UK Trailer for SOURCE CODE Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

     December 23, 2010

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Summit has released a new international trailer for Source Code, a sci-fi thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon).  Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a soldier who wakes up in the body of a stranger on a Chicago commuter train: “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.”  Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace) also star.  Source Code opens on April 1, 2011.  Hit the jump to check out the UK trailer.

Via Bleeding Cool:

I’ve seen True Grit twice in as many days, which has tripled my exposure to the inspiring trailer for The Adjustment Bureau.  That hits theaters a month before Source Code.  A brief look at the releases in between show it’s a good month to be a sci-fi fan.  Check it:

I’m not yet convinced that Apollo 18 will be any good, and it may be a bit of a stretch to label Sucker Punch science fiction.  But man, that’s a murderers’ row.

In fact, if you take Apollo 18 out of the mix (and really, let’s), Source Code is the one I’m most worried about.  I loved Moon.  Loved it.  And the idea behind Source Code — not that I fully comprehend it — seems cool enough.  The cast is solid.  But so far the trailers have seemed a bit… sterile.

I fear Jones is in danger of following in the footsteps of Richard Kelly.  Kelly has a sharp eye and a bottomless well of great ideas (both evident in Moon).  When these things cohere — as in Donnie Darko –you’ve got a classic film.  But when they don’t — as in Southland Tales and The Box — you’re left with an ambitious, engaging mess.

If Source Code ends up resembling The Box… well, that’s not so bad.  I’d kill for Hollywood to release ten Boxes each year.  But really, that’s a poor comparison.  The bar is Moon.  If Jones equals his last effort: awesome.  If he clears it: instant classic.

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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