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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Helicopter pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is part of a top-secret military operation that enables him to experience the last few minutes in the life of Sean Fentress, a man who died in a commuter-train explosion. The purpose of Colter's mission is to learn the identity of the bomber and prevent a similar catastrophe. As Colter lives Sean's final moments, he becomes more certain that he can prevent the first tragedy from occurring -- as long as he doesn't run out of time.

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Critic Reviews for Source Code

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (71) | Fresh (241) | 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.

    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…
  • 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…
  • Jones ... has a light touch of the sort that enlivens the material without trivializing it-think of it as tongue delicately navigating the perimeter of cheek

    June 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Holes in logic get swept aside by the brisk pace and stimulating tale.

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

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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