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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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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

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (48)

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.

March 23, 2014 | Full Review…

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

March 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.

March 23, 2014 | Full Review…
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.

March 23, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

January 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

July 29, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

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 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
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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