Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on a mission to identify a bomber who destroyed a train just hours earlier and who plans to kill thousands more with a much larger explosion in the heart of Chicago.
A top-secret program, named ‘Source Code’, allows Colter to exist briefly as another man in the parallel reality of the doomed commuter train. Each time he returns to the train, Colter has just eight minutes to uncover the bomber’s identity. The more he learns, the more convinced he becomes that he can prevent the deadly blast from ever happening – unless time runs out first.
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I really enjoyed this film. Very clever in execution and gripping. The characters are likeable (at least the ones who are supposed to be likeable) and the premise is interesting. I believe the ending can be read in one of two ways, but you will have to watch the movie to make up your own mind. Highly recommended DVD.
This is a good entertaining DVD which just avoids becoming repetitive as the same scene is revisited again and again, however careful editing saves the day. The extras explain that the events in the film are not that far fetched!
Anyone eager to see Duncan Jones' follow-up to MOON can rest easy - the directors first feature film wasn't a flash in the pan. Handling a bigger budget, bigger name actors, and crucially, bigger expectations - Jones' latest head-scratcher is a glorious success in about 90% of what it tries to do. Familiar themes abound - a small cast, enclosed spaces, a script that asks questions of the viewer - and an ending that will please some as much as it disappoints others. After Sam Rockwell's glorious performance in MOON ('Walking on Sunshine' will always raise a smile now!), Jake Gyllenhaal has some big boots to fill - the pleasant surprise is that he fills those boots well. Having not previously been stretched beyond using his puppy dog eyes or a teenage scowl to get by, Gyllenhaal's performance really has the viewer buying into his situation - a crucial requisite in a film that replays a similar situation over and over. Michelle Monaghan has little to do and in many ways is along for the same ride as the audience - her confusion, distrust, disbelief but eventual support for Gyllenhaal mirroring the viewers reaction. It's not perfect, but a big budget film (well, around $32 million) that encourages you to think, encourages you to look closer and encourages you to invest your emotion in the characters, well, that's a keeper in todays industry. That marmite ending has (wrongly) been the focus of too many reviews - there's no doubt that Jones enjoys a bittersweet finale and maybe this one is bitter too sweet. But hey, when you've paid your money, when you've willingly gone along for the ride - I think most would rather leave the cinema smiling than scowling ...
This exceptional piece of sci-fi, reminiscent of TV's Quantum Leap, is a gripping tale that unwinds from a disaster that has already occurred. The Groundhog day attempts to identify a killer among a train full of passengers in an 8 minute "leap" is an edge of the seat nail biter of exceptional story telling with a twist in the tail and brilliant acting. What more can you ask?
Source code is a good watch. It makes you think when you are watching the film to see if you notice anything different. I would watch this film again/
its a thrilling suspensefull film!!
I came into this film without expecting too much, but was pleasantly surprised. The film is extremely well paced and is able to hold your interest throughout The one glaring negative is the ending though, without giving anything away I felt it was poor and almost spoilt what would have otherwise been an excellent addition to the genre. Had the ending been more fitting to the film it could have been 4 stars, however it has to settle for 3 out of 5
Oh, how we all love us some good old fashioned Contained Action- Thrillers! Last year we got the dreadful but noteworthy "Unstoppable" - in which our two heroes stationed themselves inside a moving train in an attempt to stop an unmanned freight train heading toward a city. Let it be noted, that film is nothing like Source Code. No sir, not one bit. What is Source Code, you ask? Think something along the lines of Die Hard/Groundhog Day/Clue-The board game, in a nutshell. So, what makes this film different? It's smart, focused, and suspenseful. Whereas in Unstoppable, we pretty much knew where the whole deal was heading. But we're not talking about that film. This is Source Code, and i'm going to tell you straight up, this flick is the best film this year SO FAR. Source Code begins with our lead character, Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhall), waking up on a Chicago commuter train, opposite Christina (Michelle Monaghan) a woman whom we sense he's never met, talking to him as if they've known each other some time. Immediately after, we learn that he's a Helicopter pilot for the US Army, and that he in fact has never met this woman before. He has no clue how he's gotten to where he is, or why. All he knows is that this woman apparently knows him well, and thinks his