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“Source Code” Has A Plot That Stephen King Would Love

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If you’ve read Stephen King‘s short story “That Word, You Can Only Say What It Is In French” (in his book Everything’s Eventual), then you might be reminded of it when you read the plot of Source Code. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Capt. Colter Stevens, a soldier who wakes up in the body of another man on a train. He discovers that he has eight-minute intervals (at the eight-minute mark, he “dies” and is sent back to “the source code”) to discover a bomber who destroys the train, killing everyone. Because dying every eight minutes gets repetitive after a while, he tries to rescue a woman (Michelle Monaghan, or as my dad calls her, “that girl from Eagle Eye“) that he converses with while on the train. It’s like a mixture of “Unstoppable” and “Groundhog Day”. Sounds kinda cool.

In the beginning of the trailer, Monaghan refers to Gyllenhaal’s character as “Shawn”, although we know he isn’t Shawn. This raises some questions.

  • What does Monaghan see when “Shawn” dies? She doesn’t know that he’s not Shawn, so what happens?
  • If everyone dies after the bomb goes off, how can Gyllenhaal rescue her?

The only other thing that worries me is that the movie could get repetitive. It almost seems like it’s going to go something like, “he’s on the train for eight minutes, then we die, get sent to the source code, then we’re back on the train for another eight minutes”. Endless loop.

Enough babble. Watch the trailer for “Source Code” below.

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Written by prowlermoviepoll

November 24, 2010 at 7:21 PM

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