Source Code (2011) Movie Review

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Source Code (2011)

2011 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Romance
93 minutes / 1h 33min

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Source Code Plot Synopsis:

Army Captain Colter Stevens finds himself working on a special program where his consciousness can be inserted into another human being. The only catch is can only be there for 8 minutes at any given time. That morning, a bomb exploded on a commuter train just outside Chicago. He occupies the body of teacher going to work on that train and is confused as to what he is doing or why he is there as his last memory is of flying his helicopter on a combat mission in Afghanistan. Those in charge of the program explain to him that there is a bomb on the train, and that he must locate it. More importantly, he must identify the bomber as another bombing is expected later that day. He is also told however that he cannot change the past and can only gather information. As he develops a liking for his traveling companion Christina, he sets out to test that theory.

Source Code (2011) Review

Source Code (2011) is a 1h 33-min American-French science-fiction mystery-thriller movie that had an estimated budget of $32 million and grossed over $147.3 million at the box office. Director Duncan Jones (Moon (2009), Warcraft (2016), Whistle (2002)) did a phenomenal job shooting Source Code in Chicago, Illinois, USA and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Source Code is a tightly interwoven mystery that contains graphic images, bad language, mild violence, suspense, thrills, and tension.

Source Code revolves around Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal - Donnie Darko (2001), Nightcrawler (2014), Zodiac (2007)) who is a U.S. Army helicopter pilot/captain that was sent to find a bomber through computer reality. Colter awakes on a train in a different body from his and on a path that he does not recognize and remembers that he was flying in Afghanistan. He was even talking to a/his girlfriend that he does not know. His train did not take long to explode, and he then awakes in a pod where there were people outside of the pod that he can talk to. Colter learns that he can travel in time and is requested to go back and find out who is the bomber.

After several failed attempts to find out who the bomber is, Colter asked what in the world is going on, and he was given a very simple explanation. Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga - The Conjuring (2013), The Departed (2006), Up in the Air (2009)) and Dr. Rutledge, who is the scientist in charge, explained to Colter that he is part of a project. The project can put anyone in another person’s consciousness but only for the last 8 minutes of the other person’s life. He can enter another passenger’s body who fits his profile the closest. He is sent back and back again trying to look for clues as to who the bomber is but he cannot stop the attacker, only identify the bomber.

Colter began having feelings for his train girlfriend while his real girlfriend, Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan - Gone Baby Gone (2007), Due Date (2010), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)) is not aware of the mind-altering changes happening to him. The plot thickens as Colter eliminates suspects. Experiment Source Code, which involves time manipulation, becomes intriguing with unexpected circumstances.

Science Fiction fans would love the deep levels, scientific inferences (quantum physics & string theory) and experiment. The romance scenes were much needed and appreciated with the great convincing acting. I began having several different thoughts about our nature, fate and myself after watching Source Code. The movie overall was a fantastic watch that should not be missed because I cannot help thinking that this technology might be knocking at our door sooner than expected. Everything about the film was nicely done and above average, resulting in a score of eight because I did not care for Colter replaying the past so many times to find the bomber although I know it was needed to make the movie what it is.

  • Source Code Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.02
  • IMDB: 7.5
  • MetaCritic: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.2

About Source Code 2011

Title: Source Code
Year: 2011
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Romance
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.01/5 stars from 439,075 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 439,075
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Source Code Cast Starring: Rana Morrison, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeff Moffitt, Joe Cobden, Vera Farmiga, Brent Skagford, Pierre Leblanc, Cas Anvar, Joti Nagra, Gordon Masten, Albert Kwan, James A. Woods, Matt Holland, Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright, Kyle Gatehouse, Anne Day-Jones, Darlene Benigno, Jasson Finney, Kyle Allatt, Scott Bakula, Laura Atwood, Craig Thomas, Samuel Meadows, Chris Ramirez, Clarice Byrne, Christopher E. Ramirez, Frédérick De Grandpré, Tom Tammi, Frédérick De Grandpré
Source Code Writers: NA
Source Code Director: Duncan Jones
Box Office: $54,696,902
Production: Summit Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA, Canada