Ain't It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com)
Movie News

Duncan Jones' MOON follow-up SOURCE CODE gets a trailer!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Ever since a random jaunt to the set of a low budget sci-fi flick starring Sam Rockwell while in London for some junket or big studio set visit Duncan Jones has been on my radar. When I saw the throwback sets, made by the very same set builders and model makers that put together the Nostromo and Blockade Runner, I knew this was a filmmaker after my own heart. Then I saw his movie, Moon, and was blown away by the drama as well as the visuals. Jones is an exciting new filmmaker and his sophomore effort is what looks to be a smart science fiction film that takes a bit from 12 Monkeys, a bit from Deja Vu, a bit from Groundhog Day and assembles a strong cast to tell this story. I have not read the script, I have not seen much more than what is in the trailer (I did visit the edit bay and saw the first 10 minutes, which is essentially what you see in the trailer with Jake Gyllenhaal waking up on the train and taking in his surroundings), but I have a feeling this one is going to be pretty awesome. Call it faith in Jones, call it a soft spot for anything with Michelle Monaghan in it or call it the nerd in me that likes sci-fi, but that good feeling is there. What about you? Watch the trailer by clicking here!!! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Bowie's kid. I'll see it.

    by MyNameisSimon

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    time travel = boner

    by Motfilms

    Plus Moon was top shelf. Can't wait for this.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    deja vu meets assassins creed meets 12 monkeys meets vantage poi

    by korkie70

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    SCOTTPILGRAMFAN

    by leisuredrummer

    If anybody needs to be banned on this site it's this kid.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Looks Bad-Ass

    by Autodidact

    Nice!

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Wow...that was disappointing.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I was looking forward to seeing something unique from this film. (I rather enjoyed MOON and think Jones shows real promise.) But frankly, this looks like an all-too-familiar premise...and a rather silly take on it to boot. While I like the cast, Michelle Monaghan does absolutely NOTHING for me whatsoever. Compared to Vera, she's a walking cypher.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    DUMB COMMENT BY SCOTTPILGRIMFAN

    by Mr Lucas

    Go to bed little boy.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    hmmm.

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    looks decent.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Didn't do a thing for me. Something is off about

    by GQtaste

    what we just saw. Quint is being very charitable w/ his thoughts on this one. Taking a very positive slant after seeing nothing spectacular thus far. Maybe a sophomore slump

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    A little taken aback by how gimmicky it was

    by IndustryKiller!

    I thought since this script was supposed to be so brilliant and on the blacklist and whatnot that the plot itself would be a bit more Inception and less Deja Vu. Not a great trailer but it could be fantastic in the end, who knows.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Remember... it says Visionary.

    by Robber_Button

    Way to set a guy up for a fall. And if it doesn't do well at the box office I can hear the pre-echo squealing of Hack! from the know nothing corn fed fuckuggets of talkback towers. <br></br> <br></br> He did one good movie. Calm down Doris. He'll do more.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    The script for Source Code . . .

    by Man in Suit

    . . . is fantastic. When I finished it, I wished i hadn't due to the spoilers. I think Duncan Jones will be a brand name after this.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    After Moon, this guy can film anything and I'm watching it.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    The trailer looks great to me - cracking cast, Jones will knock it out of the park. Looking forward to this one, very much.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt

    by BillEmic

    because I loved Moon but the premise seems like a microwave-nuking of Deja Vu and 12 Monkeys. Also, Jake Gylenhaal and Michelle Monaghan have zero gravitas for a high concept sci-fi project like this. That "I'm asking you to have the *decency* to let me try" line made me cringe.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    He should be directing Superman

    by vadakinX

    I've been hoping Jones would get Superman ever since I saw Moon. Source Code looks like it could be another great film and it's a real shame Jones won't get the chance to take on the Man of Steel. <p> I understand Warners playing it safe and going with Snyder and hopefully he'll do a good job but when Jones' name was mentioned as a possible director I was excited by the prospect. <p> Never mind.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    That's good to hear Man in Suit. Since you've read it...

    by IndustryKiller!

    How does the trailer look in comparison to what your minds eye saw?

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I can't say I'm excited yet

    by AlienFanatic

    The dialogue is wrong. It seems like there's too much exposition, and talking heads. A great script can handle the backstory with visuals, if necessary, or even skip the backstory altogether and help the audience get up to speed with the material. Unfortunately, Vera Farmiga looks like an extraneous character designed SPECIFICALLY to help the audience understand what's going on. It also looks like it has more money than Duncan should have. What I mean is that he worked SO well with a tiny budget, that I worry that once he got more he started playing with CGI a bit too much. We'll see. I have high hopes for Duncan.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    hey ScottPilgrimFan, Scott Pilgrim tanked in the box-offce.

    by Dharma4

    Your thoughts?

