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Capone says Duncan Jones' SOURCE CODE is one of the first truly great films of 2011!!!

Published at: April 1, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

Simply put, director Duncan (MOON) Jones' latest dip into the science-fiction pool succeeds because it doesn't rely on a single trick or reveal to give it strength. Instead, it relies on great acting, a carefully plotting story and some adventurous directing to propel it through one of the most ambitious stories since INCEPTION although the two films share almost nothing in common besides a marketing campaign.

I think the less you know about SOURCE CODE, the better, but I'm going to tell you as much as I can without giving away too much. Pilot Capt. Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a train, which isn't so bad except that the last thing he remembers is crashing his plane in Afghanistan. In the eight minutes that follow, he discovers that he's on a commuter train heading into Chicago, and that he's inside the body of a man named Sean Fentriss. Across from him is Christina (Michelle Monaghan), clearly someone he knows from sharing this same train ride every morning, but they aren't exactly friends. The train is fairly full, and by the end of the eight minutes, a bomb goes off and everyone on the train dies.

Then Colter wakes up again, only this time he's in a dark pod-like structure looking at a monitor with the face of a superior officer (Vera Farmiga), explaining to him that he's part of a government experiment used to stop terrorism. Through a process called "Source Code", Colter can go back to the moment just before the bomb went off, find out where the bomb is and who set it, in an effort to stop another, far greater attack by the same person/people in downtown Chicago (nobody wants that). Colter can't stop what has happened; his mission is to locate the bomber so that people in the real world can prevent another bombing. Got it? Now explain it to me...

The fun of SOURCE CODE-- which is pretty much 90 minutes of non-stop forward motion, despite all of its backward jumping-- is watching Colter relive the same eight minutes but in a different way each time. And with each new Source Code, he gets a little closer to his objective. Jones and writer Ben Ripley are smart enough not to give us a stupid twist by making Fentriss or Christina the bomber (as many cynics who haven't seen the film have speculated). No, this is a proper mystery, loaded with a very human center. As we get closer to discovering the bomber, we also peel away the layers of how Colter got in this position in the first place, what Farmiga's role in things are, and how the great Jeffrey Wright (playing a nutty professor working with Farmiga) figures into everything.

Amid all this tension and action is a great deal of humor and the sweet beginnings of a love story between Colter and Christina, and how he copes with the idea that there's nothing he can do to save her, since she's already dead. There's also an unexpected urge on Colter's part to reconnect with his estranged father before the need for Source Codes runs out once his mission is complete. And wouldn't you agree that Monaghan is a woman worth trying to save, even if it doesn't count in the real world?

SOURCE CODE brings up an array of questions concerning logic, ethics, and time travel (although these Source Codes aren't technically time travel), and I had a great time replaying the film in my head to test its theories of creating parallel time lines. And much like MOON, this film never forgets that living breathing characters are at the center of this work, and it is their essential humanity that drives the story in the end. But both films also share the question of what it is to be human, and on that level, SOURCE CODE operates on a haunting plain of existence.

I truly loved this movie, but more than that I was impressed by how it never forgets to let its driving force be its characters. I cannot wait to see this one again, since I consider it one of the only truly great films I've seen so far this year, and I'm desperate to see what Duncan Jones has in store for us with the next in what will clearly be a long line of expertly realized works.

-- Capone
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  • April 1, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Wasn't looking forward to this.

    by Ironhelix

    But now I am.

