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Source Code (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  1 April 2011 (USA)
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A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.



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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. He then talks to someone named Goodwin, who tells him he has to go back and find out who the bomber is. He is sent back to go through the whole thing again and attempts to find who the bomber is but fails. The bomb goes off and Stevens finds himself in the pod again. He is sent back another time, yet still cannot find out anything. When he returns, he asks what is going on. Goodwin and Rutledge, the scientist in charge, tell him that he is part of a project that can put someone in another person's consciousness during the last 8 minutes of their life. Stevens then asks why he cannot just stop the bomb. He is told that he is not going back in time but placed in the moment so he can find out who the bomber is and if ... Written by

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Make every second count

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

8 minutos antes de morir  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,306,661 (UK) (1 April 2011)


$54,696,902 (USA) (8 July 2011)

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During Max's stand-up routine, his punchline includes the names "Barack" and "Michelle". Barack Obama (44th US President) and his wife Michelle Obama are officially residents of Chicago, Illinois where the film is set. See more »


The conductor always asks Colter for his ticket, but never asks Christina for hers. On Chicago commuter trains, conductors collect tickets as passengers get on; Colter must have gotten on after Christina. See more »


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Christina Warren: I took your advice. It was good advice, thank you.
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Suspenseful thriller with a twist
11 March 2011 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I was very fortunate to be at the World Premiere at SXSW in Austin and attended the Q&A after with James Duncan, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Ripley. The story line keeps you on the edge of your seat and adds in enough humor to make it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There is amazing, subtle chemistry between Jake and Michelle which really is the star of the film, performances by all the actors are excellent. Beautiful cinematography that will make Chicago proud. The ending brings up more questions than answers, but it feels right, so that's OK with me. I am not a big sci-fi fan, but this film delivers on romance, suspense, mystery and thrills. Highly recommended.

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