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    I have faith in Jones

    by TheJudger

    Remote Viewing with a dash of Quantum Leap. Like a bad episode of Quantum Leap where Sam is resent again and again to the same final 8 minutes of this dudes life so he can find the culprit to stop another attack. Real time keeps going forward, so those 6 hours before the next attack are really only 6 hours real time and that time is still working, but he can redo the last 8 many times over until he solves it, but the rub is that he has 6 hours worth of 8 minute chances. Each time he jumps back he observes more and knows what did and didnt work last time. He's going to try to save the girl I think. That seems fairly obvious.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    And that trailer looks damn good. Welcome back, original sci-fi

    by Dharma4

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    just finished downloading the trailer

    by TheJudger

    and he wants to save the girl. I wish I waited before posting this part of the plot is already established.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Peoples Hernandaz

    by TheJudger

    Yo soy el mayembe!

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    GROUNDHOG TRAIN

    by MaxCalifornia.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    i hate math

    by frank cotton

    please don't give me a headache

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Matrix meets brainstorm

    by Powerring

    Hey it's...zzzzzzzz

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I loved MOON.

    by Subtitles_Off

    By far, best sci-fi I've seen in, like, forever.<P>I even like Jake Galapagos.<P>So why no tingle?<P>Is it because I hate the idea of Vera's sexiness shoved into a Military Bitch role? Maybe. Eh, I dunno.<P>Is it because I'm sick of this headache-inducing oh-so clever Nolanish puzzle bulls#!t?<P>That's it. It's that last thing. Stupid Concepts pretending to be High Concepts.<P>Good luck, though, Duncan.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's the presence of Michelle Monaghan

    by mr.underwater

    But I'm getting a real Eagle Eye vibe from this. That's not a good thing.<br><br>And for the record, I thought Moon was an okay movie. Just okay. And, my favorite Sonic Youth record is a toss-up between Sister and Daydream Nation, although I can't say I've listened to much past Goo, nor do I know what that has to do with anything.<br><br>However, Sonic Youth did do the score for a movie called demonlover which was better than Moon.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Deja-Vu all over again?

    by Ladonite

    Haha, excellent pun. And relevant.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    the Judger...

    by tritium

    He would have actually even less "real" time...since there is time wasted in debriefing him each time he "comes back", as well as the time it takes to re-set the experiment and start new test.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Had To Go To You Tube To See This

    by Media Messiah

    Quick-Time seldomly, to never, works!!! Please stop using them to link to. They just froze my computer, as they always do. This has been going on for years with them, no matter what computer I use, and I have had numerous computers with quick speeds. Quick-time is horribly flawed, and no one is attempting to fix it. BTW, the movie looks good!!! Yey, for Zowie Bowie!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Michelle Monaghan

    by aversiontherapy2

    Is always worth watching. I loved Moon and have high hopes for Jones. This trailer didn't do much for me though.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Looks terrible

    by solotwit

    And I've never had trouble with quiktime, you must not be the true media messiah. THis looks shit and gylenhal is a tool.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    The trailer is now on YouTube...so bypass the Quicktime

    by tritium

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Media Messiah just use the Mov Download Tool

    by KilliK

    it's a 800kb plugin for firefox/ie and you can download the HD Quicktime Movies with a single click.it's that easy.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    didnt think of that tritium

    by TheJudger

    Oh man the future... I have seen it in many dreams. Wireless, video streaming, uv light powered, micro organic led contact lens in our eyes that transmit 3d images so real we cant tell the difference. Nano bots in the body that stimulate and monitor or internal chemical processes and transmit those feelings and states to other sentients much like email and tweets, Your girl cries and now so do you you feel the same emotions she does. These bots are also able to collect adult stem cells and transfuse ecm's into areas of the body to grow or enhance site specific tissues. Imagine a person who has double the number of neurons all created from such a technique. 3d camera systems monitoring our environments and recreating them in our minds though the oled video contact lens. So our virtual characters can interact with and change the environment around us, and those internal nano bots will stimulate nerves so the 5 sense are also confused in buying into it. A virtual character knocks over a real glass- real glass doesn't fall over, but virtual copy of glass does. Person reaches out to pick it up and feels the glass and it spilled contents on the table, but they are not touching the real glass. Movie are no longer movies, video games are no longer games, everything is augmented, reality can be altered at will. All of this will happen and I wont be here when it does :( I hope to live long enough to see the cinemas move over to rear projection "3M Vikuiti" screens with a clear to black opaque lcd 240 frame per second parallax shutter like glass plate over the front of it that splits up the two rear projected images made onto the Vikuiti to make a glasses free 3d image. If i had to ball park it I'd say this will be here in 10-15 years. If you told cinemas today that they would be placing the projector behind the screen and rear projecting it to do this- they would laugh at you, but this is how this 3d without glasses will work on such a large scaled screens while still retaining that cinema screen look and feel.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    looks good...a rip off of a TNG episode of deja vu

    by LabattsBleu

    but still, a promising film by a promising director with great talent around him...

