Equalizer 20120625
THE EQUALIZER
Written by
Richard Wenk
Based on the Television Series created by Michael Sloan
First Draft
June 25, 2012
AN ALARM CLOCK
Hits 5:30 AM and goes off.
BEDROOM
Grey morning light.
empty.
Alarm still BUZZING because the room’s
Bed already made. Tight enough to flip a quarter.
Spartan and immaculate.
Room
Inside the BATHROOM...
A HAND WIPES STEAM OFF A FOGGED BATHROOM MIRROR
Just enough to see the straight razor gliding across the
final patch of lather...
INT.
KITCHEN - MORNING
Blender being loaded: Wheat grass, Almond milk, Whey
protein, a cup of organic Blueberries.
WRIST WATCH - finger hits the stopwatch button on it...
HANDS DO THE DISHES
Drying the blender and glass.
only ONE of everything.
Into a cabinet where there’s
ARMS IRON A SHIRT
With the precision of a surgeon.
and cuffs...
INT.
Spray starch, stiff collar
BEDROOM - MORNING
Shirt’s buttoned. Leather belt slipped into creased pants.
Tie knotted and tightened exactly.
Stepping in front of a mirror...
2.
ROBERT MCCALL
Middle aged, middle class, middle of the road looks.
with his appearance, McCall adds a final touch.
An ORANGE VEST.
timer...
Pleased
Finger hits the STOP button on the watch
CUT TO:
A DOZEN ORANGE VESTS
Moving about various aisles inside...
HOME DEPOT - MORNING
Dollies full of Quickset, painting materials and plumbing
supplies being wheeled through the aisles by CONTRACTORS AND
HANDYMEN.
McCall on a ladder tossing down a box of wall switches to a
DAY LABORER.
MCCALL
Didn’t you pick up switches last
week?
LABORER
Owner wants touch dimmers now.
McCall smiles.
Climbs down the ladder.
MCCALL
When they pay...
MCCALL/LABORER
They say.
LOADING DOCK
McCall PUSHES a dolly LOADED WITH PLYWOOD towards a panel
VAN. Huffing and puffing past TWO YOUNG DUDES leaning
against a fork lift.
3.
YOUNG DUDE 1
Should make the old guys take
fitness tests.
YOUNG DUDE 2
Like Firemen.
McCall sweating.
Young Dudes.
Removing his gloves as he walks past the
YOUNG DUDE 1
Betcha didn’t have to push no dolly
in your last job, did ya Pops.
MCCALL
(good natured)
Guilty as charged.
As he walks off...
YOUNG GUY 2
Dudes come in here thinkin’ it’s
all tape measures, paint cans and
“how may I help you”.
INT. HOME DEPOT BREAK ROOM - DAY
McCall on his break. A DOZEN EMPLOYEES scattered around the
room on plastic chairs in front of Formica tables.
McCall makes his way to the back table where RALPHIE, a
heavyset kid in his 20’s sits alone. Takes a seat.
Ralphie empties the contents of his bag for McCall to see.
McCall looks suspicious.
RALPHIE
It’s Tuna.
MCCALL
What kind of bread?
RALPHIE
Whole grain. Gluten-free.
MCCALL
Condiments?
Sprouts.
RALPHIE
Avocado.
Veganese Mayo.
4.
McCall smiles. Digs into his ground turkey and veggie mix as
Ralphie bites into his sandwich...
CRUNCH
Ralphie winces. On McCall’s look Ralphie slides his sandwich
across the table. McCall lifts the bread to reveal a layer
of potato chips.
What?
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
Potatoes are a vegetable.
Prison yard stare from McCall.
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
I like crunchy things.
MCCALL
Carrots are crunchy. Dried seaweed
is crunchy. You like those?
McCall picks off a chip, holds it up.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Partially hydrogenated vegetable
oil. Corn syrup. Those are the
enemy, son.
(beat)
You wanna make Security Guard? You
gotta lose weight. Test is coming
up in a week. You asked me to help
you.
But if you’re not going to
apply yourself...
Ralphie drops his head in defeat. McCall reaches across the
table and lifts Ralphie’s head back up.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Hey. You can do it. Progress, not
perfection.
INT. SUBWAY - NIGHT
Rush hour crowded. McCall stands in the packed car.
another tired face at the end of a long day...
Just
5.
EXT. OCEAN AVENUE, BROOKLYN
Lower middle class neighborhood of aging apartment buildings
and bodegas.
Street lamps flicker on as McCall reaches a five story walk
up.
BUILDING FOYER
McCall opens the only mailbox with no name on it. Removes a
flyer and a credit card offer that go right in the trash.
MCCALL’S KITCHEN
McCall watching the 6:30 news as he washes his dinner
dishes... Single dish, fork, knife and glass.
EXT. CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK - NIGHT
Only half operational. Ferris Wheel moans and creaks under
the weight of bundled up PATRONS.
McCall sits on a bench PEOPLE watching.
peace.
Comfortable.
At
PING! The SHOOTING BOOTH catches his attention.
Watches a
poor IMMIGRANT FATHER plop down dollar after dollar valiantly
trying to win a giant Sponge Bob for his kid.
Only to fail every time.
The Father eventually runs out of dollars and walks off with
his heartbroken son.
INT. MCCALL’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Clock reads 9:40. McCall in bed. Reading a hardcover of
Hemingway’s “Old man and the Sea”.
CLOCK
1:48 AM
6.
MCCALL
In the dark.
Wide awake.
INT. A DINER - NIGHT
A punch-drunk, open-all-night dive.
behind the chipped Formica counter.
block reads the next days paper.
A bored COUNTERMAN
DOORMAN from down the
A lone GIRL at a table by the window, ear phones in, iPod
playing, eyes closed... Cheap cocktail dress, stockings and
costume jewelry leave no doubt what she is...
Wall clock says 2:11 AM when McCall walks in with his book.
Shuffles to a seat at his usual table near the back.
Counterman comes over and sets a cup and a small pot of hot
water at McCall’s table without asking.
McCall uses a
napkin to wipe out the cup. Takes a tea bag from his pocket,
drops it in the cup and pours the boiling water over it.
Opens his book and reads.
TERI (OS)
He catch the fish yet?
McCall glances up. Teri THE HOOKER pulling her earphones
out. Pretty, late 20s. Few tats peeking out from her dress.
MCCALL
Just hooked it.
TERI
About time.
MCCALL
It’s a big fish. Don’t know if he
can hang on to it though.
TERI
(playful)
Oh no.
MCCALL
Tooth and nail right now.
TERI
Maybe he’s too old.
7.
McCall nods. They’re quiet for a while.
of her Apple pie.
Teri takes a bite
MCCALL
Thought you were going to stop
eating all that refined sugar.
TERI
(with a mouthful)
I am.
MCCALL
When.
TERI
Any day now.
MCCALL
Bad for the vocal cords.
Teri looks away sheepishly.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
How’s the singing?
She shrugs.
TERI
Got myself a little machine to make
demos. We’ll see.
MCCALL
Bet you’re good.
TERI
What makes you think that?
MCCALL
Intuition.
Teri smiles her first real smile.
back into silence.
Teri finishes her pie.
door.
After a beat they descend
Shoulders her tote and starts for the
TERI
Lemme know what happens next.
8.
INT. HOME DEPOT, ELECTRICAL AISLE - DAY
McCall rolls another Dolly past the Young Dudes slacking off.
INT. HOME DEPOT - HARDWARE AISLE - MORNING
Ralphie stocking packages of extension cords.
to make sure no one is looking...
Looks around
Pushes aside some boxes and reaches his arm to the back of
the shelf. Pulls out...
A bag of sunflower seeds?
Crunchy.
MCCALL (OS)
Just how you like ‘em.
Ralphie looks up to see McCall walk off holding the Snickers
Bar he was looking for.
INT. HOME DEPOT - LOADING DOCK
McCall on his break. Popping sunflower seeds and watching
the trucks being loaded.
Looks up to see the two Young Dudes standing over him.
YOUNG DUDE 1
We’re bettin’ on what you did ‘fore
you got here?
YOUNG DUDE 2
For a living.
YOUNG DUDE 2 (CONT’D)
I bet Insurance. Claims and shit.
YOUNG DUDE 1
Wall Street. Stock dude.
McCall pockets his seeds.
MCCALL
I was a Pip.
Pip?
YOUNG DUDE 1
The fuck is a Pip?
9.
You know.
Pips?
MCCALL
Gladys Knight and the
McCall gets up. Does a little Pip move. Pulling the whistle
on the Midnight Train to Georgia. Young Dudes eyes widening
as they slowly get it.
YOUNG DUDE 2
No shit!
MCCALL
One on the right.
INT. HOME DEPOT - DUSK
McCall collects his paycheck from the SUPERVISOR.
EXT. CHECK CASHING PLACE - DUSK
McCall stands in line with OTHER WORKERS.
FACES in line not much different from his.
they expected to be at this stage in life.
Men not where
INT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT
Dinner dishes already cleaned and put away.
McCall’s at his book case in the back hallway. Watering the
few small plants that live on top of it. Shelves lined with
book titles that seem eclectic...
MCCALL’S BEDROOM - LATER
Work clothes laid out.
Bed empty.
Clock reads 2:18 AM
INT. DINER - SAME TIME
McCall at his table reading a new book.
his cup.
Tea bag floating in
Doorman at the counter with the Post as Teri glides in and
plops down in her usual spot.
10.
Counterman already over with her coffee and donut.
takes a quick bite and a sip. Turns to McCall.
TERI
He catch the fish?
MCCALL
He did.
TERI
Happy ending. Yay.
MCCALL
Not exactly.
McCall closes his book.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Old Man tied the dead fish to the
boat and had to row back...
Teri’s elbows on the table now.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
On the way in the fish bled out
into the water. Blood drew sharks.
The old man tried to fight them
off...
(beat)
Ate the fish before he could get it
home.
TERI
So the whole thing was a waste.
MCCALL
Depends on how you look at it.
(beat)
Old Man spent his life fighting
fish. Then, when he figured that
part of his life was over, he met
his greatest adversary.
(beat)
It was as if both of them had been
waiting for this moment.
(beat)
During the struggle the Old Man
sort of formed a bond - a respect for the fish. A kind of love.
Teri
11.
TERI
Why didn’t he let it go then?
MCCALL
The Old Man had to be the old man
and the Fish had to be the fish.
That’s life. You gotta be who you
are.
A long pause.
Two people who understand loss.
Well.
TERI
He lost.
MCCALL
Old man went out too far.
than he should have.
Farther
A long silence. Teri breathes into her cup so the soft steam
touches her face. Counterman rhythmically wipes the counter.
McCall picks up his new book.
Outside, it begins to rain.
INT. BREAK ROOM - DAY
McCall sitting with Ralphie going over his food plan when
SEVERAL EMPLOYEES singing “Happy Birthday” enter the room.
SUPERVISOR GEORGIE holds a donut sporting a lit candle.
McCall reacts with confusion as Georgie puts the donut in
front of him.
Georgie laughs at McCall’s blank look.
GEORGIE
You forget?
McCall realizes it’s for HIS birthday.
Shaking his head...
MCCALL
Talk about a senior moment.
INT. A DINER - NIGHT
Teri at her table. Ear phones in. Lost in some song when a
donut is placed in front of her.
Looks up to see McCall.
12.
MCCALL
Loaded with poison...
you like it.
Just the way
A beat, she looks up at him. Ugly bruise on her face.
McCall pretends not to notice.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Someone’s birthday at work.
want to waste it.
Didn’t
Goes to his table and sits. Counterman brings the pot and
cup. McCall takes out his tea bag.
Teri walks over with the donut and sits.
over to him.
Slides a burned CD
TERI
Let me know if I’m any good.
Catches McCall sneaking a look at her bruise.
TERI (CONT’D)
You should see the other guy.
okay... Comes with the job.
It’s
Picks up the donut.
TERI (CONT’D)
Whose birthday?
MCCALL
Some guy.
TERI
Happy birthday, some guy.
(a beat)
I’m breaking protocol. Should I go
back to my table?
No.
MCCALL
It’s fine.
TERI
I just needed company tonight.
(beat)
Teri.
MCCALL
Bob.
13.
Teri studies McCall.
TERI
You don’t look like a Bob. More
like a Robert. Robert reads books.
Bob watches TV.
McCall smiles.
Picks up the CD.
MCCALL
Teri the singer.
TERI
You and I both know what I really
am.
Takes a bite of the donut.
TERI (CONT’D)
I mean I WANT to be a singer. I
THINK I can be a singer. Doesn’t
make me one.
MCCALL
I believe anybody can be who they
want to be.
Teri laughs.
TERI
Maybe where you come from.
my world.
Not in
MCCALL
Then change your world.
TERI
Not that easy.
Comfortable silence.
TERI (CONT’D)
No ring.
(off McCall’s look)
On your finger. No Mrs. Robert at
home?
MCCALL
No.
14.
TERI
Ever?
Once.
MCCALL
A ways back.
TERI
Break her heart?
MCCALL
She broke mine.
(beat)
She died.
Teri looks at McCall with a mixture of sadness and curiosity.
TERI
Thought that might be it. I see a
lot of widowed guys. It’s the
eyes.
MCCALL
The eyes.
TERI
Yeah. Not sad.
It’s sweet.
McCall doesn’t blink.
Just... lost.
Smart girl.
TERI (CONT’D)
You always read?
MCCALL
No. My wife did. I was away a
lot. For work. So she read. Was
making her way through the 100
Books everyone should read. Got to
97.
(beat)
Figured it would give us something
to talk about someday. Something we
could share.
TERI
A hundred books... Holy moly.
many have you read?
MCCALL
91.
How
15.
No shit.
TERI
91. Almost done.
MCCALL
Almost.
Beat.
TERI
Then what?
MCCALL
I don’t know.
EXT. DINER - NIGHT
McCall and Teri walk out together.
TERI
I’m gonna grab a cab.
Both head for the corner...
TERI (CONT’D)
What’s 92 about?
McCall holds up DON QUIXOTE.
MCCALL
Guy who thinks he’s a Knight. Only
he lives in a world where knights
don’t exist any more.
TERI
Sounds like my world.
Teri steps to the curb to hail a cab.
WHITE VAN rolls up.
A Few FLY BY.
Then a
TALL MAN with LONG HAIR gets out of the passenger side.
colored leather jacket, tanning-bed complexion.
McCall watches Teri stiffen.
The two ARGUE in Russian.
Finally Teri looks back at him.
TERI (CONT’D)
I have to go with them. It’s okay.
See you... when I see you.
Bone-
16.
Forces a smile and gets in the van.
McCall. Hands him a card.
Tall Guy walks over to
SLAVI
(Russian accent)
You call number... they send you
another one. Just as good. Tell
them Slavi said.
Gets back in the Van and drives off.
over in his hand.
McCall turns the card
An escort service.
INT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Bathed in SHADOWS. Everything still.
Teri’s CD wafting through the rooms.
Just the SOUND of
McCall at the kitchen table with a glass of Grapefruit juice.
Listening.
Rough, edgy, passionate, unpolished.
McCall’s eyes twinkle just a tad.
A diamond in the rough.
Not bad...
INT. HOME DEPOT - DAY
PEARL, 300 pounds of attitude, walking towards the BACK
OFFICE. The Two Young Dudes sidle up on either side of her.
YOUNG DUDE 2
Pearly. Which one of us you gonna
ask out.
YOUNG DUDE 1
Seen you eyeing us for a week now.
But you can only have one of us
so... Whose it gonna be?
PEARL
Been eyein’ you two, alright.
Young Dudes primping now.
17.
PEARL (CONT’D)
Trying to figure out what either
one of you lazy mutherfuckers do
all day and why I shouldn’t fire
your worthless, bony asses.
Dudes stopping, letting Pearl continue on.
YOUNG DUDE 2
Seems more like your type...
Dude 1 SEES McCall handing a DRIVER a receipt at the LOADING
DOCK. Stepping into his path.
Yo.
YOUNG DUDE 1
You weren’t no Pip, Old Man.
Shoves his iPhone under his nose. You Tube Video of Gladys
Knight and the Pips. McCall smiles.
MCCALL
Soul Train. ‘82.
the end.
That’s me.
On
YOUNG DUDE 2
Ain’t you.
MCCALL
Few pounds lighter and a lot more
hair. But damn. I was good
looking.
McCall perfectly mirrors the dance moves then walks off
leaving the Young Dudes staring at the screen.
INT. A DINER - NIGHT
McCall at his table. Tea poured. DON QUIXOTE open in front
of him. Keeps glancing at the door.
No Teri tonight.
EXT. HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT - LUNCH BREAK
Several LUNCH TRUCKS parked out front. Orange Vests
sprinkled out, eating under trees or on the grass.
Not McCall or Ralphie.
18.
They’re at the far edge of the lot, McCall putting Ralphie
through an exercise routine. Urging him to do one more pull
up, one more push up.
MCCALL
Who’s gonna be the best Security
Guard?
RALPHIE
I am, SIR!
INT. A DINER - NIGHT
McCall walks in. Again, no Teri. The Counterman brings over
his cup and pot of hot water.
Notices McCall eyeing the
door.
COUNTERMAN
She’s up at Kings County. Heard
someone beat her up pretty bad.
INT. KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL, IC WARD - NIGHT
McCall is standing on one side of a chicken wire and glass
window staring into the Intensive Care room.
INT. ICU
Eight beds. All filled. Teri’s in the far corner.
Attached to wires and IV’s.
Face bandaged, neck in a brace.
Almost unrecognizable.
A YOUNG WOMAN dozes in a chair next to the bed.
INT. HOSPITAL CAFETERIA - NIGHT
The same Young Woman pays for a cup of coffee.
Takes it to
a condiment station and loads it with an ungodly amount of
sugar.
MCCALL (OS)
How’s she doing?
Her head snaps.
Teri.
Finds McCall sitting at a far table.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
How’s she doing?
19.
The Young Woman eyes McCall, hard as rock.
John...
Just another
YOUNG WOMAN
Well she’s not god.
The Young Woman reaches for her coffee and tries to bring the
cup to her lips. Hands begin shaking and the coffee spills.
McCall steps over and takes the cup from her hands. Sets it
down then gets some napkins and sops up the spillage.
THE CAFETERIA - LATER
Under the green glow of Fluorescents,
Young Woman’s table listening.
McCall sits at the
YOUNG WOMAN
... guy hit her. Some Johns think
they can do that.
(beat)
She hit him back and the guy called
Slavi...
WHAM!
TERI’S FACE (FLASHBACK)
Hit with a massive fist.
Cheek bone shattering.
YOUNG WOMAN (OS)
He set her straight...
UPSTAIRS OFFICE - WIDER
Teri face up on the carpet. A RING OF MEN standing over her.
On the couch THREE OTHER ESCORTS (including the Young Woman)
sit silently in horror.
YOUNG WOMAN (OS)
They like making examples of
trouble makers.
Slavi rubs his fist.
her up.
Offers Teri his hand and gently helps
Teri tries to speak but Slavi flicks open a knife and presses
it to her throat.
20.
SLAVI
No talking.
Talking is not
problem. Listening is problem.
Presses harder.
GROANS.
Opens a small cut in her throat.
Teri
Uses the knife to push Teri to her knees in.
Other hand
unzips his pants and forces himself into her mouth.
Slavi uses the knife to control Teri’s head.
Boris moves behind Teri. Rips her pants open and violently
enters her from behind. The rest stare glassy-eyed as Slavi
and Boris rape Teri.
HOSPITAL CAFETERIA
The Young Woman stares out into the empty room.
brutality.
Numb to the
YOUNG WOMAN
Said they’d cut her throat next
time.
(beat)
Said a whore who fucks and can’t
talk is worth twice as much...
INT. SUBWAY - NIGHT
McCall rides home on an almost empty car.
rhythm of the train.
Rocks with the
EXT. BRIGHTON BEACH CLUB - NIGHT
That White VAN pulls up to the Valet outside an AFTER HOURS
CLUB. The Driver, BORIS, steps out and enters a street level
door...
MAIN DINING ROOM - AFTER HOURS CLUB
Boris moves through the packed DINING ROOM to a...
BACK STAIRWELL
Where he jogs up to an second floor door.
21.
INT. UPSTAIRS OFFICE
THREE prison-hard THUGS sprawled on the couch watching the
TV.
Boris waddles in and plops down in front of Slavi who sits
behind a large desk. Tosses an envelope onto the desk.
Slavi drops the envelope on an antique scale - sees it’s
correct - and slides it into the top drawer. Pours a shot
for Boris...
When the DOOR OPENS and Robert McCall steps inside...
OFFICE - WIDER
Heads turn.
Antelope.
Russians eyeballing up McCall like lions do
SLAVI
You lost, dedushka?
McCall hesitates. Makes his way to the desk.
card Slavi gave him in front of him.
Places the
MCCALL
You gave me this the other night.
SLAVI
I give out lots of cards.
You
want pussy, dedushka?
You still
get it up?
Chuckles from everybody.
McCall waits for it to stop.
MCCALL
I’m here about a certain girl.
Slavi waits.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Name’s Teri.
She was beat up
pretty bad.
The room gets quiet.
SLAVI
I think you have the wrong address,
dedushka.
22.
MCCALL
I’m not a cop or anything.
want to help her.
I just
Slavi studies the man in front of him.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
These girls. They represent an
investment to you. I understand
that.
McCall glances around at the other guys.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
I can give you four thousand eight
hundred dollars. It’s all I have.
SLAVI
You want to give me four thousand
dollars. For what?
MCCALL
Her freedom.
Slavi looks at McCall.
Another heartsick John...
SLAVI
This whore. What’s her name again?
MCCALL
Teri.
SLAVI
(pretending to think)
Doesn’t ring a bell.
Whoever she
is she must really know how to suck
cock.
The muscle LAUGH.
SLAVI (CONT’D)
Believe this guy? Gonna give me
four thousand for one pussy. Must
be Ferrari pussy...
(to McCall)
How many fucks you got left, man?
Enough you pay four thousand I
guess.
Slavi turns cancer serious.
23.
SLAVI (CONT’D)
The fuck you think you are? Come
in here and offer money for my
girl. Four thousand. Why not
forty thousand? Four hundred
thousand? You fucking Americans
think you can come into my place of
business and buy whatever you
want!? You think you set the
price? Fucking beautiful Russian
girl... You fucking insult me.
All eyes boring in on McCall.
Slavi bursts out laughing.
An eternity of SILENCE.
SLAVI (CONT’D)
Look... he almost wet his pants!
I’m fucking with you, man. You got
big balls coming here. I like
that. Okay. Be Mr. White Knight.
The fuck do I care.
Slavi holds out his hand...
SLAVI (CONT’D)
Four thousand eight hundred for the
pussy....
McCall takes it.
SLAVI (CONT’D)
A month.
McCall goes to pull away but Slavi tightens his grip.
SLAVI (CONT’D)
You think one-time payment?
pussy like that?
For
Lets go of McCall’s hand.
SLAVI (CONT’D)
Go home and jerk off four thousand
eight hundred times. Then come
back. She be used up then and I
sell her to you.
McCall realizes that’s it.
Turns towards the door.
Then
24.
Slavi nods to one of the Muscle who grabs a six-inch blade
from a table and shoves it up his sleeve. Moves behind
McCall as McCall reaches for the door knob.
Only McCall does something unexpected...
HE LOCKS IT.
MCCALL’S EYE
Turns. Half-lidded. Dull. Like a alligator.
THE PUPIL AS IT DILATES. In it WE SEE...
WE PUSH INTO
THE ROOM
As McCall sees it.
animal...
With the detachment of a predatory
A series of frozen pictures flashing through McCall’s head mind calculating and evaluating a thousand details in a
millisecond ...
PARTS OF THE ROOM FADE AWAY. THE UNIMPORTANT PARTS TO
MCCALL. Walls, doors, furniture, faces...
Leaving only what’s necessary to him: The glass edge of a
shelf. The DRAGON TATTOO covering the CAROTID on the s man’s
neck, the handle of a KNIFE in the man’s waistband... the
throbbing heartbeat in the center of the second MAN’S
CHEST...
The SHOT GLASS on the edge of a table... The
third man’s eye and the outline of a gun under his coat...
And the fork.
Weapons and targets disconnected from any sense of humanity.
The eye measuring the distance between the objects and the
time it will take him to kill everyone in the room.
This has all happened...
IN THE BLINK OF...
McCall’s eye.
MOUTH mumbling - almost inaudibly...
25.
MCCALL
Forty-five seconds...
MCCALL’S HAND
Moves to his watch...
PUSHES a button...
CLICK...
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Defies explanation. There is no form or elegance to it.
It’s not graceful or flashy. Just brutal and beautiful at
the same time.
McCall snapping the glass shelf in two... the jagged edge
hisses through the first man’s neck - slaying the dragon - an
opera of blood enters the air...
McCall already across the room.
the heart of the second man...
Planting the fork deep into
The OTHERS halfway to their feet when McCall scoops the Gold
shot glass from the table, ramming it into the eye socket of
the third man, driving it deep enough to enter the man’s
brain...
Man quivering like a frog in a science
experiment...
Slavi’s hand coming out of the desk drawer with a .45...
McCall already pulling the trigger of the gun inside eyesocket’s pocket...
Blowing Slavi’s hand off at the wrist... hand and gun
twisting into the air like a dead bird...
McCall catching the head of the fourth man. Using his weight
and leverage to snap the neck with a nauseating crunching
sound...
McCall steps back...
As THE MEN fall around him.
Heartbeats, the rush of blood, the sigh of breath...
cease.
The room now ungodly quiet.
all
26.
McCall back to earth as gently as an autumn leaf...
CLICK
Hits the button on his watch.
49 seconds.
McCall looks disappointed...
SLAVI
Gasping for breath. Hyperventilating. Handless arm
aspirating blood into the carpet. Good hand fumbling with
his Cell Phone...
McCall crouches beside him. Takes Slavi’s Cell from his
hand. Voice quiet and devoid of smugness.
MCCALL
Your heart’s beating three times
its normal rate, trying to keep
your blood pressure up. That’s why
you’re having trouble breathing.
But you’re losing too much blood.
In 30 seconds your heart will give
up and go into cardiac arrest.
Your body’ll shut down and you’ll
slowly suffocate. It’s going to
suck to be you.
(beat)
So I need you to concentrate and
listen to me...
Slavi’s eyes find McCall.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
I want you to think about the girl.
The one you beat and raped. I want
you to know her life is going to go
on while yours is going to end on
this filthy carpet with no one
giving a shit. I also want you to
understand that you died over fortyeight hundred dollars. If you had
taken it everything would have been
different. I gave you an out but
you didn’t take it.
Guys like you
never do.
Slavi’s eyes register the last words before they go blank.
27.
MCCALL’S HANDS
Under a running faucet.
water...
Trickles of blood mixing with the
MCCALL’S KITCHEN - LATER
Dark. Silent. McCall at the sink. Cleaning his hands.
Looking up at his reflection in the window. Studies it like
it was some other person.
ALARM CLOCK
Hitting 5:30 AM.
BATHROOM
Empty.
Mirror still steamed.
KITCHEN - MORNING
Blender drying in the sink...
INT. HOME DEPOT, BREAK ROOM - DAY
McCall at his table. Eating his mixture when Ralphie plops
down across from him. Removes his lunch. Including a can of
Pringles.
McCall staring at them.
MCCALL
Test is tomorrow. You don’t want
to be eating that salty sh--RALPHIE
They’re for you.
(off McCall’s look)
Open it.
McCall does. Nothing inside except a piece of paper with the
number “210” written on it. McCall looks up.
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
What I weighed this morning. Down
9 pounds. I made the weight.
28.
McCall grins.
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
Gonna ace that test tomorrow, Mr.
McCall. Thanks to you.
They knock knuckles.
McCall’s knuckles.
Ralphie notices the broken skin on
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
What happened?
MCCALL
I hit it on something stupid.
INT. SUBWAY - NIGHT
McCall with the other commuters at the end of another long
day.
INT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
McCall eating at the kitchen table.
small TV.
Watching the NEWS on his
On Screen: A REPORTER outside the After Hours Club, crime
scene tape strung across the sidewalk behind her.
REPORTER
... in what Police are calling the
beginning of a mob war between
rival Russian factions.
MCCALL’S ALARMCLOCK
Reads 2:29 AM.
CAMERA PULLS BACK to REVEAL...
McCall SOUND ASLEEP.
INT. AFTER HOURS CLUB, UPSTAIRS OFFICE - SAME TIME
The scene of McCall’s decimation now empty and dark.
gone but walls and floor like a Pollack canvass.
Bodies
THREE SHADOWY MEN IN SUITS stand center room. No one saying
anything for the longest time. Can’t see their faces.
29.
But their movements are those of men of power.
not knowing...
Not used to
VOICE 1
No forced entry. No defensive
wounds. Not one of them got their
pieces out.
Another long silence.
A FOURTH MAN walks in.
FOURTH MAN’S VOICE
Security cameras in the restaurant
worked fine. Till 8:02. Then they
mysteriously go down for 8 minutes.
8:10 they’re back on and these guys
are dead.
ALL are silent.
All eyes go to one man in particular.
VOICE 1
What do you want to do?
HOME DEPOT - MCCALL
Rolling a dolly of FIXTURES out to a Contractor’s Truck.
Just another orange vest...
BREAK ROOM
McCall sitting at his table. Meal finished. No Ralphie.
Looks up at the clock as one of the Fork Lift Driver’s walks
past...
MCCALL
Gordy. You see Ralphie? He’s
taking that Security Guard test
after work.
GORDY
Supervisor said he called in and
quit.
MCCALL
Quit?
GORDY
Quit. No notice.
(starts off)
(MORE)
30.
GORDY (CONT'D)
Kids don’t know shit about
responsibility.
EXT. FLATBUSH AVENUE - DUSK
A block of small family-owned places. Bodegas and
restaurants manned by people who came here to get their piece
of the dream.
McCall coming down the block checking addresses. Stops across
from...
EXT. EL TAPITO MEXICAN RESTAURANT - DUSK
Small place rammed mid-block.
LIGHTS are off.
Door’s open, but the SIGN
INT. EL TAPITO RESTAURANT
A few mismatched tables and a take-out counter.
A wall in the dining area is blackened and charred from fire.
A couple booths ruined by water damage. Two YOUNG MEN and AN
OLDER WOMAN are working to clean up the mess.
Ralphie walks out of the back room and sees McCall standing
in the doorway. Face lighting up.
RALPHIE
Mr. McCall!
Ralphie.
worried.
MCCALL
Heard you quit.
I was
RALPHIE
My mom had a little accident here.
Gonna have to help around here now.
Turns to the older woman and tenderly motions her over.
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
Mama...esto es mi amigo, del
trabajo, el Sr. McCall. El que me
ha estado ayudando.
(beat)
This is my mother Marta. Those are
my brothers Rico and Manny.
31.
McCall looks around. SEES the love and hard work put into
the place. Notices holes punched in the ceiling.
MCCALL
No one was hurt I hope.
No.
EXT.
RALPHIE
Happened after hours.
BACK ALLEY
McCall walks with Ralphie to the a dumpster where he tosses
some ruined floorboards.
RALPHIE
Probably a faulty wire or
something.
MCCALL
Wasn’t any wire.
Ralphie turns.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Point of origin was middle of the
room. Aren’t any outlets there.
Vent holes were punched in the
ceiling.
(beat)
What happened, Ralphie?
Ralphie gives McCall a look that could break your heart.
Empties the can then turns to McCall.
RALPHIE
Lot of the people in this
neighborhood are new to this
country. They don’t have much
except their businesses. We’re
easy targets. So men come in and
say, for so much money every month,
they’ll look out for us. Make sure
nothing happens. So you pay. When
business gets better, it goes up.
When business is slow you still
pay. You don’t...
Ralphie is quiet a moment, the vestiges of defeat, loss and
resignation passing over this gentle man’s face.
32.
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
They gave my Mama a week to make it
up. We’re gonna open for
breakfast. See if we can make
enough extra. Me and my brothers
are gonna do the morning shift so
my mother can rest.
An odd mixture of compassion and steeliness on McCall’s face.
Nods his understanding that life sometimes sucks. Ralphie
starts back inside.
MCCALL
Why don’t you call the police?
Ralphie turns back.
Looks at McCall with confusion.
RALPHIE
They are the police.
EXT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT BUILDING - AFTERNOON
A bright and peaceful Sunday. McCall approaching his
Building with grocery bags in both hands. Puts them down to
get his keys out...
VOICE (OS)
Hey!
McCall turns to SEE...
TERI
Fresh-faced, no make-up. Walking up healed and hopeful
despite the faint bruises and bandage that circles her neck.
McCall looks at her with surprise.
brighter than the sun.
Teri breaks into a smile
TERI
Remembered you lived on this block.
Been swinging by the last few days
hoping to catch you.
McCall drinks in the change.
TERI (CONT’D)
Pretty different, huh.
33.
MCCALL
Night and day.
TERI
Mandy told me you came to the
hospital. That was nice. Not many
people cared.
McCall simply nods.
MCCALL
Well you look great.
TERI
I’m pretty much all better. Last
stitches come out next week. Other
than that...
Teri remembers something. Reaches in her purse and pulls out
a battered copy of “The Razor’s Edge.”
TERI (CONT’D)
Ever read it?
MCCALL
No.
TERI
Got it at a used book store. Guy
there recommended it. I’m reading
now. You believe that?
(beat)
Got a real job with real people
hours. Going to open Mic Nights at
a few clubs. So I won’t be coming
back to the diner.
(beat)
A new start I guess.
MCCALL
It suits you.
Pause.
TERI
Someone once told me you can be
whoever you wanted to be.
MCCALL
Life will surprise you sometimes.
34.
Teri smiles.
Holds out her hand.
TERI
I’ll miss the stories.
MCCALL
You have your own now.
McCall reaches out and the two shake.
go. Childlike eyes watering a bit.
Only Teri doesn’t let
TERI
Thank you.
MCCALL
For?
And there’s a moment where we understand - she knows. Not
because of any proof or certainty. She just knows... Raises
onto her toes, gives McCall a peck on the cheek.
TERI
For everything.
Then she’s off.
MCCALL
Motionless. Watching her cross the street bright as a comet.
Whole life ahead of her.
When she disappears only then does McCall move.
Face reflecting a strange sense of peace.
one less person in the world is hurting.
Eyes understanding
THAT HE DID THAT.
Picks up his bags and heads into his building. Finally
getting it. Finally understanding who he is...
INT. EL TAPITO MEXICAN RESTAURANT - NIGHT
Plastic bags cover the holes in the ceiling. A thin coat of
paint barely masks the burnt wall. SEVERAL FAMILIES dining.
But the room is subdued.
35.
Then we see why: NYPD DETECTIVES, HARRIS and GILLY occupy the
only booth. Large, red-faced men with predatory intent.
Meals finished they slide out of the booth and stroll to the
register where Ralphie’s mother waits.
Gilly takes a tooth pick. Ralphie’s dispirited mother
removes an envelope from her apron and slides it across he
counter. Harris takes it.
HARRIS
Beans were a little watery.
EXT. EL TAPITO MEXICAN RESTAURANT - NIGHT
The street is empty, traffic light this time of night.
Harris and Gilly walk to their car. About to get in when...
VOICE (OS)
Officers...
Both men look up.
storefront.
McCall stands against an iron gated
MCCALL
I’d like to report a crime.
The Cops in no mood...
GILLY
Call 9-1-1 pal.
INT. IMPALA
Harris behind the wheel. Flips the visor up and cranks the
engine. Gilly’s CELL PHONE RINGS. Flips it open.
MCCALL (OS)
Why call 911 and unduly tax city
services when I have two corrupt
cops right in front of me?
Harris looks out the window.
HIS cell.
SEES McCall talking to him from
EXT. STREET
Cops exit the vehicle and approach McCall.
36.
GILLY
Where’d you get that number.
MCCALL
Wasn’t hard.
(beat)
Either was getting this.
Holds up the CELL PHONE so they can see the screen. A VIDEO
PLAYS. From a hidden angle. Gilly and Harris in some
BODEGA...
HARRIS (OS)
(on screen)
Don’t fuck with us.
Ask the lady
down the street. One that had the
fire last week. Could happen to
you. With your whole fucking
family in it. You pay like
everybody else.
The last IMAGE is Harris taking cash from the Proprietor.
McCall closes the phone.
MCCALL
When a person obtains money,
property or services from a person,
entity, or institution through
coercion it becomes a criminal offHarris’ nickle-plated .38 is against McCall’s temple before
McCall can finish. Gilly grabs the Phone from McCall. Pats
him down.
Gilly shoves McCall against the gate.
GILLY
Copies?
MCCALL
That’s the only one.
Harris and Gilly exchange looks.
psycho is this?
What kind of a fucking
HARRIS
You must have a death wish then.
Gilly spins McCall around, pressing his face against the
wall.
37.
HARRIS (CONT’D)
What the fuck you want? Other than
to be a corpse.
MCCALL
I’d to return the money you took
from those people. All of it. To
everyone.
HARRIS
Why would we do that?
McCall looks tired.
shit.
The weariness of seeing too much of this
MCCALL
Two reasons. Because I’m asking
nicely. And it would be in the
best interests of everyone
involved.
HARRIS
Maybe our best interests are to tie
a cinder block around your waist
and throw you into the east River.
Gilly takes out his handcuffs.
wrist...
Gets one around McCall’s
And suddenly...
He’s not there.
Somehow now behind Gilly. Ramming his face into the brick
wall. Nose hitting first. SOUND of shattering cartilage
nauseating.
Harris spins and pulls the trigger. Only to realize McCall’s
thumb is already between the hammer and chamber.
McCall slamming Harris hard enough with his own .38 that
knocks him to his knees. Delivers several compact blows to
Harris and rips the gun out of Harris’ hand.
Uses it to
whack Gilly across the head. Gilly tumbling like a sack of
cement.
Both cops down in heaps. Bleeding and dazed. McCall
crouches down on their level. Adds Gilly’s revolver to his
collection.
38.
The next words come from deep inside McCall.
MCCALL
You’re supposed to stand for
something. Uphold the law. Serve
and protect. Justice for all.
Somewhere those words lost meaning
and you became everything, you used
to detest.
McCall rises. Like a machine ejects the clips from both
guns. Empties the chambers, pockets the clips and tosses the
guns into the cops’ laps.
Battered faces look up at him.
HARRIS
Who the fuck are you?
MCCALL
The guy you didn’t count on.
INT. TAXI - MOVING
McCall staring out the window as the STREETS and the LIFE in
them whiz by...
MCCALL (OS)
By noon tomorrow you’ll have
returned the money you've taken.
You’ll tell those people it will
never happen again. Do that and
this video will never be seen. INT. MCCALL’S BATHROOM
McCall, ghost-like through the STEAM in the SHOWER.
sorts of feelings pulsating through him...
MCCALL (OS)
Don't and an hour later you’ll
watch the uncut version of
yourselves on every news outlet in
the Tri-State area.
All
39.
EXT. STREET - HARRIS AND GILLY
Pulling their bruised bodies out of their Impala.
towards EL TAPITO...
Walking
MCCALL (0S)
There’s nothing you can do to
prevent any of this. So don’t
waste your time...
(beat)
I’m not like anyone you’ve dealt
with.
INT. EL TAPITO
Ralphie’s mother taking the brown paper bag and looking into
it.
MCCALL (OS)
I’m offering you a second chance.
You should take it.
Shock, disbelief and joy roll across her face as she sees the
money and listens as Gilly explains their change of heart.
INT. HOME DEPOT - DAY
McCall stocking a pallet of Garden Hoses.
Looks up as
Ralphie walks by, Orange Vest and work gloves on, huge smile
on his face...
EXT. SOFTBALL FIELD - SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Dirt diamond at one end of a LARGE PARK.
Softball game between Home Depot and IKEA.
CLERKS sporting two-toned T-shirts.
Out-of-shape
McCall out in left field.
WHACK! The ball is smoked to left. Sailing over McCall’s
head who turns and takes off after it... Three steps in he
pulls up, grabbing his hamstring. Watches the ball fall...
Into the glove Young Dude 1 who comes out of nowhere like a
blur.
40.
YOUNG DUDE 1
Hope you’re eligible for Medicaid,
Mr. Pip.
McCall smiles.
Starts in...
Then stops.
RALPHIE
Standing near the Home Depot bench.
SECURITY GUARD UNIFORM...
Resplendent in his blue
INT. MCCALL'S APARTMENT- NIGHT
McCall exits the bedroom. Stops at the bookcase and slides
book number 93 off the shelf. "A Bend in the River" by V. S.
Naipaul.
Grabs his keys from the Foyer table and opens the front
door...
THE LARGE MAN FILLS THE DOOR FRAME
Grey suit, shirt and tie.
Frozen in mid-knock.
TEDDY
Mr. McCall.
Voice soft and face with a charming, almost ever-constant
smile.
This is TEDDY COLEMAN. Forties, with ceramic black eyes.
Body language like a walking credential. His whole being
vibrates... wrong.
TEDDY (CONT’D)
Sorry to bother you. I’m
investigating a homicide that
occurred in Brighton Beach ‘bout 10
days ago.
McCall’s face gives nothing away.
TEDDY (CONT’D)
Five guys dead. Russian joint.
MCCALL
Saw it on the news.
that night.
I was there
41.
TEDDY
You were?
McCall smiles.
MCCALL
You wouldn’t be here if I weren’t.
Teddy laughs.
TEDDY
Got me there.
(beat)
Just checking to see if any of the
patrons remembered anything
suspicious.
MCCALL
Actually I did.
TEDDY
You did?
MCCALL
My waiter.
TEDDY
Your waiter?
MCCALL
Would disappear for long stretches
at a time.
Teddy laughs.
TEDDY
That accounts for the poor Zagat
rating.
(beat)
So nothing unusual.
MCCALL
None that I recall.
TEDDY
Okay then.
About to go.
Stops...
42.
TEDDY (CONT’D)
Can I ask why you dined at that
particular restaurant?
MCCALL
Felt like some Pirozhki.
TEDDY
Pirozhki. That’s the little pie
with the onions, meat stuffed
inside.
Sounds good right about
now. Haven’t had dinner yet.
(good natured smile.
Then...)
I ask because there’s 7 authentic
Russian restaurants within walking
distance of your apartment. I
assume they all serve Pirozhkis?
A jolt of electricity hits the air.
McCall’s face. Remains neutral.
MCCALL
I was meeting a friend.
it.
You couldn’t tell it by
She picked
TEDDY
Guess I should talk to...
MCCALL
Shelly. But she won’t be any help.
She never made it. Her daughter
had a fever.
Teddy studying the average looking McCall.
sense.
Well.
then.
Pieces not making
TEDDY
Thank you for your time
MCCALL
Don’t you want to give me your
card?
In case I remember anything
later?
Teddy pats his pockets.
TEDDY
Must’ve given them all out.
43.
Teddy starts for the stairs...
MCCALL
How did you find me?
Teddy stops.
TEDDY
Excuse me?
MCCALL
Paid cash for my meal. Didn’t have
a reservation. Wondered how you
found me.
Teddy’s eyes suddenly laser sharp.
TEDDY
That’s what we do, Mr. McCall.
Find people we need to find.
McCall smiles.
MCCALL
Hope you get who you’re looking
for.
Teddy disappearing down the stairs...
TEDDY
I always do.
INT. SUBURBAN
Idling curb side. Exhaust swirling into the air obliterating
outside commotion.
Teddy slides into the back seat. MASTERS turns. Teddy Jr.
with matching haircut and morals but none of Teddy’s street
smarts.
MASTERS
Anything?
Waits as Teddy replays the strange conversation in his head.
Realizes he’s not going to answer. Throws the vehicle into
drive.
44.
MCCALL - FROM HIS WINDOW
Watches the Suburban slip into traffic...
EXT. HOME DEPOT - MORNING
DAY LABORERS mill by the entrance to the PARKING LOT.
Young
Dudes wheeling out LAWN FURNITURE and GAS GRILLS as the store
opens its doors...
INT. HOME DEPOT - HR OFFICE - DAY
LINDA PALISKI, the pleasant and mildly plump HUMAN RESOURCES
GIRL at her desk. Looks up to SEE McCall in her doorway
eating a Bagel.
MCCALL
You get a Bagel?
LINDA
Bagel?
MCCALL
Hit the lotto last night. 36
dollars. Couldn’t retire on that
so figured I’d treat everyone to
Montague Street Bagels.
LINDA
Blueberry?
MCCALL
Better hurry.
McCall watches her go.
computer...
Slips inside.
Drops behind her desk
ANOTHER COMPUTER - SOMEPLACE ELSE
ROBERT MCCALL being typed into the search box...
Teddy waits a second for the results. The LARGE ROOM he’s in
suggests HIGH TECH EQUIPMENT of an enormous capacity...
45.
MCCALL
Small room and tiny computer. EMPLOYEE FILE on screen.
HIGHLIGHTS his SOCIAL and changes it. Moves to his BIRTH
DATE...
TEDDY
Downloads McCall’s HOME DEPOT FILE and hits PRINT.
spitting into the tray...
Paper
EXT. HOME DEPOT - DUSK
EMPLOYEES leaving for the night.
McCall one of them.
Bumping knuckles with Ralphie in his powder blue uniform...
We’re WATCHING THIS FROM...
INSIDE A SUBURBAN
Masters, Teddy’s main guy watches McCall disappear down into
the Subway. Engine running, Bluetooth connected...
MASTERS
He’s what the file says. Home
Depot employee. Keeps to himself,
no connections to anything we’re
looking for.
Frustrated silence.
TEDDY (OS)
Bring it in.
INT. DUANE REED - NIGHT
McCall loads his basket with TRAVEL SIZE mouthwash,
toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
INT. KINKO’S - NIGHT
McCall in the PC Section. Cutting, pasting then typing
something on the Computer screen.
46.
EXT. JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - DAY
A PRIVATE 747 sits wheels down and motionless at the end of
Runway 13L. Far from the terminal buildings.
TSA VEHICLE crossing the TARMAC and pulling up next to the
jumbo jet.
Teddy Coleman is let out.
Climbs the steps to the plane.
INT. 747 - DAY
Stripped of everything.
been removed.
ALL overhead bins and seats have
Just a painted, thickly carpeted cavernous shell contains
nothing but four ZERO GRAVITY CHAIRS where business class
would be, an aft SLEEPING SUITE and TWO COUCHES on either
side of a CONFERENCE TABLE.
Just outside the COCKPIT a handsome teak dining table.
which sits...
At
VLADIMIR PUSHKIN
Small elegant man of 33.
Quietly eating dinner.
Teddy gets halfway to him when A LARGE SECURITY TYPE steps in
his way. Directs him to the conference table.
IVANN GULYAYEVA motions Teddy to sit opposite him.
“Advisor” clears the paper work in front of him.
Looks at Teddy for several seconds.
appears unnerved.
Pushkin’s
For the first time Teddy
IVANN
Slavi Sokolov was a very valuable
part of our east coast, USA
enterprise. Mr. Pushkin is
extremely upset at his demise.
Teddy’s eyes move over Ivann’s shoulder onto Pushkin.
man eats. Never looking up.
IVANN (CONT’D)
Eleven months ago you convinced Mr.
Pushkin you and your team could
offer unparalleled security and
um...
(MORE)
The
47.
IVANN (CONT’D)
problem solving for our operation
here.
(beat)
We’ve paid you a lot of money to
shield our interests.
(beat)
But this happens.
And now Mr.
Pushkin doesn’t know what to think.
Teddy looks back to Ivann. Ivann lets the words hang there.
If waiting were a martial art this guy would be a grand
master.
Finally...
IVANN (CONT’D)
A man of your stature and means has
neither identified or apprehended
the people responsible. It sets a
bad precedent.
Pushkin still hasn’t looked up from his meal.
wasn’t there.
As if Teddy
IVANN (CONT’D)
Mr. Pushkin wants the perpetrators
punished. With extreme prejudice.
A clear message sent.
(beat)
Otherwise...
Teddy feels a chill run down his spine. Looks over and SEES
Pushkin staring at him. Eyes milky white and dead.
Pushkin may be blind but his eyes speak with impossible
clarity...
Fix this or I’m looking at a dead man...
INT. TACTICAL ROOM - LATER
Teddy and his THREE GUYS sitting in the glow of a DOZEN
plasma screens. Frustrated looks all around.
TEDDY
Three, four guys walk into a room,
I don’t care you know ‘em or not,
you prepare. These were hard core
killers.
(MORE)
48.
TEDDY (CONT'D)
Not one of them gets their pieces
out. No defensive wounds either.
Teddy reads over the Police Report for the umpteenth time.
Go back.
MASTERS
What’s the motive here.
PEDERSON
Payback for the Vlastok hit...
Teddy doesn’t look up.
TEDDY
Bunch of clowns. Company Intel had
that group back in Moscow before
her body hit the incinerator.
Guy with the Buddy Holly glasses swivels his chair around.
BUDDY
Slavi handled Pushkin’s east coast
trade.
MASTERS
Except no one would so much as
sneeze in Slavi’s direction because
of our... involvement.
Teddy drops the report.
TEDDY
We’re looking at this wrong. We
keep figuring a group. Looking at
the patrons downstairs as some sort
of look-out for the killing team.
(beat)
What if one of them WAS the killer.
All eyes move to Teddy.
TEDDY (CONT’D)
What if it was one guy.
MCCALL
In his KITCHEN pasting the newly printed Prescription labels
on the Duane Reed bottles...
49.
MCCALL’S LAPTOP
Open on a TRAVEL SITE. McCall punches in his Pre-Paid Visa
card number and hits PURCHASE. Confirmation for his businessclass plane ticket to Cartagena, Columbia appears...
INT. HOME DEPOT - DAY
McCall in the hardware aisle with a frustrated HOMEOWNER.
Guy has a Home Depot bag open and is holding a Kwikset DOOR
KNOB and DEAD BOLT package.
HOMEOWNER
... I mean, what does it say right
there?
MCCALL
Universal.
HOMEOWNER
Meaning it’ll fit any existing
door...
MCCALL
In the Universe.
HOMEOWNER
Only it didn’t fit in my door.
MCCALL
You sure your door is from this
Galaxy?
The guy looks at McCall.
McCall smiles.
Both LAUGH.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Lets get you your money back.
HOME DEPOT, FRONT OF STORE - DAY
McCall walks up front to the REGISTER AREA.
are not moving.
C’mon.
Sees the LINES
MCCALL
I’ll get you out of here.
McCall walks him over to JENNY. Older and heavy set,
checking out a customer on Aisle 1.
50.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Jenny?
Can you do a quick card
refund for this gentleman? He’s in
a hurry.
Jenny doesn’t move.
Head and eyes down...
McCall looks to the customer and SEES he’s WEARING A
TRANSLUCENT PLASTIC MASK giving his face doll-like features.
Hand in the pocket of his Hoodie griping the butt of a Raven
.25
MASKED THIEF
Tell the bitch to move it, old man.
MCCALL
Lowers his eyes and speaks quietly.
MCCALL
She’s scared. I’ll get it.
(beat)
Excuse me, Jenny.
Gently steps in front of her. Opens the cash register, hands
the cash to Masked Thief. Thief about to leave when he eyes
the RING on Jenny’s hand.
MASKED THIEF
The ring.
Jenny puts her hand over the SMALL DIAMOND RING on her right
ring finger.
No.
JENNY
Please. It was my mother’s...
Masked Thief pulls his weapon and cocks the hammer.
bursting into quiet tears.
Frantically tugging at the ring.
Jenny
It’s on too tight.
McCall calmly takes her hand. Holds it to her cheek. Tears
pool around the ring and with one twist McCall slips it off
her hand.
Hands it to Masked Thief.
51.
MCCALL LOOKING AT HIM
Like he did the Russians: The series of snapshots flashing
through in head: Gun - make and model.
Mask - Price
sticker with store name. Tat - peeking out of the kid’s
sleeve.
Car Key - hanging from his belt.
BACK TO REAL TIME
McCall hasn’t moved. Stark still as the Thief backs out of
the store. McCall’s eyes saying what his mouth doesn’t...
Shouldn’t have done that...
INT. HOME DEPOT - CAFETERIA - LATER
POLICE finishing up. McCall signs his statement. Gives
Jenny a pat and walks over to a despondent Ralphie.
MCCALL
Hey. Nothing you could do. Police
just said the guy’s done four like
this. Shot a Security Guard over
in Bensonhurst a month ago. It’s
just money...
HARDWARE AISLE
McCall passes the TOOL SECTION and a rack of sledgehammers.
INT. HOME DEPOT - LOADING DOCK - NEXT MORNING
Jenny punching in. Hand shaking. Bandage on her face. McCall
punches in behind her.
MCCALL
Feeling okay?
JENNY
Still a little freaked out.
MCCALL
Need anything, I got your back.
McCall walks off and WE STAY WITH Jenny.
52.
Through the store with her cash drawer. To her register.
Keys it open. About to slip her drawer in when she looks
down in astonishment.
Her mother’s diamond ring laying in the tray.
IN ANOTHER AISLE
McCall walking through the TOOL SECTION.
sledgehammers. One missing...
Past the
A GRAINY PICTURE OF MCCALL
From the SECURITY CAMERA in the Russian Restaurant.
damning until WE PULL BACK AND SEE...
Hardly
MANDY - INSIDE HER ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT
Teri’s friend from the hospital, holding the photograph.
Surrounded by Teddy and his men...
MANDY
That’s him. He came to the
hospital to see Teri.
The Men exchange looks.
Teddy takes the Photo from Mandy. Pats her shoulder as
Masters drops the clear plastic bag over her head.
Mandy kicks out wildly as the Large Man holds the bag tight.
The girl not going quietly. So Teddy jams his knife into her
carotid. Bag splattering with blood...
EXT. DINER - NIGHT
The wall of windows that fronts the diner cast a dull orange
glow on rain slicked street.
Inside McCall’s at his table. Doorman at the counter reading
his newspaper. Counterman is behind the counter, changing
out coffee filters.
Still life by Edward Hopper.
53.
The rain has the street outside quiet.
A CON ED WORKER,
exhausted from his shift walks up to the diner, hard hat,
lunch bucket.
INT. DINER - NIGHT
The Con Ed Guy grabs the table near the window.
CON ED GUY
Coffee.
Counterman pours a cup and carries it out to the guy.
CON ED GUY (CONT’D)
Egg sandwich, on a roll. With
cheese.
Counterman back into the kitchen.
checks the scores.
McCall reading.
Doorman
Quiet.
Con Ed guy stirs cream into his cup.
clinking of the spoon.
The CRINKLE of PAPER.
leaves.
The only SOUND is the
Doorman folds his Daily News and
Quiet.
Con Ed guy sips his coffee.
Yawns.
Long day.
McCall pours more hot water over his tea bag. Looks around
for something.
Then across the room to Con Ed Guy’s table
and finds it.
Bowl of sugar packets.
Walks over.
MCCALL
Can I grab a sugar?
Con Ed guy slides the bowl towards McCall. About to go back
to his coffee when his eyes catch sight of McCall’s table.
On it a bowl full of sugar packets.
Looks up JUST AS MCCALL THROWS THE STEAMING CUP OF COFFEE IN
HIS FACE..
54.
Con Ed Guy’s SCREAM is cut off as McCall’s hand cracks the
man’s windpipe.
Con Ed Guy drops off his chair - Mac-10 Machine Pistol under
his coat clatters to the floor.
McCall looks towards the street...
JUST AS THE WINDOWS EXPLODE IN A SHOWER OF GLASS
As automatic weapon fire strafing the interior.
McCall bellies to the floor.
shields...
Arms pulling down tables as
Grabbing a table knife and JAMMING IT INTO A WALL OUTLET...
A FLASH and the ELECTRICITY SHORTS OUT.
into darkness.
Everything plunged
Except for the LASER TRACERS that dot the room followed by
bullets that destroy EVERYTHING...
.30 caliber shells SHREDDING WALLS, FURNITURE, GLASSWARE...
every possible square inch of space.
REAR OF THE DINER
Counterman stumbles from the back confused...
BULLETS dance across the COUNTER ripping up the Formica...
About to cut Counterman to shreds WHEN...
McCall tackles Counterman to the floor just as...
The deadly fusillade of metal SPRAYS OVER THEM.
McCall laying his body over Counterman UNTIL...
The shooting stops...
Silence.
Far off a CAR ALARM BLARES.
Somewhere a BABY CRIES...
The last piece of glass drops with a gentle ping.
55.
EXT. DINER - NIGHT
FIVE LARGE MEN DRESSED IN BLACK. Suppressed HK 416’s with
Holographic Scopes and Thermal-mounted Screens... LASER
SIGHTS dancing across every surface.
Team Leader looks to 3, 4 and 5 and gestures them to the back
alley...
Team Leader and his COHORT step into the Diner like
shadows...
EXT. STREET
BLACK VAN idling a half a block down from the Diner...
INSIDE THE VAN
TWO ARMED KILLERS sit in the front seat listening in on the
RADIO COMMUNICATION.
IN THE BACK GPS satellite FEEDS, MONITORS with VIDEO IMAGES
of the DINER and the surrounding streets...
Teddy and his Three Men watch intently.
RADIO MIKE...
Teddy leans into the
TEDDY
I’m waiting for the fucking
confirmation!
FRONT OF DINER
Leader and Cohort sweep the room. Nothing but the barely
breathing Con Ed Guy. Moving around the counter towards the
back...
INT. DINER, BACK ROOM - NIGHT
McCall drags Counterman and shoves him under a counter.
BACK ALLEY
3, 4 and 5 converge on the Diner’s FIRE EXIT DOOR.
56.
INT. STORAGE ROOM
McCall steps around BOXES of CANNED GOODS and reaches for
Fire Door EXIT...
BACK ALLEY
3, 4 and 5 on either side of the door.
Guns raised...
Eyes riveted to the HANDLE...
SOUND OF METAL ON BRICK...
5 looks up...
AIR CONDITIONING UNIT falling out of the wall and crushing
his skull...
3 and 4 distracted JUST ENOUGH for...
THE BACK DOOR
To EXPLODE OPEN - McCall like the blade of a scythe. Grabs 3
before he can raise his weapon. Using his BODY as a shield
as 4 fires...
Bullets hitting 3 center mass.
HOLES across 4’s chest.
3’s GUN going off and blowing
THE BACK ALLEY
Team Leader and COHORT stepping out to find the bodies and NO
MCCALL. Stares down the inky blackness of the Alley...
Leader flicks the switch on his weapon-mounted SCREEN.
ON THE SCREEN
THERMAL IMAGES sweeping across the darkness...
Electrical boxes on the sides of buildings, power lines above
GLOW RED AND ORANGE... ANYTHING radiating HEAT above 72
degrees appears.
Further down the Alley... HEAT running along the brick and
cement walls DANCE ACROSS THE SCREEN like spider veins.
57.
COHORT’S POV
Green tinged Night Vision.
narrowing.
Trash and rats...
The alley
No place to hide...
TEAM LEADER
Movements precise and efficient.
Then...
Screen showing a BLIP.
HEAT IMAGE of a WARM BODY on the other side of a DUMPSTER.
ALLEY
Leader positions for a clear shot.
second he PULLS THE TRIGGER...
HEARS the HISSING the
Hollow Points blowing through the metal Dumpster.
stone wall. Sparking and...
Hitting
Igniting the BROKEN GAS LINE...
WHOOSH!
Knife-like WALL OF FLAME pierces the dark alley...
THROUGH NIGHT VISION GOGGLES
FIREBALL blinding them...
TEAM LEADER AND COHORT
Ripping off goggles...
McCall COMING FROM BEHIND THE FIRE...
tendons snapping. Bodies collapsing
WHAM!
Throats, arms,
McCall not having broken stride as they fall...
AS...
STREET VAN DOORS SLIDE OPEN
LAST TWO ASSASSINS jumping out...
Keeps moving
58.
VAN ASSASSINS
Hitting the Alley on a dead run.
around the final corner...
Seeing McCall disappear
Getting to the...
END OF THE ALLEY
Open GRATING leading under the street open and still
rattling...
ASSASSINS clear the opening and quickly lower themselves
THROUGH THE OPENING.
DROPPING
Into COMPLETE DARKNESS below.
Too inky to see anything
except the GLOW of their LASER SIGHTS...
They stop and LISTEN for McCall.
Tasting blood...
They HEAR the RUMBLE a SPLIT SECOND BEFORE...
The BRIGHT LIGHT HITS THEM
WHAM!
SUBWAY CAR KILLING THEM INSTANTLY AS IT ROARS BY...
HOLD A BEAT after it's gone...
MCCALL
Steps out from a recessed DOORWAY IN THE SUBWAY TUNNEL.
Turns and heads down the tunnel like a Ghost...
INT. DINER - SAME TIME
Teddy and his Men in the middle of what’s left of the place.
The SOUND of shoes on glass as they walk...
MASTERS
Who the fuck is this guy?
Teddy carefully surveys the carnage.
59.
TEDDY
When I was at Coronado there were
stories about a disavowed team
operating out of Bahrain. Reeked
havoc on networks and cells in the
area. Six guys with skills so off
the charts it seemed like a joke.
Until I met them. Then I got it.
These were guys with particular
expertise.
(beat)
They mentioned there used to be a
seventh. I think we just met him.
The gravity sinking in as POLICE SIRENS grow LOUDER and
coming from ALL DIRECTIONS...
MASTERS
How do you want to play this?
Teddy stepping over to Con Ed Guy.
Picks up the Mac-10.
TEDDY
Bunch of Russians shooting each
other over weapons, drugs...
Classified investigation, need to
know, blah, blah... I’ll handle
it.
Fires FOUR SHOTS into Con Ed Guy.
TEDDY (CONT’D)
Make sure they’re all like him.
MCCALL’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Teddy and his Guys are spread out in different rooms.
Surgically going through his place.
Teddy standing in the LIVING ROOM studying the place like it
was a puzzle.
Masters coming from the bathroom with empty prescriptions
vials.
MASTERS
Coumadin and Precose.
Pederson appearing from the kitchen with receipts from trash.
60.
PEDERSON
Bunch a travel items purchased
three days ago.
Buddy peering over McCall’s open laptop.
BUDDY
Got a diabetic heart patient
traveling internationally.
(pointing to laptop)
Bought a plane ticket to Columbia
day before yesterday.
TEDDY
Guy was prepared for this. He’ll
have his next 10 moves worked out.
That means we’re nine behind him.
EXT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT BUILDING
Teddy and his Men exit the walk-up and slip into their doubleparked Suburban.
TEDDY (OS)
Call DHS. Fill ‘em in. Call
McCall a person of interest.
Detain only status.
Suburban pulling into traffic.
WATCHING this from...
MCCALL’S POV
On a rooftop across the street.
INT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT
McCall in the living room.
Fixing the couch cushions.
in.
Righting an overturned plant.
Opens a window to let some air
That’s when he feels the warmth trickling down his leg.
Looks at the blood pooling around his shoes.
Only now realizing the he’s been shot...
61.
SHOWER
Blood mixes with the water as it runs over the holes just
above McCall’s hip. Entrance wound in back smallish. Exit
wound ugly and jagged...
KITCHEN
McCall holds a dish towel over the wounds as he removes a pot
of honey from the stove.
ON THE WOUNDS
As McCall uses a wooden spoon to slather the boiling honey
over the lesions. Cauterizing and disinfecting them.
Winding gauze around his abdomen...
EXT. BOARDWALK - NIGHT
McCall on his bench. Taking in the clear but chilly night.
Watching faces go by. Families, kids, another world.
Some internal struggle taking place.
uncertainty clouds his thinking.
For the first time,
Eyes falling on that same shooting booth. Same father and
son are back. Poor guy throwing dollar after dollar at the
Barker and never coming close to winning that Sponge Bob.
That’s when McCall decides.
way...
It doesn’t have to be this
MCCALL’S APARTMENT HALLWAY
McCall removes the plants on top of the bookcase.
inside the top shelf and WE HEAR a CLICK...
McCall slides the bookcase to the left.
rolling away to reveal...
Reaches
The entire unit
A SAFE ROOM
The keeper of secrets.
Devoid of anything except the bags and boxes of a life once
upon a time that sit untouched on the floor.
62.
A built-in shelving unit contains a few items we recognize:
The car keys from Home Depot Thief. Handcuffs from one of
Ralphie’s corrupt cops. Teri’s CD...
And the bloodied cell phone he took from Slavi.
BLACKBERRY SCREEN
List of phone numbers SCROLLS BY. One particular number
occurring more often than the others.
MCCALL’S KITCHEN
McCall dialing the number.
RINGS once and WE HEAR...
TEDDY (OS)
You’ve reached my cell. Leave a
message or call my office at 212246-7614.
McCall jots the number down.
Dials it.
After THREE RINGS...
SECRETARY (OS)
Agent Coleman’s office.
Pause.
MCCALL
I’m sorry. I was trying to reach
someone else. Can you transfer me
back to operator?
Two more RINGS and a FEMALE VOICE...
OPERATOR (OS)
Central Intelligence Agency.
may I direct your call?
How
INT. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL - DAY
Classic beaus arts decor, the night sky ceiling, the stone
and ironwork never looked more ominous.
CROWDS of people rushing to and from trains.
McCall one of them.
17...
Disappearing into the tunnel of TRACK
63.
EXT.
SHENANDOAH VALLEY - LATE AFTERNOON
Rolling meadows defined by old, split rail fences and farms
dating back to the birth of this country.
Great shadows of
clouds blanket the green hillsides.
A nondescript RENTAL CAR winds its way across the Valley...
EXT. SMALL FARMHOUSE
The rental car rolls up a two-rut excuse for a driveway in
the middle of nowhere heading towards a modest, farm house.
Late 1800s, beautifully maintained.
A screen door swings open and JASON PLUMMER steps onto the
porch.
Early 70s with serious, deep blue eyes that have seen most of
what life can offer. Good and bad.
Wears soft, comfortable
clothes and a smile that matches.
Watches as McCall gets out.
a long moment.
The two stare at each other for
McCall walks up to the porch stairs. No words are spoken.
But we feel something significant here as they walk inside.
INT.
DINING ROOM - DUSK
McCall, Plummer and his wife SUSAN sit at an old plank table.
Lace table cloth, aged flatware and china, garden picked
flowers.
The three eat in comfortable silence.
need to ruin the meal.
No one feeling the
INT. KITCHEN
McCall washing. Plummer drying. Susan brings in the empty
serving trays. Exchanges looks with her husband then walks
out for the rest.
PLUMMER
Stopped counting the reasons I
married that woman years ago.
64.
INT. STUDY
Well-worn early Native American. Pendleton blankets and
throws. Fire going. McCall settled into a chair next to it.
Plummer cracks walnuts on the couch.
Susan comes in with a tray of drinks. Sets it down on the
slab of redwood that stands in for a coffee table. Hands
McCall a cup of hot water and the exact tea bag we’ve seen
him use at the diner.
After a beat of silence Plummer stands.
Well.
up.
PLUMMER
I’ll leave you two to catch
Susan waits for the door to close.
After a moment...
SUSAN
If you’ve come for my help I can’t
give you any. I have no influence
these days. I fly to DC three days
a week. Sit in a office reserved
for people with secrets too scary
to let completely out of sight. I
think they’re afraid I’m going to
write a book or something.
Apparently that’s what retired
spooks do out here.
If McCall hears her he doesn’t let on. Finally takes his
eyes from the fireplace. Looks at Susan...
MCCALL
What would the CIA have to do with
a bunch of Russian pimps?
Susan processes the statement.
Her answer comes quickly.
SUSAN
Nothing. The CIA doesn’t care
about pimps. Russian or otherwise.
So start with the fact they weren’t
pimps. Selling girls was a hobby.
Susan waits for McCall to process this.
65.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
Think Amazon. Big. All
encompassing. Sells everything.
Place an order it’s delivered to
your doorstep. Items are shipped
to you from various warehouses
across the country.
(beat)
Amazon employs teams to run those
hubs.
(beat)
The Russians - specifically,
Vladamir Pushkin - are the black
market Amazon. Gasoline, weapons,
drugs, bonds, executions,
extortion, secrets, you name it
they provide it. Pushkin considers
the US the biggest shopping mall in
the world.
(beat)
You took out Pushkin’s East Coast
team. Shut down a hub. Your CIA
friends were paid to protect that
from happening. Now they’re
looking for blood.
(beat)
More tea?
EXT. FARMLAND - NIGHT
Rolling hills likes waves on a black sea.
A long rail fence that disappears into the horizon. McCall
and Susan leaning against it. Silhouetted by the cobalt
night sky and lit by an old Coleman lantern.
A long moment.
SUSAN
When they told me you were dead, I
didn’t believe it. Not from
something as trivial as an IED. It
just wasn’t you, Robert.
(beat)
That you’re alive is a relief. But
not a surprise. Jason and I talked
a great deal about you over the
years. If anyone could have
figured a way out.
(MORE)
66.
SUSAN (CONT'D)
A way to walk away for good, start
fresh... it would have been you.
(beat)
Either way I figured I’d never see
you again. Preferred it that way.
I imagined you wandering the earth
searching for some peace, some
understanding of yourself.
Wondering if you’d find it in time.
Lantern FLAME flickers in McCall’s eyes.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
In all my years as a handler there
was no one ever like you. Your
skills were undefinable. A mind
that saw things no one else did.
In ways no one else could.
(beat)
What you did for your country
cannot be measured. You saved
lives too many to count. Yet it
didn’t feel good to you. Even
though what we did mattered, it
didn’t feel right to you.
MCCALL
I couldn’t see...
SUSAN
The meaning. I know...
Flame starting to die out.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
The greatest violins cannot hear
music. The most beautiful
paintings cannot see the joy they
bring. It’s simply the way it is.
(beat)
We can't all be heroes, Robert.
Someone has to sit on the curb and
clap as they go by.
A LONG silence.
MCCALL
I didn’t have to go there.
didn’t have to kill them.
I
67.
SUSAN
Yes you did.
McCall looks at Susan.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
It was clear. It was just.
mattered.
A NIGHTHAWK swoops across the Valley.
of prey...
It
Gliding low in search
SUSAN (CONT’D)
We must be the thing we are. Your
gift wasn’t right for our gray,
murky world. Your soul needed
black and white. A clear reason.
(beat)
You’re an instrument of justice,
Robert. You can’t run from that.
Flame so low we can only see their eyes.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
But you knew this before you came
here.
Susan turns to look at McCall for the first time.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
You didn’t come here for help.
came here for permission.
McCall doesn’t move.
You
Knows it’s true.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
There were rumors about rouge CIA
teams for years. Basically doing
contract work for interests abroad.
(beat)
What you’re talking about is
different. High level Field Agents
on US soil. An arrangement with a
Pushkin would make them extremely
dangerous. Anyone perceived as a
threat would be terminated.
(sighs)
Were I talking to anyone else my
advice would be this: Minneapolis
is wonderful this time of year.
(MORE)
68.
SUSAN (CONT’D)
(beat)
But I’m not. I’m talking to a
force of nature.
Susan lifts the Coleman and turns it off. For a brief moment
we are immersed in the absence of the light. When our eyes
adjust, here, away from cities and the things of man, all
seems right.
The two stand framed against this wonder.
anymore. We just HEAR...
We can’t see them
SUSAN (CONT’D)
All I can say is heaven help them.
INT. TEDDY’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
An upscale LOFT in SOHO.
Teddy on a treadmill running hard. Has been for some time.
Massive chest heaving as he pushes himself to the limit.
INT. TEDDY’S BATHROOM - NIGHT
A large shower already running.
Teddy’s head under the
steaming water. Letting the stream run over his face.
Looks down and realizes the water is pooling at his feet.
The drain is plugged.
Bends down to open it...
When lights go out.
TEDDY
What the...
Teddy slides opens the glass door and SEES...
MCCALL
Sitting on the closed toilet. Across the room from the
shower. An electrical cord pulled from a lamp in his hand,
ends stripped bare.
McCall stares at Teddy.
cord in.
A dark, hollow stare.
Plugs the
Teddy starting to step out of the shower when McCall tosses
the cord out like a fishing cast.
69.
Hits the water at Teddy’s feet sending a SHOCK through his
body. Moving him back into the shower.
McCall pulls the cord back.
TEDDY
Who are you?
McCall stays quiet.
Teddy tries to move again. McCall snaps out the cord shocking him again. Teddy jumps back.
Room filling with steam now... McCall’s image is getting
faint. Ghost-like.
Begins touching the two ends of the cord together. Lighting
his face through the mist in brief hypnotic flashes.
Teddy stays frozen in the shower.
TEDDY (CONT’D)
You don’t know who you’re fucking
with.
MCCALL
I know exactly.
TEDDY
If you did, this would be the last
place you’d...
McCall throws the cord again. Hits the water... this time he
leaves it a bit... SPARKS FLASH as Teddy trembles. The
massive jolt surging through his body.
McCall snaps the cord back.
Teddy breathes heavy and braces himself against the walls of
the shower. McCall sparking the ends of the wire again.
Steam getting thicker.
McCall’s image fainter.
MCCALL
Special Agent Theodore Coleman.
CIA, NCS Division. Counter
Intelligence, 9 years. 41. ExNavy Seal. Your liver enzymes are
high. History of primary mitral
valve prolapse.
(MORE)
70.
MCCALL (CONT'D)
It rains you walk with a limp
because of the MCL injury you
suffered in Kuwait never healed
properly. I’ll show you the x-rays
if you want.
TEDDY
You going to kill me, do it.
MCCALL
I don’t need to kill you like this.
I can think of over 20 ways to kill
you right now... in this room
alone.
TEDDY
What do you want, McCall?
McCall stares at Teddy through the dense steam...
disappearing.
Almost
Tosses the cord out again and leaves it. Teddy trembles as
the VOLTAGE COURSES THROUGH HIS BODY. Eyes bulge, hands grip
the sides of the shower...
When it’s almost too much to bear...
The cord snaps back.
Teddy falls in the shower GASPING for breath.
Room now
filled with steam. Can’t see more than a few inches. Out in
the steam the cord ends spark like an orange beacon.
TEDDY (CONT’D)
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
MCCALL
I want us to be clear with one
another.
Teddy sees a wooden back brush.
Grabs it and breaks the
brush head off. Giving him a jagged sliver of wood.
Tries to SEE McCall through the steam.
VOICE...
Can’t.
MCCALL (OS) (CONT’D)
I’m going to take you down. Piece
by piece. And everyone that’s with
you.
Just his
71.
TEDDY
You think so...
MCCALL
I’m already doing it. You just
have to decide who you’re more
afraid of... me or Pushkin.
McCall SPARKS the ends together once more...
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Either way you’re done.
Teddy slides the glass door open a sliver...
MCCALL (CONT’D)
Be better all around if you turn
yourself into IA. I’m offering you
an out. I suggest you take it...
Otherwise this will not end well
for you...
In ONE SWIFT MOTION Teddy throws the door open and JAMS THE
WOOD SLIVER INTO THE WALL OUTLET! POWER to the HOUSE GOES
OUT...
Teddy grabbing the GLOCK from under the towels and FIRING...
PORCELAIN AND TILE SHATTERING as SIX ROUNDS EVISCERATES the
TOILET...
Teddy moving naked through the steam and finding McCall gone.
TEDDY’S BEDROOM
Flushed and angry.
loaded and ready.
Out into the hall, Glock in his hand,
Slowly...
TEDDY
Clears the house. Room to room. Nothing.
and SEES he FRONT DOOR wide open...
Gets to the FOYER
EXERCISE AREA
Teddy grabbing his CELL off of the treadmill and DIALING.
Masters answers...
72.
TEDDY
He was here!
MASTERS
Who?
TEDDY
McCall!
MASTERS
He’s in Mexico City.
confirma--
We just got
TEDDY
HE WAS IN MY FUCKING HOUSE!
CLOSE ON the BACK OF TEDDY’S PHONE. An almost invisible
CLEAR PLASTIC STRIP with faint circuitry running through
it...
ON MCCALL
On HIS phone.
Ear piece in LISTENING TO...
TEDDY (OS)
Get a hold of everybody.
meet in 30.
I want a
INT. RADIO SHACK - LATER
McCall being handed a bag of CHEAP EQUIPMENT...
LEGAL PAD
Pen scribbling the name MASTERS on it.
BUDDY already on the page.
Names PEDERSON and
EXT. BATTERY PARK - DAY
Filled with FAMILIES and TOURISTS on this incredibly BRIGHT
afternoon. Sailboats in the Harbour. The Circle Line Ferry
chugging past the Statue of Liberty.
McCall on a picnic bench eating a salad. Pen and pad in
front of him. HEADPHONES on. Head nodding in rhythm to what
appears to be MUSIC.
73.
But really listening to...
TEDDY (OS)
Pederson takes the whore’s
apartment...
Stabs a plastic fork in his SALAD and takes a bite. Cheap
Radio Shack Sound Amplifier under the table. $49.00 and good
up to 100 feet. Pointed at...
TEDDY AND HIS MEN
Twenty yards away. Standing near the railing to the FERRY
TERMINAL.
Bodies tense and wound tight as steel
tourniquets.
BUDDY
What’s he want? I mean everybody
wants something.
TEDDY
He wants our heads.
need to know.
That’s all we
MCCALL
Writing the words Weak next to Buddy’s name.
PIER PARKING LOT
Jammed with CARS and SUV’s baking under a blazing sun.
Including Teddy’s. Under which McCall slaps a tiny GPS
transmitter as he walks by.
INT. HOME DEPOT - SUPERVISOR’S OFFICE
McCall sitting across from the store’s SUPERVISOR Georgie.
MCCALL
Just a couple of days until I can
straighten it out.
GEORGIE
Hey. Family comes first. Marcus
can cover your shift until Monday.
74.
INT. NAVIGATOR
Masters inside. Parked down the block from McCall’s
Apartment Building. Eyes peeled.
INT. TAURUS - MOVING
Pederson passing the Check Cashing Place for the third time.
McCall’s bank/Credit card Statements on the passenger seat.
EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - MIDTOWN
A glass and steel monolith nestled in the 600 Block of
Madison Avenue. No designation or name on the facade.
But...
INT. CIA BUILDING LOBBY
Humming with SECURITY PERSONNEL.
Everybody emptying pockets and checked by GUARDS before
stepping through SOPHISTICATED BODY SCANNERS.
Including Teddy and Buddy. Walking to the SECURE ELEVATORS
where they wait in SILENCE.
Teddy playing the game with McCall in his head.
moment...
After a
TEDDY
Everybody cares about something...
EAST 19TH STREET
Rush hour TRAFFIC inches along. Staccato BURSTS of HORN and
SQUEALING breaks. Buses heaving their hulks across lanes.
Weaving her way through it all comes...
TERI
Stepping between PARKED CARS and onto the sidewalk.
her book bag halfway up the block.
Lugging
Blissfully unaware of the TWO RUSSIAN MURDERERS sliding out
of the Lincoln behind her.
75.
Predatory faces watching her enter her Five Story walk-up...
THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY
Teri trudges the final flight. Walks to the last apartment
at the end of the hall. Unlocks the door and steps inside.
SOUNDS of the CHAIN and DEAD BOLT follow.
A moment later the two Russians are on either side of Teri’s
door. Pockets handgun heavy, assessing the locks. The
LITTLE RUSSIAN pulls a set of tools...
The SOUND of GLASS BREAKING comes from somewhere down the
adjoining hallway.
What happens next happens fast and like this:
LARGE RUSSIAN
(Mighty Joe Young with a brain) creeps along the wall to SEE
what’s what.
Peers around the corner. The blow from the Fire Extinguisher
collapses the front of his head like a soda can.
LITTLE RUSSIAN stunned for a split second.
gets him deceased.
And that second
McCall taking only one step and breaking his larynx before
his weapon clears his belt.
The next thing WE SEE are their legs disappearing into the
TRASH ROOM...
BASEMENT
TWO GUNS then BODIES tumbling from the trash chute and into
the dumpster.
INT. TEDDY’S OFFICE
Typical Field Agent’s space. File Boxes piled everywhere.
Six year old computer tied to a secure line.
Teddy at the window pondering the next move when his CELL
RINGS. Recognizes the number and picks up.
TEDDY
Better be what I want to hear.
76.
MCCALL (OS)
Depends on what you were expecting.
I suspect you’re a tad disappointed
already.
Teddy doesn’t move.
You’d swear his pulse actually DROPS.
COMMUNICATIONS ROOM
SCREENS with CAMERA FEEDS from HOT AREAS in the City.
PLATFORMS, BRIDGES, TUNNELS etc.
SUBWAY
SEVERAL TACTICIANS wearing HEADSETS monitor WIRELESS
COMMUNICATION.
Teddy striding in. Slides the Mobile number in front of TACT
1.
It’s quickly punched into the system which begins
triangulating McCall’s number.
ON THE SCREEN WE SEE the SIGNAL AREA shrinking rapidly...
TEDDY
Gotta tell you I consider myself a
smart guy. Still can’t figure
this. Why you...
MCCALL (OS)
Kick over a rock most of the time
something crawls out from under it.
(beat)
You’re misfortune is I’m the one
who kicked over yours.
Teddy watching the SCREEN as the ADDRESS SCROLLS ACROSS THE
BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN. Tactician 1 turning to Teddy.
TACT I
Isn’t that Agent Pederson’s
address?
INT. PEDERSON’S HOUSE
McCall in the Office. Flash Drive just about done copying
files from Pederson’s LAPTOP.
77.
TEDDY’S OFFICE - SAME TIME
Teddy back at his window. Dull eyes watching the sun set
between the buildings. Resignation washing over him.
INT. HOME DEPOT, EMPLOYEE ENTRANCE - NIGHT
Ralphie standing by the front door with his keys. Young
Dudes looking spiffy heading home for the weekend.
YOUNG DUDE 2
Saturday night. Big mash up at
Brian’s. You down for that?
YOUNG DUDE 1
Like five bucks an hour.
tips.
Plus
RALPHIE
Tips?
YOUNG DUDE 1
Need a Security dude to watch the
liquor. Bring your mace can,
Rambo.
RALPHIE
Fuck you...
Good natured LAUGHS as the Dudes head off.
Ralphie about to the lock the door when a man steps inside.
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
We’re closed...
Ralphie looks up into the face of Masters who shows him
the Beretta jammed into his belt.
MASTERS
Don’t be a hero, Chubs.
INTERNET CAFE
McCall sifting through Pederson’s FILES. Processing what
he’s seeing. From his look, something surprising...
78.
EXT. 34TH STREET - MCCALL
Man on a mission now. Swallowed up by Rush Hour foot traffic
near Penn Station. Dialing the PRE-PAID CELL as he crosses
34th Street...
TEDDY (OS)
I was hoping you’d call.
MCCALL
Found your money.
TEDDY
Figured you would. You can’t get
to it. Or prove it’s mine...
MCCALL
Making assumptions like that is
dangerous.
TEDDY
Walking through the PARKING GARAGE underneath his building.
Oddly calm. His eyes saying... this was fun while it
lasted.
TEDDY
Know the difference between me and
you?
MCCALL (OS)
Where should I begin.
Teddy slides into his vehicle.
TEDDY
I don’t give a shit. About
anything. But you do. And that
puts a big bulls-eye on your back.
Took me a while to figure it out.
(beat)
I’ll be laser straight with you.
Thirty minutes. Boat Basin. Just
me and you.
MCCALL (OS)
Or?
79.
Teddy pulls a piece of paper from his jacket pocket.
Reads...
TEDDY
Ralph Marquez, Jennifer Gould,
Manny Ramirez and the six other
Orange vests won’t be going home
tonight.
MCCALL
Stopping in the cross walk.
Bumped and jostled by COMMUTERS.
TEDDY (OS)
Violence without a message is a
waste of movement. Don’t you
think?
HOLD on McCall’s face. Audio collapse washing over him.
Suddenly the city, its noise, its commotion doesn’t exist.
Eyes flat and hard. Whatever forms this man’s soul begins to
spread through his entire body.
When his answer comes it’s soft and measured.
Alright.
Cuts off the call.
his wristwatch...
MCCALL
We’ll play this your way.
Thinks for moment.
Then looks down at
And starts the Stopwatch ticking...
INT. HOME DEPOT - DUSK
Masters walking Ralphie to the back of the store. Meeting up
with Buddy and Pederson who have Jenny, Manny and SEVERAL
OTHERS.
At the SAME TIME...
DOORS TO A MIDTOWN BUS OPEN
McCall stepping onto the M4 headed downtown. Taking a seat
near the MIDDLE EXIT DOORS. Pulling out the another PRE-PAID
CELL PHONE from the Radio Shack bag. Powering it up.
80.
With his other hand punches numbers into HIS cell phone.
Forwarding HIS NUMBER to the Pre-paid Phone...
HOME DEPOT - TOOL REPAIR AND RENTAL SECTION - SAME TIME
Sectioned off by a chain link fence.
the area by Teddy’s Guys.
Employees herded into
PARKING LOT - VARIOUS AREAS - SAME TIME
Over the rise WE SEE the dark gleaming grill of a black SUV
roll into a lot.
Then another. And another. SIX identical black SUVs,
ominous and forboding, pulling onto the asphalt surrounding
the premises.
