Source Code

  • 12
  • Duncan Jones (2011)
  • US / Fr
  • 89 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

In this speculative slice of suspense from Moon director Duncan Jones, we first meet Jake Gyllenhaal as a teacher on a Chicago commuter train. But unknown to him, he's on a mission to identify the perpetrator of the attack about to take the lives of all those on board. Blending elements of Déjà Vu, Murder on the Orient Express and even Groundhog Day (since the fateful events are replayed to clarify the killer's identity), the story's fascinating premise draws us in, while the whodunnit aspects keep us hooked. On reflection after the final credits roll, the holes in the narrative become rather more obvious, but while it's unfolding, the plight of a man battling against time itself is given a degree of emotional weight (flagging up issues of loss and responsibility) not always present in the realm of pulp sci-fi. Kudos also goes to Gyllenhaal, adeptly balancing vulnerability with muscle-bound action, amid solid supporting work from fellow passenger Michelle Monaghan and his sinister handlers Jeffrey Wright and Vera Farmiga. Slightly anachronistic, yet altogether endearing.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan. Army pilot Colter Stevens wakes up to discover that he has assumed the identity of another man. As he struggles to come to terms with this bizarre situation, the train on which he is travelling is blown up and Colter finds himself at the heart of a secret military operation to identify the culprit.

Cast and crew


Captain Colter Stevens
Jake Gyllenhaal
Michelle Monaghan
Colleen Goodwin
Vera Farmiga
Dr Walter Rutledge
Jeffrey Wright
Max Denoff
Russell Peters
Michael Arden
Cas Anvar


Duncan Jones

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Apr 2011
Certificate 12
Optimum Releasing