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Concept seems a bit shaky...

    by blackmantis

    ...like it could collapse under the weight of all its arbitrary rules. But Moon was good so I'll give it a shot.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    The. Good. Vibe.

    by UltimaRex

    Accept no substitutes.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Looks cool.

    by Mechasheeva

    We get an original sci-fi movie from a brilliant young director and everyone's gotta bash it, eh? Fine, you guys can go watch Transformers 3. I'll be checking this out.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    meh

    by mrsheldrake

    isn't this stealing the basic idea from 7 days, as well as that Peter Weller tv show? double meh. And of course he has to rescue the girl, because she's pretty. Triple meh. This is one of those movies where boredom strikes halfway through the trailer, in spite of all the shit blowed up.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Moon was a fluke.

    by Nerd Rage

    This movie will prove it. Finally people can stop touting Duncan as a great director. He did one interesting movie, get off his nuts.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    MaxCalifornia.

    by Rabbitcakes

    GROUNDHOG TRAIN. Oh man, that is the funniest thing I've read all week, and it's the weekend so there has been lots of competition. Ace. <p>The trailer doesn't really do much for me, either... like Mrsheldrake says, the viewer gets bored halfway through. Still, Moon was one of the best sf films of the past few years so unless the advance reviews for Source Code do a stellar job of scaring me away, my ass is in the theater.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint?

    by drturing

    I'm just curious, didn't realize you visited the set, why didn't you write up Moon way back when it needed the help as it was truly independently financed? You have notes or an interview from back then would be interestintg to read now.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    As much as I liked Moon

    by D o o d

    this new movie's concept is MEH!

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    looks neat!

    by RedHorseVector

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Fuck. Last time I saw a trailer that good was Inception

    by xmanse

    Jones is awesome.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Duncan Jones > Spike Jonez?

    by ReportAbuse

    Discuss.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    WOW

    by cecil1

    ALL THIS SHIT AND NO TALK ABOUT LINCOLN

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Moon rocked it...

    by Firebreather

    the classic sci fi way. Excellent movie. "Source Code" looks like it's gonna be a good one.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Groundhog Day on an Unstoppable train?

    by jackofhearts29

    Looks decent. I won't even try to count off the sci-fi predecessors. It just might turn out OK, but "the source code" can rewrite history to make you think you liked it!

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    THIS groundhog has TEETH!

    by BurnHollywood

    I dunno...isn't the dude who falls in love when he's supposed to be doing his job kind of an overdone trope?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    And didn't Jeffrey Wright sound a little badass when he said...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...SOURCE CO-O-O-O-O-ODE?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Michelle Monaghan in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    by David Cloverfield

    She's so great in it.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    You have 8 minutes to get Monaghan naked.

    by estacado1

    And even if you succeed, you can still go back and do it again.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Been a while since I was really excited by a first trailer...

    by BiggusDickus

    I think I'm going to enjoy this movie!

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    It is so good...

    by Ciderman

    Its really nice to be excited by SF movies again, instead of being insulted by Bay and co. with glorified rollercoasters. Of course, could do without Bay-lite like Skyline as well....

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Quantum Leap

    by thefakefatshady

    Where the fuck is Al?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Moon was

    by scrote

    ...one of the best science fiction films I've ever seen. It's going to be difficult to top that. Watching the trailer I was constantly reminded of Deja Vu. I hope the movie isn't as transparent as the trailer suggests or this could be a mild disappointment. Is Clint Mansell doing the soundtrack for this, cos his cues for MOON were perfect;one of the finest soundtracks I've heard in a while. Fingers crossed for this...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    I've seen Deja Vu already

    by thommcg

    Although that wasn't all that great, so fingers crossed.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Oh Boy!

    by UGG

    I second the Quantum Leap feel. No bad thing though, as long as this story actually develops and dosen't just turn into him constantly tryin to rescue that bint every 10 min's. He's got 8 mins, so just start raping for the first 4 and a half mins her as soon as you "leap" then get searching for the bomber with your time left, each and every time. Quantum Rape.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Looks Awesome

    by captainxenu

    And agree, looks like some funky Quantum Leap kind of deal going on. If it is as good as Moon, then i'm going to watch the fuck out of it.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    MOON showed his strength in sci-fi

    by onezeroone

    Have high hopes on this one.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Quantum Leap: The movie

    by KubricksBellEnd

    Yee-haw! "Sam, have I leapt back yet?"

