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Much of 'Source Code' Remains a Mystery

It's a beautiful day; it seems nothing could go wrong. The loud, fast-paced music makes you feel as if something terrible is about to happen. "Source Code," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan, follows Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal), who repeatedly finds himself in another man's consciousness.

Stevens wakes up on a train as another man in an unfamiliar world. A woman named Christina (Monaghan) keeps talking to him as if they know each other well. After eight minutes pass, the train blows up and everyone onboard dies.

He then wakes up in a small, dark chamber and a woman named Carol Goodwin is asking him whether he found the bomber. Stevens has no clue of what is going on. He is frustrated that Goodwin won't give him any details and, before he knows it, she sends him back to the train to find the bomber.

Stevens was chosen to help with an operation called Beleaguered Castle, and he is inside the Source Code. Goodwin and Rutledge, creator of the operation, try to explain to Stevens that he is being transferred to another man's consciousness during the last eight minutes of that man's life. Stevens goes back to these last eight minutes many times to find the bomber, while a relationship with Christina grows.

"Source Code" is extremely confusing. I don't understand half of what happened. It's definitely one of those movies you have to see several times to fully comprehend. The acting is great, the story is great and the composition is great, but something seems to be missing. The film is only 90 minutes long, and to me, it seemed like something else was supposed to happen. Also, the characters weren't well developed. For this, I give "Source Code" a 7 out of 10.

Katherine Grace Marra is a sophomore at Weston High School who reviews films from a teen's perspective on her blog, www.katherinegracem.tumblr.com .

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