There’s a few directors I always have my eye on wondering which project they might pick next. Last Year after seeing the sci-fi film “Moon” directed by Duncan Jones(the one on the left if you didn’t already know), he was another director I was instantly taken with. If you haven’t seen “Moon” yet, I urge you to pick it up for a watch. A brilliant film starring Sam Rockwell playing two roles as an astronaut working a three year contract on the moon mining helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth.
With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He’s the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident , he awakens to find that he’s not alone.
Trust me. A great great film with a truly unbelievable performance from Rockwell and a “kick you in the balls” first feature for Duncan Jones.
Now, when I heard that “SOURCE CODE” was Jones’s next feature I was filled with a warm fuzzy feeling instantly. I had the fortune a few years ago to read the script for a director friend of mine reped by CAA in Los Angeles. As far as a project for that director I didn’t feel it was his style at all, but the script was one of the 3 best reads I had out of about 60.
The basic storyline starts 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.