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    first thoughts: miscast and tepid

    by justmyluck

    This trailer either gives too much away, or the movie itself doesn't have enough to give. I never saw "Moon"(though I will eventually, due to Sam Rockwell). So, this one is 'save the girl and the train in a time-warp with an 8-minute rule'? Sounds like a kids' board game, actually. But, we've got cowboys and aliens and lanterns and hornets and spidermans and supermans and thors coming, so maybe this is "upscale" fare.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Quantum-Hog-Reloaded

    by teddy_duchamp

    Zowie Bowie is a HACK. Moon was a rip off of 2001 and this is just Quantum Leap meets the Matrix meets Groundhog day. big fucking YAWN. come on guys wake up! this isnt original at all.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Wasn't this an episode of Star Trek: TNG?

    by locke815

    The Enterprise keeps blowing up over and over again until Data figures it out and sends himself a message?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    The sets of Moon

    by Smoke Monster Loves Kate

    "When I saw the throwback sets, made by the very same set builders and model makers that put together the Nostromo and Blockade Runner, I knew this was a filmmaker after my own heart."<p>That's awesome. I really liked the setting of the station in Moon but couldn't quite put my finger on what made it look "authentic". I guess I've been brainwashed by a childhood of Star Wars and Aliens into thinking that style is authentic space stuff.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    yeah, it's not the arab guy...

    by HopkinsBalls

    who is the bomber.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I'm thinking "Awful Trailer"

    by bah

    Given "Moon", I suspect this trailer doesn't represent the feel of the movie at all. But either way, it's far too spoiler-y (again, given Moon) and I wish I hadn't watched it.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Duncan Jones better than Spike Jonze???

    by Nerd Rage

    The guy made one fucking movie. Have you seen Spike Jonze's resume?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    "Moon was a rip off of 2001"

    by bah

    Did you see either movie? Other than the set design, which is clearly an homage not a ripoff, they have nothing at all in common.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Wow this has really divided opinion

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Looks like we have a near perfect 50-50 split between "It's awesome!" and "It's sucks!" My thoughts - Duncan Jones has very consciously made a much more commercial film than Moon, but that doesn't mean its going to be bad. Yeah, I'm getting a Quantum Leap/ Deja Vu/ Twelve Monkeys vibe, and maybe its all a little too predictable (he finds a way to save the girl in the end, or I've never seen a Hollywood film before). But Moon has earned Jones my full attention on his second film, just as Memento earned Chris Nolan my full attention with Insomnia. I will watch Source Code on opening day with an open mind. I will then come here and give it a fair appraisal - even if that means ripping it to shreds. But for the time being -<BR>IN JONES WE TRUST.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I tried to watch Moon once

    by Ditko

    I couldn´t. People saying it´s like 2001 are out of touch. I think some folks are in desperate need of someone new they can adore.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    am I the only one thinking...

    by TheSeeker7

    They should've entirely left out what the source code actually is? That ALL this trailer should be about is his confusion on the train as another identity? That the conceit that he's some army guy working inside some kind of virtual reality/time travel program (even though that's apparently revealed within the first 20 minutes of the movie) should've been left to find out until you actually see the movie?<br> <br> This is "Ransom" all over again. Imagine if going into that movie you didn't know that Gibson was going to turn the ransom money into a price on the kidnappers' heads, if they didn't give that away in the trailer.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    first "cool news" i've seen on here in months

    by animas

    moon was awesome

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Feels Like 12 Monkeys

    by MakNeil

    Source Code feels like 12 Monkeys, though with 100% less Gilliam and none of the gloom that pervaded that film.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Teddy

    by scrote

    ...exactly how is Moon a rip-off of 2001? I'd like to know, really.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    @theSeeker7

    by AlienFanatic

    "They should've entirely left out what the source code actually is?" I totally agree. As many bloggers and movie critics have noted, film trailers tend to give away FAR too much these days. Keep it a mystery. Had they done that, I bet there'd be a lot more enthusiasm in the peanut gallery.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    If anything

    by scrote

    ...the movie Moon most reminded me of was Trumbull's Silent Running. In fact at some points, to me, it almost seemed like Rockwell was channeling Bruce Dern. And that was no bad thing. And certainly didn't rip it off in any way. A talkbacker earlier here pointed out that the set design was kind of an homage to 2001 and to a degree I concur, but as for the plot and overall narrative I do not see any elements of direct plagiarism here.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Yah Teddy...explain yourself

    by Stormwatcher

    Your so ahead of us all that your bored by movies before they even come out. Educate us on how Moon was a rip on 2001. Then please give us a wholly original jumping point for your magnum opus we are all waiting to be blown away by

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I have a feeling...Duncan Jones IS the next Steven Spielberg.

    by JDanielP

    I know it's too soon (in his career) to say...but it appears that Duncan Jones oozes directorial talent, both visually and intellectually. He may yet prove to have talent even beyond the great Steven Spielberg, perhaps a gifted mix of Nolan and Kubrick. <P>How's that? <P>I suspect that the ONLY reason he is NOT directing SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL ...is because of the short turnaround time for such a big budgeted picture. If Jones had a couple of more (proven) movies under his belt, I'm sure he would've been the 1st choice.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    The climax of Moon (possible Spoiler)

    by scrote

    ...was one of the sweetest 'fuck you' endings in cinema since Carpenter's Escape From New York. Everytime I get to see Moon that always puts a big happy grin on my chops...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Oh, and SHAWHANK too...

    by scrote

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    SHAWSHANK, sorry....JD's kickin' in...

