Based on concepts by Larry and Andy Wachowski, and the

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on May 3rd, which will contain comics, news, specials and much more to

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Copyright 2000.††

 

Dedicated to Vaughn Engel, Daniel Mica, Moni Mica, the Landen/Adenuga

family, and Matrix fans worldwide.

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† Helmdean Noel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 08 1999

 

 

 

†††††††††††

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.BATTLE FIELD

 

The sky is a sea of green and black bile, in the

dark clouds, thunder RAGES.The earth is torn,

wounded, and stricken.A replication of wars ďno

manís landĒ.

 

Just then the SHRIEK of LIGHT pierces through the

raging sky, revealing a futuristic hovercraft.Itís

exhaust shooting out a turbo of burning white fire.

 

The craft begins to descend, slowly.It lands to the

††††††††††† ground and a door to the side opens like that of an

††††††††††† airplane.

 

Rushing out are humans, soldiers, dressed in heavily

††††††††††† armored futuristic combat suits. Their heads covered

††††††††††† by fighter pilot like head gear, their mouths covered

††††††††††† by a snorkel like trunk that attaches to a breathing

††††††††††† apparatus.In their hands, futuristic plasma guns.

 

A leading human points to a hill located a few miles

††††††††††† away, the others nod.Just then the humans combat

††††††††††† suits release jet pack wings.

 

The wings release a boost of white fire as the

humans shoot up into the air.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.HILL SIDE

 

The humanís hover to the ground, they begin

walking up hill.The top of hill shoots upward,

blanketing the other side.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† A growing SOUND can be heard, the quiet

SCREAM of a computer reaching another.

 

††††††††††† The humans begin loading their guns.

 

They continue walking, this time in slower, cautious

††††††††††† steps.They walk closer and closer, their eyes on

††††††††††† everything.

 

††††††††††† To the ground, they find human bones and skulls

††††††††††† scattered all over the place.A reminder of the war

of yesteryear.

 

Closer, closer, closer, closer, the computer like

††††††††††† scream gets louder.CLOSER, CLOSER, CLOSER...

BAM!

 

A group of mechanical animals, SENTINELS, that

at once look dangerously beautiful.††

 

††††††††††† The humans begin firing, comet SURGES of

PLASMA that shoot out into the air.

 

Smartly, the sentinels evade every shot, darting

left and right, gliding like killer kaleidoscopes.

 

††††††††††† They ATTACK with deadly speed, releasing red

laser beams from their whipping tentacles.

 

††††††††††† The battle begins.

 

††††††††††† One of the soldiers begins to run away.Just then a

††††††††††† sentinel POUNDS on top him, and severs him into

two.

 

††††††††††† Blood SPURTS from every direction, human limbs

SWORDED off by their mechanical enemies.

 

The fight is over before it starts.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

††††††††††† Out of the front window of the hovercraft, a younger

††††††††††† MAN looks out at the horrific battleground, he wears

a headset.He is NICO.

 

††††††††††† His face is hardened in anger.

 

††††††††††† A MANís voice emits from his headset.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (MAN) (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We have to get out of here.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.BATTLE FIELD

 

††††††††††† We watch as the crafts exhaust releases a burst of

††††††††††† white fire, hovering off the ground.A few feet later

††††††††††† in blazing speed, the craft ZOOMS towards the black

††††††††††† sky.

 

A sentinel notices the craft and chases after it.Itís

††††††††††† tendrils whipping in the air, each beautifully coming to

††††††††††† life in hypnotic movements.

 

A huge gun located on the side of the craft shoots

††††††††††† plasma out like an uzi.The sentinel DARTS left and

††††††††††† right, evading the balls of electricity.

 

††††††††††† Plasma wraps against metal, as a stream of electricity

††††††††††† surrounds the sentinel.BOOM!The sentinel explodes

††††††††††† in a raging blue fire.

 

The craft releases another boost of white fire, it

††††††††††† enters the sea of black bile, disappearing.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.NICOíS ROOM - CLOSE UP ON COMPUTER SCREEN

 

††††††††††† A flowing river of data spreads down the screen.

 

††††††††††† We move AWAY to find, Nico, staring aimlessly into

the screen.

 

††††††††††† The door opens and a MAN walks in, he is CABLE.

 

††††††††††† Nico swivels around, facing Cable.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This canít continue.We are

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dying out there.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CABLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We need a miracle.

 

††††††††††† Cable sits in a dark corner across from Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Oracle.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CABLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Oracle is a myth.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I donít know, but if we want

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to win we have to find him.

 

††††††††††† Nico gets up.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I am going in.

 

††††††††††† ††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE

 

††††††††††† Inside ROOM 708, a room that looks like it hasnít

been touched for years.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Nico stands in front of a table, which carries a circle

††††††††††† of old black phones.He wears a long black coat and

††††††††††† circular mirrored sunglasses.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† In his hand he holds a receiver.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Secure an exit.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes, sir.

 

††††††††††† He hangs up.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE - NIGHT

 

††††††††††† Nico walks out of the back entrance of the forgotten

††††††††††† hotel, located in the heart of urban maggotry.Waiting

††††††††††† for him in the putrid darkness is a sporty silver BMW

††††††††††† sedan, itís engine muttering in the cold night.

 

††††††††††† He opens the back door and enters.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION

†††††††††††

The silver BMW comes to a halt, the back door swings

††††††††††† open and Nico steps out.Heading towards stairs that

††††††††††† lead to an elevator.

 

††††††††††† Next to the elevator, a MAN sits, dressed in all black,

††††††††††† reading a newspaper.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Nico nods at the Man, the Man nods back.

 

††††††††††† The elevator door opens and he walks in.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ELEVATOR

 

††††††††††† The elevator stops at the seventh floor, the doors

slide open.Walking out into the hall he is approached

by a WOMAN.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PRIESTESS (WOMAN)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Can I help you?

 

††††††††††† Nico takes off his sunglasses.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I am here to see the Oracle.

 

††††††††††† The priestess nods.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PRIESTESS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Come with me.

 

††††††††††† She leads Nico towards a door located on the right of

††††††††††† the hall.She opens the door revealing an empty room.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PRIESTESS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wait here.He will see you soon.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SHRINE

 

††††††††††† Nico stands patiently, in the empty room.The walls

††††††††††† are covered by tarnished wallpaper, the wooden

floor covered by dingy polyester carpet.

 

††††††††††† To his right is an open window.

 

††††††††††† Across the street, in another building, in a ROOM,

he sees a beautiful long-haired WOMAN peacefully

making a bed.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Non-believer.

 

††††††††††† He turns away from the window to notice an OLD

MAN, sitting, staring at him.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nico.Sit.

 

††††††††††† He looks back at the ROOM, the woman has

disappeared and the light of the ROOM is out.It all

felt like a dream.

 

††††††††††† Nico lowers, sitting.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Are you? --

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Give me your hand.

 

††††††††††† Nico puts out his hand.

 

††††††††††† The old man looks at it, examining it as if it were an

††††††††††† insect.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You definitely have something.But

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you have to believe, if you want

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† anything to happen.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Open your mouth.

 

††††††††††† Nico opens his mouth.

 

††††††††††† The old man looks deep down his throat, then sits

back down.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† First you have to find yourself,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† most importantly, him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Who?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Your other half, Nico.

 

††††††††††† Nico is confused.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OLD MAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Weíve run out of time Nico, your

enemies are drawing closer.Go.

Now.Before itís too late.

 

††††††††††† Nico rises to his feet.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Good bye.

 

††††††††††† The old man nods.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE

 

††††††††††† The silver BMW pulls up to the back entrance of the

††††††††††† hotel.The back door swings open and Nico walks out.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE

 

††††††††††† One of the phones on the circle of phones begins to

††††††††††† RING.The door opens and Nico walks in.

 

††††††††††† He picks up the receiver.

 

††††††††††† We TURN towards a window.Outside on a broken

††††††††††† street light we see the flicker of fluorescent light.

 

††††††††††† We TURN around.

 

††††††††††† Nico has disappeared.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.MAYFAIR PLAZA - NIGHT

 

††††††††††† The central offices of Mayfair Systems, a software

††††††††††† development company.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.OFFICE

 

The deserted office is almost devoid of furniture.

††††††††††† There is a half-damaged wooden table, a chair, and

a computer.The only light in the room comes from

the glowing ray of the computer screen.

 

††††††††††† Sitting in front of the computer is a MAN, dressed

††††††††††† in all black and wearing a headset.He is RC.

 

††††††††††† His hands race over the keyboard.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† They are looking for something.

 

††††††††††† A voice emits from RCís headset.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I thought so.

 

††††††††††† A swarm of TV like STATIC spreads through the

screen, freezing the tracing program.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Whatís happening?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís a glitch.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Damn.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† No time to wait.Get out.

 

††††††††††† RC takes off the headset and then races for the door.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ST. REGIS HOTEL

 

††††††††††† The lobby of the hotel is drenched with an

overflowing ambiance of wealth.Out of an elevator,

AGENT HUNT and AGENT COLE walk out.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Dressed in dark suits, sunglasses, and hardwired

††††††††††† always by Secret Service earpieces in one ear.Itís

††††††††††† cord coiling back into their shirt collars.

 

††††††††††† A nerve twitches and Agent Hunt stops, touching his

††††††††††† earpiece.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HALL

 

††††††††††† RC paces through the hall of the hollow building.

††††††††††† There are no doors.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Shit.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ST. REGIS HOTEL

 

††††††††††† Agent Cole glances over at Hunt.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT COLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mayfair Plaza.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Xavier.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HALL

 

††††††††††† RC walks towards the circular railing, looking over

††††††††††† he sees the ground floor.The building vertigos

down into a marble chasm.

 

††††††††††† He takes a few steps back, preparing himself.

Releasing a small cry then running, he leaps into

the air, over the railing.

