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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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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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The logo of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago's Hockey Team, has a cameo in the movie on the train. See more »


The mission involves Stevens trying to find information about a dirty bomb attack on Chicago. A "dirty bomb" is simply a regular bomb with radioactive material packed around it so that the explosion will spread harmful radiation over the blast zone. It is not a nuclear bomb, and while it would expose those in the area to potentially lethal levels of radiation it would not "kill millions" as stated in the movie. See more »


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Excellent Thriller
20 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with the previous reviewer. This is the best thriller I've seen in years.

Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

The writing is outstanding. All four principal actors do well and Gyllenhaal, especially, carries the plot forward extremely well.

At the start, I feared a stock, predictable Hollywood thriller. But soon I found myself en wrapped in Gyllenhaal's puzzle-within-a puzzle.

At the end, the Industry audience for this screening erupted in spontaneous applause.

Duncan Jones is definitely a young director to watch.

If you like thrillers, go see this film!

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