Source Code

Source Code

DVD - 2011
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When Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of an experimental government program called the 'Source Code' that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago commuter train, Colter must relive the incident over and over again, gathering clues until he can solve the mystery and prevent an even deadlier second terrorist attack.

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Nursebob
Aug 29, 2017

A little bit of "Die Hard" and a whole lot of "Groundhog Day" make Duncan Jones’ second foray into science fiction (after the much lauded "Moon" with Sam Rockwell) a somewhat engaging Chinese puzzle of a film—how do you solve a crime that hasn’t happened yet when you have to re-live the same brief stretch of time repeatedly? But the techie explanations are shoddy at best rendering everything more fantasy than science and a repetitive love story (he only has eight minutes per mission to woo the doomed woman in the seat across from him) add an unnecessary chick flick element to what is ultimately a Search & Destroy thriller. And not a very good one at that. Gyllenhaal acts as if someone just woke him up from a deep sleep and object of desire Michelle Monaghan seems content to simply watch the passing scenery. Only Vera Farmiga, playing a mission controller with a conscience, adds a degree of credibility when her starched military demeanour gives way to compassionate concern but she isn’t given nearly enough lines. “Change The Past. Save The Future” reads the movie’s tagline—better to change your mind and save your money instead.

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Daveinportland
Aug 23, 2017

This was a really good movie with more thought into the plot than some of the other sci/fi films. I enjoyed it at the theater and enjoyed it again on DVD. A good, thought provoking film.

LPL_MiriamW Jun 19, 2017

Source Code is a film I missed in the theater and am so happy to have found on the library's shelves. Equal parts science fiction and action adventure, Source Code is a Hitchcockian-style thriller that will pull you to the edge of your seat and keep you there for one ticking time bomb after another. When Captain Colter Stevens wakes up on a Chicago commuter train he has absolutely no idea what he's doing there. He quickly learns that he has been tasked with using a futuristic technology to uncover the terrorists responsible for a recent attack. But even as Colter struggles to complete his mission we start to learn more about his situation and exactly how the new technology works. And the more we learn the more disturbing it becomes.
A great pick for fans of The Twilight Zone or anyone just looking for a good action adventure.

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rabelwill
Aug 17, 2016

A very interesting twist on time travel and alternate reality. I truly wish that we could do this to prevent terrorist attacks.

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nathanagain
Jan 05, 2016

This was an amazing movie! My favorite movie now ever. It is a pretty deep movie. I just watched it for the 4th time straight through and am still noticing and "getting" things I did not see the first three times through.
Fantastic show!

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Mr_Static
Jul 04, 2015

Awesome it was honestly great
and you will like it for sure if your alien,ghost,portal,universes type of person

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Monolith
Nov 02, 2014

Very well done. Gyllenhaal really engaged the viewer as the tortured protagonist 'living' in a repetitive Hell. While Monaghan is an attractive woman, I found her irritating at times. Good story, though.

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0cho
Jun 23, 2014

Way too many holes in this movie. An interesting premise though. Give this movie a pass unless you are a big sci-fi person interested in "alternate universes\another dimension."

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rationallady
Apr 09, 2014

It's Groundhog Day all over...Oh I should watch that movie again. It's been a long, long time. Well, if you enjoyed GD and have enjoyed thinking about GD then you'll enjoy this scifi update.

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erinsnest
Jan 29, 2014

Ha, I ordered this one, for my Mom, (she has had a note on her counter for over a year, to watch for it to come to the theatre!) When we sat down to watch it, I read the back and expressed my concern as it said it was "a mind-bending thriller." She didn't think that my comment was very funny. Well, at the end, I admitted to her, that my mind was a little bent after watching it. Anyway, not a bad movie, even if you do end up just a little confused at the end. (and it was nice to spend the time together....she's 82, so we never know how many evenings like that, that we have left together!)

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Mar 08, 2017

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Jul 04, 2015

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Sep 04, 2011

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Aug 20, 2011

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Captain_America Sep 05, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

Christina Warren: I think you broke his jaw.
Colter Stevens: It's okay, he's not any more real than you are.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

Dr. Rutledge: You know, many soldiers would find this preferable to death. The opportunity to continue serving their country.
Colter Stevens: Have you... have you spent much time in battle, sir? Huh?
Dr. Rutledge: That's immaterial.
Colter Stevens: Any soldier I've ever served with would say that one death is service enough.

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bdls206
Sep 04, 2011

An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

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