  • I. The Terrible Trio and "The Kobe Project" CHOPPAH has learned, through sources anonymous and hidden, that Mr. Beaks, Nordling and Devin Faraci have been running a long game, using sock puppets to infiltrate and provoke talkbackers into ban-nable offenses to illustrate how Harry has lost control of his site and to purge any malcontents. It's all to usurp Harry, whom they view as a corpulent geek version of King Lear entering his dotage, and assume control of his site, his resources, and connections to turn AICN into perfectly functioning site with police-state-like talkbacks that would increase their personal wealth by whoring itself out to the studios. "It's obvious that Harry uses the site to get 'pweasants' from his studio buddies," one of my sources tells me. "But AICN still has its shaggy-dog, shambling charms. Beaks, Faraci and Nordling have been conspiring to turn the site into a pure revenue-generating machine." Their legion of sock puppets includes: JettL93, lowes forehead girl, chickengeorge, viggeo_morgenstein, william_faulkner and their oldest, most brilliant creation: hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes, a churlish, thuggish reflection of how the trio views talkbackers. "They called it 'The Kobe Project,' or sometimes 'Project: Kobe,'" another one of my well-placed sources told me. "My God, do they laugh and laugh when they use the kobe_ass_tastes handle, or whatever the fuck it's called." All three of the conspirators share a password to use the kobe name, often at the same time, to infiltrate and rupture talkbacker "groups" such as the Baleback and its eventual offshoot, the Pedalback. Looking back now, using state-of-the-art textual analysis, it is obvious to CHOPPAH that kobe had to be the creation of more than one mind: he is often condescending, snobby, grumpy and despicable all within the space of a few minutes or posts. He is the love-child of a troika of pseudo-intellectual bullies, an avatar of their insidious, arrogant hive mind. But his deranged trio's plotting pushed their conspiracy to even darker territories. Desperate to find the ultimate coup de grace, especially as Harry's health problems grew to a near-critical phase while he was distracted by the Famous Monsters of Filmland website they coerced him into taking over, they despicably seized upon the death of beloved film editor and Quentin Tarantino collaborator, Sally Menke. They would make their power play in Menke's AICN obit. ... Tune in tomorrow for Part 2, "Where's Devin?"

  • April 1, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I am not a big Gyllenhaal fan...

    by Ryan

    ...and the trailor really did not peak my interest but this sounds like it may be worth checking out.

  • April 1, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    hmm

    by Wookie_1995

    hurm....

  • April 1, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    wow, lots of good reviews

    by Stifler's Mom

    but then again, AICN led me astray on MOON, which was purported to be the next great coming of science fiction and is actually just a slow, pretentious bore.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Please tell me he doesn't save the chick.

    by NapoleonDynamite

    That would be too lame.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    It's very Quantum Leap-ish, just leave it at that

    by Terrence

    You've seen episodes of that show, you have an idea of what to expect regarding disbelief.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    SO relieved this is getting pretty solid notices...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...the trailer had me worried a teensy bit. I loved me some Moon a ton. Go, Zowie!!!!!!

  • April 1, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Sneaky-good

    by greyspecter

    I love how some movies (transformers, Clash of the titans) have huge and lengthy run-ups and ultimately flop, at least from an aesthetic perspective, while others sneak up and blow people away. I'm interested in this, and will probably see it, while a movie I looked forward to for months (Sucker Punch) got such rotten reviews that I may not even see it on DVD.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    stifler's mom

    by AsimovLives

    I'm sorry to say this, and i'm sorry if my words will sound very harsh, but frankly, i'm impossible to love Sf and not love MOON. MOON is one of the most honest heartfelt love letters to the SF genre i have seen for a long while. As i say to many people here, SF doesn't start and stop with Star Wars or The Terminator.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Duncan Jones, the real deal.

    by AsimovLives

  • April 1, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Moon

    by MegaBeth

    was boring. Yes I said it.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Quantum Leap connection

    by Jon

    *Slight Spoiler* Scott Bakula is in the movie credited as a (Voice)

  • April 1, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    SF doesn't start and stop with Star Wars

    by harrys_site_sucks

    actually Star Wars is just Science Fantasy. Star Trek is more SF.

  • April 1, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Three

    by SpencerBarnes

    So he's caught in a temporal causality loop, a la TNG's Cause and Effect episode? The one where the Enterprise keeps blowing up because Frasier's dumb ship keeps hitting them?

