Thursday, January 6, 2011
Be All You Can Be
Happy Thursday, crime slicksters. It's time once again to take a trip to the dark side, where the girls are hot, the drinks are cold, and the hardboiled-pulp-noir action is non-stop, right here, at the coolest crime joint in cyberspace ... at That Killing Feeling.
In Chapter 23 of NOWHERE GIRLS, it's complete bedlam as super-spy Homeland Security agent sisters Cherry Nation and April Street escape the FBI on the roof the shopping center, and fly down below into Macy's department store on motorcycles ... while being pursued by Shao Lin and her schoolgirl squad on bicycles ...
EXT. SHOPPING CENTER ROOF - NIGHT
The motorcycles pull up behind
the roof staircase entrance shed. Take cover.
Simon nods at the next building over.
Now we go over there --
What happened to Serge?
Serge got -- shot.
Look. We’ve got MORE company.
ON THE OTHER BUILDING
Shao and the girls race to the edge
of the roof and FLY INTO SPACE --
then land on opposite side, SLAP-SLAP-SLAP.
Starts FIRING at them.
RACE over to the other side of the shed
where April, Cherry and Simon are.
Shao looks up. Grimaces.
Suzu. M-six, please.
Suzu pulls out a GRENADE.
SLAPS it in Shao’s hand.
She PULLS the pin, and FLINGS it
in the air at the chopper.
We can’t move yet,
not with that chopper up there --
Flies into the chopper.
IN THE CHOPPER
The pilot sees it.
EXPLODES in a MASSIVE FIREBALL -- BOOM.
Debris, flames, metal, bodies FLY into the air.
Shao, Suzu and Nashi jump up
and clap excitedly.
MAX AND SUNDAY
Watch from the roof next door.
Fucking schoolgirls blew up our CHOPPER.
They’re fucking AMAZING.
We have to capture them and make them ASSETS.
ON THE ROOF
April looks at the door of the shed.
Pulls out her pistol.
SHOOTS off the lock, BANG.
The door FLIES OPEN,
revealing a staircase going down.
What’s down there?
Macy’s. And we’re smart shoppers.
Cherry and Simon KICK-START
their engines with a ROAR.
Then FLY down the stairs --
Just as Shao, Nashi and Suzu appear.
Shao STOMPS her foot.
And they RACE down the steps.
ON THE NEXT ROOFTOP
Cherry and Max pile into their SUV.
ROAR away back down the ramp.
The other vehicles follow them.
INT. MAX’S SUV - MOVING
Max turns the wheel furiously,
negotiating the turns.
Sunday BARKS into her cell phone.
We’ve got ‘em trapped
in the building next door.
I want every exit SEALED, you got me?
Well, then get MORE BACK-UP.
Just DO IT. NOW.
She CLICKS her phone shut with disgust.
Looks at Max.
I can’t believe the ATTITUDE
of some of these kids --
Guess we’re a long way from
'Be all you can be,' huh.
Yeah. More like An Army of NONE --
INT. MACY’S DEPARTMENT STORE - CONTINUOUS
The top floor. Sporting goods.
Rows of bicycles. Skateboards. Skis.
Athletic equipment, all shiny and new.
Cherry’s bike RACES down the aisle.
Takes a turn, KNOCKS OVER a display
of in-line skates.
Simon’s bike follows right behind.
ROARING after her.
April holding on for dear life.
SHAO, NASHI AND SUZU
Come RACING after them on foot.
See the bicycles.
They each GRAB one and JUMP ON,
start furiously PEDALLING after them.
INT. ESCALATOR - CONTINUOUS
Cherry FLIES down the stairs,
the front wheel BANG-BANG-BANGING on each step.
Gets to the bottom. Stops.
Simon FLIES down, right after her.
SKIDS to a stop.
Why did you stop?
Just making sure you were behind me.
C’mon, let’s GO.
Just then, Shao and the girls
come flying down the stairs on their bikes.
Shao starts SHOOTING at them.
Nashi THROWS knives.
Suzu WHIRLS a spiked metal ball on a chain.
We’re in The House of Flying Daggers,