The Movie Snob sounds off
Source Code (B+). I thought this was a surprisingly effective little sci-fi thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal (Love and Other Drugs) stars as Colter Stevens, a good soldier recently stationed in Afghanistan. But he unexpectedly finds himself participating in some sort of top-secret program ripped straight from the pages of TV’s Quantum Leap — his consciousness has been projected into the body of a random guy riding a commuter train into Chicago. He doesn’t know how or why he is there, and it doesn’t matter much because within a few minutes the train is completely destroyed by a terrorist bomb. Suddenly, Stevens is back in his own body, in a weird capsule in some secret base, where he communicates via videoscreen with a military officer named Goodwin (Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air). There he learns some about his mission: the train bombing has already occurred, and they will keep sending him back to relive those same few minutes repeatedly until he can figure out who the bomber is, so he can be stopped before he strikes again. The mission gets complicated when he starts to fall for the cute gal on the train (Michelle Monaghan, The Bourne Supremacy) that his train-riding alter ego is obviously casual friends with. Although the science seems utterly goofy, I just went along for the ride and enjoyed the twists and turns along the way.