Trailer for Duncan Jones’ SOURCE CODE Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

     November 19, 2010


Duncan Jones broke onto the scene last year with his low-budget feature debut Moon, starring Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey. The mind-bending science fiction film was a critical success and helped usher in a year of fabulous science fiction films. His next movie, Source Code, stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga and tells the story of a soldier who has eight minutes in the “source code,” a body he can inhabit, to figure out who bombed a train. When he falls for a girl, the stakes are raised. Moon was fantastic, and Source Code is looking to be a great film as well.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Source Code is set to open on April 15, 2011.

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Although the film shows the intelligence that Jones has in setting up a film, some of the effects look a bit cheesy. Regardless, this film will likely rely on the practical effects and low-budget techniques he picked up on his first film.

Here’s the official synopsis for Source Code:

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) also starring Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana).


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  • Aromcath

    While this looks really neat, the thought of limiting the scenes to eight minute intervals seems too limiting for its own good, but than again eight minutes of time does average about fifteen minutes of film time so.

  • Bigfiction

    Groovy. I’ve been looking forward to a real glimpse of this. I think the effects here are fine, even if they are finished. To me, hat train explosion looked stylized. Maybe to milk more out of the effects budget, but it works. It seems to me he is using image distorting heat waves and similar effects as a visual motif, i.e. that first shot. If that’s the case I think the end result will be pretty seamless. Regardless, I hope he does rely on practical effects.

    • Aaron Sullivan

      Is there a reason you are so focused on special FX? I thought the story seemed compelling and the tone came off as tense and maybe a bit too earnest. Acting looks solid enough. What sells this the most for me, however, is that the director made Moon, which was a gem of a movie regardless of FX.

      • PJ

        He’s probably focused on effects because the article specifically picks that up as the trailer’s weak spot.

      • Aaron Sullivan

        I see that now, thanks, and BigFiction’s comment makes much more sense — yeah, I didn’t think there was any need to read the commentary. I will concede that some of the “going through teh ‘net” effects caught my attention, but I liked the feeling of Moon. Felt a bit late 70′s but with none of the negative trappings of films from that period. Maybe source code is going to enjoy that same sensibility.

      • Guest

        damn right. smart comment I have ever heard. ^_^

      • Guest

        Hey fat dude, geeze, get a shave and a tan and contacts… the oil is gushing from your cheeks.

      • Aaron Sullivan

        Seriously? lol. Okay then, show thyself, gray guest!

  • InfiniteMonkey

    I liked this better when Bill Murray was the lead. It was a bit more funny. LOL!!!!!!!!!

    • LimitedApe

      that wouldn’t consider him as a military man would it?

  • Dpramroop

    reminds me of deja vu

    • Roberto

      OMG I just had a deja vu of you posting that!

    • Roberto

      OMG I just had a deja vu of you posting that!

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  • John

    Looks good.

  • Pamela Anderson

    its a good trailer and and i have seen it and its really amazing.

  • Anonymous

    I stopped it the minute that cheesy ass train explosion went off. Garbage!

    • Aaron Sullivan

      I’ve got a tip for you that will open up your eyes to a great deal of movies that could satisfy you if you didn’t deny yourself: suspension of disbelief is partially the viewer’s responsibility. Give it a try!

    • Aaron Sullivan

      I’ve got a tip for you that will open up your eyes to a great deal of movies that could satisfy you if you didn’t deny yourself: suspension of disbelief is partially the viewer’s responsibility. Give it a try!

  • Christophercantos

    i was really hoping for this to be super smart, but instead i’m dissapointed with what this trailer has shown. relieving someone’s else life is one interesting idea. but here, it’s more of a time travel where you can do anything you want once you’ve gone back in time. that’s so easy and we’ve seen it many time. i agree with the deja vu resemblance. it might turn out good but i was hoping for something great.

    i would have preferred if Gyllenhaal wasnt able to navigate the body that he is re-living. it is after all already “done”, you can’t alter it. you can just relieve it. that would have been more interesting. instead we get that we’ve gone back in time and save the world. what a new idea!

  • Clawwolf

    quantum leap meets groundhog day!( i loved moon. )

  • pgitt

    This film may be a metaphor for Jake Gyllenhaal’s career.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like 12 monkeys’ little brother.

    Im in!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like 12 monkeys’ little brother.

    Im in!

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  • Scattered

    Vera Farmiga = hot lady in uniform, but besides that movie is basically an episode of Twilight Zone, or some other scfi show.

    • Aaron Sullivan

      Twilight Zone is one of the most amazing collections of sci-fi stories, period. If you are trying to suggest that there is not enough meat on this to be a real movie, what evidence do you see from this 2 and a half minute trailer? Just curious.


    8 mins to set right, what once went wrong.. ok, now we have a fkn challenge!!

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