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Source Code,  the second film by British director Duncan Jones, opened on Friday, and like his debut feature Moon it offers a lot of food for thought. As with Moon, its protagonist is a loner: Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a former helicopter pilot, already a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who finds himself on a commuter train with a beautiful stranger (Christina, played by Michelle Monaghan). Through painful experience, Stevens learns that he is part of an operation to relive history – enabled by the ‘source code’ of the title – which allows him to experience the last eight minutes of a dead schoolteacher who was killed when the train was destroyed by a terrorist bomb.

As an action movie, Source Code delivers plenty of breathless, race-against-time thrills. But there’s plenty more to Jones’s film than fistfights and fireballs – indeed, as Kim Newman noted in his glowing four-star Empire review, “This is the sort of clever-clever picture which requires multiple viewings to put all the pieces together.” But where do you need to be looking? To shed some light on just a few of the secrets, in-jokes and twists hidden within, we asked Jones himself for some clues that would help our readers crack the code. And, somewhat fittingly, he came up with eight…

1. Pay attention to the opening title graphic for an early clue.

2. A little nod to Moon. Check Christina’s ringtone.

3. If you listen very carefully to Colter Stevens’ father, you may find you recognize the voice.

4. Look closely at the “bean sculpture” as the camera tracks in on Colter and Christina.

5. Notice that director Duncan Jones makes a cameo in the film – in the form of a coffee and doughnut shop.

 Keep an eye on Captain Goodwin’s eye-line, for an important hint that will pay off later in the film.

7. Colter follows a man on to the train platform only to get into a fight. Perhaps he might have done better to look at the man sitting on the roof of the van in the background behind him.

8. Remember the shape of the cockpit window.

If you’ve already seen the movie, did you get them all? If you’re seeing it this week, let us know how you get on. But if you need to see it again, well, don’t let us stop you…

Article by EMPIRE 

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