  • April 1, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    napoleondynamite

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    I'm saying nothing ..........

  • April 1, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Critics are going to love this film

    by 2soon2eat

    I predict 90% on the tommato meter baby!! Too bad it will FAIL at the box office. Fucking liberal wet dream. Wake me when Hollywood makes movie thats not about evil white American males trying to destroy the world. I mean can't we get a lezbian parapalegic from Mexico to be the bad guy for once? Or maybe *gasp* an islamic fundementalist, oh the horror! FAIL ALERT FAIL ALERT FAIL ALERT This baby is going down in flames!!!

  • April 1, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Capone!

    by Manatee

    I was really worried when I saw how much tinkering Jones had done to the script (lowering the "interval" time from 17 minutes down to 8 minutes, for instance). Your review gives me hope that things haven't degenerated into '24-lite.' But please god tell me that Jones changed the original script's ending. It felt like getting kicked in the cock when I read the last page.

  • April 1, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Spoiler that's not a spoiler

    by SmokingRobot

    The terrorist is the crazy white guy. I'll pass.

  • April 1, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Gyllenhaal = Forget it!

    by BeanGrud

    Both he and his sister are offputting creeps.

  • April 1, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    @braindead, you talkin' bout your mouth around dick?

    by Majority

    Because this movie most definitely did not suck

  • April 1, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by Spudwick30

    Why does everyone keep saying the trailer didn't look all that great. It looked fine to me. ...Except for the pointless, typical, Arbitary Love Story that seems to be staple of so many "deep" SCI-Fi/non SCI-Fi films these days. Bump Please?

  • If Sucker Punch tanks, which is seeming to be the case so far, and Source Code makes a profit. Source Code has a chance as its budget was not huge. Something like 35 million I think. Plus, Source Code looks like a single movie, and not like four different films sloppily crammed into one two hour window of time, which is what many seem to feel Sucker Punch tried to do but failed. I've always thought the Nolan/Snyder pairing seemed odd. Nolan producing with Duncan Jones directing seemed like a better fit. Those two seem to be similar in that they have both made more cerebral films, while Snyder has made more surface level stuff for the most part. Entertaining, but not as deep, personal, or complex as what Nolan and Jones seem to be capable of.

  • April 1, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Mr. Chen, activate the Omega-13!

    by duct tape wallet

    That is all.

  • April 1, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    RED FLAG!

    by DonkeyBalls

    Capone gives this film high marks? Avoid at all costs. He fooled me once, but now I strictly use him as a warning of what not to see.

  • April 1, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Um...

    by Horgy

    So this is like Groundhog Day, only he's using it to stop terrorism?

  • April 1, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    How could you seriously think Monaghan was the bomber?

    by TheSeeker7

    These cynical critics that you're talking about, I don't see how they or anyone else might guess that. Well yea fundamentally I do, it's an obvious 'big twist' choice. But other than that... see, in the latter half of the trailer that first surfaced a couple months back we see that Jake is all uppity about wanting to still try and save her life. This would suggest to me there's a point later in the film where they've now discovered who the bomber was, but JG wants to continue on trying to save the girl's life, he's making his case to Farmiga to do this. Well, hello... if he'd found out that Monaghan was the guilty bomber, do you honestly think he'd be so insistent on the idea of trying to save her life? She ain't THAT hot.

  • April 1, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Sounds like it...

    by Bish73

    ...has a Twelve Monkeys vibe to it? Can't change the past but bring back information to affect the future? Love moon definitely looking forward to this.

  • April 1, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Politically-correct ending = FAIL!!! >:P

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I have better things to spend my money on then more garbage from Hollywood.

  • April 1, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Or rather, "than." :|

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

  • April 1, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    i fell asleep in the theater for moon

    by akkosa

    but when i watched it on dvd, it was pretty awesome.

