An ex-con trapped in an isolated house with the man who accidentally killed his wife – must pick a side when violent locals reach boiling point following a hit and run.

    Mentor Posted on November 6, 2019 in Drama.
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      It’s the dilemma that interests me…

      Kill an innocent man or defend a guilty one.

      In this version, Walt, a recluse, is actually guilty of killing Sam’s wife in a car accident.

      Following this, Sam, a former soldier, his whole life goes off the rails…

      We first meet Sam after he’s done time for accidentally killing an aggressive drunk in a bar fight.

      So… both cases of involuntary manslaughter. 

      Anyways – the structure is the same, Sam is out to potentially kill Walt. He then falls for his protective, loyal sister.

      A hit and run is the inciting incident here…

      In this version, Walt is a far empathetic character – like Sam his whole like devastated and then ruled by a single defining incident. In his case, he can hardly go outside.

      (Again, in this version, both incidents seem to be out of their hands. However – both men carry around a HUGE amount of doubt over what they did.)

      I’m keeping doubt as a theme.

      The death of Sam’s wife was a ripple effect that affected not only those two but the whole town around them.

      Similarly, the hit-and-run is an echo of that event – and creates a similar ripple effect. However, it’s one that escalates and brings out the worst in everyone…

       

      Mentor Answered on November 6, 2019.
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