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In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »
When Will and Jimmy are playing chess, we see one player capture the other player's queen. A few moments later, the player who lost his queen still has it. From the board position, one can tell the game is still in the opening stages, and so an endgame pawn-promotion-to-queen (to get another queen) is highly unlikely. And since it was a serious game with a clock, it is also highly unlikely that one player would allow his opponent to take back his move, saving his queen. See more »
Are you wasting my time, Bourdette? Are you wasting my time?
If they find out I'm talking to you, they'll... they'll kill me.
Tell me how it works.
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What did the rabbit do? You'll know if you watch(ed) the movie. But this movie does not have answers for everything. There are plot holes and real inconsistencies all over the place. Plus Nicolas Cage is not really ideal for the main role. He's too normal. I should say his character is too normal.
Jennifer Carpenter is credited but not really that much in the movie. There are subplots that come and go, plus there is one thing that I think remains unresolved. The "inciting incident" (let's call it that), that kick starts all the rest. But again, if you start questioning things, you might as well not watch the movie at all, because you won't like it. Try to enjoy the action, the suspense even if you have seen this formula a dozen (or more) times!
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