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Counterchance

An FBI agent goes to any length to save his family.

Stationed in Nepal are five FBI agents whose mission is to disrupt drug-running operations. They are nearing completion of their six-month “tour of duty”.

Agents Kayila and Ben have been assigned to capture a drug-runner but are instead themselves captured. About to be executed, gangland style, they are saved by 55-year-old colleague Daniel, an expert marksman.

Two other FBI agents, Renata (a doctor) and tech-expert Guzu, stay at the Himalayan base to monitor the field agents.

Kayila and Ben capture a second drug-runner but are attacked by a nine-foot tall yeti. In the confusion, the drug-runner is about to shoot the yeti but is herself shot from afar by Daniel, who then has to save the agents when the irate yeti threatens them. Daniel does this by a well-placed shot that creates a mini-avalanche, giving Kayila and Ben the cover for escape.

Back in Florida and on his drive home to surprise his family, Daniel stops by a roadside diner where he is met by a stranger (the guardian), who speaks of having lost his wife to a rapist, who then kills the guardian’s 10 year old son who came to the aid of his mother.

The guardian tells Daniel how lucky one is to go home and find one’s family there – luck, according to the guardian, is “when bad things don’t happen”. Once home, Daniel is greeted by (second wife) Jill and five-year-old daughter Bree, though not by step-daughter Madison, who sees Daniel as an unwanted intrusion.

Next day, Christmas, Daniel wakes late to find his family missing. In the living room is the guardian, who sets a task for Daniel to complete if he wishes to reunite with his family: Daniel is to kill five murdering rapists.

After meeting his quota, Daniel becomes the most wanted in America. In three of these shootings he actually saves three female victims; it’s these experiences that win Daniel to the guardian’s cause. True to word, the guardian releases Daniel’s family unharmed. It’s then Daniel learns that the guardian’s associates are Renata and Guzu, each of whom has lost a loved one to a rapist.

Daniel agrees to participate in one more mission: to track and kill “the decimator” who has wiped out four all-female families over a period of 14 months. In this, the group is assisted by Martin, a recovering alcoholic, himself a former detective and probably the world’s greatest serial-killer hunter.

Efforts to find the decimator fail and all depends on the night he is expected to strike. Martin, the guardian, Renata and Guzu stake out all-female households, while Daniel keeps a panoramic view of residences from a position on a hill.

Through his scope, Daniel spots a man dressed in black coming out of hiding from behind a bush. However, Daniel is uncertain as to whether the man is the decimator or a plain burglar.

But soon it becomes clear this is no ordinary burglar when the man attacks a mother of daughters in her own home.

Just as Daniel is about to shoot the decimator, Kayila and Ben arrest him, but join him when he convinces them a family is at risk. Convoluted action follows till Daniel kills the decimator. Kayila and Ben take him into custody.

Daniel is sentenced to death. Using a clever ruse, his FBI “family”, Kayila, Ben, Renata and Guzu, save him.

They work under false passports on a cruise liner till they receive presidential pardons and are reinstated as FBI agents.

The five FBI agents return to the Himalayas to reunite with the yeti and his family. There they make a commitment never to let the world know of the existence of the yetis.

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Format:
Screenplay
Starring Roles For:
Liam Neeson
Actor aged c.44
Afro-American actress aged c.33
In the Vein Of:
American Sniper (2015)
Frenzy (1972)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Posted:
04/14/2019
Updated:
08/01/2020
Author Bio:
Looking Back, Going Forward

Introduction

Thank you for taking the time to read my document. I started writing screenplays proper in 2007 and since have written 11 of them, two of which have been archived.

Writing screenplays is exhilarating because one is creating emotional worlds that one day may be realised as immersive cinematic experiences for others.

From 2012 on, I’ve written several drafts of a 600+ page novel.

I see the differences between novel-writing and screenwriting as the former being precise and the latter concise.

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