Duncan Jones’ First Official ‘Source Code’ Trailer is Awesome

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We recently got a look at the official synopsis, as well as a new image, from Source Code, the second film from Moon director, Duncan Jones.

Now we have our first proper look at the movie as Summit Entertainment has released the first Source Code trailer – which makes it look just as awesome as it sounds.

For those unfamiliar with the film, Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who gets sent back in time into the body of a train passenger – in order to find out who was responsible for a terrorist attack. The movie co-stars Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, and Jeffrey Wright.

The general plot for Source Code sounds awesome on its own, enough for me to already be marking my calendar for the movie. However, the first trailer has me even more excited to see it – if that’s even possible. The trailer premiered over at Apple (head there for the HD version) but we’ve included an embedded YouTube version below.

Check out the trailer, followed by the full synopsis in case you missed it:

“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 onboard 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.”

Jones made what has to be one of the most impressive debut films ever with Moon, an intimate and surprisingly emotional film that only gets better the more times you watch it. But by the looks of the first trailer for Source Code, Jones has moved on to bigger and more elaborate things, taking the concept of time travel and applying it in a fascinating way.

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When word of the plot first surfaced, it was a bit confusing how exactly Gyllenhaal’s character would transfer into the body of someone else. Now it’s clear that we will see him as Gyllenhaal throughout, even when he’s actually in someone else’s body (as we see when he looks in the mirror). It’s not quite the way I expected the “body transference” to function but it will certainly make for interesting viewing – in a way it’s simply a sly technique for Gyllenhaal to be front and center for the whole movie (he is a big name star after all).

I’m a huge fan of sci-fi when it’s done well and taken in interesting directions - Source Code certainly checks those boxes. What do you make of the trailer?

Source Code hits theaters on April 15th, 2011.

Source: Apple

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  1. 12 monkeys meets deja-vu?

    • …meets Groundhog Day!

      • damnit! you realy stole my glory there, that realy is the icing on the cake. film does look entertaining though. and if it is anything like groundhog day, it will be.

  2. I know this is kind of random for a thread about the trailer, but i’m gonna try not watch any footage for this. Loved moon and every twist that came with it (didn’t see a trailer for that either) , i hate knowing what to expect with trailers these days.

    • I completely agree. These theys they pretty much summarize entire movies in the trailers. And with this kind of movies, thats really not cool.

      • *days* sorry :D

    • Will,

      Yeah, I think I’ll make this the only trailer/clip I watch for this film. Which looks very, very good BTW.


      • My thoughts exactly. I use it as a rule that when a movie is coming out that I know I will be drawn to (usually based on the Director) I try to limit myself to 1 trailor so I can go in knowing as little as possible. Last movie I did this with was “Inception” and I was not dissapointed…

  3. Im in, this looks great

  4. Looks great… as long as it doesn’t turn out that Shawn Fintris (or whatever the name of the man he zpas into) is the bomber — that’d be predictably cheesy.

    • *zaps

  5. If he does prevent the explosion what happens to the reality he’s come from where this has already happened? I’m not seeing the benefit here, or maybe there’s an ulterior motive for putting him through the experience.

    • Even if the motive for sending him back is to prevent a second attack that’s due to take place in six hours, how do they know the first bomb wasn’t remotely controlled, with the person who planted it long-gone by the time Stevens shows up?

  6. This is Sam Beckett !! So Cool !!!
    Reminds me a bit of what Quantum Leap could be today !
    Movie looks nice ,and old style ,and love those kind of stories !
    can’t wait !

  7. There was a television show with pretty much this same premise. I forget what it was called, 8 days or something not to mention that show with the guy from the last star trek television show.

    • Seven Days: I only saw a handful of episodes from the first season – had some good ideas but didn’t really grab me.

  8. didn’t we already see this with Denzel Washington?

  9. Next year’s Inception?

  10. Well, while I didn’t find “Moon” as good nor earth-shattering (or should I say moon shattering?) as everyone here appears to have, “Source Code” certainly looks interesting. Not original. We’ve already seen this story quite a few times. Everything about this trailer scream “been there, done that”, but it will probably be enjoyable anyway.

    • While I agree the basic concepts of what’s in the trailer we’ve seen before in different forms, I think it looks like Jones is taking them in a fresh direction.

