The Weekend Rent: Go Over the Moon with Source Code Director Duncan Jones

The Weekend Rent: Go Over the Moon with Source Code Director Duncan Jones

Apr 01, 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal must make every second count in director Duncan Jones's Source Code, which opens in theaters today. In the pulse-raising film, Gyllenhaal plays a decorated airman who wakes up in the body of an unknown man on a Chicago commuter train and discovers that he is part of the mission to find a bomber. The government experiment allows him to cross over into another man's identity during the last eight minutes of his life, and Gyllenhaal must keep doing this until he solves the mystery and possibly saves the passenger he has grown to love during his seemingly endless loop of repeated experience.

Source Code is the second film Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, has hit out of the park. His first feature-length film was 2009's critically acclaimed Moon starring Sam Rockwell as Lunar Industries employee Sam Bell—a man approaching the end of his lonely three-year stint on the moon harvesting helium-3 for fusion energy back on Earth. Sam's only companion is his computer assistant Gerty, voiced by Kevin Spacey. Chronic communication problems means that Sam only gets periodic recorded messages from back home from his wife, Tess, who was pregnant with Sam's child when he took the assignment.

Lunar matters become lunacy when Sam leaves the base to investigate a damaged harvester on the lunar surface and finds himself in the damaged wreckage. Gerty reluctantly identifies them both as "Sam Bell," and the two come to accept the true horror that they are clones of the original Sam Bell and each is working three-year shifts and replacing the one before. Forget about Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones—the Sam Bell clones are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore! You'll root for all of them to escape back to Earth and end their nightmare in this mind-blowing, intelligent sci-fi thriller that pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Solaris and THX 1138. Before you tickle your brain with Source Code in theaters, explore the dark side of Moon in your player on DVD, Blu-ray or VOD.

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