Source Code

Source Code

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Director: Duncan Jones

Cast: Duncan Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

     
 

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Jake Gyllenhaal headlines this sci-fi time-travel thriller directed by Moon's Duncan Jones from a script by Ben Ripley and Billy Ray. A bomb explodes on a Chicago train, derailing the locomotive and killing hundreds. In an attempt to identify the bomber

Overview

Jake Gyllenhaal headlines this sci-fi time-travel thriller directed by Moon's Duncan Jones from a script by Ben Ripley and Billy Ray. A bomb explodes on a Chicago train, derailing the locomotive and killing hundreds. In an attempt to identify the bomber and prevent another, larger attack on downtown Chicago, Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) agrees to take part in a clandestine government experiment dubbed "Source Code," which allows him to enter the body of a male passenger during the eight minutes before the man is killed. But during his first trip back, Capt. Stevens fails to gather enough clues to prevent the second attack. With time quickly running out, he repeats the mission ad nauseam in a desperate race to head off one of the most deadly terrorist attacks ever to take place on American soil.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If Rod Serling, Christopher Nolan, and Stephen Hawking had collaborated on a sci-fi remake of Groundhog Day, it might have come out a whole lot like Duncan Jones' Source Code. The film is so full of obvious subtext that it feels like an elongated Twilight Zone episode, but because it jumbles up time structures with such willing abandon, and ends with a nod toward the possibilities of the infinite, Jones' sci-fi thriller has an undeniably contemporary vibe. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens, a brave military man seemingly trapped inside a dank cockpit-like container from which he has video and audio contact with Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), who, under orders from the stern Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), forces Colter to relive the same few minutes of someone else's life over and over in order to find out who bombed a commuter train in Chicago that morning. Colter quickly memorizes the order of the events he sees repeated again and again, and through trial and error figures out how to manipulate his surroundings in order to get the information the mission requires. As he starts asking questions about the true nature of his mission, however, Colter uncovers the truth about himself, as well as the universe. Source Code is the kind of movie that draws in viewers by keeping them in the dark narratively. Tiny dollops of plot revelations are doled out intermittently until the whole picture is revealed in the film's closing minutes. For that to work, you need actors who are instantly sympathetic and can keep an audience hooked even if they're not sure why. Gyllenhaal does have that kind of charisma, although not necessarily in abundance, and the film is at its best when it's in whodunit mode, with our smart and charming hero slowly putting together the clues. However, this aspect of the movie takes a backseat to the sci-fi storyline going on at the command center, and those lengthy, dialogue-heavy sequences lack the immediacy and tension of the scenes on the train. During these scenes, Colter has nothing to do other than think and try to cajole explanations out of Colleen, who responds with portentous non-answers. This would work if there were a huge dramatic payoff at the end of the movie, but Jones' conception of how the universe works pretty much eliminates the possibility of drama. The ideas he has are fun to talk about -- it's not hard to imagine Jones hatching the whole project during lengthy late-night drug-and-alcohol-fueled conversations with friends -- but the movie itself seems entirely superfluous once he's laid out his grand design.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
UPC:
0025192104886
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
14,946

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Duncan Jones, Writer Ben Ripley and Actor Jake Gyllenhaal; ; Cast Insights - Explore the Story and Filming of Source Code through the eyes of the Cast and Crew; ; Focal Points - Watch animated shorts on time travel and other scientific phenomena addressed in the film; ; "Did You Know" Trivia Track

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal Colter Stevens
Michelle Monaghan Christina Warren
Vera Farmiga Colleen Goodwin
Jeffrey Wright Dr. Rutledge
Michael Arden Derek Frost
Cas Anvar Hazmi
Russell Peters Max Denoff
Brent Skagford George Troxel
Craig Thomas Gold Watch Executive
Gordon Masten Conductor
Susan Bain Nurse
Paula Jean Hixson Coffee Mug Lady
Lincoln Ward Minister Sudoku
Kyle Gatehouse College Student
Albert Kwan Soda Can Guy
Anne Day-Jones Office Manager
Clarice Byrne Secretary
James A. Woods Aviator Glasses Guy
Joe Cobden Lab Technician
Tom Tammi CNN Anchor
Matt Holland Lock Tech
Jasson Finney M.P.
Kyle Allatt Aide
Frederick De Grandpre Sean Fentress Reflection
Pierre LeBlanc Train Official
Raynald Lapierre UPG Medic
Scott Bakula Colter's Father

Technical Credits
Duncan Jones Director
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris P. Bacon Score Composer
Jeb Brody Executive Producer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Ryal Cosgrove Special Effects Supervisor
Stuart Fenegan Co-producer
Martin Gagne Set Decoration/Design
Bruno Gatien Makeup Special Effects
Fabrice Gianfermi Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Producer
Simon Guilbault Set Decoration/Design
Paul Hirsch Editor
Kathy Kelso Makeup
Hawk Koch Executive Producer
Raymond Larose Set Decoration/Design
Jean-Pierre Lavoie Set Decoration/Design
Louis Marion Sound Mixer
Adrien Morot Makeup Special Effects
John Papsidera Casting
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Ben Ripley Screenwriter
Morag Ross Makeup
Philippe Rousselet Producer
Kathy Tse Makeup Special Effects
Tracy Underwood Co-producer
Mark Unterberger Makeup Special Effects
Jordan Wynn Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Source Code
1. Scene 1 [6:52]
2. Scene 2 [4:11]
3. Scene 3 [6:18]
4. Scene 4 [3:43]
5. Scene 5 [7:29]
6. Scene 6 [3:13]
7. Scene 7 [4:28]
8. Scene 8 [5:15]
9. Scene 9 [5:45]
10. Scene 10 [5:08]
11. Scene 11 [2:02]
12. Scene 12 [3:28]
13. Scene 13 [5:00]
14. Scene 14 [3:45]
15. Scene 15 [2:51]
16. Scene 16 [5:32]
17. Scene 17 [6:37]
18. Scene 18 [2:51]

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Source Code 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite actors right now. Heard a lot about this and it is quite the suspenseful thriller. Story's interesting, acting's actually good. Pretty good movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago