwhen they introduced Viagra. The story may seem predictable towards the end but it’s always the process that counts, right?

Jamie Randall: You meet thousands of people and then you meet one person and your whole life is changed… forever.

THE SAND GLASS

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Finally caught Prince of Persia after so long!

Young Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) was adopted from the streets of Persia by the King and grew up amongst royalty. He becomes a mighty warrior and prince along with his two elder brothers. After a spy sends word that the Holy City of Alamut has been supplying the enemies of Persia with weaponry, they plan an attack on the city. However, the King dies of mysterious circumstances shortly after and all fingers point at Dastan, he flees with Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) of Alamut in a bid to clear his name. Tamina tells Dastan that the dagger he possesses is the reason why Alamut was invaded and Dastan has to find out who framed him for the King’s death and also prevent the wrong hands from getting the sacred dagger.

Woah! Look at Jake Gyllenhaal’s muscles! Initially, it felt weird to look at it cos Jake Gyllenhaal looks more like the literary type? But after the first ten minutes of the movie, you kinda get used to those bulging muscles underneath his (usually) half-open shirt. The thing that amazes me most is not his muscles, but PARKOUR! Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movement to the environment. He trained in parkour for his role and was thus able to jump across buildings and land safely on them. Other aspects that were interesting were ostrich racing – who knew people could ride on them, the tax-avoiding Sheik and the scary snakes owned by the Hassansins.