The Atom - Opening scene

The Atom - Opening scene

A Screenplay by DarrinReay
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It's an ordinary day in the great city of RoyalRich. That is until a cataclysmic explosion destroys everything - leaving the people of the city fighting for their lives.

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                 EXT. DOWNTOWN ROYALRICH - DAY
                 We're flying over the towers of downtown RoyalRich...
                 through the beautiful streets of the urban city. 
                 We make our way to the outskirts of the city where we see
                 a small little street where CHILDREN are playing happily -
                 having water fights, playing football on the grass. A
                 typical day. 
                 On the side of the road is a sign which reads:
                 "Welcome to RoyalRich, population 3,187,654"
                 ON HOUSE, we push onto a set of doors which open up to
                 reveal a man exiting. This is STEFFEN CYRUS.
                 ON STEFFEN, he walks down the driveway and approaches a
                 beautiful blonde haired woman. This is MICHELLE CYRUS.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Hey you.
                                        MICHELLE
                                (turns)
                           Hey yourself.
                                        STEFFEN
                           All ready for work?
                                        MICHELLE
                                (smiles)
                           I am.
                 STEFFEN places a kiss on MICHELLE'S forehead and they
                 have a little cuddle.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Well, you have fun.
                                        MICHELLE
                           You know I will.
                 ON MICHELLE, she walks passed STEFFEN and jumps into her
                 car, giving him one last smile before she pulls away.
                 STEFFEN POV, the car disappears down the street and seen
                 towering over the city are --
                 -- TWO LARGE SKYSCRAPERS.
                 ON STEFFEN, he turns and glances over towards a field
                 next to his house, he frowns.
                 ON FIELD, a group of teenagers are drinking and having
                 fun next to a large, oak tree.
                 One of them pulls out a JOINT and sparks it up. This is
                 JAMES CYRUS, he passes it to his friends.
                 He takes a look behind him, his eyes widen.
                 JAMES POV, his father STEFFEN is approaching fast.
                                        JAMES
                           S**t... get rid of that now!
                 JAMES grabs the joint and turns to throw it but --
                 -- STEFFEN is already behind him, he looks down at the
                 joint.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Well, well - what do we have here?
                                (takes joint)
                           Is this a joint?
                                        JAMES
                           No... it's just a --
                 He sniffs it and moves his head away, staring at JAMES in
                 disappointment. 
                                        STEFFEN
                           House. Now.
                                (to friends)
                           Disappear.
                 ON TEENAGERS, they all stand and run across the field.
                 STEFFEN turns and watches JAMES approach the house, he
                 shakes his head.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Stupid a*s.
                 He follows.
                                                                  CUT TO:
                 INT. STEFFEN'S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                 JAMES takes a seat on the settee, he removes his phone.
                 BEHIND HIM, the door opens and STEFFEN walks in, slamming
                 the door.
                 He walks in front of JAMES and looks down at him, pissed
                 off.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Dope, really? Your mother would be
                           ashamed. I am ashamed. I thought
                           you were better than this, James.
                 ON JAMES, he doesn't say a word. Just continues to play
                 on his phone.
                                        STEFFEN
                                (under breath)
                           You got to be f*****g kidding me.
                 STEFFEN snatches the phone and places it in his pocket.
                                        STEFFEN
                           You look at me while I'm talking
                           to you. I am your father and you
                           will show me respect.
                 JAMES stares, looking into his fathers eyes.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Anything you got to say?
                                        JAMES
                           I'm sorry, it won't happen again.
                                        STEFFEN
                           You make sure it doesn't - and
                           that party you were invited to
                           tonight? Consider yourself
                           uninvited.
                 ON JAMES, his face drops.
                                        JAMES
                           Come on... everybody is going
                           there, please!
                                        STEFFEN
                           No ifs, ands or buts. Get upstairs
                           and out of my sight.
                 There's a pause. They both stare at each-other.
                                        JAMES
                           Well, can I at least have my
                           phone?
                                        STEFFEN
                           You get it back tomorrow.
                 JAMES stands up, he throws a temper tantrum and kicks the
                 settee. Then walks towards the door.
                                        STEFFEN
                           You leave this house now, don't
                           bother coming back tonight.
                 Beat.
                 ON JAMES, he stares in anger before exiting the house and
                 --
                 EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS
                 Walking along the side of the house, picking up a
                 bicycle.
                 He sits on it, places a helmet on his head and peddles
                 down the street.
                 ON WINDOW, STEFFEN watches as JAMES disappears down the
                 street, he shakes his head and --
                 INT. STEFFEN'S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                 Turns around and sits down on the settee, picking up the
                 remote and switching on the television.
                 ON SCREEN, the news channel comes on and in large
                 writing, we see:
                 "BREAKING NEWS - THE BODY OF ELITE SQUAD, THE CIRCLE HAS
                 BEEN FOUND WASHED ASHORE."
                 STEFFEN'S attention is immediately caught. He takes out
                 his phone and dials.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Stewart, I've just saw the news.
                           What is this? Whose body?
                                                                  CUT TO:
                 INT. THE CIRCLE, HQ - DAY
                 We are in a white room -- it's full of hi-tech equipment
                 which are being used by men in white suits.
                 An office can be seen at the end of the hall. On the door
                 it reads:
