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.
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…