  • April 1, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Not trying to be pedantic 'but' ...

    by DrMorbius

    Colter Stevens was a pilot, to be sure, although he flew (and went down) in a helo, not a plane. Carry on.

  • April 1, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    2soon2eat your comment is confusing...

    by Andrew Coleman

    So basically you're saying people are fucking stupid and that includes you. I don't understand what you're saying. First you claim it will get good reviews(people use RT ratings here all the time to prove how "good" something is). Then you flip it around and say it will flop. So basically you're saying the movie will be good and well reviewed but it will flop because it's liberal or something. First off can people stop using liberal in their terminology because 95% of the time it's being used wrong. Also making your point being "This movie will be good but it will flop"... Proves one thing: American audiences are fucking stupid. Which is true I mean G-Force made money. I guess you think the movie is "liberal" because the bad guys end up being white? So is like your favorite movie Lethal Weapon 4 because the bad guys are Chinese? Also Islamic terrorists have been done to death!(The Siege, Executive Decision, True Lies, etc.). I frankly want to see a movie where the villains are these militia's popping up in the middle of the country that are trying to rebuild the Nazi regime basically. Those dudes really scare me, religious terrorists basically on my back door step. I want a movie about those crazy ass holes.

  • April 1, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by Andrew Coleman

    "I have better thing to spend my money on than garbage from hollywood"... Then why are you on a movie site? If you truly didn't spend your money on movies, why would you come on here and talk about them? Please some of you, leave your bullshit at the door.

  • April 1, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    "one of the most ambitious stories since INCEPTION"

    by Cartagia

    Oh, one of the most ambitious stories in less than a year? Impressive. /sarcasm

  • April 1, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    The line comes straight out of Quint's review...

    by Cartagia

    And he says they are nothing alike. "Instead, it relies on great acting, a carefully plotting story and some adventurous directing to propel it through one of the most ambitious stories since INCEPTION although the two films share almost nothing in common besides a marketing campaign." So, try again Braindrain.

  • April 1, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    And when I say Quint, April Fool's

    by Cartagia

    I mean Capone

  • April 1, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Just saw it...

    by Hipshot

    And loved it. Smart, fast, touching, tense. Damned fun 90 minutes. Good writing, well acted, well directed. Oh--and Conservatives who think Liberals are somehow antagonistic to white people are exactly the same as Liberals who think all Conservatives are racists. You guys should all get locked in a room and fight it out with hand grenades.

  • April 1, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I've been to Chicago . . .

    by DrMorbius

    Quite frankly . . . I was 'rooting' for the BOMB!!!

  • April 1, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Can you political wingnuts think for yourselves?

    by Ribbons

    "Well, it sounds okay. But I read an advance review on Townhall.com that seems to indicate a plot point will offend my conservative sensibilities, therefore I plan to never see it and hate what it represents, even if I'm not entirely clear on what that is. Nevermind whether white guys occasionally do bomb stuff and Muslim guys are occasionally (just occasionally) innocent, and nevermind whether the actual time loop conceit is handled in a way that's moving or interesting, the very possibility that the man who wrote this disagrees with my politics in any way means he and his movies must be shunned."

  • April 1, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    youve sold me

    by jsfithaca

    ive been on the fence on this movie, but most ambitious since inception? ill try to check it out

  • April 1, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    SPOILER question

    by UTexLex

    Just got back from this, enjoyed it very much. My spoiler-centric question is regarding the ending. So does Jake Gyllenhaal live out the rest of that guy's life, with the guy's body/face/voice, but Gyllenhaal's brain/thoughts? Also, the VERY end...so the fact that Gyllenhaal's e-mail got through to Vera Farmiga and the fact that he prevented the bombing by disarming the bomb and handcuffing the bomber...The last shot of the film shows his mangled body, but a voiceover to tell Capt. Stevens...something. I didn't get that. Was he essentially asking Vera to send someone back in time via Source Code to prevent the true Gyllenhaal from taking his final (fatal) trip to Afghanistan? (Thus, he wouldn't be killed and would live on)....I was unclear on that. Any opinions/thoughts? Great flick overall.