    by scrote

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Mental

    by scrote

    ..agree with ya on some of that. I hated Memento. I find a lot of Nolan's films emotionally very cold in delivery. And the fact that Jones isn't doing Superman is a good thing; I'd far rather see him chancing his arm at something different than seeing him become attached to another chunk of comic-book movie peddling.I think we're going to have to ride out the current tsunami-like wave of remakes,prequels and comic book-movies until the audience grows saturated and bored by this and moves on to relatively more thought-provoking fare. That's my two-cents, for what it's worth...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    @the Seeker7 & AlienFanatic

    by scififi

    I was really looking forward to this movie but am so pissed off by the trailer which pretty much negates the need to see the film ... So, heavily in agreement with Alienfanatic and the Seeker7! Who is responsible for these trailer spoilfests?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Tron meets Inception but without light cycles

    by deathblow64

    or Olivia in a skin tight suit and anything neon. At least Jake is trying to save a hottie instead of a gay cowboy.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Burlesque review, AICN? Anyone?

    by PennsyDeux

    Just to see how Kristen Bell is in it. Thanks.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    MENTALDOMINANCE

    by JRyanH

    You clearly don't belong on this site...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    HE'S the bomber. (spoiler)

    by HypeEndsHere

    also, funny, Penny.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Source Code looks shit

    by MustGoFaster

    From that trailer it falls victim to the cardinal sin of SF movies - the sin of "We have a concept that uses completely ambiguous science, so if we have the characters talk a lot of sciencey stuff it will make it all believable". Good SF films never rely on endless scientific exposition to move the plot forward. The best SF films hardly have any science talk at all. Looks like Duncan Jones has tripped up on his second film.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Looks like... Inception....

    by x_dereks_x

    But at the same time Duncan did well with the Moon, so I hope he can pool more than Inception copycat this time. I'm particularly interested why does the train looks different, when he jumps in second time. That's the part that doesn't add up logically so far and can make all look much more interesting, than simply exploiting closed logical system.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    "how is Moon a rip-off of 2001?"

    by buggerbugger

    Clearly '2001' invented the idea of the Earth having a moon and 'Moon' shamelessly stole this concept without even having the good grace to acknowledge the people who came up with the idea in the first place.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    LOL Scratchmonkey

    by scrote

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    MENTALDOMINANCE --thoughts on Christopher Nolan's talent

    by JDanielP

    Nolan's strength is in storytelling with a life-like feel/realism/plausibility. <P>For me, INCEPTION was a nothing more than a very solid flick. I often find myself wanting more visual artistry in Nolan's work, even while "THE DARK KNIGHT" (not without flaw) takes the top spot as my all-time favorite movie. With Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, Nolan's life-like style gave weight (arguably) unseen in a ANY superhero flick (something that many of us comic book fans knew possible even decades before Hollywood). <P>I seem to always yearn for more of a push in the art department when experiencing Nolan's motion pictures, but without crossing that line of reality that Nolan brings to the material (as THAT is what I do so much appreciate about Nolan and THE DARK KNIGHT). <P>Visual artistry has great impact on our movie experience. It is very important (for a director) to decide how close to reality his/her movie should mimic life, within art design and how a movie is cut. It is this...interaction...of technique and style and talent that forms our experience. <P>THE DARK KNIGHT was close to being my dream-perfect BATMAN movie. Had Nolan demanded more in Batman's costume design (mostly the head-piece/cowl) and more subtlety in Bale's final interaction with the Ledger's Joker (as he hung upside down), it would be ever closer to the masterpiece it was already close to being. <P>Here's to hoping that Duncan Jones is the answer I'm looking for.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    One funny thing about Moon

    by more_like_LOSERname

    Watched it with my friend who hadn't seen it before, and the way he downloaded it included the captions on the screen. It actually ruined a plot twist very early in the film because it ran a transcript of a whispered, not-intended-to-be-heard conversation between the robot and the shady corporate guy. It actually really sucked. Just a heads up for anybody who hasn't seen it.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Jones is no Nolan

    by MustGoFaster

    And he certainly ain't no Spielberg. These comparisons are from geeks desperate to build up and embrace a new hero. Jones *may* become as good as Alex Proyas, but no more that. Compared to Nolan he is limited.<P>Mentaldominance if you think Nolan's films are only about solving puzzles, you're a clueless tool. Fuck off you cretinous butt wipe.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed MOON a lot,Rockwel was superb but the ending

    by KilliK

    was very disappointing,it looked like the creators wanted to warp up the story asap,it didnt have the strong dramatic resolution i expected and another flaw as story goes,is that they didnt explain why the clones were becoming ill and died.yeah they give the hint for that,but when the 2 clones discover the secret underground room with the thousands clones in hibernation,you expect for the story to touch this thing more,not just leave it hanging there like it never happened.<br /> <p>there is also the problem with the AI robot which unexpectedly goes and help Sam's clone.my problem is not why the robot suddenly does that,the robot explains that by itself,but i didnt like how the whole sequence was directed,i wanted to be a bit more dramatic.<br /> <p>anyway to sum up,i liked MOON,good story although not that original,the direction does its job but in no way is a reason to label the director as "visionary",there are some flaws here and there but at the end it is one of the best and most intelligent scifi flicks of the past years.i hope we get more like those and less like Transformers.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I have this script

    by shmu65

    Great read and this trailer tells the whole story but you can't tell unless you cheated like I did. This will be a good movie.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    So am I following this correctly...

