Source Code (2011)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violence including disturbing images, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Ripley, Billy Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 26, 2011
Box Office: $54.7M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


as Capt. Colter Stevens

as Goodwin

as Dr. Rutledge

as Derek Frost

as Hazmi

as Max Denoff

as George Troxel

as Gold Watch Executive

as Conductor

as Coffee Mug Lady

as Minister Sudoku

as College Student

as Soda Can Guy

as Office Manager

as Secretary

as Aviator Glasses Guy

as Lab Technician

as CNN Anchor

as Lock Tech

as Sean Fentress Reflec...

as Train Official

as Colter's Father
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Critic Reviews for Source Code

All Critics (243) | Top Critics (46)

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2014
New York Observer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 23, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's this emotional arc underlying the ticking-time-bomb plot that keeps the movie from succumbing to its flaws.

Full Review… | March 23, 2014
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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2014
Top Critic

Holes in logic get swept aside by the brisk pace and stimulating tale.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
USA Today
Top Critic

A casually brainy and surprisingly thoughtful blockbuster... that is ultimately as much about saving the day as seizing it.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Source Code

An interesting premise put together nicely by Duncan Jones (Moon). Thats two for two on his movies so far. And Jake Gyllenhaal was excellent, made me completely forget about Prince of Persia.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Fun. Groundhog Day + Deja Vu. Can't go wrong with that.

Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer


An ex-army pilot finds himself living another man's life and discovers that he is operating within a secret government project where they send a person's consciousness back in time to discover terrorist threats. Duncan Jones' follow up to the pleasingly old school sci-fi Moon is a variation on the idea behind La Jetee, the short that inspired Twelve Monkeys. Basically it's Groundhog Day done as thriller instead of comedy as Jake Gyllenhaal lives the same eight minutes of a commuter's life over and over until he discovers the identity of the bomber who blew up the train he was travelling on. The concept will be familiar to those old enough to remember 90s tea-time sci fi show Quantum Leap and it also shares ingredients with films such as Robocop and Total Recall. To be honest, take away the sci-fi twist and it's executed very like many other Hollywood action thrillers but it has enough invention and charm to raise it above its main competition (namely Next and Deja Vu) thanks to some likeable characters and interesting visuals. It feels a lot more run of the mill and predictable than Moon but anyone who found Inception a little too dense for their taste, it's a more easily digestible, bite-size alternative.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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