  • April 1, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    great movie?

    by T.M.

    The movie is good but not close to approaching greatness. 6.7/10

  • It suddenly all makes sense now. Genius is genetic. Source Code was awesome, by the way.

  • April 1, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Moon was a great movie. This movie was a damn good time.

    by antonphd

    I'm now officially a lifelong fan of this director.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    @ribbons "wingnuts" are thinking...

    by Karl

    that's the thing. I am tired of the same safe and boring bullshit that is in nearly every movie and TV show. Every fucking procedural on TV, nearly every movie, even fucking sitcoms have the white guy as the villain. Southland is the only show I can think of right now that dares show the black guy or the muslim as a bad guy. This is just more of the same safe PC garbage and I will be voting with my wallet not to see it.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    tiredofstupidloginnames

    by Ribbons

    How refreshing, another rant about "PC bullshit" (another term I'm pretty sure is not using correctly in this conversation, but whatever). I understand what you're saying to a certain extent, but again, you're comparing Source Code to endless crappy procedurals where there is literally nothing else going on in the story. This is a high-concept sci-fi film made by a promising young director. So you can feed me some line about "voting with your wallet," but all I see is "I would rather pay to watch uninspiring crap than take a chance on anything that even might be PC/liberal/[insert current political boogeyman here]." I just can't get over people's main concern with this film being whether the brown guy does it. By the way, Southland is one of my favorite shows on TV. Crazy, huh?

  • April 1, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    utexlex (SPOILERS)...

    by tailhook

    There are two different 'prime' parallel worlds. The Source Code created the second. The first one, his work led to the discovery of the bomber and the dirty bomb and prevented the attack leading to Farmiga pulling the plug on him and killing him. The 2nd one is where he got sent in, apprehended the bomber on the train, left the text, got the comedian to get people to laugh, big kiss, rode off with the girl. Vermiga in that world then receives the text message and the Colt in that world is still alive and tied in the Source Code and waiting for a situation dire enough that he's needed. If you go even farther, every single time they sent him back created a new different parallel world.

  • April 1, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    what Source Code *really* reminded me of.

    by tailhook

    "A Stop At Willoughby" - Twilight Zone episode

  • April 2, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    utexlex

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    alternate universe...ala Fringe...and Jake has his mind in Sean's body...sucks for that universe's Sean lol....awesome flick...loved the freeze frame pull back...one of the best single shots in any movie in a while

  • April 2, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Duncan Jones >>> Christopher Nolan

    by mrgray

    Because he gives a shit about character and story over intellectual masturbation.

  • April 2, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    braindrain

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    no...the movie is honestly nothing like the trailer would have you predict...yeah it's a little like Quantum Leap except with an AMAZING QL cameo that makes it so self aware it works

  • April 2, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Nolan Can Suck It

    by tensticks

    Sharon: Just because an idea is over convoluted and complex doesn't make it cool. Going into multiple dream levels sounds like a really stupid idea. Cobb: You don't get it because you're not smart enough. --South Park ************************************ This movie proves that you can do intelligent, complex sci fi without layers of artificial and unnecessary complications, intellectual masturbation, emotional emptiness, smoke & mirrors (unlike some other movies I can mention). This movie is smart, unpretentious, gets in, does its job, gets out and leaves the viewer both thoughtful AND heartful. Duncan Jones, you've knocked it out of the park twice now, and I salute you. We shall watch your career with great interest.

