the Levithan

feature script. 2014. as civilization crumbles, what is it to survive?

FADE IN:

ON AN AMERICAN FLAG

So close it’s but a few stripes rippling, thrashing against the encroaching night.

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

Fellow patriots. I am afraid.

EXT. INTERSTATE CLOVERLEAF – NIGHT

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

We’ve gone and sold ourselves out. Like cheap whores, to the Chinese, to Wall Street, to the thugs in Washington.

INT. FACTORY – ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY LINE

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

Are we not the free? The brave?! Yet we let them steal our money.

EXT. LOS ANGLES SKYLINE – NIGHT

Helicopters buzz about.

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

We let them tell us what to eat, how to raise our children.

INT. BIG BOX STORE

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

You know, Martin Luther King, he was just an ordinary preacher. Abraham Lincoln born into a log cabin. Many doubted.

EXT. PETROLEUM REFINERY – NIGHT

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

But they knew the simple truth that right makes might.

MONTAGE – AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE

— GREAT PLAINS – NIGHT — A massive train thunders by.

— FACTORY FARM — We pass row after row of tightly caged chickens.

— SEWAGE PLANT — Pipes the size of trucks empty into vast pools.

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

Remember that salient truth. You choose. You can choose! For the sake of your children I beg choose virtue. Choose goodness. Choose to be today’s hero.

EXT. AIRCRAFT CARRIER FLIGHT DECK – NIGHT

CAPTAIN JOHN HU, 32, looks out onto across the flight deck onto the dark night.

It’s an awesome sight – the full exercise of a Nimtz class aircraft carrier – sailors, flight crews, planes and munitions synchronized to perfect order.

His plane is aligned to the runway, wings folding down. The jet blast deflector raises. He is armed and readied.

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

Remember the creed of the Founders. Liberty. Liberty at any cost, liberty however turbulent however ferocious the waters – liberty! – that is our God given path.

The flight crew clears. The Pratt & Whitney F135 engine roars to 50,000 pounds force as steam escapes from the catapult below.

The holdbacks release and the fighter shoots forward. In but two seconds, we’re airborne, catapulted to the heavens.

NEWS PERSONALITY (V.O.)

That is what we choose, it is our ultimate only end. Liberty! Liberty or death!

The plane banks left. Down below, the USS George Washington steams forward, cutting through the turbulent waters.

Then, a WHOSH —

Multiple MISSILES narrowing in —

And IMPACT. Massive explosions along her hull; man and metal turn to dust.

FADE OUT

INT. RESTROOM

A man in a conservative suit, early-sixties, washes his hands under bright white florescent light. He is VIGGO GOMEZ, White House Chief of Staff.

TITLE SUPERIMPOSED: “Washington – 11:48 Zulu Time”

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