 

††††††††††† In an uncanny gracefulness he falls in slow motion,

††††††††††† erasing gravity from itself.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††† ††††† Seconds later he drops to the ground.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.GROUND FLOOR

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP (O.S.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Freeze motherfucker!

 

††††††††††† We TURN around to find four armed cops.Guns

thrust before them.††††††††

 

††††††††††† RC smiles.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.ST. REGIS HOTEL - NIGHT

 

††††††††††† Walking out of revolving doors are Agent Hunt and

††††††††††† Agent Cole.AGENT STONE approaches them,

who looks no different than they do.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT STONE

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† The search has already begun.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How many units?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT STONE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Four.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† That wonít be enough.

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.GROUND FLOOR

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít move!

 

††††††††††† The cops move cautiously CLOSER.They think they

have got their catch, they have practiced this a million

and one times, one of them reaches over until --††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The eye blinks and RC moves, fast, so blindingly fast.

††††††††††† He runs towards a wall behind him.

 

††††††††††† He begins walking on the wall, every step followed by

††††††††††† a trail of bullets that SHATTER their way into the

††††††††††† marble wall.

 

††††††††††† Leaping off, the cops watch jaw-slacked as he lands

††††††††††† behind them.

 

††††††††††† The mind still dazed, a jaw snapping roundhouse kick

finds itís way into a copís face .Which sends him flying

in incomparable speed into another.

 

††††††††††† In clear panic, the other two air their guns, fixed

††††††††††† black holes --

 

††††††††††† And begin firing.

 

††††††††††† Twisting out of the way, the bullets donít come close

as RC leaps into the air and gives another a kick to

his wind pipe.

 

††††††††††† A rushing gush of blood shoots out of his mouth,

quenching his scream.He is dead before he knows it.

 

††††††††††† The last Cop begins to scream as throwing stars twist

††††††††††† in the air in edge cutting speed --

 

††††††††††† His scream dies as they bury themselves into his

chest.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.ST. REGIS HOTEL - VIEW FROM ROOF

 

††††††††††† Looking downwards, on a sidewalk adjacent of

the hotel, we see the three agents enter a black sedan

with tinted windows.Driving off, they are followed by a

fleet of police cruisers.

 

†††††††††††

EXT.MAYFAIR PLAZA

 

††††††††††† The glass door of the main entrance to the skyscraper

††††††††††† opens and RC walks out.

 

††††††††††† A CELLULAR begins to RING.

 

††††††††††† He pulls out a small cell phone.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Operator.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I need an exit.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I am looking.

 

††††††††††† The sound of keyboard clatter emits from the phone.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Got one.Lexington Square, a

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† mechanical store about a mile

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† away.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Trans?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Motorcycle.A block away, its

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† yours.

 

††††††††††† RC looks to his far right.

 

††††††††††† A block away he notices, parked, a stylish black

racing motorcycle.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Right.See you on the other

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† side.

 

††††††††††† CLICK.Worm is off-line.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BLACK SEDAN

 

††††††††††† In the black sedan Agent Cole and Agent Stone sit

in front while Agent Hunt sits behind.

 

††††††††††† Cole touches his earpiece.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT COLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† He is moving.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt looks out the window.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lexington Square.

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† The ROARING SCREAM of a motor engine can be

heard.Seconds later, RC passes us, tearing down

the street on the motorcycle.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ALLEY

 

††††††††††† The black sedan containing the agents turns into a

dark alley, followed by the police cruisers.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† A malfunctioning traffic light keeps an ever growing

††††††††††† number of cars in traffic.RC turns into the street,

††††††††††† meeting the traffic.

††††††††††† The feel of fear POUNDS his heart.Slowly he turns

around --

 

To find the black sedan and the fleet of police cruisers,

††††††††††† waiting, patiently.The doors of the black sedan swing

††††††††††† open and the three agents step out.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fuck.

 

††††††††††† RC steps off the motorcycle.The agents and a few

cops begin running towards him.

 

††††††††††† The chase begins.

 

Running a few feet before leaping into the air, RC

lands on top of a car, his movement clean in execution.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Roof tops of cars become landing surfaces as RC

jumps from one car top to another.Gliding in and out

of each movement.

 

††††††††††† Horns begin honking as people frantically stick their

††††††††††† heads out of car windows, yelling, screaming and

††††††††††† swearing.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Behind him the agents begin firing.

 

††††††††††† Bullets pierce through the rear window of a taxi,

††††††††††† creating spider web like cracks.

 

††††††††††† The agents begin leaping from car top to car top.

††††††††††† Surprisingly their movements hold the same grace as

RCís, diverging from those of the cops, which are wild

and graceless. †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

INT.BUS STOP

 

††††††††††† A young MAN waits at a bus stop, he wears

headphones and punk-rock clothing.

 

††††††††††† An empty bus pulls up to the bus stop.Itís doors

††††††††††† slide open and the Man walks in through the back

door.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† A COP slips from the top of a yellow taxi, his face

††††††††††† SMACKING against the rooftop as a pool of blood

drains from is nose.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BUS STOP

 

††††††††††† The ROARING engine of the bus revs up as itís

exhaust releases a cloud of black smoke, speeding

down the street.

 

†††††††††††

†††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† RC reaches the front of traffic, he sees his target.

††††††††††† Behind him the ever present sound of gunshots

continue.

 

††††††††††† Way behind, the cops begin to slow down.

 

††††††††††† RCís face remains calm as he centers himself,

zeroing in on the empty street before him.

ROCKETING of a car top, he levels into the air.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sweet Jeezus.

 

††††††††††† The jump is completely inhuman in nature, hanging

in flight.At the same time the world around him

begins to spin as the earth beneath him flows.

 

†††††††††††

EXT.APPLAINCE STORE

†††††††††††

††††††††††† A WOMAN walks out of an appliance store, her

eyebrows pierced.Her big brown eyes fix on RC.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WOMAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What the...

 

 

EXT.STREET

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The bus races across the street.Time freezes as

RC SLAMS like a hammer on a nail onto the

roof top, bleeding and broken, but alive.He turns

around to notice the agents staring at him as the

bus zooms him past a building.

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BUS - CLOSE UP ON BOOT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††† Moments later, we focus on the boots of the young

††††††††††† Man.The Man begins to SCREAM as --

 

††††††††††† A swarm of spreading STATIC wraps over the boot,

then his body.The flowing river of static continues as

the boot morphs into a black loafer.

 

††††††††††† We move AWAY to find Agent Hunt rising to his feet.

 

††††††††††† Rubber BURNS and smoke rises, the bus comes to a

††††††††††† SCREECHING stop.The BUS DRIVER turns around.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BUS DRIVER

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hey!What are you doing?

 

††††††††††† We hear another scream of static and Agent Cole

emerges from the drivers seat.

 

††††††††††† Hunt looks up.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Good-bye Mr. Xavier.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The two agents pull out guns and begin firing at the

††††††††††† roof.They stop as we notice blood streaming through

††††††††††† the bullet holes.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† On top of the bus, RC lays in a pool of blood, dead.

 

††††††††††† The front door of the bus slides open, Agent Hunt and

††††††††††† Agent Cole step out.Agent Stone waits for them in

front of the bus.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The next target?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT STONE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sector 12.

†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT COLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The name is Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We will need to make contact.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.MAYFAIR PLAZA

 

Laying on the ground in front of the glass doors we

††††††††††† notice RCís cell phone, flashing with green light.

††††††††††† The line is ALIVE.

 

††††††††††† We lower downwards as we are SUCKED TOWARDS

the earpiece of the cell phone.CLOSER and CLOSER

until the smooth black plastic begins to expand.The

LITTLE holes WIDEN as we fall through one, entering

an absolute darkness.

 

††††††††††† We begin to be SUCKED OUTWARDS, drawing AWAY

and AWAY.†† The LITTLE holes of a receiver begin to

NARROW as we travel out of one.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We Ďre in.

 

††††††††††† Drawing farther AWAY we notice Nico, standing in

the hotel.

 

††††††††††† He hangs up.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION - NIGHT

 

††††††††††† Nico and a WOMAN step out of a sporty silver BMW

sedan, she is dressed in black leather, her name is

AMP.

 

††††††††††† Walking down a few stairs they meet EXODUS,

reading a newspaper, the Man Nico saw the last time

he paid a visit.

 

††††††††††† Exodus nods at Nico.

 

††††††††††† The elevator doors slide open and Nico and Amp enter.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HALL

 

††††††††††† DING!The elevator doors open on the seventh floor

and Nico and Amp walk out.

 

††††††††††† The priestess once again approaches them.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PRIESTESS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello, Nico.Follow me.

 

††††††††††† Nico takes off his sunglasses, then looks back at Amp.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wait here.

 

††††††††††† Nico follows the priestess towards the end of the hall.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SHRINE

 

††††††††††† Sitting on the floor, legs crossed, they find a little

BOY, meditating.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Where is the Oracle?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PRIESTESS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thatís him, the last of the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† potentials.They were about

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to kill him until Exodus

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† saved him.Thatís why he is

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† so special to us.Now I

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† hope you understand why?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

 

††††††††††† The priestess leaves the room.Nico walks closer,

††††††††††† just then the Oracleís eyes open.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE (BOY)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello, Nico.

 

††††††††††† Nico walks towards the Oracle, then sits.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are here because you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† donít know who it is.

 

††††††††††† Nico nods.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Come with me.

 

††††††††††† The Oracle rises, taking hold of Nicoís hand and

††††††††††† guiding him towards the window.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Look.

 

††††††††††† Looking through the window, the ROOM he noticed

††††††††††† before across the street is dark and empty.It

††††††††††† seems the ROOM has been plagued by a fire, that

has licked itís way through the room, spilling thick

††††††††††† soot all the way up to the ceiling, leaving traces of

permanent shadow.

††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Close your eyes.