                 "Stewart Turnbull, director of The Circle"
                 INT. STEWART'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
                 A man is sat behind a desk, he's dressed in a smart,
                 black suit. This is STEWART.
                                        STEWART
                           Two field agents were sent to
                           investigate the mysterious death
                           of a child. We lost communication
                           with them.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Whose body has been found?
                                                                  CUT TO:
                 INT. STEFFEN'S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                        STEWART
                           It's Ace Walton.
                 STEFFEN rises from the settee, a look of sorrow on his
                 face.
                                        STEFFEN
                           S**t. What about his partner?
                                        STEWART
                           MIA, believed to be dead.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Who is his partner?
                 SILENCE -- there's a beat.
                                        STEWART
                           It's... Gordon.
                 ON STEFFEN, he grips the phone tightly in his grasp and
                 grits his teeth.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Why the f**k is this the first I'm
                           hearing about it?
                                        STEWART
                           We didn't want to --
                                        STEFFEN
                           Bring me in, let me search for
                           him.
                                        STEWART
                           You wanted out of this job,
                           Steffen.
                           I can't just bring you back when
                           the occasion calls for it.
                                        STEFFEN
                           I'm not asking to be brought back -
                           all I want are weapons and
                           transport to the island they were
                           investigating. I'll find him.
                                        STEWART
                           I understand your emotions but --
                 There's sudden silence -- but a faint rumbling noise is
                 heard... growing louder. 
                 STEFFEN looks at his phone, it reads --
                 -- NO SIGNAL.
                 He turns, heads towards the house phone and picks it up.
                 NOTHING.
                                        STEFFEN
                           What the --
                 The rumbling noise is heard once more, this time it's
                 OVERHEAD. 
                 STEFFEN is alarmed, he heads to his front door and --
                 EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS
                 Exits onto the street.
                 STEFFEN POV, the neighbors from the other houses have
                 gathered in the middle of the street, looking up.
                 STEFFEN approaches.
                                        STEFFEN
                           What's going on?
                 They all point to the sky.
                 STEFFEN looks up as he sees --
                 -- A MISSILE.
                 It's flying overhead, directly towards the skyscrapers.
                                        STEFFEN
                           James... Michelle...
                 He sprints down the street and towards the city but --
                 -- BOOM! 
                 A point of light fires into a NUCLEAR BLAST. It's
                 BLINDING!
                 ON STEFFEN, he covers his eyes for protection from the
                 blast and the brightness.
                 ON NEIGHBORS, they all cover their eyes - except for one
                 person. Their eyes begins to slowly turn white and melt.
                 Wind, dust and light begins to blow violently through the
                 city, destroying all in its path.
                 One of the neighbors known as POTTER runs over to STEFFEN
                 and helps him to his feet.
                                        POTTER
                           Come on, we are leaving!
                                        STEFFEN
                           No... my wife, my son!
                                        POTTER
                           There's nothing you can do, I'm
                           sorry but we need to go!
                 They both begin to sprint up the street but STEFFEN runs
                 to a nearby driveway and --
                 - SMASHES a car window, climbing into it. 
                 I/E. CAR - CONTINUOUS
                 POTTER climbs inside.
                 POTTER POV, STEFFEN removes wires from inside the car, he
                 begins to hot wire.
                                        STEFFEN
                           Come on... come on!
                 The car engine starts, STEFFEN smiles and then pulls out
                 into the street.
                 They begin to drive at full speed, dodging the fleeing
                 people. 
                 STEFFEN POV, the mushroom cloud in the rearview mirror
                 rises to an enormous rate. The cloud of smoke gains on
                 them.
                 ON CLOUD OF SMOKE, we see something different about this.
                 It's a different colour. It's --
                 -- BLUE.
                                        POTTER
                           Up the road there's a warehouse,
                           go in there!
                                        STEFFEN
                           A warehouse? Are you f*****g
                           kidding me? What the hell is that
                           gonna do!
                                        POTTER
                           It has a bunker, it'll be strong
                           enough to withhold the blast!
                 REARVIEW MIRROR, the cloud of smoke is only a mile
                 behind, getting closer by the second.
                 A large warehouse comes into view --
                 -- MADE OF WOOD.
                                        STEFFEN
                           It's f*****g wood!
                                        POTTER
                           Trust me and drive through the
                           wall!
                 The car SMASHES into the side of the building --
                 INT. WAREHOUSE - CONTINUOUS
                 Coming to a stop inside, they both exit.
                 POTTER runs through a doorway. STEFFEN follows and inside
                 the room is --
                 -- A LARGE, STEEL HATCH.
                 POTTER opens it up:
                                        POTTER
                           Quickly, get inside! 
                 STEFFEN jumps inside. POTTER follows and just as he
                 closes the hatch --
                 -- WIND blows through the warehouse, destroying it.
                 INT. BUNKER - CONTINUOUS
                 Both of them drop to the ground, covering themselves in
                 whatever they can find.
                 Bits of debris fall all around them and the lights inside
                 begin to flicker on and off.
                 The lights completely turn off and we --
                                                             CUT TO BLACK:

© 2013 DarrinReay


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This is a very interesting. I could stop reading it. I hope there is more

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