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.
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as Capt. Colter Stevens
as Dr. Rutledge
as Derek Frost
as Max Denoff
as George Troxel
as Gold Watch Executive
as Coffee Mug Lady
as Minister Sudoku
as College Student
as Soda Can Guy
as Office Manager
as Aviator Glasses Guy
as Lab Technician
as CNN Anchor
as Lock Tech
as Sean Fentress Reflection
as Train Official
as UPG Medic
as Colter's Father
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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.
Source Code is a sci-fi thriller that simply shouldn't work as well as it does.
It's this emotional arc underlying the ticking-time-bomb plot that keeps the movie from succumbing to its flaws.
A thoroughly original, imaginative and fast-flying tale in which the Groundhog Day aspects are secondary to a story of service, honor and dedication.
Holes in logic get swept aside by the brisk pace and stimulating tale.
Audience Reviews for Source Code
In the future not only will we be able to see the film Groundhog Day again, but we'll also be able to live it ... only it'll be the same few minutes, over and over again. Just a little trifle of fun laughing down the dark dark halls of the time travel trope, the dark of the twilight zone. Very good.
Fun. Groundhog Day + Deja Vu. Can't go wrong with that.
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.
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