|Source Code | Film Synopsis
Many filmmakers have deftly pondered the notion of
time travel and offered viewers a chance to explore
all of life's roads not taken, but Ben Ripley's 2011
thriller Source Code leaves little time
for nostalgia as he takes us on a harrowing train ride
through the last 8 minutes of one man's life over and
over and over again.
- Source Code selected for
Sci-Fi film festival
- For city information for the Festival
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds himself
transported via a unique government program into the
body of a man riding on a doomed commuter train destined
to carry a bomb into a crowded Chicago suburb. Steven's
mission - which gets played out again and again - is
to determine who has planted the bomb in order to prevent
the impending disaster in just 8 frightening minutes.
When he fails (and fails and fails), the cinematic sequence
is replayed with a slight tactical deviation until the
attack can be averted.
- Worldwide Box Office: $147,332,697
- Nominated for 2012 Hugo Award
What keeps Source Code from running off the rails
is Director Duncan Jones' confident handling of the
interplay between Captain Stevens and Christina Warren
(Michelle Monghan) a woman he befriends on the train.
The brisk pace of the action sequences and the heightened
tension of the audience's desire to solve the puzzle,
save the girl and stop that train make the movie a thrilling
and emotional ride!
Each time Captain Stevens relives the moments before
the explosion, Gyllenhaal and the audience learn a little
more about the mysterious circumstances that bought
the Army pilot to this thrilling ride. Every time he
tries to manipulate the events leading up to the train's
crash, he figures out new ways to affect the outcome.
Failing his mission, he becomes increasingly aware that
his "real" life is not what it seems and the Army Captain
and Source Code scientist pulling the strings behind
the scenes may not have his best interests at heart.
Complicating his mission even further is his increasing
anxiety that only he can remedy both realities - the
doomed train and his doomed participation in the scientific