Continuous Philip

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TRUCE
Screenplay BY
Maduka Ikechukwu

FADE IN:
EXT. WRECKAGE – DAY
ANGLE ON the wheels of a mangled, UPTURNED black Honda Acura ROLLING haplessly in the air. It’s a gut wrenching scene of horror. 2 other cars are involved in this gruesome accident, although not as badly damaged as the Acura. A racing ambulance stops short of the wreckage

INT. AMBULANCE - DAY
A MAN is strapped to a stretcher, an oxygen mask fitted to his face and loaded into the ambulance. A paramedic pumps air into his lung while the others hull him in. EXT. HIGHWAY – DAY (SEEN FROM ABOVE)

The ambulance hulls ass across the highway, a sea of cars part sensing the urgency. INT. HOSPITAL – CONTINUOUS
The medics barge into the hospital, wheeling the stretcher. MAN's POV – The white ceiling, faces of the three medics wheeling him to the ER. Light flickers on and off. One of the medics barks orders

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM - DAY
MAN's POV - three nurses surround the operating table. A huge fluorescent shines into his face. He is barely alive. THE SCREEN IS REDUCED TO the squint of an eye.
A doctor pulls his gloves on and grabs the defibrillator.
ANGLE ON - the defibrillator, as it closes in on his bare chest. FADE TO BLACK as soon as defibrillator hits his chest.
BLACK SCREEN
(BEAT, THEN)
We HEAR a HEARTBEAT that cues the voice of PHILIP ADEYEMI, followed by regular HEARTBEAT every 1.5seconds: PHILIP (V.O)
Everyman is born with a unique destiny, but most people abandon this divine assignment to chase one particular goal; a perfect life. The BLACK RECEDES
INT. BAR – DAY
MEN in suits, looking out of sorts, drink hopelessly.
PHILIP (V.O) (CONT’D)
Millions who have tried and failed will argue there that no such thing exists-–
CUT TO:
EXT. REUFUSE DUMP – DAY
PHILIP (V.O)
--Millions who didn’t even try at all –
People rummage through the HEAPED PILE of scrap
PHILIP (V.O) (CONT’D)
--Will gladly lay down their pathetic lives to support the crusade--
CUT TO:
EXT. SUBURBAN LAGOS – DAY
A Yellow and Black bus cruises past. A conductor jumps out yelling at pass commuters to board his bus. He hassles a woman until she runs for dear life
PHILIP (V.O)
--And those who couldn’t be bothered about how the rest of their lives turn out... People move in multiple directions, indifferent. It’s a telltale of suffering, hard life.
PHILIP (V.O) (CONT’D)
...well, simply can’t be bothered if it’s perfect or not-- EXT. COMPOUND ADEYEMI RESIDENCE – DAY
PHILIP (V.O)
--but if indeed perfect lives did exist, I definitely lead one. I had it all, I dared not ask for more. Really, what more was there to ask for? I had- We PAN ACROSS the somewhat huge compound surrounded by lush green flowers where an ash colored 2011 Mercedes ML350 and a 2009 Toyota Carina sit. PHILIP (V.O)

--a nice house, cars...
DISSOLVE TO:
INT. LIVING ROOM - ADEYEMI RESIDENCE - DAY
We PAN ACROSS the extravagant room with an oppressive show of wealth until we FIND A PREGNANT WOMAN, late twenties, setting a four-sitter dining table for breakfast. MEET AMAKA ADEYEMI. SUPERIMPOSE TITLE CARD: 7 days earlier

PHILIP (V.O)
...a beautiful wife, a baby on the way--
PHILIP ADEYEMI, handsome, mid thirties, in a Thomas Pink Shirt and a blue pin stripped trousers, gallops down a flight of stairs, wrestling with his red tie. PHILIP (V.O)
...Ah! By the way, that’s me, Philip Adeyemi, the handsome chap galloping down the stairs. He gives the pregnant woman a kiss, gently pats her PROTRUDED TUMMY, mumbles something about fatherly love and kisses it.

PHILIP (V.O)
a great job seeing that I’m to become the CEO of a fortune five hundred company owned by my father-in-law in 7 days... She pours him a glass of juice, sets it down on the well polished mahogany table and waves for him to sit. AMAKA

I made you pancakes for breakfast.
PHILIP
Pancakes?
(GROANS)...
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