If you like mind boggling action thrillers and science fiction movies then you will definitely like this 2011 movie.
Director Duncan Jones made his debut with the film ‘Moon’ in 2009 and this film too was based on a unique story of its own but it was not to everyone’s liking.
This was followed by the release of his film Source Code in 2011, which presented a unique science fiction concept but also kept the curiosity and interest of the general audience in the story.
Its story revolves around a time loop.
A time loop is a concept whereby a person is trapped in a time loop (such as a few minutes, a few hours, or a day) or has to go through an experience over and over again.
The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role, while Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright also appear in important roles.
The story of this film revolves around Coulter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), a US Army helicopter pilot, whose helicopter crashes in Afghanistan.
When he regains consciousness, he is traveling on a crowded train and his reflection in the mirror shows a different face and the name Sean Fentress.
Sitting in front of him is Christina, who appears to be his friend, but Coulter doesn’t understand what’s going on with her.
8 minutes later there is an explosion after which Coulter finds himself in a semi-dark cockpit with Air Force Captain Goodwin acting as his commanding officer.
Goodwin tells him that she is on a mission to find the train bombing suspect and sends him back once again.
This time Coulter’s eyes open on the train and he thinks it is a simulation test, this time he finds the bomb but is unable to identify the bomber.
8 minutes later the explosion takes him back to the semi-dark cockpit (which he calls the capsule) and he learns that the train explosion happened that morning and that there were more explosions to follow.
He is once again sent back to the train, this time with Cristina to chase a suspicious person off the train, but he is not the culprit and is killed again in an accident.
Returning, he tells Dr. Rutledge that he saved Christina, to which he is told that he only did so within ‘source code’, which has no connection to reality.
According to the doctor, the source code is an experimental machine that recreates the specific time of the passengers killed in the train accident using the 8-minute memory before their death.
It is later revealed that most of his body has been amputated after a helicopter crash while he is on life support.
Sensors are installed in his brain which makes him feel healthy but it is just a trick of the mind.
Simply put, the main character repeatedly goes through this harrowing journey to gather information about a person involved in a terrorist incident and dies in an explosion.
But does he succeed and does this technology succeed in changing his life or not?
To know the answers to these questions, you must watch the film that will keep you glued to the screen from start to finish.
The ending will also be shocking.
Few behind the scenes facts of the film
Some of the behind-the-scenes facts of this film are also very interesting.
In the ear of the main character of the film, the director put an earbud in which music was played to make the character look worried and depressed.
By the way, Chicago is shown in the film, but it was shot in Montreal, Canada.
The director’s photo was used for the caller ID photo of Cristina’s ex-boyfriend.
The film had a budget of 32 million dollars and grossed 147 million dollars, but according to the director, the film did not make any profit.
At one hour and 33 minutes, it is the director’s shortest film.
Interestingly, Coulter did not spend the full 8 minutes on the train in any cycle, but the longest time was 7 minutes and 30 seconds.