Source Code

Posted on April 4, 2011


Military helicopter pilot Capt. Coulter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up to find himself in the body of a history teacher on a Chicago commuter train. Eight minutes later the train explodes and he’s slammed back into a chamber where’s he expected to know who bombed it. He learns that he’s part of an experimental quantum physics/mechanics program working on the theory that for eight minutes after a person dies the electro-magnetic part of their brain is still alive. His particular skills set and personality-type are needed to stop a second disaster of blowing up downtown Chicago and killing millions, so again and again he’s blasted back to eight minutes before the train is bombed. Each time he goes back, he learns a little more about what happened and becomes a little more attracted to Christina (Michelle Monaghan).

It’s an intense in parts, interesting movie and Gyllenhaal is up for it, one of his best roles yet. Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) is second in command of the mission and slowly opens up as the story unfolds. This whole alternate reality thing is fascinating and I’m so glad movie makers are exploring it. The more that happens, the closer we get to understanding it. I think there’s a real possibility there will be a Source Code II.

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