Yes, there's a certain validity to the pitch-meeting shorthand that would describe this science-fiction thriller as "Groundhog Day meets Quantum Leap,” but that doesn't detract from what it manages to do right.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Capt.
Screenwriter Ben Ripley effectively builds the relationships between Stevens and both his military boss (Vera Farmiga) and the fellow train passenger he falls for (Michelle Monaghan), while director Duncan Jones (Moon) generates conventional action-film tension within a recurring plot framework. It's actually surprisingly sharp and satisfying — until it starts tripping over its metaphysics. Familiar time-travel narrative stumbling blocks wind up delivering a bit less profundity than it seems to be striving for, even as it's more ambitious than its high concept might suggest. Grade: B
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