 

††††††††††† Nicoís eyes shut.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Open them.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HOSPITAL - DAY

 

††††††††††† Nicoís eyes open to find himself in the hallway of

a HOSPITAL, were commotion is heavy.Through

all the panic, Nico and the Oracle remain

unnoticed, invisible.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Follow me.

 

††††††††††† Nico looks to his right.He sees a NURSE carting

a tray which carries bloody dissecting utensils.

Hanging off them are pieces of bloody human

tissue.

 

††††††††††† Walking, they turn into a door marked:ďDelivery

††††††††††† RoomĒ.

 

††††††††††† To the left of the hall they find a DELIVERY ROOM,

††††††††††† where a WOMAN is giving birth.Looking through

the window, Nico recognizes the Woman, the

Woman who was in the ROOM.

†††††††††††

She is clearly in pain.DOCTORS and NURSES

nervously try to calm her down, but the PAIN is

unbearable.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Who is she?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít ask when you already

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† know.

 

††††††††††† Nico draws closer, feeling the cool of the window.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ANGEL.

 

††††††††††† Sliding through Angelís womb, pinkish in color and

††††††††††† covered in blood is a BABY.

 

††††††††††† Nico looks at the CRYING BABY while a Nurse wraps

a white towel around it, he recognizes the child.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thatís me.

 

††††††††††† Angelís eyes shut as she passes out.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís not over.Now I will show you

your answer.

 

††††††††††† The Oracle and Nico begin walking down the hall, Nico

††††††††††† looks back at the delivery room.Itís empty.

 

††††††††††† They walk into a dimly lit EMERGENCY ROOM, where

††††††††††† SURGEONíS are busily at work.The room is as

silent as an empty coffin buried a 100 feet below the

EARTH; nuclear silence.

 

††††††††††† Walking up closer, behind the surgeons, they see

on the emergency table; lying down, eyes shut,

ANGEL.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Her abdomen is cut open, revealing a few of her body

††††††††††† organs.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This canít be real.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Real is what you make of it.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly the crying SCREAM of a BABY can be

heard as a Surgeon pulls out another baby from

Angelís womb.

 

††††††††††† This time the baby is DARK in color.The face of the

††††††††††† surgeonís cross in disbelief.

 

††††††††††† The surgeon looks at the baby in his hands.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SURGEON

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Holy fuckiní shit!

 

††††††††††† The Oracle walks up behind Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thatís your answer.

 

††††††††††† Just then a female VOICE begins to grow from a

distance, each time getting CLEARER.Waking us

up as if we were in a dream.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP (V.O.)

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Nico!

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SHRINE

 

††††††††††† Nico turns around to find himself in the Shrine.Amp

††††††††††† stands in front of the door.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† There Ďre here.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION

 

††††††††††† The black sedan pulls up in front of the entrance of

††††††††††† the Temple, followed by a fleet of police cruisers.

††††††††††† The doors swing open and the three agents step out.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SHRINE

 

††††††††††† The Oracle looks at Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You must go now or you will die.

†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What about you?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít worry about me, worry

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† about yourself.Remember, you

have to believe.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION

 

††††††††††† A LIEUTENANT walks up in front of the agents.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LIEUTENANT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes, sir.

 

††††††††††† Hunt looks down at the stairs leading to the TEMPLE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Follow the orders you were

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† given Lieutenant.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LIEUTENANT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes, sir.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SHRINE

 

††††††††††† Nico walks towards the window, looking down below

he sees the cops flooding in through the back

entrance.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Letís go.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION

 

††††††††††† Agent Stone starts for the back entrance, while Agent

††††††††††† Hunt and Agent Cole begin walking down the stairs

that lead to the temple.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SHRINE

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp leave the Shrine, leaving a meditating

††††††††††† Oracle behind.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Agent Hunt and Agent Cole meet Exodus, standing in

the entrance.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† EXODUS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Can I help you?

 

††††††††††† His words are met by the cold METAL of bullets as his

††††††††††† body drops to the ground.

 

††††††††††† The agents walk over Exodus, heading for the elevator.

††††††††††† They are about to enter when --

 

††††††††††† In a spreading like form Exodusís chest begins to

††††††††††† SPLIT open.Implanted inside his robotic chest, are

††††††††††† two guns which stick out like exhaust pipes.

 

††††††††††† Agent Huntís molars set in frustration.

 

††††††††††† Exodus begins to buck left and right as he releases

††††††††††† exploding bullets that perforate the entrance, bullets

††††††††††† RICHOCETING and PING-PONGING off the walls.

 

††††††††††† Bullets STRIKE into Agent Huntís body, plummeting

him to the ground.

 

††††††††††† Then Agent Cole begins to fire, but he is no match for

††††††††††† Exodus; the bullets are everywhere.An array of bullets

††††††††††† bury themselves into his body as it jack-knifes back onto

thefloor.

 

††††††††††† A spreading flash of mercurial light covers the two

††††††††††† agents bodies, revealing two dead cops.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.EMERGENCY EXIT

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Looking downward we watch as the cops climb their

way up the stairs, their flashlights periscope the area.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BEDROOM

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp walk into a BEDROOM.In the center

ofthe room lays a shagged rug which covers a metal

panel that leads to an escape route.

 

††††††††††† BOOM!Nico fires at the lock and then opens the panel.

††††††††††† They both look down into the deep dark space.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION

††††††††††† Exodusís chest SPREADS inwards, returning back to

place.He turns around to notice --

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt and Agent Cole, standing behind him,

sunglasses and suits intact.

 

††††††††††† In blurred speed Agent Hunt attacks Exodus with a

fury of serious blows.Then grabbing him by his shirt

collar and lifting him into the air with one hand.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Pathetic.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt grabs Exodusís right arm and RIPS it out,

††††††††††† creating a firework of sparking wires.

 

†††††††††††

INT.EMERGENCY EXIT

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Behind the moving cops, Agent Stone touches his

earpiece, hearing what is going on.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BEDROOM†††††††††††

 

††††††††††† Nico jumps into the darkness, his coat flying open like

††††††††††† the wings of a manta ray.It seems he might fall forever

††††††††††† until he CRASHES through, with an EXPLOSION of

WOOD and GLASS, SLAMMING onto the floor as a

cloud of dust rises.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.STORAGE ROOM

 

††††††††††† He finds himself in an old STORAGE ROOM which

contains an electrical generator that hasnít run for years.

 

††††††††††† Seconds later, DROPPING down like a disconnected

elevator, Amp lands to the ground.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HALL

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The emergency exit door of the 7th floor BURSTS open

and a flood of cops come pouring in, scouring the area

as they ready themselves on either side of the hall.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The floor is empty.

 

††††††††††† The ELEVETOR ďDINGSĒ softly, the doors slide open

and Agent Hunt and Agent Cole walk out.

 

††††††††††† To the left of the hall they find Agent Stone marching

††††††††††† towards them.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Where are they?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT STONE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† They have been lost.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Find them.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SEWER

 

††††††††††† BURSTING through a wooden door, Nico and Amp

fall onto a sewage tunnel.

 

††††††††††† Racing their way down through the man-made river

into the slimy darkness.

 

†††††††††††

INT.BEDROOM

†††††

††††††††††† The three agents walk into the room, finding the

opened metal panel.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt looks down into the dark space,

disgusted.

†††††

††††††††††† Agent Cole glances at Agent Hunt.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT COLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What do we do?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Secure the area.We havenít

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† lost them yet.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SHRINE

 

††††††††††† Moments later a BIG COP stands in front of the

window, looking at the ROOM in the other building

as he gluttonously bites on a jam donut.

 

††††††††††† In the ROOM he sees himself, sitting in front of a

††††††††††† television, half-naked.

 

††††††††††† Another COP walks into the SHRINE.

 

††††††††††† The Big Cop blinks his eyes in disbelief.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BIG COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hey Arnie.Come see this.

 

††††††††††† The other Cop walks up behind him, looking at the

ROOM.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?

 

††††††††††† The Big Cop looks at the other Cop, then he looks

back.The ROOM is dark and empty, a dream.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BIG COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nothing.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.TEMPLE OF ZION

 

††††††††††† Exodusís severed body lays on the ground, in front

of the elevator, the wires in his arms continually

spark on and off.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly his CHEST SPLITS open, he is ALIVE.

We draw CLOSER as we notice a tiny screen

within the intricate wires of his mechanical chest.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The screen reads:ďSelf-destructĒ.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† Outside a source less wind begins to rise, carrying

the brute force of a miniature earthquake. Windows

EXPLODE out of their frames as the earth begins

to SHAKE.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HALL

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The two Cops walk out of the Shrine, heading

down the hall.BOOM!Below them they hear the

faint sound of an explosion as the building begins

to RATTLE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BIG COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What the hell was that!

 

††††††††††† The door of the emergency exit of the seventh floor

††††††††††† flies open and a RAGING river of fire comes flooding

in.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fuck!

 

††††††††††† The cops begin running towards the end of the hall

as the fire continues to SPREAD, like a SWARM of

locusts, CONSUMING everything in itís path.They

both look back as they are SWALLOWED by the

RAGING fire.The fire continues to SPREAD until it

almost consumes us --

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CUT TO BLACK.

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† FADE IN ON:

†††††††††††

††††††††††† COMPUTER SCREEN

†††††††††††

So close, too close for comfort.

 

††††††††††† A blinking cursor throbs in the electrical darkness

††††††††††† like a beating heart, each time giving off an electric

††††††††††† pulse that spreads beneath the dark neon glass.

 

††††††††††† The cursor beats relentlessly as data slices unto the

††††††††††† screen, information flashing on in the speed of light.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCREEN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Trace program:running.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCREEN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† <DIR:Sector 14 COMM:Search>

 

††††††††††† The screen fills with columns of shimmering numbers.

 

††††††††††† The cursor races down the electric-green columns as

††††††††††† it searches through the screen.