  • April 2, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    My problem with a "the muslim isn't the terrorist" plot point

    by OutsideChance

    Going back to at least Jodie Foster's "Flight Plan," screenwriters have used this idea as a red herring in suspense films. They think it's a clever twist on the audience's expectations. However, at this point no one watching a movie thinks the film will go there, especially when the "hero confronts the Muslim" scene occurs only about halfway or 3/4 through the film. So, really, it's just another cheap way to drag out a movie's plot and maybe build a bit of cheap tension during the confrontation. Kind of like the "it's only a cat" bit in dozens of bad horror films after "Alien." In short, its just a newer cliche but still a cliche.

  • April 2, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    raskolnikov

    by UTexLex

    Agree about the frozen pull-back shot. The film could've ended there and I'd been perfectly satisfied. So far, best film of '11 by my vote (having seen roughly 15 theatrical releases YTD).

  • April 2, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    DECENT BUT CHEESY ENDING

    by ass clown

    ITS A SOMEWHAT CREATIVE PREMISE EXECUTED ABOVE AVERAGE, BUT THE MOVIE STILL FEELS A LITTLE FLAT. I HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE SUSPENDING MY DISBELIEF ON THE TECHNOLOGY FOR THIS ONE TOO, BUT OVERALL PRETTY DECENT FILM. KICKS THE SHIT OUT OF SUCKER PUNCH.

  • A hero, getting his just reward with a final moment that was perfect, even if it wasn't real. People would have been debating that one for years.

  • April 2, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Daybreak in movie format

    by Mark Murphy

    You know some people will love this and yet Taye Diggs did this in Daybreak and the darn series ends up cancelled - ok not the same means of reliving the same moments and a longer period for Taye to do his thing but same story and yet Daybreak is cancelled. People need to wake up and support some good programmes.

  • April 2, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    utexlex re: the conversation at the end (SPOILERS)

    by drave117

    He told her to tell her version of Colter that everything will be okay, which is a line that was echoed by somebody through each of the source code dives. I saw the movie last night and loved it. I don't think the ending is cheesy, or that it can be taken literally. I also don't necessarily see it as a happy ending.

  • April 2, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    notspock2

    by stringerbell

    i thought the same thing meself,but on reconsideration i did kinda fall in love with the characters and wanted to see them happy,its a great film overall and im not the biggest jake gyllenhaal fan but his great in this,i believe its all down to duncan jones tho

  • April 2, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    About the ending *SPOILERS*

    by applescruff

    The text he sends at the end is merely to explain to Goodwin how well this technology they created works, and to ask her to be kind and helpful to Stevens when he does go on his "first" Source Code mission. There are 3 (technically more, but I'll get into that later) parallel universes shown in the movie. The first one we will call Original Reality, The second one we will call Source Code Reality, and the third one we will call Altered Reality. In the original reality, the bomb goes off; they need someone to investigate in order to prevent a second bombing and they send Stevens in. Source Code Reailty is where he does just that, only he realizes that every time he enters Source Code Reality things are different. It isn't simply like video playback, it is fluid and changeable. What's more, he is able to move around the train (and even outside of the train) freely, to places that, theoretically, Sean Fentress never went in Original Reality. Thus, the conclusion is drawn that Stevens can alter anything he wants in this reality, such as preventing the bomb from ever going off. Once he does that, it creates an entirely new timeline that splits off from all previous timelines (echoing what an earlier commenter said, yes, every time they put him in the Source Code, they are creating a new parallel universe. But because the bomb goes off, killing everyone each time, I am basically writing all of those realities off as to me they essentially die with Stevens). This new timeline is Altered Reality. In it, the only people that cease to exist are Coulter Stevens and Sean Fentress. Coulter and Sean have merged into one being, ala the end of Avatar. This new being has the brain of Coulter, but the appearance of Sean. In this way, Source Code has worked beyond what its creators could have ever anticipated. They have kicked open the doors to the multiverse, allowing for infinite possibilities and timelines to play out all at once. He texts Goodwin to acknowledge this, and to ask her to help him through this difficult, traumatic situation he is fated to repeat again in another reality. Because, in spite of all of this groundbreaking, mind-blowing, world-altering work, people are still people, and all he seems to be interested in over the course of the film is that everyone recognizes that. He realizes at one point in the film that Christina and all those people on the train, in spite of it being an alternate reality, are just as real as anyone else. This is why he cares about trying to save them. By that same token, the "him" in this new timeline that hasn't gone on a Source Code mission yet, is real as well, and doesn't know what has happened to him yet. So he asks her to "tell him that everything is gonna be ok".

