Eight minutes till the commuter train explodes. Eight minutes to discover the terrorists responsible and prevent further tragedy. Eight minutes to call your father one more time and reconcile. Eight minutes to fall in love. Eight minutes to come to grips with your situation and accept your fate. For army helicopter pilot Colter Stevens, those eight minutes must be spent well enough to last a lifetime or he'll have to repeat those eight minutes again........and again till he gets it right. Welcome to Duncan Jone's "Source Code." In an attempt to maintain the spirit of the film, I shall try to explain my fascination with this piece in eight sentences or less. Jones has crafted a nifty little time travel film......wait.....that's nine sentences already........damn......back to the source code.
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Duncan Jone's first foray into sci-fi was well received with 09's "Moon," and it's nice to know that his sophomore effort doesn't disappoint. Gyllenhaal impresses here as the bewildered time traveling soldier trying to make the most of his allotted interval. He's backed up by beautiful co-eds Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. The film races along at a nice pace, and you'll probably find yourself discussing what it all means long after the credits rolled as my wife and I did. The science of it all is perhaps a tad sketchy, but don't let that deter you from getting on board. I find myself pondering exactly how I would utilize those eight precious minutes aboard the Chicago bound commuter train in the story. Could I tie up the loose ends of my entire life in that time frame? Could you?