There’s been a lot of action at the American Film Market this year, but the thing that has most piqued my interest is a report about a plot synopsis for Duncan Jones’ follow-up to Moon, Source Code. Not the film set in the Moonverse that we had been hoping for (that’s Mute, and it may still be coming), Source Code is a brainbender that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Vera Farmiga, which Jones is editing right now.
Worst Previews got their hands on the synopsis, which should be avoided by all who are afraid of spoilers. I think this is a pretty standard synopsis, and the real mysteries of the film remain unanswered - this is mostly what you would get from a trailer and clip campaign. At any rate, you’ve been warned.
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.