    by D_T

    ... that he's not actually being displaced in time, but they're using a virtual snapshot from those 8 minutes in time[?] <p> I thought that was it, but then there's that whole bit about him saving the chick, who doesn't even really exist. <p> I hope he (Jake) doesn't eventually save the train and then do something like elect to stay in the virtual world.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Disclaimer

    by D_T

    ILs (and Aunt/Uncle) staying here, semi unhinged, definitely intoxicated.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Amazing

    by thedirtyots

    I can't believe what a raging semi I got this morning when I saw that this trailer was out. Yes, it does LOOK more commercial then Moon (but most directors when offered an extra 20 million dollars WILL take it) but trust me, I've read the script SEVERAL times and it is anything but mainstream. I disagreed with one of the OPs who said that it gave too much away. While it gave away the basic chunk, there's still SIGNIFICANT parts missing... I think you'll enjoy it, if you enjoy cerebral thrillers. As for Vera... well... ok maybe dropped the ball on that one, as I recall in the script it was a man, but whatever, you know... she might work.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    METALDOMINANCE

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    You disappointment me. I always thought you were better than that! But a troll? Dear God. All hail NOLAN!

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Looks like a comedy.

    by Nerd Rage

    "I didn't see anything but I only had 8 minutes"..."well I guess we'll send you back"..."no! waaaiiiiit!"...ZAAAAP

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    RE: METAL

    by SK229

    I kind of agree with your post regarding comic book movies, zombies, etc. I love all that stuff, but am getting a little tired of it too. I just wonder where the saturation point is... I guess everyone is always up for a great movie, no matter how done-to-death the subject matter is, but it's getting a little difficult to have a fresh approach to ANY of this stuff. Hollywood has gone genre with full force over the last 10 years or so (be careful what you wish for, I guess), but it all has a sameness to it now... same kinds of color palette, effects, cuts, actors, music, writing, etc. It's a problem of anything that is even remotely interesting now is copied until you're sick of it before you even got a chance to enjoy it a few times. Shaky/zoom/reality-cam is a perfect example. Twenty or thirty years ago, if somebody used it successfully, you'd maybe see it crop up in a half dozen or so other projects at the most, and they'd probably only do it with the same subject matter. Nowadays, forget it... you'll see it crop up in places you'd never imagined it would... sitcoms, alien movies, police dramas, web series... literally every fucking where. Same with a certain style of color correction, which has also been drilled into the ground to the point of making most movies look bland or like an ad for some high-end clothing store at the mall. The way trailers are cut is another example... about four or five years ago, I started to say that trailers are starting to feel like parodies of themselves. As if the trailers you're watching are appearing in a movie like 'Tropic Thunder', only they're REAL TRAILERS. Unfortunately, this trailer was another example of that, something I didn't expect of Jones, as I love Moon and have it on BD, but I hope the movie is fresher than the trailer. Anyway, I guess it's just a product of the way movies get fast-tracked now and decisions seem to get made faster regarding following up something successful.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    MOON was a shitty sci-fi flick for people who don't get sci-fi

    by ninpobugei

    I mean, really...MOON was a joke. Slow, plodding, ridiculous dialogue and it was obvious from the get-go that he was a clone. No great mystery, so I can't for the life of me figure out why so many kudos were heaped on it.</p> <p> This was sci-fi for people who don't watch sci-fi. If you're a sci-fi fan or geek, this one was SO obvious. It felt more like a film school flick than a real movie.</p> <p> Finally, the dialogue and interaction between the two clones just made little sense. Nothing they did was at all realistic. Anyone else would've been going batshit, but the protagonist spent the whole time looking confused. We nearly walked out and only stayed out of morbid curiosity. Walking out would've been better.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    JDanielP, couldn't have said it better myself

    by IndustryKiller!

    I love Nolans work (with the exception of Batman Begins and the ending of The Prestige), and The Dark Knight is in my top ten favorite of all time, but I wish there was just a tad more flair in the art department side of things. Just a little more personality to his Gotham City, a bit more atmosphere. I thought it was a gigantic leap in terms of improvement from Begins to TDK, but it could be taken even further without losing all the relatable human pathos.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    ninpobugei MOON was not a mystery movie with a twist.

    by KilliK

    if you were expecting something like that from this film,then you misunderstood completely the purpose of the film.the same applies with Shutter Island too.<br /> <p>MOON explores the identity crisis and its consequences that modern people face when they have to endure a life-long job in a cruel,faceless,mechanized System where the human being is not accepted anymore as an individual with a personality but rather a an anonymous tool,an asset which is important only for doing its job and ready to be disposed when not needed anymore.<br /> <p>if anything else MOON has more similarities with Chaplin's MODERN TIMES rather than Kubrick's 2001...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    There's GOT to be more to it than what's in the trailer.

