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Duncan Jones' doodle reveals what really happened in Source Code

09.08.2011

Obviously this whole post is a spoiler, so shut your eyes and unplug your computer before you start reading anything you don't want to know.

I very much enjoyed SOURCE CODE, more than I anticipated, and though I liked the movie itself, my favorite part might have been the hour long conversation I had with my roommate afterwards attempting to unravel the entire plot.

It's a complex story of not-quite time travel, and the alternate realities and splintering timelines can be hard to follow.

The image below is directly from Jones and shows what his intention was for the timelines. It's a bit hard to follow in itself, but if you can, it should reveal the true events and timing of the film.

What do you think? What were you own theories about the events of the film at the time? Click to make it bigger over on Twitter.

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Extra Tidbit: I'd have to watch the movie again to start effectively debating it I feel.
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8:22PM on 09/08/2011
It's cool that Duncan did that drawing but the film really isn't that hard to understand. The concept of alternate realities was presented and even explained in "Deja Vu," which came out in 2006. I'm not trying to sound snobbish or anything.
It's cool that Duncan did that drawing but the film really isn't that hard to understand. The concept of alternate realities was presented and even explained in "Deja Vu," which came out in 2006. I'm not trying to sound snobbish or anything.
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8:03PM on 09/08/2011

Are you kidding me ?

The film is not that hard to understand. It is explained IN the movie that he is going in other realities. It is really easy to follow and it never needed a drawing to explain.
The only debate is this one : is he going to alternate realities that already exist OR are they creating those realities each time they send him back.
There's no heaven or whatever.
I'm not the brightest guy in the world, far from it but I don't understand how people could not get it as it is adressed directly in the
The film is not that hard to understand. It is explained IN the movie that he is going in other realities. It is really easy to follow and it never needed a drawing to explain.
The only debate is this one : is he going to alternate realities that already exist OR are they creating those realities each time they send him back.
There's no heaven or whatever.
I'm not the brightest guy in the world, far from it but I don't understand how people could not get it as it is adressed directly in the movie.
Same with Shutter Island which seemed to puzzle some people: at the end it is very clear what happened and what was/is real or not.
And for those still trying to figure out how Neo stopped the Sentinels I have only one thing to say : Wi-fi.
And for Memento : Lenny is NOT Sammy.
And for Inception : yes, the spin will eventually stop spinning and the children have different clothes.
And for Donnie Darko : unexplainable unless you read Roberta Sparrow's book.
And for Southland Tales : WTF was he thinking ?
And for American Psycho and The Machinist : Yes, Christian Bale rules.
Want more movies explanations, it'd be my pleasure to give you my point of view on www.imjustkidding.com

PS: sorry if I double post, I'm having a hard time with the bloody computer. See ? NOT THE BRIGHTEST GUY.
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7:46PM on 09/08/2011
I did enjoy this movie also & had no problem understanding the concept & at the end he did realize he was already dead but just want to live in an alternative reality with that could never be changed no matter what. It was his reward for completeting the mission
I did enjoy this movie also & had no problem understanding the concept & at the end he did realize he was already dead but just want to live in an alternative reality with that could never be changed no matter what. It was his reward for completeting the mission
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7:17PM on 09/08/2011

LMFAO

that picture is harder then the movie it's self LOL. movie was fantastic, not a movie for everyone though. I loved the whole time part. And how in different times he could be there and he finally got with the girl he wanted to save in the other time world.
that picture is harder then the movie it's self LOL. movie was fantastic, not a movie for everyone though. I loved the whole time part. And how in different times he could be there and he finally got with the girl he wanted to save in the other time world.
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4:42PM on 09/08/2011
My thoughts were simply, he never traveled back in time, he could not change the course of reality, he could just find the culprit of the attack and stop him from his next attack in Chicago. When he went back in the final time, after Vera Farmiga pulled the plug on him in real life, he simply went to heaven, and his life continued in heaven, with Michelle Monoghan. That was his heaven.
My thoughts were simply, he never traveled back in time, he could not change the course of reality, he could just find the culprit of the attack and stop him from his next attack in Chicago. When he went back in the final time, after Vera Farmiga pulled the plug on him in real life, he simply went to heaven, and his life continued in heaven, with Michelle Monoghan. That was his heaven.
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4:00PM on 09/08/2011
Thank you, Duncan Jones!.. Thank you. You don’t know how much this means to me, coming from the man himself. Now I can brag to my friends and put this silly argument to rest.
Now.. if we can just get Nolan to do the same for Inception.
Thank you, Duncan Jones!.. Thank you. You don’t know how much this means to me, coming from the man himself. Now I can brag to my friends and put this silly argument to rest.
Now.. if we can just get Nolan to do the same for Inception.
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2:23PM on 09/08/2011
really cool stuff, i love any kind of notes, diagrams, or storyboards the directors use to keep their vision straight
really cool stuff, i love any kind of notes, diagrams, or storyboards the directors use to keep their vision straight
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1:14PM on 09/08/2011
Can he also draw a diagram for why Michelle Monaghan is so sexy?
Can he also draw a diagram for why Michelle Monaghan is so sexy?
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3:12PM on 09/08/2011
I laughed my ass of when they say in the movie that she´s 28... yeah, sure!
I laughed my ass of when they say in the movie that she´s 28... yeah, sure!
1:13PM on 09/08/2011
This was an almost great movie. Should have ended on the freeze frame at the end of the last mission. The alternate reality that comes afterwards was unnecessary.
This was an almost great movie. Should have ended on the freeze frame at the end of the last mission. The alternate reality that comes afterwards was unnecessary.
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1:03PM on 09/08/2011