 

††††††††††† At the top corner numbers fill in, snapping into place.

 

††††††††††† We begin to DRAW CLOSER, as the cursor slashes

down, filtering through the data as it deciphers the

††††††††††† information.

 

††††††††††† Only a few more numbers left as more slot into place.

 

††††††††††† Only one thin digit left.

 

††††††††††† The final number slots into place.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCREEN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Trace complete.Search complete.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TDP#:212-763-2486

 

††††††††††† We MOVE CLOSER, the green numbers racing in

an electric frenzy as we PASS THROUGH the

numbers, entering the world of the computer screen.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly the red neon light of the CLUB MATRIX

sign cuts through the darkness.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.CLUB MATRIX - NIGHT

 

††††††††††† A yellow taxi stops in front of the main entrance of

the club and a younger MAN steps out, his name is

NIX, the net Ranger.A man who knows more about

a computer than a computer does itself.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.CLUB MATRIX

 

††††††††††† Inside the club, the air is veiled by a thick smog of

††††††††††† smoke which blurs the few lights there are.

 

††††††††††† Everybody is dressed in black, this is a club for the

††††††††††† hacker elite.

 

††††††††††† Dark figures crowd around each other, grinding to the

††††††††††† heart throbbing beat of INDUSTRIAL MUSIC.

 

††††††††††† At the extreme end of the club, Nix makes his way

††††††††††† through a door guarded by two big bouncers.

 

†††††††††††

INT.REVERENDíS PLACE

 

††††††††††† He walks into an humongous room-like library.Filled

††††††††††† with ever growing towers that contain racks of books.

 

††††††††††† He turns into a row, walking a while until turning

††††††††††† into a dark corner.

 

††††††††††† There he finds a bald-headed MAN, REVEREND,

sitting in front of a table.He has a thick raspy voice.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Your late.

 

††††††††††† Nix ignores him.

 

††††††††††† He pulls out a small plexiglas case which contains

††††††††††† a tiny disc.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† We read the note on the case as he hands to

Reverend, it reads:ďSeven PlaguesĒ

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thatís the anti-virus.

 

††††††††††† Reverend opens a bulging metallic briefcase filled

††††††††††† with neatly stacked wads of hundred dollar bills.

 

††††††††††† He pulls out a wad and hands it to Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This never happened.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I know.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Are you alright?You look

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a little beat up.Sure you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† donít want to hang out.

 

††††††††††† Nix looks at the table, he sees syringes full of mescaline.

††††††††††† The ROOM TILTS.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† No.No thanks.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.CLUB MATRIX

 

††††††††††† Nix walks out of REVERENDíS PLACE into the club,

he melts away as he makes his way through the

shifting wall of bodies.

 

 

INT.REVERENDíS PLACE

 

It is four a.m. and Reverend is at his table.In front

of him are two powerbook computers which are both

connected to cell phones, and a cocked .45.

 

On one of the computers he types in a long access

code sequence.The computer responds.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCREEN

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2-16-9904:05:12REC: Del>

Call origin:212-734-2451

User Identified:Arthur Norton

Account Balance:$10,000,000

Status:Active

 

††††††††††† Reverend smiles to himself, heís got a lot of money.

 

††††††††††† He turns to the other computer were a custom-made

virus application is running the ďSeven PlaguesĒ

virus.†† He types in a series of codes after various

sequences, he waits.

 

The computer responds with shimmering columns

containing member account balances from a bank.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††† Come to papa.

 

He types in a few more codes, then waits.

 

A beat, the computer responds.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCREEN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Status:transaction in process

 

††††††††††† Reverend looks at the computer containing his

account balance and the figure begins to increase.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCREEN

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10,000,000Ö 12,567,890Ö

12,473,765Ö 15,887,544Ö

 

††††††††††† On the other computer, the account balances

begin to decrease.

 

Reverend leans back, sinking into his chair.

 

 

INT.WOMANíS CUBICLE

 

The entire floor looks like a human network,

with labyrinths of cubicles structured around a

core of elevators.

 

Itís really late and a WOMAN is working

overtime, the cubical drone entering data into a

spreadsheet program.

 

She is about to type into a field when a spread of

TV like STATIC swarms the screen, then the

computer slowly dies.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WOMAN

††††††††††††††††††††††† What the fuck!

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BALCONY - DAY

†††††††††††

A humongous balcony located inside Reverendís

place.

 

††††††††††† Looking half-dead, Reverend and a few others lay

††††††††††† scattered around.Their bodies and minds filled

††††††††††† with mescaline.

 

††††††††††† On a table, next to a laptop, we find; DOZENS of

empty syringes, trays filled with rolled up hundred

dollar bills, and neatly cut rows of cocaine.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly the growing DRUM BEAT of BOOT-STEPS

can be heard, POUNDING the rooftop.

 

††††††††††† Reverend wakes, alerting the others.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wake up!

 

††††††††††† A WOMAN is first to wake, she is CATE.Then a

MAN, he is REX.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CATE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Canít you hear it?

 

††††††††††† They listen closer as the BOOT-STEPS begin to grow

††††††††††† ominously louder, closing around them.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Holy shit.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The crates.

 

††††††††††† Moments later, everyone is arming themselves with

guns taken from metallic crates, snapping and

cocking.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What the fuck is this all

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† about?

 

††††††††††† Reverend cocks a gun.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The virus.

 

†††††††††††

INT.REVERENDíS PLACE

 

Reverend and the rest of the group spread out

amongst the towers of books, waiting.

 

††††††††††† Rex pulls out a syringe full of mescaline.He jams

it into his arm as he pushes down, he doesnít want

to die.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hell yes.

 

††††††††††† Reverend looks up at the glass ceiling, hearing the

††††††††††† staccato blades of a helicopter.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REVEREND

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Here it comes.

 

††††††††††† Windows EXPLODE as heavily armed men come

pouring in, looking more mechanical than human.

 

††††††††††† Flashlights cut their way through the darkness as the

††††††††††† police force makes their way down the rows of towers.

 

††††††††††† The group remains calm, except for Rex, whose eyes

††††††††††† are powder white.The mescaline is sipping into him.

 

††††††††††† A COP walks down a row, his finger gently wrapping

††††††††††† around the trigger.He walks until he notices --

 

††††††††††† Rex, spasming, jerking left and right as if he were

††††††††††† going through a seizure.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† There here!There here!

 

††††††††††† The cops begin firing. The fight begins.

 

††††††††††† The group begins firing.A cacophony of GUN FIRE

††††††††††† rises as they all exchange bullets that pock-mark

the racks of books.

 

††††††††††† Reverend ducks for cover as the RAGING bullets

surround him.

 

††††††††††† Cate darts across a row, then turning into an

††††††††††† intersecting hall, where she crouches to the ground.

 

††††††††††† A COP walks out of a row, where he is met by the

muted spit of a silencer.Cate rushes over and grabs

his gun and then SHOOTS to the end of the hall.

 

††††††††††† The COPS continue to PRESS on as the lay waste

to more members of the group, BULLETS POUNDING

and RIPPING their bodies into pieces.

 

††††††††††† Reverend pulls out two guns and makes his way down

a row, he turns into the hall where he finds more cops.

††††††††††† He begins firing, STRAFING, ROUNDS OF AMMO

SPITTING out as he sends cops flying for cover.

 

††††††††††† The door that connects to the club KNIFES open

and flash lighted gas-masked cops come pouring.

 

††††††††††† GRENADE LAUNCHERS fire out metal canisters,

smoke clouding the air.The smoke rises before Cate,

she sees her enemies surrounding her.

 

††††††††††† Cate opens fire but she is only armed with a handgun.

She screams as DOZENS OF GUNS begin firing at

her, ripping her apart.

 

††††††††††† Reverend hears the dying scream and races out of a

row, CHARGING with a FISTFUL OF RAGING METAL

as bullets pierce their way into cops chests.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt walks out of a row, finding a COP lying

in a pool of blood.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Are orders that hard to follow?

 

††††††††††† Reverend runs out of a row, crosses across a hall and

††††††††††† runs into a row in front of him.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt yanks out a gun and begins firing at a

††††††††††† target only he can see.BOOM!BOOM!BOOM!

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt and Agent Cole walk out of a row to find --

 

††††††††††† Reverend lying in a pool of blood, dead.

 

††††††††††† Agent Cole examines the corpse.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Have you traced the origin?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT COLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes, sector 12.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Our next target.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt walks away.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.NIXíS APARTMENT

 

††††††††††† It is an apartment filled with spore technology.

 

††††††††††† Jungle-like cables wire in and out of everywhere,

††††††††††† wrapping around legs of a few desks.

 

††††††††††† We turn towards a corner in this habitat of technology

††††††††††† to find Nix asleep on a bed.

 

††††††††††† The PHONE RINGS.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly his eyes flutter open, the PHONE

CONTINUES TO RING, dragging him out of his bed,

swallowing him like a black hole.

 

††††††††††† He answers it, half-asleep.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello.

 

††††††††††† A WOMAN is on the other end, she is MENAGE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MENAGE (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I called to warn you Ethan.

 

††††††††††† Nix wipes the drowsiness off his face.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† About what?

 

††††††††††† She grows silent for a while.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MENAGE (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The virus, they caught Reverend

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† using it and they wasted him.I

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† couldnít believe it until I saw

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† it for my self.

 

††††††††††† Her words POUND him, his heart almost bursting.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MENAGE (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† They traced it and now I think

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† they want you.I suggest you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† donít stay home tonight.

 

††††††††††† Nix looks out the window, the rising sun is becoming

††††††††††† blindingly bright.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† When?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MENAGE (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Early this morning.Be careful

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ethan, your the only one we have

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† left.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I know.

 

††††††††††† CLICK.Mťnage is off-line.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET - DAY

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The streets are busy.Cars are moving, people are

††††††††††† moving.

