Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Loose ends and forgotten characters

We watched Source Code the other night.

Story Line: Colter Stevens, a US Army helicopter pilot whose last memory is flying in Afghanistan, wakes up on a commuter train. However, he discovers that he has assumed the identity of another man. 8 minutes later, the train explodes and Stevens finds himself in some kind of pod.

The thing is: I couldn't stop thinking about the man whose body/identity Stevens assumes. And in the end, I felt sorry for this poor schmuck, Sean, who took months to work up courage to ask a girl out, and by the end of the date...ceases to be.

It didn't ruin the movie for me, it was an "acceptable loss." But the memory of it does overshadow.

If you've seen the movie, comment if you can think of a way the writers could have created a satisfactory conclusion for Sean. Or mention another character from a book/movie which you wonder, "What ever happened to that guy?"

Meanwhile, as you write today, keep in mind your loose ends and forgotten characters.

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