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Source Code (2011)

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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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Duncan Jones

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Ben Ripley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Colter Stevens
Michelle Monaghan ... Christina Warren
Vera Farmiga ... Colleen Goodwin
Jeffrey Wright ... Dr. Rutledge
Michael Arden ... Derek Frost
Cas Anvar ... Hazmi
Russell Peters ... Max Denoff
Brent Skagford ... George Troxel
Craig Thomas ... Gold Watch Executive
Gordon Masten ... Conductor
Susan Bain Susan Bain ... Nurse
Paula Jean Hixson ... Coffee Mug Lady
Lincoln Ward Lincoln Ward ... Minister Sudoku
Kyle Gatehouse ... College Student
Albert Kwan ... Soda Can Guy
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Storyline

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


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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 minutos antes de morir See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$54,712,227

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,332,697
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1.85 : 1
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Vera Farmiga stated that she took the role just at the start of her pregnancy in February 2010. She knew that in that scenario she would be unavailable for the next 10 months. She filmed her scenes in 10 days. See more »

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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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[first lines]
Christina Warren: I took your advice. It was good advice, thank you.
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References The Nuclear Boy Scout (2003) See more »

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A sci-fi narrative explored the traditional way
11 May 2011 | by stephisthekingpinSee all my reviews

Source Code is the 2nd feature film from English Director Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie). Duncan has showed audiences twice now that his narrative can be told boldly without excessive explosions and unnecessary cgi by exploring an idea and the implications it entails; which is what should be the basis of any story.

Jake Gyllenhaal is Colter Stevens, an Army helicopter pilot; Or at least he's convinced he is. After waking on a Chicago train unaware of his surroundings or Christina (Michelle Monaghan), a woman so eagerly talking to him, Colter discovers that everything is not as it seems. Following being referred to as Sean and a deep look into the bathroom mirror, Colter learns that his appearance and character on the outside is not the one he knows.

Waking as himself his real self this is, Colter finds himself talking to Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) a scientist for an unknown organisation. Post a series of memory regaining techniques, he is informed that the commuter train he was previously on has been destroyed by a terrorist attack, which is only the beginning of disastrous attacks to follow. Colter learns that the brain of one of the victims contains memories of the last 8 minutes prior to the explosion, and by re-running those minutes they can discover their terrorist and prevent a major attack on Chicago.

An advanced computer program run by the mysterious organisation allows Colter to live the final 8 minutes and discover the terrorist before it's too late. Experiencing Déjà vu on every re-entry aboard the train, Colter can remember all of the memories of his previous visits, even though for Christina and the other passengers aboard it's happening for the first time.

Our hero begins to care for Christina, as much as any male would for any number of characters portrayed by Michelle Monaghan in recent times. Colter's ability to act upon free will within the 8 minutes produces the idea that he could positively change the outcome for himself, the passengers, the scientists and most importantly the love interest.

The mastermind behind the operation Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright) is desperate for it's success regardless of the lives it may cost along the way, which could compromise Colter's outcome. In a race to save Chicago from certain destruction Colter is destined for selfless courage.

The well casted characters are certainly above satisfaction, particularly Vera Farmiga who although is not the love interest will win the heart of the viewer. Don Burgess' photography is great, steady camera-work makes all the scenes believable despite the science of the story being absurd, but that's what makes Sci-fi so enjoyable. Perhaps it was the sound quality of the cinema I was in but I wasn't taken by Chris Bacon's Music Score it doesn't even put a notch on Clint Mansell's work collaborating with Jones on his previous film.

Whether it be a Trademark from the director or a homage to his previous film "Moon", Jones includes a subtle reference that fans will easily notice if not the first time around there's a 2nd hint.

Sci-fi in recent times continually proves that it's not a dying genre, take Christopher Nolan's Inception, acclaimed modern masterpiece or Independent sensations District 9 and Moon for e.g. Whether the viewer identifies Source Code as a Sci-fi or a thriller they will be taken on a visually pleasing experience nonetheless. Rating 4/5


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