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Source Code

Source Code is a 2011 sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. Gyllenhaal plays a soldier tasked with identifying a terrorist in a simulated reality.

In this slightly low-angle long shot, Gyllenhaal’s character stands with his friend/love interest (Monaghan), before the Bean (aka. Cloud Gate) in Chicago’s Millennium Park

You can watch the full 90-second scene below.

According to Gyllenhaal, the cast and crew spent only one day filming Source Code in Chicago. That said, the actor expresses much fondness for the city:

"It would have been nice to have the whole movie there; it's such an amazing city and we had a great time the day that we were there. A lot of what you see in the movie is really Chicago that was digitally inserted [in post-production, like Metra trains]. With a movie like this, with budgets being what they are, there were constraints.” (Chicago Tribune, 1 Apr 2011)

Despite the short production schedule, this scene at the Bean is significant to Source Code’s narrative. The director, Duncan Jones, says, the sculpture “is the perfect representation of what the movie is. We need to begin and end the movie there." And so, they did.

Jones talks more about filming at the Bean in this interview.



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