Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Thanks to the ongoing American Film Market, we’ve got a bit more info about Source Code, the sophomore feature from Moon director Duncan Jones. We should be seeing a trailer within the next couple months, but until then this long, and possibly spoilerish synopsis will have to do.
What we’ve known about Source Code is that Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier who is part of an experimental program to ferret out the origin of a terrorist attack on a train. His psyche is projected into the body of a passenger on the train, and he relives the attack multiple times as he tries to trace it back to the point of origin. Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are in the cast as well.
If you really don’t want to know more until a trailer arrives, I’d steer clear of the more full synopsis below. How much does it really give away? Hard to say, but it is certainly more detailed than what we’ve known before. Source Code will be released by Summit on April 15, 2011.
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes with a jolt to find himself on a commuter train heading into Chicago. Although the other passengers all seem to know him, he has absolutely no idea where – or even who – he is.
The last thing Colter remembers is flying a helicopter mission in Iraq, but here he is in someone else’s life going through someone else’s morning commute. Before he can do anything an express train zooms by on the opposite track and a bomb explodes, seemingly killing Colter and all the other passengers.
Colter comes to in an isolation chamber, strapped to a seat, and wearing his military flight suit. He still has no idea what’s happening, except that he’s being spoken to by mission controller Carol Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), who calmly recites a series of memory questions to which Colter is shocked to realize he knows the answers.
He learns he’s part of an operation called “Beleaguered Castle,” but before he can progress any further, Goodwin starts up the machinery and suddenly Colter is back on the train, at exactly the same time he first appeared there, once again speeding through Chicago with the same group of commuters.
Colter figures he’s in some kind of simulation exercise, with his task being to find the bomber on board the train before it goes off again. Living the explosion over and over, Colter must uncover the identity of the bomber, while also figuring out what the alternative universe of “Beleaguered Castle” is. Adding to the puzzle, Colter uses the second chance opportunities to make peace with his father, and to find romance with a fellow passenger on the train.