I like time travel stories.  I like when there is a mystery than can only be solved by time travel. The Source Code is a form of time travel movie that really isn’t a time travel movie, and yet there is still the mystery of who the heck is blowing up the train.

Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes with a jolt to find himself on a commuter train heading into Chicago. Although the other passengers all seem to know him, he has absolutely no idea where—or even who—he is. The last thing Colter remembers is flying a helicopter mission in Iraq, but here he is in someone else’s life going through someone else’s morning commute. Before he can do anything an express train zooms by on the opposite track and a bomb explodes, seemingly killing Colter and all the other passengers.

Colter comes to in an isolation chamber, strapped to a seat, and wearing his military flight suit. He still has no idea what’s happening, except that he’s being spoken to by mission controller Carol Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), who calmly recites a series of memory questions to which Colter is shocked to realize he knows the answers. He learns he’s part of an operation called “Beleaguered Castle,” but before he can progress any further, Goodwin starts up the machinery and suddenly…Colter is back on the train, at exactly the same time he first appeared there, once again speeding through Chicago with the same group of commuters. Colter figures he’s in some kind of simulation exercise, with his task being to find the bomber onboard the train before it goes off again. Living the explosion over and over, Colter must uncover the identity of the bomber, while also figuring out what the alternative universe of “Beleaguered Castle” is. Adding to the puzzle, Colter uses the second chance opportunities to make peace with his father, and to find romance with a fellow passenger on the train.

Source Code is directed by Duncan Jones, who did that Moon movie some of you are all fanatical about. The movie also stars Jake Gyllenhaal…

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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15 Comments

  1. Obsidian
    November 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm — Reply

    Yay! A Quantum Leap movie!!

    Wait… oh… I see what you’re doing there…

  2. Creep
    November 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Am I the only one who thinks that it’s kinda like “Deja vu”?

  3. Martin
    November 21, 2010 at 1:16 am — Reply

    So it’s like Groundhog Day on an exploding train?

  4. Splicer261
    November 21, 2010 at 8:53 am — Reply

    Let me guess, she is the one who really planted the bomb?

    • Gary Whittaker
      April 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm — Reply

      Nope

  5. Bang
    November 21, 2010 at 9:22 am — Reply

    get off my plane

  6. thedexter102
    November 21, 2010 at 10:44 am — Reply

    I wonder who those “some of us” are

  7. November 21, 2010 at 11:08 am — Reply

    Looks good, but I’d rather have the follow up to MOON.

    • thedexter102
      November 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm — Reply

      True Dat!!

  8. Ricco
    November 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I agree that it’s the girl who put the bomb, it’ll end with him saving her and come the realisation that she’s the bomber and die then a new soldier will relive his last 8 minutes trying to stop her…

  9. G-ham
    November 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    Looks like a good original movie. But it’s obvious see bombed the train

    • thedexter102
      November 22, 2010 at 11:20 am — Reply

      Is it though… I think they may throw us a curve ball here.

      • Splicer261
        November 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm — Reply

        :O he’s actually the reason why she planted the bomb?! lol

        • thedexter102
          November 28, 2010 at 9:02 am — Reply

          Or was it him?

  10. Silentbob
    April 1, 2011 at 12:19 am — Reply

    He is the bomber. That is why he has to go back so many times. Its Gyllenhall. He’s done 2 other “time travel movies” he is the Prince of Time Travel Flicks.

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