name is 'Sean'. Confused by all of this, he goes to the bathroom, only to find that the person in the mirror isn't him, it's someone else. As us, the audience, try to process all of this information in our mind, the train abruptly explodes into flames, killing everyone on board. The opening immediately attaches you to the story, with the great score, unsettling tone, and disorienting editing. It also leaves us with tons of questions: What the hell just happened? Who is Christina? Who is this 'Sean' Character? Why is Colter in this situation? Then Colter wakes up again, but now in a dimly lit cement capsule, alone, talking to fellow soldier Goodwin. We discover that the commuter train he was just on was destroyed by a terrorist bomb earlier that day, and that there may be an even larger attack that could destroy Chicago. We also learn that he's a participant in an experimental Army intelligence program that allows him to continually relive the last eight minutes of one of the train's passengers life (Sean), in order to find the bomb and the terrorist who has threatened the larger attack in the heart of Chicago. And like Groundhog Day, he experiences the same events over and over again, remembering each and every one. Giving him the chance to inspect every suspicious passenger, as well as getting to know Christina a bit more a long the way, and eventually beginning to care for her safety. But unfortunately, all of the these people are already dead, they only exist in the parallel universe of the 'Source Code'. Every eight minutes he's warped back to the capsule, where he is debriefed by Jeffery Wright and Vera Farmiga's characters, then sent back into the Source Code. The science behind the film is very far-fetched, so it's up to you, the viewer, to let go and let Duncan Jones and his crew take over your mind for an hour and a half. And he promises a very intense thrill ride that will definitely be memorable in the future as a very intelligent and unique take on the contained thriller. Nevertheless, there definitely are plot-holes in the film, and the ending is maybe too subtle for the everyday sci-fi fanatic. But i believe it's safe to say that this film succeeds in almost every category, with the constant suspense and mystery, great action sequences, and the amazing score. Source Code keeps you guessing throughout, anticipating who the bomber could be. The very definition of High Concept. Source Code is well deserved full price worthy movie that hopefully will become a box office success as well. God knows Hollywood doesn't put out enough original material like this anymore.
I love sci-fi and especially sci-fi that is full of rapid pace action, explosions and good dialogue. With the brilliant jake Gyllenhaal taking the role of Captain Colter Stevens, a soldier who has to find the identity of a bomber on board a passenger train, this film would at first glance seem to have everything you need to keep you glued to your seat. This isn't another Under Siege 2 though. The train has already blown up and the 'source code' lets Stevens continually relive the last eight minuts of train passenger Sean. This twist is what kept me glued to the screen. A great idea that made me desperately want Stevens to somehow stop the bomb from going off, but knowing that he can't change whats already happened but only try and change the bombers next target. Didn't matter how many times the same 8 minutes replayed though, each time was just as tense and fresh. One of the main things I like about this movie is the emphasis on the characters themselves. Jake Gyllenhaal is great in this movie. The only negative thing I can think of is the ending. It left me feeling a little disappointed because I feel (Without giving too much of the ending away) it went on past the point it needed to. I think it just tried too hard to make the ending as uplifting and complicated as it could. A great movie though and well worth watching.
There are many directors who can boast a strong debut, but there are far fewer who can follow that up with an equally strong second film. Duncan Jones has accomplished just that with Source Code. The film begins with a disarmingly simple scene. The two leads are introduced quickly and the claustrophobic setting set the thriller tone efficiently. Once this is done, the twist turns on its own genre and expands in to emotionally driven science fiction. With every new layer of mind bending sci-fi, another side to the main characters is shown. This all leads to a strong climax which manages to weave together all of the plot elements beautifully and brought a manly tear to my eye with it. Throughout the story there are Easter eggs and in-jokes to keep any sci-fi fan happy. The best of which, contains a brilliant understated cameo by a legend of the genre. The acting is almost flawless except for a slightly hammy turn from Jeffery Wright. If a single actor did deserve particular praise it would be Vera Farmiga who brings a tenderness and elegance to her role. However, this is Duncan Jones and Jake Gyllenhaal's movie, who between them craft a modern sci-fi film which honours yet never parodys the great films that have inspired it.