Video Interview: SOURCE CODE director Duncan Jones

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 1st, 2011

Sure, Duncan Jones' sophomore sci-fi effort after 2009's minimalistic MOON may not be covered in as much butter as other popcorn flicks but it's definitely a revealing look at what happens when you give the director a significantly bigger budget. The result is a film that is both smart and action-packed (yes, those can co-exist).

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Captain Colter Stevens, a MIA helicopter pilot who wakes up on a train in the body of a mild-mannered school teacher. Soon Stevens discovers he is part of a super secret soldier program in which he is continually forced to relive the last 8 minutes of the man's life in order to uncover who was behind the terrorist train bombing that claimed his life and so many others.

We sat down with Jones a few weeks back before the film's premiere at SXSW to discuss the themes it shares with MOON as well as what sets it apart as his second feature, the challenges of making the same 8 minutes different every time, designing the look of the Source Code program, and solving that pesky poster problem.

Check out the rest of our interview with Jones, which we posted a few weeks back, in which the director discusses the future of MUTE in graphic novel form and his next feature - a BLADE RUNNER-esque sci-fi cityscape film.

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