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Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Troxel
Gold Watch Executive
Susan Bain ...
Coffee Mug Lady
Lincoln Ward ...
Minister Sudoku
College Student
Soda Can Guy


Army Captain Colter Stevens finds himself working on a special program where his consciousness can be inserted into another human being. The only catch is can only be there for 8 minutes at any given time. That morning, a bomb exploded on a commuter train just outside Chicago. He occupies the body of teacher going to work on that train and is confused as to what he is doing or why he is there as his last memory is of flying his helicopter on a combat mission in Afghanistan. Those in charge of the program explain to him that there is a bomb on the train, and that he must locate it. More importantly, he must identify the bomber as another bombing is expected later that day. He is also told however that he cannot change the past and can only gather information. As he develops a liking for his traveling companion Christina, he sets out to test that theory. Written by garykmcd

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Make every second count

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,812,094, 3 April 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At 1 hour and 33 minutes, this is Duncan Jones shortest film. See more »


The criminal's cell phone is playing an Adobe Flash file ("HISTORY.swf"). before Colter activates the call history. See more »


[first lines]
Christina Warren: I took your advice. It was good advice, thank you.
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Crazy Credits

Listed as "EDITORIAL ESPRIT DE CORPS Eleanor Rigby" See more »


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The train now arriving at platform 4 is running 8 mins late
16 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Went to a London preview screening of the film and found it a very enjoyable sci-fi thriller, with the repetitive time loop device having enough variation each time around to keep the viewer hooked.

Only those with a degree in quantum physics might understand the science behind it but essentially this whodunit mystery with Jake as our protagonist (Airforce Captain, Colter Stevens) trying to find out who caused a bomb on the train is an attention grabbing ride. Initially Colter confusion about what's happening to him is a bit drawn out at first but important in light of events later on in the film which reveal what the source code is and how he is being sent through time.

There is a twist to the film although cannier viewers than me might summarise this early on however and this is built up gradually. when the real situation is revealed it is a poignant moment and really anchors the predicament of Jake with the viewer.

I'm almost certain that everyone who leaves the film will be pondering the same question and that is whether Duncan Jones' movie would have made a more lasting (albeit darker) impression if ended at a crucial moment in the last act of the movie. Who knows what the original ending was conceived to be but in this case I think it's fair to say its the destination rather than the journey that could have elevated this to something extra. Still I would say 'all board' to those of you meaning to catch this.

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