Source Code

Music Composed by: Chris Bacon

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In Source Code, Jake Gyllenhaal is Captain Colter Stevens, a decorated soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man.  He eventually discovers he is a member of a top secret government project known as Source Code, Colter is able to cross over into another man’s identity in the last eight minutes of his life.  In an eerie mix between Ground Hog Day, The Bourne Identity and The Manchurian Candidate, Captain is forced to relive the bombing of a Chicago commuter train over and over again, gathering clues to find the bomber and prevent the event from happening.

            The musical score of Source Code was composed by Chris Bacon, an American composer who earned his undergraduate degree in musical composition from Brigham Young University in 2003.  While attending USC to complete the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program, Chris Bacon met James Newton Howard and began working for him as a full-time assistant in 2005.  Since then, he has collaborated on a number of musical scores and created his own musical compositions for Space Chimps and Waking Sleeping Beauty.

            Source Code is classified as a science fiction action/thriller.  As such, one would expect the musical score of the movie to be adrenaline pumping, but there is very little action involved in the musical score created by Chris Bacon.  The opening track is orchestral and somewhat ominous and this theme appears throughout the soundtrack.  This provides a somewhat somber…and actually quite boring score.  I actually fell asleep during part of it and had to listen to the soundtrack again to get the full effect.

            The most energetic tracks are (ironically) Coffee Will Have to Wait and Colter Follows Derek.  The rest is an orchestral snooze-fest that really never grabbed me.  Thus, I predict that the Source Code Soundtrack will have a very long shelf life…a very long and dusty shelf life.


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