PULLING BACK TO SEE...
SUVs ringing the perimeter of the structure.
TWO RUSSIAN KILLERS.
INSIDE each sit
IN ONE OF THE SUVS
Russian 7 checks the load in his Glock.
RADIO with Masters.
Russian 8 on his
RUSSIAN 8
We’re here.
MASTERS (OS)
Lock down the perimeter. Shoot
anyone who looks like him that gets
within 20 yards of the place.
HOLDING AREA
Masters clicks off as Pederson comes back with a handful of
NYLON wire WRAPS. Tosses them to Ralphie.
PEDERSON
Behind their backs.
Tight.
81.
EXT. BOAT BASIN - SAME TIME
Teddy leaning against his car. Staring down at his PDA. ON
THE SCREEN is a GPS screen. McCall’s CELL NUMBER highlighted
and moving South...
Teddy smiles.
DIALS...
INT. DOWNTOWN BUS
McCall not on it. CAMERA MOVES under the seat he was in...
McCall’s Cell Phone under it. RINGS SILENTLY...
MCCALL
Someplace else and moving ANSWERS the Pre-Paid Phone.
TEDDY (OS)
Thought you might go ICBM on me.
You’re making the right decision.
For better or worse it was always
going to end this way..
McCall keeps moving.
MCCALL
Yeah well, there are some worsts
nobody ever thinks about.
Click.
EXT. HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT - SAME TIME
TWO of the SUVs idling within sight of each other.
INSIDE ONE
RADIO PLAYS Curren$y. Russian 1 behind the wheel bouncin’ to
it. Not understanding a word.
Looks out his window at the SUV across the way. Guys with
their feet up on the dash talking to one another.
Back to his MUSIC. Turns it up. Adjusts bass.
more. Glances back to the other SUV...
No one’s in it.
Likes it
82.
Looks around the parking lot.
his partner.
Nothing.
Sits up.
Turns to
RUSSIAN 1
Hey...
He’s asleep.
Shakes him and the man falls forward.
Sharp object protruding through the back of his seat,
disappearing into the man.
Russian 1 spins quickly towards the back seat.
McCall.
And that’s the last thing he sees.
INT. HOME DEPOT, HOLDING AREA - NIGHT
Employees on the floor. Hands tie-wrapped behind their
backs. Just the SOUND of breathing...
Masters rolls the gate shut. Locks it with a padlock.
out his phone and starts to dial when...
Takes
Kool and the Gang begins playing over the store’s PA System.
All three snapping into tense mode.
Masters unlocks the cage.
Guns coming out...
Points his weapon at Ralphie.
MASTERS
Where’s that coming from?
DEPOT AISLE
Masters and Pederson follow Ralphie as they make their way
through the empty aisles.
Guns are drawn.
MUSIC drifting
from the SPEAKERS above.
KOOL (VO)
Oh yes it’s Ladies Night and
feelin’s right...
SECURITY OFFICE
Masters pushes Ralphie into the office as Pederson clears it.
83.
Empty.
CD player patched into the PA system. Power on.
hits stop and it’s suddenly QUIET again.
Masters
MASTERS
Who else is here?
No one.
RALPHIE
I swear...
Pederson grabs Masters arm.
MONITORS.
Points him to the SECURITY
Masters follows his look to CAMERA 16.
Middle of the store.
A LONE FIGURE moves like a Ghost down a center aisle.
MASTERS
(into his Radio)
He’s in the fucking store!
DOORS TO THE VANS AND SUVS OPEN
A wave of icy death pour out of the vehicles jacking their
automatic weapons and fan out.
Split into GROUPS and head for the various entrances to the
store.
MASTERS AND PEDERSON
Throwing Ralphie back into the Holding Area. Tie-wrapping
his hands to the gate, padlocking it with Buddy inside.
MASTERS
We don’t come back...
all.
kill ‘em
Masters goes to call Teddy. Gets no signal. Looks up and
follows Pederson’s eyes to the AWNING WINDOWS near the
ceiling.
Everyone of them covered in TIN FOIL.
signals in and out...
Blocking the Cell
84.
BOAT BASIN - SAME TIME
Teddy opening the trunk and removing the standard issue
Remington 12 gage. Cradles it under his arm and checks his
PDA.
McCall’s signal closing in...
INT. HOME DEPOT - FRONT ENTRANCE
FOUR Russians step inside.
into his RADIO.
Dark.
Eyes adjusting.
Talks
RUSSIAN
We’re in.
LOADING DOCK
Large door SWINGS OPEN and RUSSIANS 1, 2 and 3 step inside.
GARDEN ENTRANCE
RUSSIANS 4,5,6 and 7 eyeing the cavernous place.
RUSSIAN 4
In.
EMPLOYEE ENTRANCE
Russians 8 and 9 close the door behind them.
clicked off...
Safeties
RUSSIAN 9
In.
INT. HOME DEPOT - VARIOUS AREAS - NIGHT
Silent. Nobody moving. Store quiet and empty.
deserted.
Place feels feral and dangerous.
That’s when THE POWER GOES OUT.
blackness.
Aisles
ENTIRE STORE plunged into
85.
OUTSIDE THE HOLDING AREA
Masters feels the chill run down his spine.
safety off...
Flips the
HOME DEPOT - WIDE
Dark FIGURES moving into the belly of the store from every
conceivable angle...
RUSSIANS 4, 5, 6 AND 7
Walking slowly.
Every SOUND HEIGHTENED.
RUSSIANS 8 AND 9
Kel-Tec Shotguns on their hips.
and space.
Eyes scanning every shadow
RUSSIANS 1, 2 AND 3
Fan out.
Each taking a different aisle.
RUSSIANS 2 AND 3
Start down LIGHTING FIXTURES. Broken BULBS litter the middle
of the aisle where someone ransacked the shelves...
RUSSIAN 1
Steps into the PAINT SECTION.
SEES...
TARPS, PAINT CANS and A HALOGEN WORK LIGHT splayed across the
floor... Slowly maneuvers around the mess... Stepping over
the Halogen stand WHEN...
THE LAMP BLAZES ON
Momentarily blinding Russian 1.
finds the spectre of...
Turns his head away and
86.
MCCALL
Who JAMS his thumb into the Russian’s eye. Then his throat.
Cutting off his ability to make sound.
WHAM! WHAM!
Two
thumbs into his ribs and diaphragm.
Russian 1 doubling over.
snap his neck.
Making it easier for
McCall to
Checks his watch.
GARDEN AISLE
Russians 2 and 3 walk with purpose...
BATHROOM FIXTURE AISLE
Russian 4 sweeps his gun across the area...
RUSSIAN 3
Hardware Section. Mid-aisle. Stops and listens.
SNAPPING SOUND one aisle over.
HEARS a
Quietly pushes aside some boxes on the SHELVING UNIT.
Creating space TO SEE INTO THE NEXT AISLE. REVEALING...
MCCALL
Pulling the trigger on the PNEUMATIC NAIL GUN.
ANCHOR THUDDING into Russian 3’s FOREHEAD.
SINGLE CEMENT
Pulls the spent CO2 cartridge out and pops in another...
RUSSIANS 5, 6 AND 7
Stepping around the corner. SEEING their dead comrade.
Faces twists into a masks of rage.
Anger blinding them as they stalk down...
THE APPLIANCES AISLE
In and around the REFRIGERATORS.
DRYERS...
Past the WASHERS AND
87.
Then a HUMMING SOUND.
SOUND to...
Stop... listen...
Eyes following the
THE DISPLAY OF MICROWAVES
Timers ticking down.
inside...
Russian 5 leans down and looks
THROUGH THE MICROWAVE WINDOW
A small propane tank turning slowly on the plate.
BOOM!!!!
THE WALL EXPLODES INTO FLAMES. A HUGE FIREBALL engulfing all
three Russians. Bodies catching fire...
INT. HOLDING AREA
The SOUNDS coming from inside the store waft over Ralphie and
the other hostages. The SCREAMS frighten them into
puddles...
Buddy backs away from the gate.
RUSSIAN 8 AND 9
HEARING the SCREAMS.
Following them into...
THE APPLIANCE AISLE
Where Russians 5,6 and 7 lay smoldering.
their bones.
Fear now fills their souls.
BOLT...
8 and 9 exchange looks, turn and
Racing like the wind towards...
THE EMPLOYEE ENTRANCE
Where they STOP DEAD.
Flesh burning off
88.
EMPLOYEE ENTRANCE DOOR
Chained and padlocked.
From the inside.
OTHER SIDE of THE STORE...
While on the
MASTERS AND PEDERSON
Stare grimly at...
THE FRONT ENTRANCE
Titanium bicycle chain run through the door handles and
locked.
BOAT BASIN - SAME TIME
Teddy waiting just off the rutted path. SEES McCall’s signal
has stopped two hundred yards away. Not moving.
Dials...
MCCALL - DEEP IN THE STORE
Picks up after the first VIBRATION.
TEDDY (OS)
Second thoughts?
MCCALL
Just taking care of a few things.
Be right with you.
LASER DOTS
Dance across SHELVING AND MATERIALS.
SHADOWS come...
Stepping from the
RUSSIANS 3, 8 AND 9
Shoulder to shoulder.
movements.
Fingers on triggers.
Precision
89.
A GLIMPSE OF MCCALL
Moving quickly across the aisle.
THE RUSSIANS
Fire their weapons. Shredding everything in its path.
it settles... No McCall.
When
HOLDING AREA
ECHOING GUNSHOTS shatter the SILENCE.
Too much for Buddy.
Feeling like a trapped animal so he unlocks the Cage, steps
out and re-locks it. WHISPERS into his RADIO...
BUDDY
Where the fuck are you guys?
MCCALL
Like a shadow. Moving towards the final area of the store.
Oddly calm. Breathing measured. Just the tick... tick...
tick of his watch...
MASTERS AND PEDERSON
In the LUMBER SECTION.
on his RADIO.
Anxious and on edge.
Masters clicks
MASTERS
Stay with the Hostages.
MCCALL - SOMEWHERE
Pulls BOXES OF ROOFING NAILS AND BRADS off the shelves as he
walks...
RUSSIANS 3, 8 AND 9
In the PLUMBING SECTION. Every SOUND amplified.
signals he’s splitting off...
3 hand
90.
MCCALL’S HANDS - SOMEWHERE ELSE
Grabbing a GARAGE DOOR REMOTE PACKAGE from a rack of them.
AN X-ACTO KNIFE
Slices open an bag a FERTILIZER.
Then ANOTHER...
RUSSIANS 8 AND 9
Move down the BATHROOM FIXTURE SECTION.
and...
Turning the corner
SEEING McCall DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THEM!
EMPTYING THEIR WEAPONS INTO HIS BODY...
ONLY TO SEE MCCALL’S IMAGE SHATTER INTO PIECES as the
MIRRORED GLASS EXPLODES INTO FRAGMENTS...
Understanding too late that...
He’s behind them.
MCCALL
Running the 6” Drywall Saw through 9’s third and fourth ribs.
8 getting his weapon halfway up when he looks down and SEES
the Chisel protruding from his chest as he loses feeling in
his extremities...
RUSSIAN 3
Alone. Shuddering in fear three aisles over. Gets to the
end of PATIO FURNITURE AISLE. White knuckling his weapon.
About to peek around the corner.
Never feeling the extension cord until it’s around his neck.
Body jerking like a marionette until... it isn’t.
McCall gently drops the body onto the floor.
MASTERS, PEDERSON AND BUDDY
Coming together from different areas.
of the store.
Converging at the rear
91.
Wound tight.
place.
No longer smug.
Eyes darting all over the
HOME DEPOT - HIGH ANGLE
NINE BODIES strewn about in VARIOUS SECTIONS. The last three
men standing in the shadows. Knowing McCall could be
anywhere...
About to head back into the middle of the store when...
MASTERS
SEES the shadow slip into the far rear section of the place.
Motions to the others...
GARDEN AREA
Like a GIANT GREENHOUSE.
A large area filled with PLANTS
AND TREES and GARDENING EQUIPMENT.
MASTERS, PEDERSON AND BUDDY
Stand at the ONLY ENTRANCE to the area.
and fast. Knowing McCall is here.
Hearts beating hard
Using hand signals MASTERS points Pederson and Buddy down
separate aisles.
THE MEN MOVE SLOW
Every step painful. Bile and dread inching up their throats.
Finally reaching the...
CENTRAL GARDEN AREA
FOUNTAINS, BIRDBATHS and WIND CHIMES.
ALL kinds of PLANTING SUPPLIES.
Against the back wall
MCCALL
Against the back wall in the shadows. Just the whites of his
eyes visible. Standing amongst the garden TOOLS and a row of
STEEL WHEELBARROWS.
92.
MASTERS
HEARS that TICKING SOUND.
shadows.
FIRES a SHOT blindly into the
MCCALL
Waits.
Like a cobra.
All three Men stepping into range.
CAMERA pans down McCall’s body to his hand.
remote in it. Finger over the clicker.
Garage Door
MASTERS, PEDERSON AND BUDDY
Taking three steps closer. Then they HEAR it. Eyes falling
on the wheelbarrow as it lowers over the kneeling body of
McCall.
Exchange confused looks.
And at the exact same time realizing they’re surrounded by
LUMPY bags of FERTILIZER. EMPTY BOXES OF NAILS scattered
across the floor.
MCCALL’S FINGER
Pushes the Clicker on the Remote as...
MASTERS, PEDERSON AND BUDDY
Have just enough time to exchange one stupid look before...
BLAMMMMMM!!!!
FERTILIZER BAGS EXPLODING. Nails SCREAM through the air at
the speed of sound. High pitched WHINES as the projectiles
literally nail...
MASTERS, PEDERSON AND BUDDY
Faces and bodies riddled with the nails. Muscles, tendons
and bone cut to pieces. Organs punctured and shredded.
93.
INSIDE THE WHEELBARROW
Nails THUNK and PIERCE the steel like quills.
inches from McCall’s body.
Stopping
MASTERS
Barely alive. Bleeding from places he didn’t know could
bleed. Stumbling to his feet. SEEING his dead Partners.
SO HE RUNS
Knees pumping like out-of-sync pistons.
BACK OF THE STORE.
RACING towards the
HOLDING AREA
Everyone in the cage frozen in fear.
furiously working on his tie wraps.
Except Ralphie.
