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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
The commuter train map posted inside the rail car, was actually the map of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) with the color of the lines altered. The train being filmed was also a Metra train, an entirely different rail system, which features no maps at all in its cars. See more »
In the opening sequences for each return to the train, there is a flyover of a river which show a Canada goose taking off. However, the sound effect played is for a duck. See more »
An interesting premise with an excellent execution
I've been waiting for this movie for 2 years. I loved Duncan Jones'
last film/debut Moon.
It was worth it.
Source Code is the best movie that I've seen so far this year. Source
Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, a helicopter
pilot for the U.S. Military. He wakes up on a train in the body of a
man named Sean Fentress. Across from him is a woman named Christina
played by the always wonderful Michelle Monaghan. After a few minutes
of being confused as hell BOOM! We start out with a big CG building and
it's like AUGGH! Then Helicopters burst into flames and they're like
AUGH! BOOM! AUGH! Then motorcycles burst into flames while they jump
over these helicopters. An 18 wheeler spins out of control and its all
like BROSH! And this huge tanker full of dynamite is like BRAH! BRAHH!
In other words the train blew up.
Turns out that Colter Stevens is in a computer program called the
Source Code which allows him to enter somebody's body for the last 8
minutes of his life. Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright play the people in
charge of the Source Code. They are very good in their supporting
roles. Stevens' job is quite simple: Find the bomber so the next attack
can be prevented.
So some might argue that this movie isn't original, but they'd actually
be kinda wrong. Yes, this movie features Groundhog's day formula and
it's about terrorism. It's been compared to a crapload of movies
■Groundhog Day ■Inception ■Déjà vu ■12 Monkeys ■Quantum Leap ■The
Butterfly Effect ■Memento ■Avatar ■Assasin's Creed ■Vantage Point
■Unstoppable ■Prince of Persia: The sands of time ■Final Destination
I haven't seen all of these, but I've seen most of them. Let me say
right now that Source Code is not that similar to any of those films.
Source Code is great, intelligent, entertaining science fiction. There
are many great things to say. First off, the acting is fantastic by
everybody. Gyllenhaal is in this movie for nearly every frame and he's
great in every scene. This is one of his best performances to date and
he's had a lot of good performances. Michelle Monaghan has this
innocent charm with her character. Vera Farmiga and the very underrated
Jeffrey Wright give very interesting and complex performances as well.
This film is a whodunit, and lately a lot of those have had rather
obvious answers to who did it. The guilty person and/or persons in this
movie is NOT obvious. Not at all. At least not to me. A film like this
could have suffered from being repetitive since Gyllenhaal repeats the
same 8 minutes over and over again, but each time is significantly
different from the last so the film feels fresh throughout. The best
thing about the movie though is the human story in it. It's really
emotionally connecting especially around the end. Stevens was a very,
very likable character who I wanted to succeed. The message is moving.
The ending is fascinating. I think too many people are calling it off
as a plot hole. Its clearly meant to be open to interpretation, kind of
like Inception. Lots of people think that it should have ended 10
minutes earlier, but I thought it had a very strong ending. The movie
clocks in at a mere 93 minutes, but every second is great.
Sure, a real life Source Code isn't a computer program, but I don't get
why so many damn people are complaining about that. Another note is
that the trailer is a tiny bit misleading. It makes it seem like the
whole movie is about Gyllenhaal trying save Michelle Monaghan in a
typical "save the girl" formula. It's not. The movie is about
Gyllenhaal looking for the bomber and it's entertaining all the way
Sadly Source Code hasn't done good at the box office. It's too bad,
because it deserves a LOT of money.
Source Code may not be quite as good as Moon, but it's damn close.
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