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Source Code (2011). Directed by Duncan Jones and written by Ben Ripley. The story centres around Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhal), a US army helicopter pilot. Stevens wakes up abruptly and finds himself in the body of a history teacher, on a train. The woman opposite him on the train (Michelle Monaghan) seems to know him, whereas he has no clue why he is there. Several minutes after he wakes up the train explodes, and Stevens then wakes up again strapped to a seat in a peculiar room. Source Code isn't going to win any prizes for originality. It's part Groundhog Day, and part Deja Vu - and arguably not as good as the former, but better than the latter. Overall it feels like a feature length Outer Limits episode, but one of the better ones. Monaghan and particularly Gyllenhal are solid in their parts. **Spoiler Warning On** The military office elements of it aren't particularly believable, and are the weakest aspect of the story. The switch from the idea of the capsule, to it all being in Stevens' mind, doesn't feel particularly brilliant either. Tied off with a predictable end. ** Spoiler Warning Off** Ultimately it's an entertaining move that just about scrapes a good. If you fancy a trip to the cinema, and like science fiction, then there isn't anything better on. 4/5 (Good)

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