Source Code


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

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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

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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.

    Mar 23, 2014 | Full Review…

    Una LaMarche

    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 | Full Review…
  • 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

    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

    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
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Source Code


Source Code is what the film Inception should've been like. Rather than being basically a different version of the matrix like Inception, this film is actually very entertaining, the plot is fantastic, the action is good, the the characters are fleshed out and very well developed, Jake Glyenhaal does a fantastic job as the main character and is very likable and throughout the film you just want to know whats happening to him. Also the pace of the film is very good, the film is interesting and is very quick and though having a run time of 105 minutes, it really doesn't feel like it because of how entertaining it is.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

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
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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