    • I didn’t really rate Moon either, Mike. Great performance from Rockwell, great production design and old-school SFX on no budget, great score – story was a BIG let-down for me, with a couple of ridiculous plot holes as well.

      • It’s not that I didn’t enjoy “Moon”. I just didn’t think it deserved the raves that everyone seems to have given it. I read an inordinate amount of SF, and the entire story was just warmed over for me. It was all stuff I had read before. So for me, “Moon” was the last film to which I would attach the adjective “original”.

        Of course, the performance was fine. The look was fine. The sfx were fine. But if that’s all it takes to give a film rave reviews, then a lot of films that have been getting trashed lately should be getting raves instead.

        I find that film fans, sci-fi fans in particular, and film critics and bloggers are incredibly uneven and inconsistent in their evaluations and commentary of films. Most of the time, I find that they are giving kudos and raves to films that are so ordinary that it boggles the mind, while out the other sides of their mouths they are rampantly trashing films that deserve actually praise.

        • Likewise – I’ve got it on DVD and it certainly bears rewatching, but after the initial “reveal” it simply didn’t have much up its sleeve at all and became an acting showcase lacking any real narrative drive, tension or suspense. I was expecting something more metaphysical and significant; maybe some ambiguity over whether or not the situation was taking place entirely in Rockwell’s head.

          Three flat-out ludicrous aspects: the contrivance of a harvesting vehicle whose only means of access when in motion involves driving through its waste cloud of rocks and dust; a computer no one thought to program not to give away supposed secrets instantly when simply asked; the notion of unsecured, unpadded take-off at horrendous velocity in a cargo container with no internal oxygen supply, then atmospheric reentry and splashdown/crashdown…WITHOUT becoming tomato paste.

          I don’t know, maybe people are more willing to give it the benefit of the doubt because it’s a small, independent debut film that doesn’t have ideas above its station. Unusual, yes – original, as you say, no.

          • Not to mention said computer has to communicate with Earth with the same vid-phone Sam uses. Since when did robots have to rely on visuals and audio?

            I think the flick is great, the athmosphere has that old-school sci-fi feel, good acting by Rockwell and so on, but the plot – and it’s holes – is as stupid as you point out.

            • LOL, you’re right – that’s like making coffee in a microwave oven!

  11. Good trailer! Definitely has my attention! I thought I’d heard it was going to be a continuation of Moon or rather part of the bigger story??? Glad to see it finally out though.

  12. Intrigueing BUT…(god, I hate it when I ask questions like this, but I can’t help it!) If they can send him back again and again, wouldn’t one method be to keep zapping him into the passengers one by one until he inhabits the bomber? He would then know the who what and where of the situation and eventually thwart the plot…
    I dunno, maybe I’m missing something. Time travel stuff usually frustrates me. I’ll be back in 8 minutes to rewrite this comment.

    • That’s lateral thinking, nowhereman! It’d have to be a slow process of elimination though, as it seems like he’s not inheriting any of the memories or personality of the host body. Sort of “Right, I’m in this guy now and we’re all still alive, THEREFORE…”

      • Or “Right, I’m in this guy now and I appear to be wearing an excessively bulky waistcoat, THEREFORE…”

  13. looks awesome, definitely grabbed my attention.

  14. Looks cool, indeed !! Moon was boring.

  15. Looks like a kick ass remake of Quantum Leap…

  16. Too much was shared in the trailer. Great idea, great cast, just too much given away.

    • I doubt it. Considering the calibre of director Duncan Jones is, I think there will be way more to it then just what was shown. I may be wrong and the studio may have shown too much. Lets wait and see I guess

      • I’m sure there’s a lot more to it than what’s on this trailer, but IMO Jones’s “calibre” thus far consists of showing too much too soon!

  17. so he can go back to try and save the girl but what about all the other passengers on board? lol typical hollywood just trying to get a leg over.

    • very good one, because that is what denzel washington did in deja vu, sending half of the cast onto their death or a trip to the hospital over one girl.

  18. DEJA VU 2 minus denzel washington and paula jones..
    not interested in seeing this at box office, this movie
    should be straight to video!

  19. This is going to be an absolute mind trip! I loved Moon for the record but this seems a bit more ambitious…

  20. Love love loved Moon. Jake still has alot of room to grow as an actor. Let’s hope this brings out his best.