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I liked it well enough, but I don't know... the plot never really seemed to take off. I think I'd expected more of an action movie than it turned out to be.
|Jake Gyllenhaal||Colter Stevens|
|Michelle Monaghan||Christina Warren|
|Vera Farmiga||Colleen Goodwin|
|Russell Peters||Max Denoff|
|Joe Cobden||Le technicien du laboratoire|
|Michael Arden||Derek Frost|
|Jeffrey Wright||Le docteur Rutledge|
|Brent Skagford||George Troxel|
|Craig Thomas (II)||Un cadre de Gold Watch|
|Paula Jean Hixson||Dame à la tasse de café|
|Lincoln Ward||Le Ministre Sudoku|
|Albert Kwan||Type à la canette|
|Anne Day-Jones||Chef de bureau|
|James A. Woods||Acteur|
|Nick Ferrin||Un passant|
|Chris Ramirez||L'homme d'affaire en fuite|
|Neil Napier||Un officier|
|Frédérick de Grandpré||Acteur|
|Clarice Byrne||Une employée de bureau|
|Kyle Allatt||Un assistant|
|Kyle Gatehouse||College Student|
|Paula Jean Hixson||Coffee Mug Lady|
|Albert Kwan||Soda Can Guy|
|James A. Woods||Aviator Glasses Guy|
|Don Burgess||Director of Photography|
|Hawk Koch||Executive Producer|
|Chris Bacon||Original Music Composer|
|Fabrice Gianfermi||Executive Producer|
|Jeb Brody||Executive Producer|
|Mark Gordon (II)||Producer|
|Tom Bellfort||Sound Director|
|Tom Bellfort||Sound Editor|
"Make Every Second Count"
U.S. Army helicopter pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), last aware of being on a mission in Afghanistan, wakes up on a commuter train to Chicago, at 7:40 am. To the world around him – including his traveling partner Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan) and the bathroom mirror – he appears to be Sean Fentress, a school teacher. As he comes to grips with this revelation, the train car explodes, killing everyone aboard.
Stevens regains consciousness inside a dingy dim cockpit, leaking oil. Communicating through a video screen, Air Force Captain Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) verifies Stevens' identity, and insists he stay "on mission" to find the bomber before another larger "dirty bomb" hits downtown Chicago in six hours. Inside the "Source Code" experimental device designed by scientist Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), he experiences the last eight minutes of another compatible person's life within an alternative timeline.
Stevens is unwillingly sent back into the Source Code again and again in frustrating, exhausting attempts to learn the bomber's identity. He tries to warn authorities on the train and flee with Christina. But Rutledge insists the alternate timeline is not real.
He has been "with them" for two months since reported killed in action in Afghanistan. The cockpit capsule is in his imagination, his brain's way of making sense of missing environment. "As one soldier to another .. am I dead?" Angry to learn he is on life support, he asks to be disconnected after the mission. Rutledge agrees.
Stevens catches the bomber Derek Frost (Michael Arden), who leaves his wallet behind to fake death, and gets off at the last stop. In one run-through, Frost kills both Stevens and Christina, and flees in a rented white van. Stevens remembers the license number and direction so the authorities can catch the terrorist. But Rutledge reneges, orders Goodwin to wipe Stevens' memory for a future mission. Stevens convinces Goodwin to allow one more try, to save everyone on the train, despite Rutledge's assurances everyone is doomed.
Stevens disarms the bomb, subdues Frost and handcuffs him to a handrail inside the train. He reports the bomber and bomb to authorities, then calls to reoncile with his estranged father under the guise of a fellow soldier. He asks Christina what she would do if she knew that she only had seconds left to live, and starts to kiss her. At the same time, Goodwin lifts the cover to the top half of his comatose mutilated body, and disconnects the life support. Rutledge bangs on the outer door in vain. Surprisingly, Stevens finishes the kiss with Christina. They continue on the train, to walk around downtown Chicago in front of a building he remembers.
Later that morning, the alternative-timeline Captain Goodwin arrives for work at Nellis Air Force Base and hears an earlier message from Stevens-Fentress. While news breaks about the failed bomber on the Chicago train, he explains they have changed history. He asks Goodwin to reassure this timeline Stevens that "everything is gonna be okay."
Theatrical : 2011-04-01 : United States of America
DVD : 2011-07-26