‘Source Code’ is a 2011 sci-fi thriller film. Helmed by Duncan Jones, it stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an amputated air force Captain Colter Stevens, who is deployed in the “Source Code” machine to help authorities catch the person who bombed a train in the city. The film employs two timelines, or rather two plot universes. The high-end concept comes alive with razor-sharp editing and spirited performances from the leads. Like Jones’ previous movie ‘Moon’, starring Sam Rockwell as a miner on the moon, ‘Source Code’ works on a similar theme of abuse of technology. In his cinematic conscience, human life assumes secondary importance to the service of the larger interest. Whether it be Sam Bell’s clones, or Capt. Stevens’ amputated body, Jones uses the dangerous interface between technology and human life with admirable dexterity.
‘Source Code’ opened to wide critical acclaim and love from the audience. A sequel has been in development for quite some time now. Anna Forester replaces Jones in the director’s seat, while Gyllenhaal is expected to return. It is not rare for a film to make distinctions between the reality and the fabricated reality. Many distinguish the two verses outright with clearly marked lines. ‘Source Code’, however, blurs the notion of this distinction for much of its running time. The mythical cadence of the script extends to the ending as well. Hopefully, this explainer will clear your doubts and give you a better and more comprehensive and understanding of the film.
The film starts off with Capt. Colter Stevens, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, waking up on a commuter train. His strange reaction almost gives a feeling of disorientation, which he shares with a woman sitting across him. Although he perceives her as a stranger, Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan) courts him as a familiar personality and addresses him as Sean Fentress. Confused, Stevens abruptly leaves her company and rushes to the washroom. To his shock, the mirror reveals him as the person Warren claims he is. Before he can come to terms with the situation and look for explanations, a bomb explodes, killing everyone on board.
Stevens wakes up in a closed cockpit, buckled in a seat with a screen resting in front of him. Air Force Captain Colleen Goodwin addresses him as Capt. Colter, apprising him of his current situation. The explanation translates into a mission for Colter, who must continue with his mission of finding out the identity of the bomber who exploded a train in Chicago and is expected to carry out more such bombings. Colter discovers that he is in the Source Code, “an experimental device designed by scientist Dr. Rutledge. In the machine, he experiences the last eight minutes of another compatible person’s life within an alternate timeline”. Determined to serve his country, Colter carries on his mission. Although it takes time for Colter to realize that averting the bombing in his reality is not possible without identifying the bomber, he persists with following every lead possible in different versions of the eight minutes.