SPOON SCRIPT

 

EXT. ASYLUM. STREET - DAY

Daniel's car pulls up on the side of the road. He looks across the road at the INSANE ASYLUM. There is a security checkpoint with armed guards at the entrance.

He looks ahead - trying to make up his mind and then...

INT. ASYLUM. CORRIDOR - DAY

Daniel walks with an ORDERLY.

DANIEL
This looks kind of like a prison.

ORDERLY
Tara is a class E medical facility. You have to remember that all the patients we house pose a major threat to society.

A LUNATIC starts walking alongside Daniel. He's very friendly but obviously crazy.

LUNATIC
Having you been suffering from any headaches? Shortness of breath? Your eyes itchy?

ORDERLY
That's enough Mr Hansen.

A WARDEN grabs him aggressively and leads him away. Daniel is surprised by the warden's aggression.

ORDERL (CONT'D)
Don't be fooled. The difference between our patients and inmates in a maximum security prison is that our patients don't need a reason to hurt you. This way please.

INT. ASYLUM. CONSULTATION ROOM - DAY

Daniel enters a consultation room. VICTOR SPOON, a fifty something man is sitting behind a table. He is well groomed and neatly dressed. WARDEN ONE stands next to him. Daniel hesitantly walks up to the table. Victor looks up.

DANIEL
I'm Daniel.

Victor is stunned.

VICTOR
Daniel?

DANIEL
Yes.

VICTOR
Daniel. My God. Daniel.

Daniel is startled as Victor reaches over the table to grab and shake his hand with both hands. The warden notices but allows it.

DANIEL
I had to trace u through the national medical archives. Mim didn't know where you were.

VICTOR
I am glad you did... Daniel.

To the warden.

VICTOR (CONT'D)
This is my son, I haven't seen my son in over twenty years. I always hoped you would come. Please sit...sit. So what made you find me...Oh god is Olivia ok?

DANIEL
Mom? Oh she's fine. No she's fine. She only told me the truth about you the other day.

VICTOR
Truth?

DANIEL
I thought you left us... Mom said you left. She never told me you were... sick.

VICTOR
(to warden)
Can I talk to my son alone?

WARDEN ONE
(to Daniel)
Do you consent sir?

DANIEL
Excuse me?

WARDEN ONE
Do you consent to be alone with the patient sir?

Daniel hesitates. He thinks for a moment. He is uncomfortable.

DANIEL
Oh...um... yes. Yes okay.

The warden leaves the room but continues to monitor the situation though a reinforced glass pane in the door.

VICTOR
Daniel I would never have left you. You're my son... What else did she say? Dis she say I way crazy? Did she say that i stopped taking tetrasemol and I went crazy?

Daniel says nothing. He looks over his shoulder to make sure the Warden is still watching.

VICTOR {CONT'D)
Daniel I am not crazy. I was put here for reasons no one will ever believe.

DANIEL
I just stopped taking tetrasemol.

VICTOR
You have it too?

DANIEL
That's why I'm here. I wanted to know if i can control the blackouts.

VICTOR
Yes you can. You have to bring your emotions under control. Especially your rage. The tetrasemol distracts you from your purpose. Removes your focus from anything that is truly meaningful or important. Don't go back on it. It kills the person you were meant to be.

DANIEL
Is that why you used the jar... for focus?

Victor becomes concerned. He looks around the room and lowers his voice.

VICTOR
You know about the jar?

DANIEL
Mom gave it to me. I researched it.

VICTOR
And you know what it's used for?

DANIEL
Yes.

VICTOR
Daniel don't tell anyone about the jar. Did you tell anyone?

DANIEL
A professor at Columbia.

VICTOR
(concerned)
Charteris? Did he find your or did you find him?

DANIEL
I found him. His number was on the jar.

VICTOR
Right don't speak to anyone else about this and don't go back to Charteris. Daniel I think that was why they targeted me. There is nothing medically wrong with me. The government put me away because of what I might have been able to do.

DANIEL
Who is targeting you?

VICTOR
The people who control the world. The people with wealth and control beyond our wildest imagination. To stay powerful they must manipulate the masses. To control the average person is an easy task, television and the media control what they think. But for us, for you and me, there is a broader spectrum of colour in our view. We are unique, we are powerful and we need to be kept under control
(beat)
In our natural state we are unyielding, fearless warriors. It scares the bejesus out of them because if we can disagree with that we see we can be a big problem. That's why they put me in here. That's why they put you on Tetrasemol. It kills everything inside of you that will allow you to rise up against them.

Daniel is uncomfortable with Victor's comments and behaviour.

DANIEL
Look, i just came here to see if you can help me control my blackouts. I want to live a normal life. Mom rased me to be civilized. To be kind. To have manners. I don't want to go fighting anybody.

VICTOR
Exactly. But these people used your civility, your desire to be kind, your desire to play by the rulse to empower themselves. I know I sound like a crazy old man - when your leave here you will make you own mind up. Just remember what i have said to you today. All you need to do, is find your focus... Find the thing that you were mean to do on this earth and protect and believe in that. Do this with all your heard and soul,

DANIEL
How do you find that thing? How do I find my purpose?

VICTOR
If your are true to yourself it will find you. Give yourself completely without fear to what you know is right and know that even if you must sacrifice to walk this path you will serve your purpose. You have faith in yourself and trust the process. The universe is unfolding as it should.

EXT. DANIEL'S APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT
Daniel enters his apartment building thought the fire escape door.

INT. DANIEL'S APARTMENT BUILDING. LOBBY - NIGHT
Daniel comes up the steps. He notices Stubbs' door - it's slightly ajar. He ignores it and reaches his own door.

As he puts the keys in the lock he hears a SOFT MOANING SOUND COMING FROM STUBBS' APARTMENT. He stops - listens carefully.

STUBBS
(mumbling)
Stubbs, I am a british officer. My name is Colonel Stubbs, I am a British officer.

Daniel starts walking over to the door. Stubbs continuously repeats is mantra. Daniel pushes the door open.

INT. STUBB'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

DANIEL
Mr. Stubbs. Mr Stubbs are you okay?

Daniel enters the apartment. It has been trashed. He walks through the apartment towards Stubb's voice.

He enters the kitchen. Stubbs is lying on the floor, clutching the broken and torn pictures of his wife.

He has been severely beaten and there is bloody everywhere. Daniel is visibly shocked.