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Source Code Review

Posted August 10, 2011 by Max in Review

Reposted due to DVD/Blu-Ray release.

Directed by Duncan JonesSource Code stars Jake GyllenhaalMichelle Monaghan and Vera FarmigaSource Code is the new vision from Duncan Jones, fresh off his widely acclaimed film MoonSource Code comes off as a mixture of ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Quantum Leap’, but never becomes tedious. This is a thrill ride from beginning to end.

Source Code starts with Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) awaking on a train heading towards Chicago. He’s unsure of how he arrived there and why there is a woman in front of him who believes he is someone else. The woman named Christina Warren (Monaghan) seems very familiar with Stevens and wonders why he is acting so strange.

After Stevens discovers he is not in his own body, the train he is riding on explodes. All the sudden he is transported into a pod with seemingly no outside connections. The first thing he sees is the vision of Colleen Goodwin (Farmiga) projected on a screen. Goodwin tells Stevens that any questions he has are not important and he only has one goal, to try to stop the bombing of the train.


Each time Stevens fails to stop the bombing he is transported back to the same eight minutes before the explosion. Stevens must find out who is the culprit and discover the secrets behind Source Code.

The true stars of Source Code are Gyllenhaal and Monaghan. They hold what could easily be a tired retreat into something riveting each time Stevens is transported on that train. Monaghan is given a huge responsibility because each time we see her character she must reveal a different side of Christina as Stevens attempts his mission.

The opening sequence and score reminded me instantly of ‘North by Northwest’. Luckily that’s not where the comparisons end. Source Code is a successful science-fiction film that is equal parts thriller and drama. It might over stay its welcome by about eight minutes, but Source Code is a ride not to be missed.

Source Code Review

Directed by Duncan Jones
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
On DVD/Blu-Ray Now

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