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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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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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The recall statement (Lily awoke in an evening gown...) is adapted from "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton. See more »

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When Colter Stevens is on the train and makes the cell phone call to Nellis Air Force Base, the voice on the other end says, "Post Operator." If he was calling an Air Force base, he would be connected to the "Base Operator." Only Army facilities are called "Posts." See more »

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Christina Warren: I took your advice. It was good advice, thank you.
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Definitely a Sci-Fi film to remember
17 April 2011 | by darkraven_109See all my reviews

The future of movies doesn't seem too bright since all we're getting are remakes, adaptations and unnecessary prequels/sequels and that's why original stuff like SOURCE CODE can really make my day.

Honestly, the trailers and initial premise didn't seem promising; some soldier can travel back in time and has to stop an some evil terrorist from bombing America. At first glance it looked more like some patriotic Steven Segal movie written by Tom Clancy with a higher budget and better actors. And then you watch it.

Like INCEPTION, this is one of the few movies that you can't spoil since even the smallest detail could accidentally reveal a twist or two. The story itself is a very original blend of thriller, sci-fi and drama and it works. Full of unseen twists and with a high octane pacing, SOURCE CODE will keep you wanting for more as each answer is slowly revealed. The script helps too but its the actors, who deliver the lines well, who drive the movie into emotional levels. My only problem with the film is some weak foreshadowing but it thankfully doesn't affect the movie in a bad way and to give any more details would spoil the film.

To keep it short and to avoid accidentally spoiling a plot detail or two, SOURCE CODE is a must watch. It's one of the few original films out there in a market full of crap and it's definitely worth your money. It's just a pity that Hollywood doesn't seem to be supporting these kinds of films.


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