|Source of story
||An original screenplay
||The director is the son of David Bowie
||Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Russell Peters, Scott Bakula
||A former helicopter pilot wakes up on a train, apparently in the body of a commuter but within minutes the train explodes and he then finds himself in a capsule, his only communication being with a female soldier on a small screen. He is told that it is his job to find the person who had planted the bomb, in order to prevent a larger and more devastating attack in the city of Chicago. The soldier keeps on returning to the last eight minutes in the existence of the train gradually finding out more, and discovering more about his own situation.
||The soldier spends time on the train, gets to know the young woman sitting opposite him and almost randomly attacks fellow passengers. In his capsule his surroundings seem to develop. He talks with his controller – the female soldier – and at times with her civilian boss. There are many explosions, or the same one numerous times. Terrific aerial shots of the approaches to Chicago. Lots of tension, and some great twists. There is an explanation of the plot in the middle – listen carefully to it.
||I had seen this at the cinema and began watching it again a bit reluctantly, but I was soon completely grabbed by it. It was well liked by the critics and made money on quite a moderate budget. If you enjoy well thought out sci-fi, well written, directed and acted, give it a go.