    by Royston Lodge

    MOON was so awesome in large part because it was logically-consistent. It wasn't a fantasy where the audience had to take leave of reality for the story to work. It was plausible, and it followed its own internal consistency.<p> Judging from this trailer, this seems to abandon that principle of sticking to the plausible.<p> Is Gyllinhaal just rooting around inside the dead man's memories? Is the dead man's corpse there for Gylly to explore his mind? If the train exploded, how did they get access to his memories? I presume the dead man's body was fucked beyond recognition in an explosion like that. How on Earth could Gylly think he could change reality by messing around with a dead man's memories?<p> Since absolutely none of that makes a lick of sense, I can only hope that something completely different is going on, like it's ALL just a computer simulation, there IS no dead man, and there was no train explosion, or something like that.<p> Or maybe the dead man's identity is the real identity and Gylly isn't really a military officer.<p> Regardless, this trailer is a fail, IMHO. Judging solely from the trailer, it looks like every other lame-ass, techno-cyber-thriller that Hollywood likes to throw at us on a nearly annual basis.<p> Since I fucking ADORED MOON, I'm hoping to fuck that Jones has WAY more to show us than what's implied by this lame-ass trailer.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    TheSeeker7: I totally agree with you about the trailer.

    by Royston Lodge

    If they had only showed the action on the train, with Gylly all confused and shit, I would be way more excited.<p> However, then it would look like a rip-off of Flightplan instead of a rip-off of Inception.<p> (I'm not saying the movie IS a rip-off of Inception. I'm just saying that's how the trailer makes it look.)

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    lol whatever

    by Briestro

    I think it looks great, and will be there opening day. That being said, I will watch no more trailers! B

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Too bad Jones didn't get Superman...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Snyder is a hack of Bay-ian proportions and now I'll never get to see my dream villain: David Bowie (Jones' dad) as Brainiac.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Quantum Leap

    by Do__One

    Oh Boy!

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Looks cool

    by dukeroberts

    I will go see this.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    trailer youtube comments

    by TheSeeker7

    Btw, the one YT page that seems to have the highest views so far for the trailer, there's a comment that's already getting a lot of thumbs up (for the record, I hate the overhaul that YT gave to their comments section a few months back, it's so worse than the old way) is a person saying "I bet the chick is the bomber!"<br> <br> Now, using Hollywood's standard kind of formula, in theory that actually makes a lot of sense, just looking at it strictly from a POV of pulling a big fast one on the audience in the end. But applying even the tiniest bit of logic, she couldn't be the bomber, because I gotta think if she WAS, then she's not exactly the nicest gal, and he wouldn't be so intent on trying to going back and changing the fact that she died. Plus, they wouldn't even let him try, not if she's some terrorist.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    sweet more pro-war terrorism propaganda

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Fuck This Movie.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    SGU is anti-terrorism

    by DioxholsterImperium

    which is why its a must watch imo

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    If i wanted to watch this complicated sci-fi

    by DioxholsterImperium

    I would just watch SGU. comon people, source code? really? to keep going back to find the bomber? I bet the twist would be that Jake is the bomber lol oh I went back in time to bomb the train hahaha because of something weird booooo! its dumb. <p> at least SGU gave us body swapping and battle simulators within dreams and alternate reality video and much more. this movie all it does is some groundhog day tired shit been done before kinda thing.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    why does he want to save her??? just her??

    by DioxholsterImperium

    kinda weird how he only wants to save her.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Btw, Trial and Error did something like that already

    by DioxholsterImperium

    colonel young kept reliving the ship's destruction each time trying to save it but failing until it drove him into insanity.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    actually i wouldve like Source code if it wasnt about a girl

    by DioxholsterImperium

    what made inception powerful was that the character internal conflict was much superior to "saving a chick you dont know", i mean thats worse than Transformers. Its not emotional, or any of that. He just has a thing for her or whatever and now all he wants is to save a dead woman. THATS NOT POWERFUL... and thats why it will never be inception, because inception connected with us in a much deeper level (no pun intended), one of those creepy human things inside us we can all relate to, not being able to deal with death and stuff. Source Code, is sadly popcorn thriller flick that will have a weird ending probably.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Diox

    by scrote

    ...maybe it's because she is his real girlfriend and he only begins to remember her after repeated visits?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    or...

    by scrote

    she is the reason the train is being bombed...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Kelly Brook maybe but not Michelle...

    by scrote

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    High expectations

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Not met by the trailer.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Quantam Leap

    by HypeEndsHere

    now that that's been addressed... Jones is indeed no Nolan. Nolan has made more than 1 movie. Let's reserve judgement of the guy as a filmmaker until hes-- y'know-- made filmS.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I'd quite like to see

    by scrote

    ...Jones develop as a film maker but without the attendant oh,he's ape-ing bloggs, he's just imitating blah-de-blah. This ain't the NFL, National Film League. Unfortunately, that ain't gonna happen...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Did anyone here

    by scrote

    ...go see MOON because of its trailer? Or was it something else. With me, it was word-of-mouth.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    They ripped off the Inception trailer