 

††††††††††† Amongst the moving crowd of people we notice Nix,

his face hidden beneath a hood.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.CLUB MATRIX

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt stands outside the club, watching Cops

††††††††††† taking out body bags and loading them into black

vans.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††† ††††††† Nix sees the body bags and realizes the seriousness

of the situation.He has just landed in a pit of shit.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.CLUB MATRIX

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt begins heading towards the black sedan

when he stops, looking around he sees --

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† Nix, fast-walking his way through people, he is trying

††††††††††† to get away.

 

††††††††††† Nix looks behind him to see Agent Hunt stepping

towards him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Damn it.

 

††††††††††† He begins running, like a mad man, barreling through

††††††††††† people.

 

††††††††††† He stops as he realizes something --

 

††††††††††† The agents are everywhere and nowhere.

 

††††††††††† He looks to his right to find Agent Hunt standing in

††††††††††† a crowd of moving people.Straight ahead he sees

Agent Cole.To his far right he sees Agent Stone

stepping out of a convenience store.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Shit!

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.INTERROGATION ROOM

 

††††††††††† In a dark gray room, Nix sits alone at a table.

 

††††††††††† The door opens and the agents enter including another

††††††††††† agent, AGENT WHITE.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt sits down across from Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are a tough man to keep

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† track on Mr. Alexander.One

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† minute you are here, the next

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† minute you are elsewhere.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fortunately, we have been able

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to track you down.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Nix feels himself melting into his chair.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You have been living, quite

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† an interesting life Mr. Alexander.

Most of it spent in computers where

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you go by the netRanger alias

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nix and infectiously plant

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† viruses into corporate networks.

 

††††††††††† Agent White hands Hunt several paper-clipped pages.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If you think we are going to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† allow this trend to continue,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you obviously have been

mistaken.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt flips through several pages that mark the

††††††††††† nuclear silence.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We have come upon your latest

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† project.The well-endowed and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† much feared ďSeven PlaguesĒ virus.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is possibly the most dangerous

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† virus ever released to date,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and can only be regarded as an

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† act of terrorism on your part

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Alexander.

 

††††††††††† He puts the papers aside.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I am going to tell you why you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† are here.

 

††††††††††† He takes off his sunglasses; his eyes are crystal blue.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† In every society each individual

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† is expected to live by the rules

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that have been provided by the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† governing body.This insures that

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† things will be kept in order and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that certain individuals do not

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† get out of hand.But there are

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† some individuals who feel they

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† are special, and that is the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† category in which you fall into.

 

††††††††††† He leans closer.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are a dangerous man Mr.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alexander.You infect multi

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† million dollar software companies

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with your malicious viruses and

you have no regard whatsoever

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† towards the legal system.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Anarchists such as yourself

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† should be eliminated from

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† our societal shores.

 

††††††††††† He puts his glasses back on.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Which is what, is exactly going

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to happen.

 

††††††††††† Nix stares at Agent Hunt.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is bullshit.You have no proof.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt stands.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We donít need proof Mr. Alexander.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are going to remain here for

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† as long as it takes.Me and my

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† colleagues will surely figure out

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† something to do with you.

 

††††††††††† The agents leave the room.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FADE TO BLACK.

†††††††††††

 

††††††††††† FADE IN:

 

††††††††††† INTERROGATION ROOM

 

††††††††††† Several hours later we find Nix asleep in a corner

††††††††††† of the room, looking weak and beaten.

 

††††††††††† The door opens.Agent White and a few cops walk in.

 

††††††††††† Nix tiredly wakes up.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT WHITE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Take him.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.SKYSCRAPER - DAY

 

††††††††††† Cops lead a handcuffed Nix out of revolving doors,

††††††††††† forcing his head down as they muscle him into a dark

††††††††††† van.

 

††††††††††† A detail of cars drive off.Led by the black sedan,

††††††††††† the van and three police cruisers.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE

 

††††††††††† Nico, Amp, Cable, GADGET, POOL, MACE &

STITCHES walk out ROOM 708.All dressed in black

and wearing sunglasses.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.STAIRWELL

 

††††††††††† They walk down the stairwell that winds around an

††††††††††† antique elevator shaft.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I want everyone where they are

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† supposed to be.We canít let

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† this one slip by us.

 

††††††††††† STITCHES, a younger man in his teens, whispers to

††††††††††† GADGET, a woman.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† STITCHES

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Another mind to jack.

 

††††††††††† They walk into the old lobby.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Pool and Gadget hold the exit.

 

††††††††††† Nico looks at Mace, a MAN.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mace you have got the get away.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MACE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alrighty.

 

††††††††††† Pool, a man, and Gadget stop at the stop at the doors

††††††††††† while the others walk out.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE - DAY

 

††††††††††† Two silver sporty motorcycles stand parked.

 

††††††††††† A sporty BMW sedan emerges from a corrugated roll-up

††††††††††† garage.

 

††††††††††† A young, skinny MAN, in his teenage years steps out

††††††††††† of the BMW.He has spiky blonde hair, many facial

††††††††††† piercings, and wears clothing that looks like those

††††††††††† of a TV repair man.His name is LINK.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hey Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thank you, Link.Get the VU set up.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We will need it tonight.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You got it.

 

††††††††††† Mace, Stitches, and Cable step into the BMW while

††††††††††† Nico and Amp hop onto the motorcycles.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Are you sure about this Nico?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Trust me.

 

††††††††††† Engines SCREAM as rubber BURNS against hot

granite, smoke rising into the air.Nico and Amp

ZOOM OFF, tearing down the street.Their coats

billowing in the air like capes.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† The black sedan stops at a RED traffic light.The

††††††††††† light turns GREEN and the black sedan cruises off.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp lead the BMW as they stop at a RED

††††††††††† traffic light.It turns GREEN.Nico and Amp tear

††††††††††† down the street while the BMW makes a right into

††††††††††† an intersecting street.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ALLEY

 

††††††††††† The BMW drives into a rotten alley.Cable and

Stitches step out, both carrying black duffel bags.

They climb their way up onto a fire escape.

 

†††††††††††

INT.VAN

 

††††††††††† Through the darkness, we see Nix lying in a corner.

††††††††††† Looking more dead than alive.

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT. ROOF - CLOSE UP ON DUFFEL BAG

 

††††††††††† A black duffel bag zips open and Cable pulls out a

††††††††††† BAZOOKA.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ALLEY

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp sit on their motorcycles in a dark alley,

††††††††††† hidden in the pubescent darkness.

 

††††††††††† We lock onto Ampís sunglasses as we see --

 

††††††††††† The black sedan cruising down across the street.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ROOF

 

††††††††††† Cable and Stitches lay in front of the rain gutter.

††††††††††† Stitches peers at the city through a humongous set

††††††††††† of silver binoculars.

 

††††††††††† A CELLULAR begins TO RING.

 

††††††††††† Cable pulls out a cell phone.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CABLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Can you see them yet?

 

††††††††††† Cable looks down below at the street.A few blocks

††††††††††† away he sees the black sedan heading towards him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CABLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.Five of them.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We Ďre on our way.

 

††††††††††† CLICK.Nico is off-line.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ALLEY

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp drive out of the alley.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ROOF

 

††††††††††† Cable mounts the BAZOOKA on his right arm.

Below Stitches sees the black sedan heading ever

closer towards them.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp continue to TEAR down the street,

the scream of engines growing into a RAGING

SHRILL.

 

 

EXT.ROOF

 

††††††††††† Cable aims at the black sedan, following it as it

††††††††††† continues to roll down the street.His thumb gently

††††††††††† squeezing down on the bubbly red fire button.

 

††††††††††† He follows it until it reaches a few feet away from

††††††††††† the street below him, and then --

 

††††††††††† Squeezes on the FIRE button releasing --

 

††††††††††† A missile that cartwheels into space leaving behind

††††††††††† a cloud of smoke as it rifles towards the black

††††††††††† sedan.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BLACK SEDAN

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt looks out of the window just as --

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.STREET

 

††††††††††† The missile BOLTS through the sedan, lifting it into

††††††††††† air, BARRELING it into a brick building, turning

††††††††††† into metallic pulp as a fiery orange cloud rises.

 

††††††††††† We TURN towards the end of the street as we see --

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp speeding towards us.

 

††††††††††† Another missile showers down, SMACKING the last

car of the detail.Metallic limbs of the police cruiser

††††††††††† wildly flying into the air.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.VAN

 

††††††††††† The Cops in front begin to panic as everything

around them seems to either explode or

somehow be destroyed.

 

††††††††††† Above them they hear a boot POUND on the

roof top.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DRIVING COP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Goddamnit!

 

††††††††††† The Cop SLAMS on the accelerator, sending the

van flying forwards and also --

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.STREET

 

††††††††††† Amp who stands on the rooftop of the van.

Missiles continue to beat down leaving behind

rising fire balls and whirling debris.

 

††††††††††† The van comes to a SCREECHING halt as --

 

A missile fires down unto the ground before it

††††††††††† creating an humongous crater-sized pot hole.

The blast sends the van WHIRLING and

TOPPLING over unto its side.

 

††††††††††† Amp rises and slaps open the sliding door of the

††††††††††† severed van.Inside she finds Nix, passed out.

††††††††††† Reaching in, she yanks him out, propping him

up onto her shoulder.

 

††††††††††† They race over to a half-destroyed manhole

cover.Lifting the metal plate, they enter into the

dark depths of the underground.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE - NIGHT

 

††††††††††† An outside view of the abandoned hotel.The

††††††††††† drenching rain pours relentlessly.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ROOM 1213

 

††††††††††† A wide angle view of the crummy room.Nix

lays asleep on a bed.

 

††††††††††† The door opens and Amp walks in, her presence

awakens Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello, Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are not supposed to know

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thatís not all I know about you.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Who are you?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† My name is Amp.