He’s
Almost gets them loose enough when Masters gun barrel slips
through the fence and touches his forehead. Bloody face
appearing against the chain link...
HOME DEPOT - FRONT OF THE STORE
Everything bathed in murky darkness.
unearthly silent is shattered by...
Nothing moves.
The
MASTERS (OS)
MCCAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL!
The animalistic cry ECHOES throughout the cavernous store.
Then Ralphie appears out of the shadows.
BARREL OF MASTERS REVOLVER DUCT-TAPED TO HIS TEMPLE...
Masters PRESSED UP against Ralphie’s back. DUCT TAPE WEAVING
ITS WAY AROUND HIS GUN HAND. COVERING HIS FINGER ON THE
TRIGGER.
The only thing visible is the COCKED HAMMER...
MASTERS (CONT’D)
HEY! I FLINCH, TRIP, I FUCKING
HICCUP HE’S DEAD! UNDERSTAND???
94.
Ralphie’s eyes squeezed tight. Barely holding it together.
In his trembling hand is a bolt cutter. Price tag still
attached.
MASTERS (CONT’D)
I’M WALKING OUT OF HERE NOW!
MCCALL
Somewhere in the darkness. Eyes studying the impossible.
Baretta M9. 4 pounds of pull making it a hair trigger for
all intent and purpose. Duct tape masking the exact position
of the trigger finger...
Reaches down and grabs the long barrel M16-A out of Russian
4’s dead hand. Flips on the LASER SCOPE. Takes a breath...
And steps back into the darkness...
MASTERS AND RALPHIE
At the FRONT ENTRANCE.
Masters and freedom.
Bicycle Chain the only thing between
MASTERS
Cut it.
Ralphie’s sweat covered hands fumble with the cutters.
Masters pressing the barrel harder into the kid’s temple.
Ralphie manages to cut one length of the chain.
teeth of the cutters over the last piece.
Places the
Masters eyes DART INTO THE DARKNESS OF THE STORE. No McCall.
Eerie and way too quiet.
Then SEES the FAINT GLOW of RED
coming from the far aisle...
Looks down...
LASER DOT ACROSS THE DUCT TAPE where is hand would be...
Masters JERKS RALPHIE around! SPINNING HIM SO THE DOT IS ON
HIS CHEST...
MASTERS (CONT’D)
YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
95.
MCCALL’S MOUTH
Right next to Masters ear.
MCCALL
It look like I’m kidding?
HARD CUT - THE M-16
Propped up on a shelf all by itself at the end of the aisle.
MCCALL AND MASTERS
Masters’ eyes GO WIDE as McCall’s arm snaps around his neck.
Masters squeezing the trigger...
But nothing happens.
Masters’ confused. Looks down and SEES THE CARPET KNIFE
JAMMED INTO THE HOLLOW OF HIS TRICEP.
MCCALL
Brachial tendon’s severed, Slick.
You got nothing from the shoulder
down...
Box Cutter slices the barrel from Ralphie’s head. Ralphie
falling to his knees. McCall twisting the dead arm towards
Masters chest.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
So let me help you.
McCall touches Master’s finger. The Gun FIRES a single
MUFFLED SHOT into Master’s heart.
HOME DEPOT -WIDER
Masters dead before he hits the floor. McCall reaches down
and takes the keys from his belt. Walks over to Ralphie.
Helps him to his feet.
Shock and awe plastered all over Ralphie’s face. Staring at
McCall like he was some apparition. McCall drops the keys to
the Cage and a pair of pliers into Ralphie’s hand.
MCCALL
You should go let them out.
96.
Ralphie nods.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
I don’t know if you heard. I’m
away on a family matter. I’ll be
back Monday.
A LONG beat.
Then Ralphie smiles.
INT. TEDDY’S CAR - BOAT BASIN
Teddy getting in. Tossing the Shotgun into the back seat
when his Cell RINGS. UNKNOWN NUMBER appears on the screen.
Answers and HEARS...
MCCALL (OS)
Run.
EXT. CREDIT SUISSE BANK BUILDING
A glass and steel modern structure with spiraled columns
designed to support nothing except public awe and reverence.
Teddy coming out of the Bank pocketing AN ENVELOPE.
remote. About to climb in when HE SEES...
TWO suit-clad MEN on the near corner.
Teddy.
Hits the
Eyes directly on
Now SEES another TWO MEN on the far corner.
Looks across the street... FOUR MORE MEN in SUITS.
looking at Teddy.
ALL
MILLER (OS)
Agent Coleman...
Teddy spins. TWO DARK BLUE SUITS, matching haircuts and
implacable faces behind him. Agency ID’s in their hands.
WARD
Special Agent Ward. This is Agent
Miller. CIA Internal Affairs.
INT. SEDAN - MOVING
Miller behind the wheel. Ward shotgun.
chicken wire screen in the back.
Teddy behind the
97.
Hands cuffed behind his back.
EXT. BATTERY PARK
Tip of Manhattan. Down Battery Place then taking a DETOUR.
Crossing Water Street. The sedan jumps down a one lane dirt
road that cuts a swath through a path of dense foliage.
INT.
SEDAN - BACK SEAT
Teddy looking around. SEES the CITY being swallowed up by
the overgrown TREES...
TEDDY
Where the fuck we going?
EXT. THE SEDAN - DAY
Road getting smaller, foliage thicker.
trailers litter the shoulder.
Rusted out boat
We’re at the abandoned Boat Basin.
INT. THE SEDAN
Through the windshield foliage clears and the Harbour comes
into VIEW.
The car bumps along a bit further then stops a few yards
above the water line.
Miller and Ward exit the vehicle without a word leaving Teddy
alone.
After what seems like an eternity the drivers side door opens
and McCall slides in.
McCall doesn’t turn around.
MCCALL
It was your idea to meet here.
Now shifts so he can look directly at Teddy.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
It’s important you understand
everything.
98.
TEDDY
I understand enough.
MCCALL
I don’t think you do.
A long pause.
McCall lowers the back windows a few inches.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
The place we choose to inhabit, to
live our lives, is like it’s own
ecosystem. Ecosystems only survive
when there’s balance. Otherwise
there’s chaos, corruption and
injustice.
(beat)
People like you upset that balance.
TEDDY
What the fuck are you talking
about? It was bad guys killing
worse guys. You don’t think that
exists every fucking place in the
world?
MCCALL
It does. I’ve seen it. But you’re
in my world. And that’s...
unacceptable.
TEDDY
Wake up you self-righteous prick.
The whole cake’s been divided down
to the last crumb. You take what
you can get when you can get it.
(beat)
I didn’t design the system. I
simply learned how to play it and
win it.
(beat)
I got seven million dollars in my
pocket. It’s yours. Take it.
Dole it out to your ecosystem
McCall cracks the front windows.
a few moments.
Stares out at the water for
MCCALL
Most people don’t want anything
except fairness.
(MORE)
99.
MCCALL (CONT'D)
More and more they feel they can
never have it. They see bigger,
richer, more corrupt, morally
bankrupt, spiritually vacant people
get it all. The ones who don’t
give a shit...
Turns the ignition key halfway. Engine light coming on.
Turns around and starts going through Teddy’s pocket.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
You’re a bad guy, Teddy. Worse,
you’re a bad guy who doesn’t give a
shit. About anyone. Even
yourself. And that makes you more
frightening than almost any monster
out there.
McCall finds the check. Sits back and looks at the amount.
Whistles. T eddy laughs.
TEDDY
Lot of money. Don’t be so smug.
In my ecosystem I’ll do four years
in some country club prison, get
out, move to Dubai. Sell my
knowledge and services to some
Sheik who likes the idea of having
an ex-CIA Agent on his staff. In
two years, I’ll be a millionaire
all over again.
McCall takes the check and sticks it on the rearview mirror.
MCCALL
Guess you can take it with you.
Slips the car into neutral then opens the door.
TEDDY
Hey!
EXT.
BOAT BASIN
McCall steps out and closes the door.
roll down the embankment...
TEDDY
HEY!
The car starting to
100.
McCall watches as the car lists down the embankment towards
the water.
Watches Teddy panic in the back seat, face
twisted in impotent fury.
Front end of the car hitting the WATER...
face to the small opening on the window.
Teddy pressing his
TEDDY (CONT’D)
What’s this make you?
McCall doesn’t bother to answer.
The car sinking, hood already submerged. Water rushing
through the open windows... Teddy staring through the back
window.
Into McCall’s eyes. McCall doesn’t look away. Resignation
washing over Teddy. Both men now calm, dispassionate...
Water rising above Teddy’s chest, chin, then his face...
Finally the car disappearing under water.
MCCALL
Waits a long moment. Turns and walks up the embankment.
Crosses the road where ANOTHER CAR WAITS.
Walks over to it and gets in the back...
INT. CAR
Susan Plummer sits in the back.
front.
The two exchange looks.
off.
Miller and Ward silently up
Ward puts the car in gear and drives
EXT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT BUILDING
Car pulling up out front.
INT. CAR
Susan glances up at McCall’s apartment building.
SUSAN
I expected more.
101.
MCCALL
It’s enough.
Starts to get out.
Stops.
Turns back to Susan.
MCCALL (CONT’D)
He asked me, doing that, what it
made me...
Susan thinks.
Then looks at her old friend.
Smiles.
SUSAN
Life is a fight. But not
everyone’s a fighter. That’s where
you come in, Robert.
(beat)
You’re an equalizer.
McCall lets it sink in.
the car drives away.
Gets out without another word and
INT. HOME DEPOT - MORNING
CLEAN UP CREWS still working as EMPLOYEES drift in. Ralphie
at his place by the front entrance when McCall and the Young
Dudes step through.
Looks of surprise at the mess.
YOUNG DUDE 1
What the fuck?
YOUNG DUDE 2
What is this shit?
RALPHIE
You didn’t hear? Some guys broke
in and took a bunch of us hostage.
Was a big showdown and a bunch of
guys got killed. No one’s telling
us much else. Classified or
something.
YOUNG DUDE 2
Well I ain’t cleanin’ that shit
up...
McCall starts to follow them into the store.
102.
RALPHIE
Mr. McCall?
McCall turns. Ralphie holds up the PAIR OF PLIERS with the
price tag on it.
RALPHIE (CONT’D)
Mind putting these back for me?
The look that passes between them is understood instantly by
both. This is our secret. And will remain so.
McCall smiles. Takes the pliers and heads down the aisle.
Back to work...
EXT. CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK - NIGHT
McCall on his favorite bench. Night air crisp and clean.
Like McCall’s soul. There’s an tranquil, untroubled feeling
to this man now.
Watches the United Nations of faces and families with
different eyes.
Smiles at the Spanish woman fingering her rosary as she
watches her daughter fly by on the Tilt-a-Whirl.
Her small son next to her playing Nintendo that probably cost
her a months pay.
People trying.
That’s what counts.
McCall stands and starts for home.
Passes the...
SHOOTING BOOTH
Where that father and son are back. Trying again. Father
handing over his last dollar only to get the same result.
Takes his kids hand and about to slink off when...
MCCALL (OS)
Give the man a sponge guy already.
All three heads turn.
pockets.
McCall standing there, hands in his
103.
MCCALL (CONT'D)
Guy’s been here every Saturday
night for two months. Paid for the
sponge ten times over.
BARKER
Who are you? The boardwalk police?
Hit all six targets win the sponge
guy.
(points to sign)
Or can’t you read.
And there’s that look again.
McCall steps to the counter and drops a dollar bill into the
barker’s sweaty palm.
Turns to the father.
MCCALL
This one’s on me.
Lifts the beat up air rifle...
adjusts the aim and...
BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!
dead center in milliseconds.
All six targets nailed
Barker stands there slack-jawed as McCall grabs the LARGEST
Sponge Bob and hands it to the Father. Kid’s eyes like
saucers.
Places the rifle back onto the Barker.
MCCALL (CONT'D)
Site’s six degrees off to the left.
I’d fix that if I were you.
As he walks off...
MCCALL (CONT’D)
And I’ll be back to check.
INT. MCCALL’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
McCall at the Kitchen Table.
Laptop open.
WE HEAR MUSIC drift over the scene.
was coming through the open window.
Typing something.
Faint at first.
Like it
104.
ON SCREEN
A CRAIGSLIST PAGE. Under the SERVICES subheading.
fingers writing a POST.
McCall’s
A VOICE now SINGING with the MUSIC. A haunting SONG grows
LOUDER as WE SEE McCall’s words BEATING OUT ACROSS THE PAGE:
GOT A PROBLEM?
ODDS AGAINST YOU?
WRITE TO:
THE EQUALIZER
MCCALL
Stares at the screen.
that.
SONG getting LOUDER.
This is who he is now.
At peace with
And as his finger presses SEND WE...
CUT TO:
A SMALL DIVE BAR
Somewhere in Hell’s Kitchen.
That SONG filling the ROOM.
Dingy and dark and half full.
On stage a PIANO PLAYER.
And Teri.
Singing the last notes with all her being.
magicical...
Heartbreakingly
The APPLAUSE more enthusiastic than expected.
The LOUDEST is McCall.
Against the back wall.
TERI
Walks off the stage and into the arms of a NICE LOOKING GUY.
The look on his face tells us everything we need to know
about her life now.
105.
MCCALL
Eyes bright with pride.
heads for the exit...
Drops a twenty on the table and
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. DINER - EARLY EVENING
Maybe it’s the same diner fixed up. Maybe it’s a different
one. Doesn’t matter. Because what’s the same is...
MCCALL
At a back table. Cup of tea.
Man” by Ralph Ellison.
Book 94 open.
“The Invisible
And WE HOLD on this IMAGE for a few beats. Because it feels
right and... just.
WE HEAR the faint DING of McCall’s CELL.
reads the email.
Fishes it out and
VOICE (OS)
I saw your ad and I am taking a
chance you are real. I am
desperate.
SQUEALING TIRES OF A 757 HITTING THE RUNWAY...
VOICE (OS)
My family is in danger.
cannot help.
The police
INT. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL
DOORS to CUSTOMS sliding open as McCall walks through them
shouldering his bag
Sign above the doors says: WELCOME TO BRUSSELS
EXT. BRUSSEL’S AIRPORT
McCall coming out and walking to the curb.
Hails a taxi.
106.
VOICE (OS)
I know I am far away but I have no
hope and nowhere else to turn. Can
you help?
As the TAXI pulls curb side McCall slips a pair of
SUNGLASSES on and WE GO TO...
BLACK
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