  • Jake and Michelle had real on screen chemistry. The characters are all really good. Glad to see Jake recover from that horrible video game movie. The score was really well done as well. Really liked Source Code. 10 giant balls of flame out of 10! on a side note, I watched The Lincoln Lawyer earlier in the week also. Awesome week at the movies so far, refreshing to watch original well crafted films on the big screen.

  • oh well, second place ain't bad at all.

  • Which was better?? I'm on the fence, both endings are good and I feel play well together. I really thought that freeze shot of the kiss at the end was the end. I even thought for a second it was gonna go all religious and wash out in a white light or something. Jake's character somehow earning his place above and all that. Glad it didn't.

  • April 3, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    The return of The Thin White Dork, throwing darts in geek's eyes.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • April 3, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    OK, now having seen it...

    by Stifler's Mom

    SOURCE CODE is great, even if the last 5 minutes feel slightly illogical... A brilliant Hitchcockian mystery, from the retro score in the opening to the North by Northwest nod in the final moments.... Leaps and bounds better than MOON, which now seems even more dull and pretentious than it had before.

  • April 3, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Who was Scott Bakula?

    by steverogers5

    Saw this last night, but was really tired at the time and missed out on the Quantum Leap cameo? From what I read above, sounds like he was just a voice over. But I don't remember the film having one of those. Unless he was the Dad on the phone towards the end, was that him? Speaking of the ending, so weird to see a time travel film on the big screen that posited the old-'time travel dosn't change history, but instead just creates a whole new dimesion/reality/alternate universe' schtick. I remember in ancient Marvel comics this was the old stand by reason why Reed Richerds (once he had Dooms time machine) didn't go back in time every month to stop the bad guy in each issue. Though Marvel seemed to abandon that as a rule of their universe in the 90es I think..

  • April 3, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Did this film lose its impact on anyone, because they...

    by DanielKurland

    had seen the X-Files episode, "Monday." Which deals with trying to stop a bomb threat, and continually living over the same "span of time." They hit the same beats with him eventually stopping the coffee spill, pop opening, etc. I don't know. I loved MOON to death, and I was wanting to love this, but in the end, it really just seemed like an average movie. It seems like what is impressing most of the critics is the concept, and how a story like this moves, which at this point was just a re-tread after being quite familiar with "Monday." And Monaghan and Farmiga barely have any chance to show off their acting here. They're playing such stock characters. Am I crazy, or is there anyone else that had a similar sort of experience.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Scott Bakula was the voice of Gyllenhaal's dad...

    by DanielKurland

  • April 3, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Ahhh..

    by steverogers5

    That makes sense. Thanks danielkurland!

  • April 3, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Bakula!

    by Bass Ackwards

    I didn't even notice, will have to pay attention during the rewatch. Fitting, as the phone call to the dad was straight out of the Quantum Leap pilot.

  • April 3, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Anyone else getting a 12 Monkeys vibe from this?

    by Sappers Forward

    I haven't seen it yet.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Just saw it.

    by I Hope You Die

    It was good. But don't expect any meaningful science. It's pure nonsense. Put that aside and you can enjoy it for what it is. Gyllenhaal basically carries the entire movie and his predicament is intriguing.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    After watching Source Code, which I enjoyed...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...I'm wishing Duncan Jones was offered the Superman gig instead. Jones is the real deal. He can infuse an action-science fiction pic with some real heart and soul. Snyder is a technical craftsman, and a very good one, but his movies feel soulless.