 

††††††††††† Nix rises from his bed.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I have waited for this moment

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for a long time.Matter of fact,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† we all have.Just like we waited

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† For who?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The answers will come soon.But

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† we have to go.

 

††††††††††† She turns towards the door.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How can I trust you.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Your just going to have to.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE

 

††††††††††† They walk out of the old lobby and enter an already

††††††††††† parked silver BMW.††††††††

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BMW

 

††††††††††† Nix enters and notices Nico seating in the back seat

††††††††††† next to him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello, Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Who are you?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I am Nico.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE

 

††††††††††† The car begins to cruise down the street.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.BMW

 

Nix looks out the window, nightly urban suitors fill

††††††††††† the rotten streets.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Where are we going?

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Do you know the question, Nix?

The question that drives all of us.

 

††††††††††† Nix stares into blank space, then looks at Nico,

††††††††††† his throat arid-dry as the Sahara.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What is the Matrix?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† That question has far more to it

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† than you might have ever possibly

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† imagined, and tonight you will see

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† what we all have seen.What they

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† didnít want you to see.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I donít understand.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Do you believe that anything is

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† possible?

 

††††††††††† Amp slightly turns her head.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I think so.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† She turns her head back.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Good, because what you are

going to see is going to change

everything.Itís certainly did for

me.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† The car stops in front of an appliance store.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We Ďre here.

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.JOEíS APPLIANCES

 

††††††††††† Nico, Amp, and Nix step out of the BMW and enter

the appliance store.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.JOEíS APPLIANCES

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Machines clogged with curdling oil lay almost

††††††††††† everywhere, slaughter house-like tools hang from the

††††††††††† ceiling.

 

††††††††††† Nix follows behind, looking around at the cannibalize

††††††††††† gadgetry.

 

††††††††††† They walk through a door and down a flight of stairs

††††††††††† that lead to the basement.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.BASEMENT

 

††††††††††† They descend into the basement were Link and a few

††††††††††† of his friends cluster around in front of a door.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hey, captain.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How is he?

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Heís fine.But heís doesnít talk

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† much, just sits there.Been like

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that for hours now.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Nico turns to Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Heís waiting.

 

††††††††††† Nix walks towards the door.Reaching for the door

††††††††††† knob, he enters --

 

 

††††††††††† INT.ORACLEíS CHAMBERS

 

††††††††††† Itís a dark room.A light bulb dangles from the

††††††††††† ceiling, giving the room itís only source of

††††††††††† light.

 

††††††††††† In the center of the room, Nix finds the Oracle,

††††††††††† sitting on the floor cross-legged.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello.

 

††††††††††† The Oracle smiles.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nix.Come.Sit.

 

††††††††††† Nix sits to the ground.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I know things have been somewhat

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† traumatic.I apologize.

 

††††††††††† Nix nods.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† As youíve probably been wondering,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† why you?Let me tell you why.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are here because you have a

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† gift.What it is you donít know,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† but that is why I am here... to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† show you the path.But first let

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† me ask, do you have any idea what

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the Matrix is.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††† Nixís mind races in thought then he pauses.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A computer program?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Exactly, but it is not what you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† think.Do you want to know what

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† it is?

 

††††††††††† Nix swallows, then nods.

†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Matrix is a computer program

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in which we are all in, even at this

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† very moment.A computer program

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that governs our very lives, a

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† computer program that has blinded

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you from the truth that your

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† reality is a hoax.Itís the burning

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† sensation than stalks your heart,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† it has enslaved your mind and your

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† world.Servitude, Nix, sounds

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† impossible but it isnít.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How is that?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sooner or later you are going to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† realize that what we sometimes

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† considerimpossible isnít

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† actually far-fetched.I am about

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to reveal something to you that

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† will hopefully show you exactly

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† what I mean.Are you ready to

see what I want to show you?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I want you to think of this as a

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† lock and a key, they both complete

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† each other.Without the lock the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† key is useless, without the key the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† lock will remain idle.There is

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a myth out there that all of us who

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† have seen the Matrix have come to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† hear.It questions the existence

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of the Aphex Twins.

 

††††††††††† The Oracle pulls out a string-necklace which has a

††††††††††† YING YANG pendant.

 

††††††††††† He hands it to Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† One represents day, the other,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† night.When these two unite, what

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† was always rendered impossible

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† will become possible.As for now

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† we have only found one half, the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† other half still drifts somewhere

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in the Matrix.

 

††††††††††† Nix feels the smooth metal of the pendant.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Close your eyes, Nix.

 

††††††††††† Nix closes his eyes.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I want you to tell me what you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† see.

 

††††††††††† With his words we drift --

 

†††††††††††

INSIDE UTERO

 

††††††††††† We are uncomfortably CLOSE to a reddish brown

††††††††††† substance that glows in a sea of amniotic fluid.

We begin to be SUCKED away.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† We continue to DRAW FARTHER away, the racing

††††††††††† locomotive pounding of HEART BEATING growing

††††††††††† ominously louder, the red substance spreading like

a horizon.

 

††††††††††† The HEART BEATS UNCONTROLLABLY FASTER

as we DRAW still farther away, noticing a CHILD,

alive but unborn.Itís reddish brown skin glowing

ever more in the amber plasma.

 

††††††††††† We continue to DRAW AWAY as we notice --

 

Another CHILD, alive but unborn, itís pinkish body

††††††††††† translucent in the amniotic fluid.Both of them

††††††††††† still wired by their umbilical cords, the APHEX

††††††††††† TWINS.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.ORACLEíS CHAMBERS

 

††††††††††† Nixís eyes open.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I am an Aphex Twin.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Unbelievable, isnít it.Now

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you know who your other half

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† is, donít you?

 

††††††††††† Outside, in the hall, the moving of mechanical

††††††††††† equipment can be heard.

 

††††††††††† Nix nods.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I know it is hard to believe,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† but all I can offer you is the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† truth.It is up to you to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† accept it or not.†† Remember,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I can only show you the path.

 

††††††††††† The Oracle rises to his feet.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ORACLE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Go.Let fate show you the way.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† He smiles.

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

INT.BASEMENT

 

††††††††††† Nix exits the Oracleís chambers, his mind warped in

††††††††††† skepticism.Nico appears in front of him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What you heard, what you saw.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I heard and I saw.But one thing

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† still remains.Are you ready to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† see the Matrix?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How?

 

††††††††††† Nico pulls out a small metallic case.He opens it.

††††††††††† Inside are two pills, one blue, and one red.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You take the blue pill and this

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ends.You continue the

brainwashing cycle.

 

††††††††††† Nix stares at the two pills.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You take the red pill and you take

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the journey.The journey I took.

 

††††††††††† Nix reaches for the red pill.Opening his mouth he

††††††††††† swallows it.

 

††††††††††† Nico takes off his sunglasses.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Come with me.

 

††††††††††† He leads Nix towards a room at the end of the hall,

††††††††††† which is filled with high-tech equipment and glowing

††††††††††† phosphorous emitting from the racks of monitors.

 

††††††††††† Amp, Gadget, Pool and Link look up as they enter.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Link?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Give it a minute.

 

††††††††††† The others continue to hook up an intricate system of

††††††††††† hardware, modules ,and drives.

 

††††††††††† In the center of the room sits a chair.

 

††††††††††† Nix sits as Gadget gently begins fixing white

††††††††††† electrode disks to his arms, the back of his neck, and

††††††††††† head.

 

††††††††††† Gadget whispers into his ears, her lips close to his

ears.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GADGET

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Just relax.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What is this?

 

††††††††††† A monitor in front of Link comes to life with a glee a

††††††††††† of phosphorous blips.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is a virtual unit.Itís

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† going to make things feel a

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† little weird.

 

††††††††††† Link walks up to Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Okay, I think heís all set.

 

††††††††††† Nix eyes blink when he notices an old radio, which is

††††††††††† hardwired to the system sitting in front of him.The

††††††††††† intestinal blue and red wires of itís electrical output

††††††††††† lying close to his feet.

 

††††††††††† Pool checks the racing bauds of phosperescent data

while Gadget monitors Nixís electrical vital signs.††

 

††††††††††† A sound begins to grow silently louder, the rising

sound of STATIC.Nix stares as the radio comes to

life, itís dial pacing relentlessly back and forth.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What the...

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††† The dial on the radio passes through the fuzzed

clamors of radio stations then, it stops when it meets

dead air, the sound of static fading out.

 

††††††††††† Nix looks down at his feet as he notices a stream of

††††††††††† electrical-like static which looks almost liquid,

††††††††††† streaming out of the wires and unto his feet.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Oh-no...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Easy Nix, easy.

 

††††††††††† He begins breathing heavy as the static swarms

upwards unto him, wrapping over him like a

smothering leech, creating a living coat of static.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† No.No.

 

††††††††††† The static spreads all over him now, running, tearing

††††††††††† down like burning candle wax up his arms.

 

††††††††††† Nico turns to Amp.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Worm.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Amp takes out a cell phone and dials a few numbers.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Worm, we will need the signal.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† soon.

 

††††††††††† The electrical coagulate continues crawling, racing

††††††††††† like a sea of raging insects.Nix looks down as he

††††††††††† sees his lower body begins to sort of fade away.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jesus.

 

††††††††††† The static slithers up his neck and Nix panics ever

††††††††††† more, he turns his head as it begins wrapping around

††††††††††† his neck, trying to keep his mouth up.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís all over...

 

††††††††††† Nico is right next to him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I am right here.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GADGET

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Heís loosing it.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Pool?

 

††††††††††† Streams of liquid static roll up unto Nixís face and

††††††††††† close.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† POOL

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís coming.

 

††††††††††† ALARMS on most of the monitors begin to ERUPT.

 

††††††††††† Amp is still on the phone.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hold it, Worm.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† POOL

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Got him!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bye bye.

 

††††††††††† Nixís body begins to convulse in agony as he begins

to SCREAM.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Worm, Now!

