Source Code (PG-13)

★★★☆☆

If The Twilight Zone writers had Wi-Fi, they might have dreamed up Source Code, a genuinely gripping Hitchockian thriller from director Duncan Jones (Moon) that follows an army captain (Jake Gyllenhaal) tapped against his will to aid the government in a top-secret project in which he inhabits the “source code”—an carbon copy of past reality—to attempt to stop a Chicago train bomber. Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright costar.

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