Cool Little Doodle from Duncan Jones Explains 'Source Code' Timeline

September 8, 2011
Source: Twitter

Source Code

Duncan Jones' sophomore effort Source Code further proved what he set out to say with his first effort, Moon; that smart and sci-fi can co-exist! And Source Code fit the same bill to the point that the multiple universes and alternate realities were enough to make even Doc Brown's head spin! Was it time travel or was it time reassignment as Jeffrey Wright's character Dr. Rutledge (inventor of the time manipulating technology) articulates to Jake Gyllenhaal's Captain Colter Stevens (the mouse in the wheel if you will)? Well, a fun little doodle by Jones himself attempts to clear things up for us a bit. See if you can figure it out!

Here's the Source Code doodle which Duncan Jones shared via Twitter (click to enlarge):

Source Code - Duncan Jones' Timeline Doodle

Like I said, you thought the Doc's chalkboard explanation was hard to follow! It looks like something I would have drawn on a college math exam to make it look like I knew how to do the work in an attempt to get at least partial credit. I can't even begin to put into words my own assessment of this thing (which is what the comment fields below are for, so get to debating) but I can say this; I like how the always fan-friendly director has taken it upon himself to create his own info graphic before someone else beat him to it. And color coded too! In reality, Jones states on his Twitter "been rummaging paperwork from SC & found doodle I did for buddy during production." Still, very cool that he decided to share it with the fans. Thoughts?

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  • Jonny Hotrocks
    Can Duncan Jones add to the top timeline that Coulter takes over another mans body forever, essentially destroying that man from existence?
    • Cburns77
      That guy would have died anyway.
      • Craig
        Exactly. It's not an ideal situation, but the alternative is everyone else dying too. 
    • Kaim
      Body and consciousness are two different things. The better question is .. what happened to his consciousness? Perhaps it moved out or was simply over written? 
  • Pilgrim UK
    A very good film unfortunately its just reminds me of the poor TV series 7 days
    • Anonymous
      does the end dissapoint?
      • Pilgrim UK
        No, its an ending you actually want.
  • Surfer
    At first I considered the developments of new realities. But ultimately how does that make sense when the the design of the machine was just to relive what occurred in the dead man's brain. Everything that he saw on his trips was self-contained within the machine and wasn't connected with the outside world.
    • Nate
      Even though it was within the machine, I think Jones was drawing upon the fact of multiple universes. that would be the only way to explain and that is how I explained it away. Other than that, once the guy died those alternate realities would die with him.
  • Psyche010
    after the movie the most interesting thing was to think that we could all be Colter.  but that is also the most redundant thing.  as it is like saying everyone in the world is essentially the same person we should treat everyone like we would treat ourselves.  that's redundant to say because it has always been said...its just people never really listen to that, do they?
  • Into the Blue
    This is BULLSHIT! Get the Doc in here......




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