 

††††††††††† Nix continues to SCREAM.Itís a deafening sound,

like the scream of the sentinels in the battle field.

 

††††††††††† With his scream we --

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.POWER PLANT - CLOSE ON MANíS BODY

 

††††††††††† Floating in womb-red gelatin.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly his body begins to spasm, fighting against

the clotting gelatin.

 

††††††††††† A huge metal tube plugs into his mouth and down

his throat.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Surreal hospital-like IV lines connect to his limbs

and genitals.

 

††††††††††† He begins to fight and struggle ever harder.Air

††††††††††† bubbles into the amnion but does not disjoin the

††††††††††† surface.

 

††††††††††† He presses up, his hand bulging the surface of the

red cocoon.

 

††††††††††† He grabs the large tube at his face, pulling it out,

††††††††††† struggling to breathe as a hole around his mouth

††††††††††† widens.

 

††††††††††† Finally tearing through, he surfaces from the Jell-O

††††††††††† cell, waiting for his vision to focus.

 

††††††††††† It is Nix.

 

††††††††††† He is bald and naked, his body wrinkled and pruned

by the slick gelatin.He stands in an oval capsule

that is held together by black alloy.

 

††††††††††† The IVs in his arms are plugged into outlets that

seem to be grafted to his flesh.

 

††††††††††† He reaches for the back of his head where he finds

an immense coaxial cable plugged and locked into

the base of his skull.

 

††††††††††† He tries to pull it free but it would be easier to

††††††††††† break a leg.

 

††††††††††† He moves towards the edge of the capsule, where

he sees more tube-shaped pods filled with the red

††††††††††† gelatin, all connected to the central core.

 

††††††††††† Pale and motionless, he sees other human beings

††††††††††† beneath the surface.

 

††††††††††† Outspreading into a circle, there are more.Levels

††††††††††† and levels above him, the stems containing the

††††††††††† glowing pods appear to rise forever.

 

††††††††††† Itís mind-battering imagery.He feels sick.

 

††††††††††† The stems grow into circling towers that stretch

††††††††††† into the obscure darkness.†† The PLANT sounds

like a running engine under tens of feet of concrete

††††††††††† foundation.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.CONTROL CENTER

 

††††††††††† A machine, insect-like in design, beautifully

††††††††††† constructed of sturdy alloy that covers itís polymeric

††††††††††† tech-organic body; monitors the life activity of the

††††††††††† humans in the power plant through a humongous

computer screen.

 

††††††††††† An ALARM on the screen, begins to ERUPT alerting

the machine.It reaches for the screen with one of itís

††††††††††† tentacles, gently pressing the screen the red light

††††††††††† dies out.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.POWER PLANT

 

††††††††††† Nix begins to react in pain.At the back of his head

††††††††††† the coaxial cable lock spins and opens, dislodging

from the base of his skull.

 

††††††††††† The cable pulls free and oozing blood and spinal fluid

††††††††††† gushes out of the interior of his skull.The other

††††††††††† connective lines snap and whip-snake away as --

 

††††††††††† The back of the unit opens and a colossal emptiness,

††††††††††† like an airplane door opening, sucks the gelatin and

††††††††††† Nix almost until --

 

††††††††††† A hand reaches in and yanks Nix out of the pod.We

††††††††††† look up and notice Nico who is harnessed by a coil of

††††††††††† black wire to a futuristic craft that looks like a

††††††††††† hybrid of a helicopter and a jet fighter.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Gotcha.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.POWER PLANT - CLOSE ON METAL POD

 

††††††††††† A metal pod connects among the many Jell-0 pods

plugged into the central core of another spiraling tower.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly the surface of the metal pod begins to press

††††††††††† inwards as mechanical body parts socket outwards

every which way.The metal pod transforms into a

living SENTINEL, the animal we saw in the battle field.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.COCKPIT

†††††††††††

The cockpit is a miniature center of high-tech

††††††††††† equipment.Mechanical gadgets come to life with a

††††††††††† musical glee of blue and green light.

 

††††††††††† Nico and Amp sit at the controls while Stitches and

††††††††††† Gadget mount Nix onto a stretcher harnessed by

black metal.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.POWER PLANT

 

††††††††††† A unit of five sentinels dart in blazing speed between

††††††††††† the spiraling towers of the plant.They shift and

††††††††††† glide in ever changing mercenary paradigms.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.COCKPIT

 

††††††††††† Nico presses the ďLOADĒ button on a computer screen

and a radar-like image of the sentinel unit appears.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sentinels.

 

†††††††††††

INT.POWER PLANT

 

††††††††††† The craft takes off just as the sentinels appear from

††††††††††† a dark corner, they notice the craft and shoot towards

††††††††††† it while they open and ready their weapons.

 

††††††††††† The dogfight begins.

 

††††††††††† A turbo of white fire shoots out of the exhaust of the

††††††††††† craft and it bullets through the plant leading the

††††††††††† sentinels in hot pursuit.

 

††††††††††† The craft missiles left and right in every possible

††††††††††† focus but canít evade itís shadowy mechanical

††††††††††† pursuers.†††

 

 

††††††††††† INT.COCKPIT

 

††††††††††† Sweat beads Ampís forehead as she battles with the

††††††††††† joystick, swerving the craft left and right.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Get us out of here.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.POWER PLANT

 

††††††††††† The craft shoots upwards, leading the sentinels into

††††††††††† the enigmatic darkness of the plant.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.SEWER MAIN

 

††††††††††† The craft races ever faster through the sewer as the

††††††††††† sentinels begin shooting wads of red hot laser from

††††††††††† their tentacles.The craft whip-snakes and enters an

††††††††††† enormous hole that leads into --

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.LOST CITY

 

††††††††††† An abandoned and mutilated city, its structures

††††††††††† blackened and oxidized by the works of war that

raged on for decades without easing.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.COCKPIT

 

††††††††††† Nico dials in a few codes on the computer screen.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† EMP.

 

††††††††††† The screen responds and he hits the ďLOADĒ button.

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.LOST CITY

††††

††††††††††† A side on the craft opens like the doors of a train

††††††††††† and a few fluke missiles fly wildly into space.

 

††††††††††† A blinding shock of white light spans a vast radius.

††††††††††† Three sentinels blink and fall instantly dead, their

††††††††††† cold, metal corpses, falling to the deep depths then

††††††††††† exploding in raging blue fire.

 

††††††††††† The craft zooms almost invincibly through the decrepit

††††††††††† buildings of the lost city, rising and descending tens

††††††††††† of feet in almost nanoseconds.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.COCKPIT

 

††††††††††† Amp directs the joystick just as the craft violently

††††††††††† begins to RATTLE; like a phase of an epileptic

††††††††††† seizure.Then like a machine going to sleep, itís

††††††††††† engine and electrical circuits seem to die instantly.

 

††††††††††† Ampís face wraps in fear.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jesus no.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít panic.

 

††††††††††† Stitches races into the cockpit.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† STITCHES

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Engines jammed.

 

††††††††††† Nico reaches for a glowing red button.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Backup generator.

 

††††††††††† Pressing the button the computer screen comes to life.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hologram.

 

††††††††††† He dials in a few codes on the screen, and then hitís

††††††††††† the ďLOADĒ button.

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.LOST CITY

 

††††††††††† The sentinels see the craft hovering in front of a

††††††††††† building and they battle-ram towards it.They are

††††††††††† about to pounce onto the craft when --

 

††††††††††† They both CRASH into a building.For a moment it

††††††††††† seems they almost RICOCHET off as they ERUPT

into a raging blue fireball.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.SEWER MAIN††††††

 

††††††††††† The craft approaches the hovercraft we saw in the

††††††††††† battle field and docks unto a port on the side.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.RESTORATION CHAMBER

 

††††††††††† We PASS THROUGH an orange mist of the glass

wall-like membrane, entering --

 

 

††††††††††† INT.RESTORATION CHAMBER

 

††††††††††† The room is an orange tint made of sleek

architecture, the walls are made of tinted-brown

plywood.Tall, clear rectangular panels stand

fixed into the walls, the derma of fluorescent-

orange light burning beneath.

 

††††††††††† Itís something of another time, another world.

 

††††††††††† In the center of the room Nix lays asleep on a

††††††††††† black futon, dressed in a black tank top and

black slacks.

 

††††††††††† We watch as a wound on his right arm begins

to heal itís self.Skin racing slowly together,

wrapping over the wound burying below.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FADE TO BLACK.

†††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† FADE IN ON:

 

††††††††††† COMPUTER SCREEN††

 

††††††††††† A dialog box pops up on a combat training

program.It reads:ďCombat Series 1 of 12",

file categories begin flashing on beneath:

Karate, Taekwondo, Jujitsu, Ken Po, Kickboxing...

 

†††††††††††

INT.RESTORATION CHAMBER

 

††††††††††† We follow a sickly thin cable line descending from

the roof. We MOVE IN as we and the needle in

front of the line plug into the jack at the back of

Nixís neck.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Swallowed into the darkness that becomes --

 

 

††††††††††† NIXíS BRAIN

 

††††††††††† A web work of connecting and intersecting nerve

cells.Short comet charges of electricity race back

and forth.

 

††††††††††† We hear the pounding of keyboard and then like a

††††††††††† tidal wave of plasma electricity, the nerve cells

twitch and the electricity races back and forth ever

faster to disturbing NOISES.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.RESTORATION CHAMBER - CLOSE ON NIXíS FACE

 

††††††††††† that begins to twitch.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CUT TO BLACK.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† With no sense of time we hang in the darkness,

††††††††††† hearing an enigma of mixed noises.