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    The only thing missing is the tuba blasts. Watch this trailer, then the Inception trailer and you'll see how similarly they're cut - some wtf moments, some exposition, a hint of romance. But hey, if you're going to imitate, imitate from the best - the Inception trailers were amongst the best of the last few years.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    It's DEJA VU all over again...

    by ninpobugei

    Basically the same plot and same contrivance with a slight twist. I give it an official "meh". It's a video rental, not a theater movie.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Scratchmonkey

    by DrMorbius

    Moon is a rip-off of SPACE:1999, not 2001. Do the math, 1999 is 2 years BEFORE 2001.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    No it's Quantum Leap, Jumping through time

    by SID 8.0

    into another person's body.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Wowie Scary Twilight Zoney

    by BonoDickinson

    !

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    loved Moon,..

    by theheavy

    Looks extremly slick,..we shall see hoping for the best

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    MENTALDOMINANCE well said mate

    by KilliK

    i have nothing to add,you said it all.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    this trailer made me want to see the film!

    by Mr Gorilla

    amazing how few trailers do that these days.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    this trailer made me want to see the film!

    by pATREUS

    Absolutely! With Gyllenhaal this will make Jones go mainstream - well deserved.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    MENTALDOMINANCE

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Wow, talk about stream of conciousness. Have you ever read the Batman comics? It is SUPPOSED to be dark. The spandex and the Kapows were from the 60s TV show and cheapened it beyond belief. It was never meant to be "gay". Burton with his first Batman film, and Nolan with both his Batman films, were infinitely more faithful to the source material than the campy version you seem to admire.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    If it's directed by Bowie's kid, then I'm sold.

    by rbatty024

    Moon was a solid piece of science fiction. I have every expectation that this film will be as well.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Script kicked ass, looks awesome

    by BradZuhl

    How can people get down on Duncan Jones after he's only made one film? Give the guy a break. The script for this was great and it looks like he's executed it fantastically.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Duncan Jones can do whatever

    by DioxholsterImperium

    but this movie in no way can be good.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Inception can not be replicated

    by DioxholsterImperium

    it is a masterpiece that can not be copied.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Inception can not be replicated

    by DioxholsterImperium

    it is a masterpiece that can not be copied.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Diox

    by scrote

    ...I just burned it onto my computer...go figure

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    it can not be copied!

    by DioxholsterImperium

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Diox

    by scrote

    ...just burned another one onto disc

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    it can not never copied!

    by DioxholsterImperium

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Diox

    by scrote

    ...just copied it from C to D drive...

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    can not copy a masterpiece!

    by DioxholsterImperium

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Diox

    by scrote

    ....copied it back to C...

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Derivative, yes. But neat-o too.

    by FleshMachine

    i'll see it.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    this movie looks great!

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Script NEEDS to be GREAT, coz that is implausibly silly

    by quantize

    and more than a whiff of Inception

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Looks generic as fuck

    by TheWaqman

    Groundhog Day vs. Tony Scott: A Missile the size of the Chrysler Building. Moon was overrated too, Rockwell pretty much carried that film. As did Mansell's score. Story was predictable.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Moon was pretty good.

    by Ironhelix

    This does not look to be in the same league. Feels like another movie I've already seen.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    And yeah... Moon WAS a little overrated.

    by Ironhelix

    Rockwell indeed carried it. There were a few scenes that were exceptional, but that's about it. Pretty run of the mill sci-fi stuff. This looks even less inspired.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Moon = Massively overrated

    by MiloDC

    Netflixed it, didn't even bother finishing it on first viewing, came back to it the following evening just to kill some time.<br> <br> Any debutante director can get accolades these days, he just has to make something downbeat, of a Kubrickian pace (i.e. slow and pensive), of artificially low production values, and ideologically noncommittal or (preferably) left-leaning.<br> <br> Moon was meh -- directing, story, score, everything. Rockwell was the only element of the movie that was consistently a cut above.<br> <br> Source Code looks stupid.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    The moon looks awesome in HD

    by Hot_Nikks

    That and a talking computer is about all that Moon & 2001 have in common.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Quantum Leap crossed with 12 Monkeys

    by Aftertaste

    I hope Sam Becket leaps into the girl and Bruce Willis pops into a security guard on the train whose on his way to a job interview.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I loved Moon...

    by dale dragon

    that said, this looks like a movie that should star Nicolas Cage and I will never watch

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I've Read the Script...

    by JakeB

    and it's very good. Compelling choices for the protag to make. Looking forward to checking this one out.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, noon CST

    I like the trailer

    by just pillow talk

    And I don't care if it *looks* familiar, it's all about the execution baby.<p>And Moon was a very, very solid sci-fi flick.