Source Code revealed
There certainly is a techie joke in there, but let's concentrate on the film side of it, the fact that the plot for Duncan Jones' next film has been revealed online.
Well when I say revealed, sure the plot has been announced, but it's not really anything we didn't already know about the film, just telling us in a little more detail.
We knew that it would feature a soldier in a unique device, returning to a moment in time again and again to try and figure out the events behind the bombing of a train, but there's an extra dimension added by the plot, the fact that the soldier doesn't really understand what's happening to him, and it would seem that every time he returns to the real world he has to be reminded about who he is, where he's going and why.
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.
The great thing about this is the idea that the guy really doesn't understand what's going on, and with Duncan Jones making the film after the superb success of Moon (Filmstalker review), and with a cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan and Jeffrey Wright, you can't be thinking anything but excited thoughts about this.