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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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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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,306,661 (UK) (1 April 2011)


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

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Scott Bakula:  voice of Colter's father. Bakula starts off his phone conversation by saying "Oh Boy". That was his trademark line from Quantum Leap (1989), which has a similar plot to this film. See more »


When Goodwin pulls up Frost's driver license information on her screen, the address, SSN, height, weight, DL # and eye color are different from the ones Stevens sees on his actual license on the train. See more »


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2 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a movie. The price is worth paying. This movie gets straight to the point. You know you see a lot of movies that waste so much time getting into a story. Not this film, virtually from the off, we are there, in the film. It's like there is no beginning, but a middle and an end. Obviously you guys know the storyline so I'll not waste time telling you what it is about, just go and see it. It is a film that keeps you looking, you actually feel like you are 'in the source code' which is fantastic. The only downside to this film is that it feels short, it was 93 minutes but it simply flies by. Maybe that is a good thing? Shows how good this film was!


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