Ben, who we learn is a laid-off FBI wiretapping subcontractor, runs through the metal detector in the lobby and shoots the agent who let him go. He then grabs a woman as a hostage and backs into an elevator, where David Sinclair confronts him at gunpoint and trades himself as a hostage if Ben will let the woman go. While Ben and David talk at gunpoint in the elevator, stopped between floors, Charlie Eppes tries a number of times to explain the "Chinese Box" theory to the agents dealing with the hostage situation. Meanwhile, the agents discover that Ben's seemingly paranoid story that he has been under surveillance turns out to be true. When agents try to quickly move and open the elevator, Ben manages to take David's pistol away and keep the elevator closed. Charlie convinces Don Eppes to let David call the shots to resolve this situation by showing Don the "Poison Cookie" game, implying that this also relates to the "Chinese Box" problem. Ben gives David his pistol back and tries to ... Written by
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Ben's workspace, as visited by agents Warner and Reeves, is highly reminiscent of that of Harry Caul (played by Gene Hackman) in the 1974 movie The Conversation, also about a paranoid wiretapper/surveillor. See more
At the end, inside the elevator David pushes the "LL" button to get the car moving. Moments later, the elevator stops at the lobby "L", not the lower lobby "LL". See more
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