The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #16: Source Code


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Source Code is a 2011 American-French science fiction thriller film directed by Duncan Jones, produced by Mark Gordon, Jordan Wynn, and Philippe Rousselet, and written by Ben Ripley. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a U.S. Army captain who is sent into a computed reality to find a bomber; additionally starring Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its world premiere on March 11, 2011 at South by Southwest, and was released by Summit Entertainment on April 1, 2011 in North America and Europe.

The film received acclaim from critics upon its release and became a box office success, grossing over $147.3 million worldwide. Plans for a television adaptation at CBS were announced shortly after the film was released. However, these plans were scrapped in December 2014 in favor of a film sequel. The sequel is in development with Mark Gordon returning to produce and Anna Foerster attached to direct.

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake 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 the “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. Michelle Monagahan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright co-star.

Director Duncan Jones has topped himself with this movie and Source Code is now my new favorite movie of the year edging out Limitless and Rango. Gyllenhaal gives one of the best performances of his career and he and Monagahan both have terrific chemistry on screen as well as him and Farmiga. Jeffrey Wright also does a good job in the film as well. The screenplay was also well-written and the film’s climax was well-done and was one of the best climaxes I’ve seen in a movie in a very long time. This is the kind of movie that Vantage Point wishes it could have been. Source Code is a perfect film, a mix between Groundhog Day, one of my all-time favorite movies, and Murder On The Orient Express, it works on every level, the cast, the story, the playthrough, the payoff, the visuals, and everything about this movie works really well.

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