Feature Screenplay · Full Sail University Thesis
After World War III, an imprisioned young man whose blood can save Humanity tries to escape an enclosed facility, when he learns he's being harvested.
In a post apocalyptic world radiation wave begins to bury their self into humans cause them to be born with an incurable disease. Scientist comes together to create a cure. The last human born before the war is taken and tested in a facility to create a cure. On the 44th try the doctors get it right. After 20 years of being in solitude and having blood drawn every month to induce infants with his blood to keep them alive, a young girl is brought in to the facility. The cure does not work it only slows down the disease; it is only a matter of time before she dies. She comes in contact with Sector 44 and begins to unravel the details of the real world. She finds out who he is and how important he is. She wants him to experience life and plans to escape. The scientists find out that she has a plan for Sector 44 and begin to stop them. The girl stops taking the cure and her goal is to get Sector 44 out and live his life. In doing so the disease takes over and she dies. Sector 44 goes back to the facility to continue being the cure. He does not want to live without her.
Isaac retells his story of why he’s in the facility, how he is the cure for The Human Xistance. He explains how the radiation from World War III’s nuclear bombs caused people’s red blood cells to die and because of this have organ failure. His blood rejuvenates their red blood cells and he is known and “The Cure”.
Casey is transported from another facility to The Human Xistance, where Isaac is held for testing. Isaac meets Casey. Isaac suspects Casey is like him, meaning she too has Thorium in her blood. He can tell because her eye color is similar to his. His left eye is brown and his right his blue. Her left eye is brown and her right eye is half brown half blue.
Isaac comes to know his blood is not given but sold. The Rich are able to buy his blood with the plasma and not have any symptoms whatsoever. The poor on the other hand have to pay a fortune and receive only his blood without the plasma. By not receiving the plasma they have sickly like symptoms.
Doctor Alec Rouge, the head of the facility and father figure to Isaac locks Isaac up in solitude for five days. Isaac begins to get sick because of fumes from the Greenhouse (located at the same end of the facility as the room he is in) is this white like fog and filled with chemicals that he has never breathe before.
Isaac begins to snoop around and located where that toxic like fumes was coming from. When he finds out that it’s from the Greenhouse he is relieved because he is a good friend with the Greenhouse keeper, Lety. He figures he can use this for a diversion to plan an escape for he and Casey.
Isaac puts his plan in motion for the escape. He dresses in disguise and fogs the facility with the fumes from the Greenhouse. He and Casey make their way outside but before reaching the gates the Security Guards fire and Casey goes down. Isaac believes she has been shot and is dying. She is transported to a hospital for urgent care. Isaac decides if he leaves his blood will no longer go to the rich people and the poor will still not be able to afford it and eventually he will be tracked down by Doctor Alec Rouge or humanity will come to an end. So Isaac stays at the facility in order to help those who he can.
We revert back to the same scene in the beginning where Isaac is giving his monologue. We then see Casey giving birth to a baby boy whose eyes are similar to Isaac’s. Their baby would later become the savior for the poor people.
The fast paced, explosive (naturally) exposition immediately draws us into the dark world that is the lead up to the year 2045, after a third world, full-scale nuclear, war has devastated the planet. Your premise offers so much in terms of Isaac, the hero, who is forced to sacrifice his own life and chances of happiness due to his unique blood that can heal the human race. Enigma revolves around Rogue, and his true feelings for Isaac, as we’re constantly keeping a wary eye on his motives, asking whether he really feels a paternal love for the boy, or whether he is merely harvesting him for his money-making assets. You play with ethical questions as to whether it is cruel to keep Isaac from experiencing the world, convincing him that staying cooped away is for the benefit of the greater good, unawares that the desperation, the pain, and the suffering after the war has all but leveled due to a deadly pandemic caused by nuclear weaponry.
The imagery and pacing at the beginning is very good. You create the atmospheric desperation in war perfectly, using both color and actions to achieve your goal.
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