Source Code

2011

Source Code

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Finding the human story amidst the action, director Duncan Jones and charming Jake Gyllenhaal craft a smart, satisfying sci-fi thriller.

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When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the Source Code, a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. -- (C) Summit

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
as Capt. Colter Stevens
Vera Farmiga
as Goodwin
Jeffrey Wright
as Dr. Rutledge
Michael Arden
as Derek Frost
Cas Anvar
as Hazmi
Russell Peters
as Max Denoff
Brent Skagford
as George Troxel
Craig Thomas
as Gold Watch Executive
Gordon Masten
as Conductor
Paula Jean Hixson
as Coffee Mug Lady
Lincoln Ward
as Minister Sudoku
Kyle Gatehouse
as College Student
Albert Kwan
as Soda Can Guy
Anne Day-Jones
as Office Manager
Clarice Byrne
as Secretary
James A. Woods
as Aviator Glasses Guy
Joe Cobden
as Lab Technician
Tom Tammi
as CNN Anchor
Matt Holland
as Lock Tech
Frédérick De Grandpré
as Sean Fentress Reflection
Pierre Yves Leblanc
as Train Official
Scott Bakula
as Colter's Father
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Critic Reviews for Source Code

All Critics (259) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (237) | Rotten (22)

  • Ultimately, Source Code makes good on its Hitchcockian opening sequence -- it may pale in comparison to the master, but it's a fun, puzzle-filled ride, with excellent pacing and a mounting uneasiness that recalls the best episodes of The Twilight Zone.

    Mar 23, 2014 | Full Review…

    Una LaMarche

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Source Code is a sci-fi thriller that simply shouldn't work as well as it does.

    Mar 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's this emotional arc underlying the ticking-time-bomb plot that keeps the movie from succumbing to its flaws.

    Mar 23, 2014 | Full Review…

    John Swansburg

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • A thoroughly original, imaginative and fast-flying tale in which the Groundhog Day aspects are secondary to a story of service, honor and dedication.

    Mar 23, 2014 | Full Review…

    Frank Lovece

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • Holes in logic get swept aside by the brisk pace and stimulating tale.

    Jan 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • A casually brainy and surprisingly thoughtful blockbuster... that is ultimately as much about saving the day as seizing it.

    Jul 29, 2011 | Full Review…

    William Goss

    Film.com
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Audience Reviews for Source Code

  • Jun 09, 2016
    What an ending. That's all I'll say
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2016
    Thrilling, thought-provoking, and finely executed. Source Code is a certified good watch.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2015
    Less action, but still a similar tale to Edge of Tomorrow, and one that I had exactly the same problem with: Choosing a sappy ending over good storytelling.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2014
    Duncan Jones' science-fiction "Groundhog Day" is an interesting concept no matter how may times it is told, because I think that people will always find fascinating the idea of ammending the mistakes of the past and try to build a better future for ourselves and, hopefully, for everybody around us, including love. There is an infinite number of variables measured by a Statistical ratio scale in our lives. Every breath we take, every word we say, every movement we decide to make, every person we forgot to speak to, every second makes infinitesimal changes to the entire concept of existence. It makes a difference "here and there". We are reality changers. As intriguing as the idea may be, <i>Source Code</i> is a film that will be remembered for only a few years; the clichés it displays will be forgotten and the only thing they will remember is the concept, which appeals to us so much as emotional and reflective human beings. They will remember the plot and the ending, but nothing in between. Its biggest issue is the fact that it doesn't have a target audience, so the balance between genres is very unfocused. Shifting from thrilling suspense to a plot twist, to romance(?), to extremely brief action doses, to an emotional ending, to a contradictory closing credits soundtrack (did I watch a drama film or a capturing sci-fi thriller?), we have the thousandth case of wasted potential that achieved its entertainment goal just nicely. It is also good news to know that Gyllenhaal's career isn't dead yet. He will not have an undetermined number of 8-minute periods to fix his career in real life! 60/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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