All I Know Is...

... That one dude got screwed at the end! Other than that, it was a really good film.
... That one dude got screwed at the end! Other than that, it was a really good film.
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6:50PM on 09/09/2011
Well, considering he was supposed to die anyway, I don't think he would have minded.
Well, considering he was supposed to die anyway, I don't think he would have minded.
1:00PM on 09/08/2011
I don't understand what the debate is all about. There is no time travel in this film, yet, some people seem to think the "present" was altered by the final mission, just because you see Vera Farmiga getting an email, when in facts, those are simply alternate universes/realities.

The question though, should be, how the final universe is even remotely possible, when Gyllenhaal actually dies in the first reality. Those alternate universe only happens in his head as they reconnect him with the
I don't understand what the debate is all about. There is no time travel in this film, yet, some people seem to think the "present" was altered by the final mission, just because you see Vera Farmiga getting an email, when in facts, those are simply alternate universes/realities.

The question though, should be, how the final universe is even remotely possible, when Gyllenhaal actually dies in the first reality. Those alternate universe only happens in his head as they reconnect him with the last memories of the other guy. That universe should slowly fade away as his brain dies.

Good film though, the romance was pretty well-handled.
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4:17PM on 09/08/2011
I totally understand what you’re saying, but alternate realities aren’t connected. Additionally, this is a new concept, so it can be however Jones (or the writer) wants it to be. We know in one reality a person can die in a car crash, while the other reality that same person can make a left turn and avoid the crash all together. Now what Duncan Jones is saying, what if we put a person’s mind in the guys head leading up to the crash. A new concept now and Jones can play around with it,
I totally understand what you’re saying, but alternate realities aren’t connected. Additionally, this is a new concept, so it can be however Jones (or the writer) wants it to be. We know in one reality a person can die in a car crash, while the other reality that same person can make a left turn and avoid the crash all together. Now what Duncan Jones is saying, what if we put a person’s mind in the guys head leading up to the crash. A new concept now and Jones can play around with it, however he feels since it’s his theory. (Well, to the best of my knowledge it’s his.)
1:55AM on 09/09/2011
what i dont get is...

***SPOILER ALERT***

If Gyllenhall suceeded on his last mission to save the train and he keeps on living in that universe, then what happened to the guy whose body was inhabited by Gyllenhall? How can he go on living as somebody else? Won't somebody (family/friends) eventually realize he's not the same person? and what actually happened to the real person? did he just die? did he get replaced into Gyllenhall's body? Is he in the waiting room with Al and Ziggy? sure,
what i dont get is...

***SPOILER ALERT***

If Gyllenhall suceeded on his last mission to save the train and he keeps on living in that universe, then what happened to the guy whose body was inhabited by Gyllenhall? How can he go on living as somebody else? Won't somebody (family/friends) eventually realize he's not the same person? and what actually happened to the real person? did he just die? did he get replaced into Gyllenhall's body? Is he in the waiting room with Al and Ziggy? sure, the train passengers survive, but that dude (and his family.loved ones) seriously got screwed over.
6:49PM on 09/09/2011
Don't know if you'll ever read this, but the guy Gyllenhaal "replaced" never existed in the newest universe. The universe was created the instant he "possessed" that guy so his consciousness never existed in that newest universe.

As for the rest, maybe the truth will come out, maybe he will present himself as a changed man. Either way, the dude was supposed to die, so I think his family made out pretty well.
Don't know if you'll ever read this, but the guy Gyllenhaal "replaced" never existed in the newest universe. The universe was created the instant he "possessed" that guy so his consciousness never existed in that newest universe.

As for the rest, maybe the truth will come out, maybe he will present himself as a changed man. Either way, the dude was supposed to die, so I think his family made out pretty well.
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