Source Code

Source Code

Duncan Jones (2011)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A military pilot is the subject of a top-secret experiment that transfers his mind into the body of a man killed in a terrorist bombing on a train, but only for the last eight minutes of the dead man's life. His mission is to use that time to find out who is responsible and if they intend to strike again. Sci-fi thriller, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.

Cast & Crew

Colter Stevens Jake Gyllenhaal
Christina Warren Michelle Monaghan
Colleen Goodwin Vera Farmiga
Dr Rutledge Jeffrey Wright
Derek Frost Michael Arden
Hazmi Cas Anvar
Max Denoff Russell Peters
George Troxel Brent Skagford
Director Duncan Jones
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Apr 2011