A brand new trailer for Source Code, the new film from director Duncan Jones and star Jake Gyllenhaal, has now premiered online. This is a film that has been on my radar for a very long time, especially after seeing Jones’ brilliant film Moon, starring Sam Rockwell. Like Moon, Source Code is also a thriller with some sci-fi elements thrown in for good measure.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
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.
It all sounds a bit confusing and to be honest, the trailer is pretty whack also, but it sure does look awesome! If you’ve seen Moon, you know Jones is a very promising director. Slated for an April 15, 2011 release date, I assure you that Source Code is going to be a must see film.