Source Code

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Sci-fi thriller from British director Duncan "son of David Bowie" Jones (Moon).

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 the bizarre assignment, 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 eight 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.


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Science Fiction, Thriller


Rating: M contains offensive language & sexual references

USA, France

Official Site

Duncan Jones’ follow-up to his excellent sci-fi debut, Moon, is a simple yet satisfying thriller that keeps the mind ticking and bats away suspicions that the director might be a one-trick pony. Geared towards a more mainstream crowd (a good thing!), the slick Source Code works as an entertaining, intelligent puzzle.

I'm not going to give any plot details away here because part of the film’s appeal is that one finds out what’s happening at the same time as the hero. In this case it’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s Captain Stevens, who wakes up in someone else’s body on board a train that explodes eight minutes later. Gyllenhaal, as always, is extremely likable and empathetic and whilst his character might not be as finely drawn as Zodiac’s Robert Graysmith or Donnie Darko, Stevens remains a charismatic presence throughout.

Jones’ film is impeccably constructed and tightly focussed. As Stevens wakes up time and time again, the same events play out from different angles and with various consequences. The train carriage acts as a confined and claustrophobic place where the action plays out. In fact, the whole thing is told so economically that the last section of the film can’t help but slacken slightly and the end is not as interesting as the way in which the film started out. Regardless, two films into his career and Jones seems to be etching out a foothold in high-concept, modest storytelling.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)


An ingenious thriller that comes billed as science fiction, although its science is preposterous.

Empire (UK)


An exciting, intellectually stimulating science-fiction thriller which also connects emotionally. Everyone involved earns a promotion to the premiership.

Hollywood Reporter


The movie boils down to one character, acting under enormous pressures of space and time, racing to solve a mystery. In this case, that may be good enough.

NZ Herald (Russell Baillie)


Rare sci-fi thriller of brains and heart

Total Film (UK)


The Moon man returns to Earth with a clever, classy and affecting thriller that never goes off the rails. If Bowie isn’t careful, he’ll soon be better known as “Duncan Jones’s father”...

TVNZ (Darren Bevan)


Source Code is one of the best films of 2011 - it's intelligent, ferociously good film making, and a brilliant experience which rewards with multiple viewings.

Variety (USA)


Solid execution and some provocative ideas can't save Source Code from a fatal hubris, as it thinks itself far more clever than it actually is and assumes it's earned emotions at which it's only hinted.

Not as clever as it thinks it is

'Inception' meets 'Groundhog Day', but this film lacks the intelligence of the former and doesn't achieve the variety of the latter. A decent enough concept but shambolicly executed, resulting in a rambling yawn. It doesn't take long to see where the film is going and from there you just want to shout at them to get on with it. Thinks it's far more clever than it really is. Became numbing to watch.

SUREAL & a bit GoundHog Dayish I give it 3trains Choo Choo Choo

I like how Jake Gyllenhaal played his role as well as the other cast. Scary in a way, he has to re-live the victims deaths over & over again just to find a threat.

He learns his own dark secret & he falls for his co star character as she is the only one he connects to on the train. its not a cliffhanger but more a breath of fresh air in terms of a who did it Sci Fi Thriller.


An entertaining ride. Nothing mind-blowing, but good nonetheless. Jake Gyllenhaal was great.

Well pieced together

Great movie, cleverly mastered ending. I enjoyed it :)


For a movie that kept repeating the same scene over again was very entertaining. Great cast and fun movie.

Continue this trend Mr. Jones and i will buy tickets to every one of your films

Duncan Jones continues his artistic rampage with this (not time travelling!)thriller. After having only seen the film once, i arrived at the conclusion that i liked it. However, after meditating on the ideological implications of the ending for sometime i then came to the conclusion that i loved it! I believe this film is incredibly dark in tone if you interpreted it as i did. No spoiler but let's just say it does touch on the subject of stealing and killing a whole lot of people a whole lot of times. Dear god. Jones you brilliant maniac!




Best film this year

'Nuff said.

Movies dont get any better than this.

A mind bending subject for a story.It is griping from start to finish.So well told.It is very clever and not too long.

Epic Ending!

I'd read a few average reviews and so went along thinking that it would be good, but not that good - but GOSH were my expectations pleasantly blasted! :D There were definitely some twists, and especially the ending, which I was not expecting. The ending - epic! Made me grin excitedly in the theatre. Jake Gyllenhaal was once again fantastic :) This film was a really neat idea - could have been longer, but I think it covered things just perfect :)

Don't watch the trailer!

The trailer gives away too much. This film would be better seen knowing less. The acting and suspense at the beginning is lost through knowing more. I have to admit I am disappointed lately with not only trailers giving away too much but movies having 3 trailers that combined tell too much. This is a good solid thriller that the family enjoyed. It's worth watching even if it is a little on the short side at 1 hour 33 minutes. Like someone said below they could have got a lot more out of the story. Our youngest is 11 years and enjoyed this movie.