  • April 3, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Source Code was mostly meh

    by JacksParasites

    I'm really surprised by this super-positive review. I mean, after Moon, I was really hoping this film would be much better than the trailers made it out to be. But it just wasn't. It wasn't a total train wreck, if you pardon the pun and in some ways it actually improved on the what's in the screenplay. Though in other ways, it dumbed down elements of the screenplay. For instance, in the script, the Christina character was a bit of a misfit in her own right and actually had a personality, whereas it looks like they traded in all her personality for looks when they cast Monahan. I like Monahan but her character in the final film has zero personality, so I never really cared about her. Then like Jake's last film, it feels like there's a tacked on bland, happy Hollywood ending because the suits believe that's all audiences want anymore. I felt that there was some interesting areas they could have mined with this material but settled for something entirely forgettable. And while I didn't love Inception to the degree that many others did, one thing it wasn't was forgettable. Inception, this was not.

  • April 3, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    I already saw 12 Monkeys.

    by IronEagle74

    Oh, and count me as one of the people who won't waste his money on another movie or tv show that's trying to force political correctness down my throat by always making the white guys evil and refusing to show Muslims and blacks as bad. Are there bad white people? Of course there are. But if reality were based on everything we see in movies and TV these days, then we'd think the only evil people in the world would be white people. I guess the racist leader of the Black Nation of Islam, Louis Farakhan, would whole-heartedly agree.

  • April 4, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Terrible....

    by Executor

    It's as disengaging as Sucker Punch. In fact, if the first half of Sucker Punch, they told the lead girl she was time traveling instead of "having fantasies", and then we reveal it's all in her head...well...that's what you have here. Movies that are in the mind of one character are not involving. To me.

  • April 4, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    jacksparasites

    by meta4

    So lets pretend you get total creative control of the ending, what would you have done? I feel that if the ending had been made in an obscure manner then the film wouldn't resonate with the audience (me). The ending was the one million dollar check recieved for services rendered to the mafia (read: perfect payoff). In this funny day and age people still go to movies that look "meh" to them , while the rest of us folk spend our "smart" money on movies we actually have a taste for and wont bitch about in the comments of AICN. 12 bucks a pop for a "meh-vie" is fucking stupid.

  • April 4, 2011, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Chamber question ***OMGLAWLZROFLMAOWTFSPOILER****

    by meta4

    Still don't understand how he's in some sort of "chamber", is that supposed to be his mind? if so...creepy. How can they have a videocamera pointed between each other when one's real and the other's dead? Future Skype?

  • April 4, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST

    meta

    by Bass Ackwards

    Yes, that's his mind, its explicitly stated at one point. Also, the video camera only goes one way, they apparently have the technology to interact directly with his brain, inputing visual stimuli and sending him into the source code and such. But the video camera part didn't go both ways, as its shown from her point of view all she's getting is text.

  • April 4, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    @Bass

    by meta4

    Thanks for the explanation, I completely forgot about them only seeing his words.

  • April 4, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Really?

    by Wembly81

    I'm not as much of a movie geek as I should be to comment here... I like the site, like to keep up with what's going on... But I did happen to see this movie this weekend, and it was a total mess. Full of logical missteps, missed opportunities, and general annoyances. Chief among them was the scientist who invented the technology... chewing the scene, he was an embarrassment... I cringed every time he was on screen - and my friend predicted every line of his dialogue before it came out of his mouth. This movie starts out interesting, but doesn't understand its own premise. A huge disappointment.

  • April 5, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Loved this film.

    by Saracen1

    This is how sci-fi should be done. Not trash like Skyline and Legion. Oh and fuck the haters that call this and Moon boring. Just because it doesn't have MTV style zero point five second cuts to keep your ADHD-riddled minds from zoning out? Take some fucking ritalin. I for one am looking forward to Duncan Jones' next film.