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Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 1 April 2011 (USA)
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A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

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Duncan Jones

Writer:

Ben Ripley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Colter Stevens
Michelle Monaghan ... Christina Warren
Vera Farmiga ... Colleen Goodwin
Jeffrey Wright ... Dr. Rutledge
Michael Arden ... Derek Frost
Cas Anvar ... Hazmi
Russell Peters ... Max Denoff
Brent Skagford ... George Troxel
Craig Thomas ... Gold Watch Executive
Gordon Masten ... Conductor
Susan Bain Susan Bain ... Nurse
Paula Jean Hixson ... Coffee Mug Lady
Lincoln Ward Lincoln Ward ... Minister Sudoku
Kyle Gatehouse ... College Student
Albert Kwan ... Soda Can Guy
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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. Written by garykmcd

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Make every second count


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Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 minutos antes de morir See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,812,094, 3 April 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,712,227

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,332,697
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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Goodwin refers to the train cars as "carriages" which is a term that is used in Europe and possibly in Canada but not in Chicago (or anywhere in the US). See more »

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Christina Warren: I took your advice. It was good advice, thank you.
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A Combination of Several Successful Films that Works
27 November 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The US Army helicopter pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) awakes in a commuter train to Chicago in the body of a professor named Sean Fentress, and his last memory is flying in Afghanistan. A woman named Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan) talks to him; there are minor incidents in the wagon and eight minutes later, the train blows-up.

Captain Stevens wakes up in a coffined in a sort of trunk and is contacted by the military Lieutenant Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga). He learns that he had died in a helicopter crash and now he is inserted in a computer program called Source Code, developed by Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), which transfers him to the body of a deceased person for the last eight minutes of his life using his after images. He is advised that he can not change the past, since Source Code is not a time machine, but he can reassign time and change the future. He is assigned to return to the train and find who the bomber is to avoid his next terrorist attack in Chicago downtown. Captain Stevens is sent back several times and he and Christina fall in love with each other. He decides to save the train from the explosion despite Dr. Rutledge tells him that that is effort is worthless.

I saw the trailer of "Source Code" a couple of months ago and I was anxiously waiting for its release on DVD in my country. Yesterday I saw it and the story is a flawed combination of several other films; despite of that, the film is engaging and works.

The character Captain Colter Stevens is visibly inspired in "Johnny Got His Gun" (1971) and his situation entering the body of someone else is the same of "Avatar" (2009) and "Surrogates" (2009), using the virtual concept of "The Matrix" (1999). The repetition of the same event over and over comes from "Groundhog Day" (1993) and "12:01" (1993). The different possibilities in timeline come from "Przypadek" (1981) and "Sliding Doors" (1998) and "The Butterfly Effect" (2004). Therefore, the writer Ben Ripley shows a great cinematographic culture in sci-fi and does the same that Quentin Tarantino does in action films, a rip-off that works.

The director Duncan Jones, from the best sci-fi of the Twentieth-First Century ("Lunar") so far, makes another great film in his second work, supported by the excellent performances of Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan and Jeffrey Wright.

I watched this film with other viewers and in the end, we found two different interpretations for the conclusion of "Source Code". I believe that Captain Stevens has changed the timeline in the real world and the Source Code has never been used, in a time paradox. However, if my interpretation is right, Christina Warren should have been saved in one of Steven's attempt. The other interpretation is that he shifted his timeline to a parallel reality. No matter which interpretation is the correct one, everybody liked this very entertaining film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Contra o Tempo" ("Against the Time")


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