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Chris Rose

April 18, 2009

Screen Play

"A Thin Line"

Panning shot from side of bed to someone sleeping.

NARRATOR

(ominous tone)

Everyone always thought it would end in fire and brimstone. Thought that the tyranny would come with an iron fist. They were so wrong.

An alarm clock sounds, and MIKE Stanphanopolous emerges groggy from his sleep. The alarm clock speaks while he gets up out of screen.

ALARM CLOCK
(cheery tone)
It’s a beautiful day today, 75 degrees and no clouds in site. Terrible news coming in, however, about last night’s-

MIKE comes back into screen and turns off the alarm clock and heads downstairs. His WIFE is in the kitchen making his breakfast.
WIFE
(cheery tone)
Good morning honey! What a beautiful day!…

Movie stops. A narration runs over a zoomed in picture of the WIFE.

NARRATOR
That’s my wife…and I hate her. Why do I hate her? We’ll that will become apparent in good time, lets just say at this point she is one of them.

MIKE Stanphanopolous
(Sarcastically)
Good morning honey, it is a pretty nice day. I can’t wait to go to work!

WIFE
Well don’t forget to stop by the department of transportation and pick up one of those free navigation thingies. I hear they can help you if your stuck in a rut.

MIKE
(rolling eyes)
Sure honey! No problem, lets just eat and then I’ll head to work and pick one up the first chance I get.

Scene cuts to MIKE standing outside his house.

NARATOR
I guess I should explain what is going on. Well I live in the future, it doesn’t look much different, because it isn’t that far into the future, but it is the future nonetheless. I also live in fear. This is mostly because I remember what it was like before and I am-

Oliver Guthrie pulls up in his car interrupting the voiceover, Mike gets in the car

OLIVER GUTHRIE

(sarcastically)

Mike! Boy, am I relieved to see you!

MIKE

Hey, so did you hear the crap that they got going now? They have the gall to handout a free tracking device and people are eating it up.

OLIVER

Yeah and I hear that there is a plan to use it to tax people by how much they drive and where they drive to. I say it is just another attempt to monitor and control where we are going.

MIKE
Bastards, I don’t have any choice but to get one, my wife pretty much ordered me to this morning

OLIVER
Yeah it's only a matter of time before they get to my wife.

The two get out and head into their work building. They pass a receptionist on the way in. (Find an office space to have this conversation)

NARRATOR

Work, what a sham. It is just another place for them to test you.

The two walk into the office where they meet their manager HARRY.

HARRY comes in.

HARRY

Hello boys, isn’t it a beautiful day? I am sure you heard the news.

OLIVER

What news?

HARRY

You two didn’t hear about the person who went on the radio yesterday speaking treason against The Docket?

NARRATOR

Of course I knew about it, I was the one who did it. But no one could know that.

MIKE

No, what did he say?

HARRY

He went on talking about how this country is heading in the wrong direction, now all I know is that this guy is dangerous. I mean this country is way better and happier than it was before.

MIKE

(Lying)

Yeah Harry, you are right. Well I got to get to work. I will see you two later.

MIKE works all day. The next scene shows MIKE and OLIVER back in the car.

MIKE

Can you believe Harry? I don’t’ know how long this can go on. I mean it seems like everyday the president is on TV telling us how we are all going to die if the latest bill doesn’t pass. Fear! You know that is why he is still in office for his 5th term.

OLIVER

Yeah its like the mafia

MIKE

Yes the mafia! Well if they are the mafia, what does that make us?

OLIVER

I like to think of us as the guys who clean up all the crap on the streets.

MIKE

Other people don’t see it that way, they call us terrorists.

OLIVER

There has always been a fine line between freedom fighters and terrorists. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between someone who hates what his country is, but fights for what it could be, and someone who hates the country and wants to see it burn.

Both of the men go silent for a minute. Neither of them talks cut to video of mike walking to secret hideout.

NARRATOR

You probably have a lot of questions, like who are they? They are the enemy within, part of HIS civilian national security force in place to spot people who are not going along with The Docket…The Docket? Some things are better left unsaid.

Mike finishes walking into the hideout

MIKE
This is just getting out of control. We will have to reevaluate our aims.

OLIVER
What do you mean?

MIKE

We can’t sit behind the scenes anymore. None on us agree with The Docket. We do not agree that undying submission and constant threats is living in peace. You are all here because you voted against the abolishment of term limits. You are here because you didn’t want a king.

OLIVER

What more can we do? HE has too much power.

MIKE

We will have to make the government work for us, we will have to alter the course of the country for its own good.

OLIVER

That doesn't sound good.

MIKE

Well what if our candidate did something heroic? And what if HE was unable to run because he is dead?

OLIVER

What?

MIKE

Here's my plan, I will be allowed into the last debate by a friendly security guard. After I complete my work, our candidate will pursue me. He will get shot in the process, but he will get the gun from me and shot me, all off camera of course.

OLIVER
We said no one would get hurt!

MIKE

HE has been in charge 20 years! HE is now a dictator, a king! I would gladly give my life to get America back!

OLIVER

I just don’t think I can do this with you…

MIKE

That’s fine, you can leave. Everyone our plan happens.
show mike walking to do his deed, then going in past the security guard.

NARRATOR

I wonder if people will understand. I know that if someone could have killed Hitler, or Castro, or Mussalini they would have. But a sitting American President? Never. But what people don’t understand is that HE is not longer the president of America, HE is an unstoppable evil force. HE has is a traitor to the constitution and He needs to be stopped.

The lights cut out. There is a sound of Gunshots. Sound of Screams. A single gunshot. Yelling. A last gunshot.

Cut to a news report, clearly after the shooting. (find something that is like a newsroom, or an actual news room in)

NEWS REPORTER

A somber election day today. Just two weeks after the president was killed, his opponent, who was shot while pursuing the assassin, but still killed the assassin was elected to the office of president.

He promises change, he says that his first items of duty will be the reinstitution of term limits, the disassembly of the civilian national security force, and the removal of The Plan.

In other news, more information continues to surface about Mike Callego, the person responsible for assassinating the president. The NSA and DHS say that he has suspected ties to foreign terrorist organizations. Part of congress wants an investigation into the man, however the motion was defeated by a vote of 60 to 40 in the senate… (why tho?)

NARRATOR

“Governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…”

They call me a terrorist, but I know I am a freedom fighter.

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