First 5 Minutes of ‘Source Code’; Pee-Wee Herman Describes the Film

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

first five minutes of the source code First 5 Minutes of Source Code; Pee Wee Herman Describes the Film

Duncan Jones, otherwise known as David Bowie’s one and only son, garnered a massive amount of filmmaking goodwill with his first feature film, Moon. One of the better films of 2009, Moon was critically-acclaimed and awesomely bizarre, with more than a little help from Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey.

Jones’ second film, Source Code, while still dealing in science-fiction tropes, looks to be several steps closer to the mainstream. Today, we have the first five minutes of the film, as well as an explanation of the plot from star Jake Gyllenhaal and (yes, seriously) Pee-Wee Herman.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (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.

The opening of Source Code doesn’t really show us anything we haven’t seen or been able to deduce from the various trailers and clips, but it does give us a sense of the incredibly tense nature of the film. Though Source Code is undeniably science-fiction – as far as I’m aware, we’ve yet to develop a way to travel back into the body of another human being, Quantum Leap-style – it seems to have more in common with suspense thrillers and Alfred Hitchcock films (The Lady Vanishes, Lifeboat). Which, in my opinion, is a good thing.

Watch the first five minutes of The Source Code below:



Check out Pee-Wee Herman and Jake Gyllenhaal’s description of Source Code’s plot, respectively:




Obviously, this film doesn’t look to be half as bizarre or original as Duncan Jones’ Moon, but that’s okay. Sometimes, the only thing a semi-conventional sci-fi/action film needs is an utterly unusual filmmaker to put it over the top (see: Darren Aronofsky and The Wolverine, perhaps?).

Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright, hits theaters April 1st, 2011.

The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, starring Pee-Wee Herman, debuts March 19th, 2011 on HBO.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. uhh what does pee wee herman have to do with this movie… like at all?

    • Right now the SXSW film festival is going on in Austin, TX and he was probably interviewed about the film for some strange reason…


  2. Not sure about the Pee Wee connection, but it looks promising.

  3. I have read in some sites about Chris Hemsworth is there and there was a rumor that they were going to show Thor at the event tonight but heard it was just a rumor. Is he there?

  4. Ok, so where is the first 5 minutes of Source Code???? It’s not even there. It’s a freakin 41 second clip. LMFAO

    • Fixed!

  5. Personally I thought Moon had too many (intentional) tugs of the forelock towards a number of ’70s SF classics to be considered anywhere near original, Ben, and ultimately failed to rise above any of them because of it. Bizarre I was actually expecting, and I found it anything but.

    This looks alright – hope he doesn’t go overboard on the references (Hitchcock or otherwise) this time around.

    • Pee-Wee Herman: now THAT was bizarre! :-D

  6. Dying to see this. Looks trippy and awesome :). Thanks for fixing it.

  7. Haha, that was Russell Peters, the indian guy who said “Hey grandpa”, Hes a stand up comedian, now hes on movies

  8. Mekaleka hi, meka highni Ho!

  9. I loved Moon, I thought it was ace and Sam Rockwell deserved a frickin Oscar for his performance. However, I cannot watch Jake Gyllenhaal in anything, I fiond him so desperately dull and unengaging.

    • I’d agree with that, DrSam. His acting was the one thing that made me go out and buy the DVD, hypocrite that I am. Have to say I found Gyllenhaal’s performance in Donnie Darko exemplary. Same way I felt about De Niro in Taxi Driver: I didn’t know how he was going to react from one moment to the next. A similarly convincing portrait of a disturbed mind, albeit in a totally different way (and format).

      • Thing is, yeah Donnie Darko is great, but one great film doesnt make up for all the poor films he made since then. He’s just not convincing as a human being to me.

  10. Quantum Leap/12 Monkeys and and a tad of Matrix!

  11. This looks pretty good kinda reminds me of Dejavu, looking for ward to this as well

    • Deja Vu confused the hell out of me!

      • Did you know that you stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator…and vanished?

        • Ok, thats seriously creepy… Are you a hologram that only I can see and hear?…