Although Duncan Jones’ Moon didn’t end up getting a very wide release last year and failed to make much noise at the box office, it certainly put him on the map as a director and made everyone curious to see what he would do for an encore. While trying to set up a couple of new original movies, including a WWII submarine thriller and a Blade Runner-esque sci-fi film called Mute, he was offered an opportunity to take on his first high-profile Hollywood flick: a sci-fi thriller called Source Code. Based on a script by Ben Ripley (Species III), the movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who wakes up in the body of a commuter who witnesses a bombing on a train. He must relive the 8 minutes before the explosion over and over again until he can figure out who is responsible.
Watching the first trailer for Source Code, the movie felt a bit reminiscent of Tony Scott’s Deja Vu to me, although that could just be because I recently watched it. Clearly it’s more of a mystery than a sci-fi action film though, which is fine by me. I am getting a bit sick of hearing directors called “visionary” (as proclaimed on the Apple trailer site), but I really am curious to see what Jones brings to this project. The movie also co-stars Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. Source Code hits theatres on April 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.