Director : Duncan Jones
Starring : Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright
Running Time : 93 minutes
Release Date : May 5, 2011
Helicopter pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up unexpectedly on a train with a woman named Christina (Michelle Monaghan) who knows him as teacher Sean Fentress. Out of nowhere, the train blows up and Colter wakes up, in one piece, in a small dark chamber unable to move.
It is there when Air force Capt. Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) tells him through a computer screen he is part of a mission called ‘Source Code’, a program that allows him to relive the last eight minutes of someone’s life.
His mission is to find the bomb on the train, discover who built it, and report back to Goodwin before the bomber detonates a second larger bomb in Chicago, which will kill millions of people.
Source Code cleverly pulls off its intriguing sci-fi premise and telling you why would be giving away too much.
The plot is compelling as Colter follows a different path or passenger every time he relives the past, on or off the train. Every five minutes there is a new unexpected subplot or rule regarding the Source Code program, which only makes this mind game much more intense.
Source Code also has a lot of humour as Colter thinks ahead of everyone’s actions (like Bill Murray did in Groundhog Day) and acts fast without worrying about consequences given with the limited amount of time he has. This causes the other passengers to think he is crazy.
What’s surprising about Source Code is it also has heart. You have the romance between Gyllenhaal and Monaghan, who together ooze with charm and chemistry, and the movie also squeezes in a hidden message about life and making every second count.
Jake Gyllenhaal is witty and strong as the hero who is trying to save lives while figuring out how he ended up on this mission and who he’s working for.
At a running time of an hour and a half, Source Code moves fast without overstaying its welcome. This sci-fi thriller will have you on the edge of your seat and smiling at the same time.
Rated: 4 / 5 stars