Source Code

Published August 17, 2011

Source Code

Film info

  • Title Source Code
  • Director Duncan Jones
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 33m
  • Genres Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Tagline Make every second count

Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on a mission to identify a bomber who destroyed a train just hours earlier and who plans to kill thousands more with a much larger explosion in the heart of Chicago. A top-secret program, named ‘Source Code’, allows Colter to exist briefly as another man in the parallel reality of the doomed commuter train. Each time he returns to the train, Colter has just eight minutes to uncover the bomber’s identity. The more he learns, the more convinced he becomes that he can prevent the deadly blast from ever happening – unless time runs out first.

Background Info

We have been waiting for this one since we first saw the trailer pre-cinema. It also came highly recommended so the pressure was on for it to live up to our expectations. We’ve not seen much of Jake Gyllenhaal, either.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:21 - I love the look if the film already. Great colours.
3:18 - Ooh, I like a train with a top level. Double decker train.
5:49 - Never trust a toilet with electric swooshy doors. You want a proper lock on there.
7:17 - Beleaguered Castle isn’t a very good base name.
9:55 - Lily! Get in! I got one right.
12:05 - Is her ringtone I Am the One and Only? I love it!
18:09 - She says irrelevant a lot. It seems quite a good way to shoot him down.
20:52 - How do they know it wasn’t Sean?
24:47 - I don’t think kissing was part of the mission plan.
34:11 - That guy is properly creepy. He sounds like a genius, but also an evil mastermind.
34:47 - “Source Code is not time travel, Source Code is time realignment.”
36:52 - It’s like Groundhog Day.
39:59 - I’m curious what he is seeing in between the Source Code and what I assume is real life.
41:54 - They must have spent a lot of filming days in the same clothes and on the same train.
45:31 - We both shouted out “BING!”
51:32 - Immaterial is almost as good as irrelevant.
54:21 - The lady’s emotional look is almost exactly the same as her disapproving look.
56:39 - Shooting him on the train wouldn’t help anyway, would it?
1:00:23 - Are we meant to know what that is? I don’t know what a dirty bomb is either.
1:01:41 - “We get to start over in the rubble, but first there has to be rubble.”
1:07:08 - I like how this film is funny despite the dire circumstances.
1:10:34 - If she’s been waiting for weeks for him to ask her for coffee, why didn’t she ask him?
1:16:59 - Not to break the moment but how is it possible to have such good, consistent phone service on a train? Even if you are on the top deck!
1:22:10 - Time is frozen with everyone on the train laughing too, that can’t happen very often.
1:23:41 - Oh, those are the bits in between.
1:26:45 - Huh. What an epic ending.


This is one of the best films I’ve seen in ages. It had everything going for it. There was plenty of action, without too much over-the-top CGI. It made you think, without being bamboozling. There was an excellent twist at the end, and a few questions left over, without being annoying. And, there was emotion and romance, without making me uncomfortable. I really don’t think I can fault it.

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 / 5

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