- Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Russell Peters, James A. Woods, Michael Arden, Joe Cobden, Cas Anvar, Gordon Masten, Neil Napier, Nick Ferrin, Craig Thomas, Susan Bain, Chris Ramirez, Anne Day-Jones, Kyle Allatt, Frédéric De Grandpré, Brent Skagford, Clarice Byrne
- Director: Duncan Jones
- Writer: Ben Ripley
- Producers: Mark Gordon, Philippe Rousselet, Jordan Wynn
- Co Producers: Stuart Fenegan, Tracy Underwood
- Associate Producer: Sarah Platt
- Executive Producers: Jeb Brody, Fabrice Gianfermi, Hawk Koch
- Art Direction: Pierre Perrault
- Costume Design: Renée April
- D.O.P.: Don Burgess
- Editor: Paul Hirsch
- Makeup: Suzi Ostos
- Music: Chris Bacon
- Production Design: Barry Chusid
- Set Decoration: Suzanne Cloutier
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (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 an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called "Source Code", a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Chicago, USA; Montreal, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Some violence including disturbing images, and for language
- Production Budget: $35 million
- Production Companies: The Mark Gordon Company, Vendome Pictures
- Production Schedule: April 2010 - June 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: Two years ago British filmmaker Duncan Jones delivered his indie debut feature "Moon", a little seen but critically acclaimed sci-fi tale that was essentially Sam Rockwell acting alone or against himself. It was fresh, innovative, somber and overall heralded the arrival of a director to watch out for. After failing to secure funding for his next project, Jones quickly hopped onto the helm of this high-concept action/time travel blockbuster.
Naturally came the calls of Jones being a sell out, after all the film itself seemed more concerned with crowd-pleasing than intellectual pursuits. Certainly the premise wasn't that original as countless genre TV shows and movies from "Groundhog Day" to "Deja Vu" have played with the concept in very similar ways.
Nevertheless as we've seen quite a few times, putting an auteur in charge of a relatively conventional film and forcing them to curb some of their excesses isn't necessarily a bad thing. Films like "Mulholland Drive" and "A History of Violence" have demonstrated how great works can happen when an artistic film director is locked into following a more rigid structure.
Reviews out of the SXSW Film Festival last week delivered on those expectations. The few minor complaints were the more straightforward plotline of the film, and that the breakneck pace meant the quieter moments aren't as emotionally impactful as is probably intended. That said the intensity, action set pieces, and interesting visuals means it delivers on all the fronts that you'd expect.
It also takes some familiar ideas and employs them in unique ways, delivering in a way that George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau" failed to do so earlier this month. This is lean, punchy and often surprising according to a few critics who, like most of us who've seen the trailer, were expecting something more predictable. Should be smart, fun escapism - something there's hardly enough of these days.