 

††††††††††† The noises become loudly surreal as we hear a high-

††††††††††† octane martial arts fight.Then we unconsciously

††††††††††† whip-snake to the sound of GUN REPORT, bullets

††††††††††† seemingly whipping in every direction.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.NIXíS ROOM

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††† Nix wakes from a deep sleep, feeling a lot better, his

††††††††††† hair has grown almost half-length.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† He begins examining himself.He looks at his arms

and sees the jacks grafted into his flesh.His fingers

††††††††††† race to his head where he finds a large outlet at the

††††††††††† base of his skull.

 

††††††††††† At the end of the room there is a small, airplane-like

††††††††††† window.Outside, he sees the sewer racing by.

 

††††††††††† Amp opens the door.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Whatís happening to me?Why is

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† everything so different?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Because you are in a different

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† time.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The world you lived in was a lie

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nix.

 

††††††††††† Nix canít seem to comprehend.Itís too much

††††††††††† information for one to get at one time.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Come.Let me show you.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

††††††††††† Nix follows Amp through the ship.He turns to find

††††††††††† a metal slab grafted into a metal column, it reads:

††††††††††† ďNautilusĒ.

 

††††††††††† They walk down metal stairs that lead to the main

††††††††††† deck.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.MAIN DECK

 

††††††††††† Everyone except for Nico is there, including a few

††††††††††† that seem not to have holes in their flesh and head.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is Nicoís ship, the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nautilus.†† Itís a destroyer.

 

††††††††††† Nix sees the faces that stare at him and they launder

††††††††††† trivial.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† For the rest of the team you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† havenít met, thatís Worm, and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cable.The rest of the people

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you see here are from Zion, the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† last human city.

 

††††††††††† She guides him to the Core.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is were all signals are

broadcasted into the Matrix.

 

††††††††††† Itís a center of eerie electronic gadgetry.Snake pits

††††††††††† of wires seed to and from high-tech modems,

generators, gargantuan servers, and flat computer

screens.

 

††††††††††† At the technological nucleus, there are ten

††††††††††† exoskeleton chairs made of poly-amalgam and

suspension harness.

 

††††††††††† Near the circling chairs is the command console

and the operatorís terminal where the network is

monitored.

 

††††††††††† Amp nods and Mace helps Nix into one of the chairs.

 

††††††††††† Nix feels Mace guiding a coaxial line into the outlet

††††††††††† at the back of his neck.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MACE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hold tight.

 

††††††††††† There is PANDEMONIUM as Mace begins to work

the needle in.Nix bucks up and his face constricts

into a glare until a blaring CLICK fires and his ears

pop.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† EXT.CITY STREET - DAY

 

††††††††††† Nix stands in an empty city street.He TURNS to

find Amp standing next to him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is a computer program.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís accessed as part of the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Construct, from were we can

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† load anything we need.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Follow me.

 

††††††††††† We follow as she guides Nix to a bar located across

††††††††††† the street.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.BAR

 

††††††††††† They enter the empty bar and sit at a booth next to

††††††††††† a window.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††

††††††††††† Nix looks around, then runs his hand down the table.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This canít be real.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You Ďre right, it isnít.The

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† same rules that apply in the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Matrix apply here as well.††††††††††††††††††††††

 

††††††††††† She takes off her sunglasses.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Matrix was designed for one

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† thing, control.Midway through

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the twenty third century another

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† war raged on.Us humans, again

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† found ourselves fighting against

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† something that we created,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† artificial intelligence.Machines,

that seeded from their ancestral

predecessors.

 

††††††††††† Outside, the street becomes busy with moving people

††††††††††† and cars.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† After the death of the messiah

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† we searched for the next chosen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† one, one who would put an end to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the bloodshed, and defeat the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† machines.Our searches went in

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† vein and we were forced to make

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† diplomatic efforts.†† Whatever

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† we offered the machines was not

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† good enough, they wanted their

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† much loved source of energy, the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† human.

 

††††††††††† Outside, the sky turns jaundice.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We became divided amongst

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ourselves as some of us feared

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the machines would win again.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Some of us fled for the machines

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in promise of a better life, and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the machines filled their minds

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with the dreams of a better

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† yesterdayÖ a dreamlike utopia.

 

††††††††††† We TURN towards the window, outside,

EXPLOSIONS light up a bloody battlefield.

Humans dressed in the body armor we saw before

fight terrifyingly against the machines.

 

††††††††††† We MOVE invincibly past the window as the war

††††††††††† surrounds us.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† And just like before, the war raged

on for decades and destroyed the

little we had attempted to recover.

The structures of yesteryear

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† returned.The Matrix was

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† reformatted and rebooted, then

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† wired back into our minds, in

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† order to maintain us while they fed

on their convalesced energy source.

 

††††††††††† We whip-snake into a green house which contains

ever growing fields.

 

††††††††††† Enormous farm-like reapers are harvesting the

crops of the red cocoons, each containing a glowing

human fetus, itís soft skull already growing around

the brain jack.

 

††††††††††† We PULL BACK and find ourselves inside the bar.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Right now, we are miles below

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the surface, hiding, waiting for

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the return of the chosen one.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† But, that wait is over.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††

She puts her glasses back on.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I know this can be all hard

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to take at once, but itís the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† truth.

 

††††††††††† Nix gently nods, his mind assaulted by the images

he just saw.

 

††††††††††† She smiles.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Come.Letís go.

 

††††††††††† They leave the booth and exit the bar.

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.CITY STREET

 

††††††††††† Nix exits first and the street is once again busy.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hello, Nix.

 

††††††††††† Nix turns and he finds Nico standing next to him.

He turns back and Amp has disappeared.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Walk with me.

 

††††††††††† They begin walking down the street for a while until,

††††††††††† everything becomes a frozen blur.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Throughout the history of the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Matrix, there has always been

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a man inside who could change

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the Matrix as he saw fit.

 

††††††††††† They continue walking.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You and I are descendants of

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that man, the messiah.

 

††††††††††† Nico stops.Between the blurred people, there is a

††††††††††† MAN in front of them, dressed in a long black coat,

††††††††††† he is frozen in motion.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We are descendants of him,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Neo.Sooner or later, just

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† like he did, we Ďre going to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† have to fight the machines.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† And free human beings from

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† slavery.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Nico moves closer.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We are him, and he is us.

 

††††††††††† We begin to SPIN, circling around the two men as the

city DISSOLVES away like a curtain rising, into blank

white space and we are in --

 

 

INT.†† MAIN DECK

 

Nixís eyes snap open as Amp unlocks the cable from

the back of his neck.

 

Nico comes unglued and approaches Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††† Get some rest.I can see you

need it.

 

††††††††††† Nix nods gently and exits the main deck.

 

 

††††††††††† INT. HOVERCRAFT

 

††††††††††† There is never morning; fluorescent light sticks blink,

then flicker on.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.NIXíS ROOM

 

††††††††††† Nix sits next to the airplane-like window, gazing at

the racing sewer, lost between two worlds.

 

The door opens and Amp enters, she approaches

him, emerging from the congealing darkness.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hard to let go.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.††††

†††††††††††

††††††††††† She sits next to him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† For a long time I couldnít let

go.Everything was so beautiful.

When I was a kid I would run to

the lake and throw pebbles in the

pond.I would do that for hours,

alone.Memories I could have

cherished for a lifetime, just to

find out that they werenít real.

 

††††††††††† She continues, confessing a bit about herself.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sometimes I find myself thinking

about that.To be honest with

you, I canít let go, and thatís

okay Nix.Weíre all human.

 

††††††††††† She rises.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís time for your training.Are

you ready?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I guess.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Good.

 

†††††††††††

††††††††††† INT.MAIN DECK

 

††††††††††† Nix is plugged in, hanging in the one of the

exoskeleton chairs.

 

Worm is at the operatorís terminal.

 

Amp sits in a drive chair next to Nix.She nods to

Worm.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††††††††††††††† Okay, here it goes.

 

 

INT.DOJO

 

They stand in a very sparse japanese-style dojo.

 

Surrounding them are computer-generated drones,

who are frozen in motion.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† This is part of your combat

training.Itís a computer

program designed to test

your technique.Donít

worry, all you need has

been already downloaded --

 

††††††††††† She points to her head.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† In here.There is only one basic

ruleÖ there is no rule.You

do whatever you think you are

capable of doing.†† The point here

isnít thinking, itís knowing.Free

your mind and the body will follow.

 

††††††††††† Nix turns as the drones come to life and begin

circling around him.

 

His eyes close, and then open as he assumes

a fighting stance.

 

At once the drones launch a furious attack.

 

Itís like when Bruce Lee faces the bad guys in

one mega showdown.

 

Fist and feet flying, strike from every corner at

Nix as the drones press their attack.

 

But each and every blow is blocked by minimal

speed.

 

A blow just misses Nix and he launches his

attack.We watch as he takes them apart, his

speed increasing as he hurls himself at all of

them, sending drones flying then falling to the

ground.

 

As the drones fall, a spreading white light wraps

over them and they fade away.

 

He continues, blowsí growing into a raging fury

as he screams then sends the last of the drones

flying away.

 

The last drone fades away and Nix cools himself.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† Good.I can see you are no

stranger to adaptation.

 

††††††††††† He turns and Amp is behind him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† One thing still remains.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Whatís that?

†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Attack me.

 

††††††††††† She assumes a fighting stance.

†††††††††††

Nix assumes a similar stance, cautiously circling

around Amp as he pauses then launches an

attack.

 

The Bruce Lee intensity returns and Nix heaves

himself at Amp, feet and fist flying like deadly

weapons --

 

But every blow and every kick is blocked by

effortless speed.

 

 

INT.MAIN DECK

 

While the two minds battle in the programmed

reality, their two bodies appear relatively tranquil,

balanced in the drive chairs.

 

Worm monitors their life systems, seeing that Nix

is uncontrollably and frantically lit up as contrasting

with the slow and steady rhythm of Amp.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††††††††††††††† Oh boy.

 

 

INT.DOJO

 

Sweat beads Nixís forehead, teeth gnashing, as

he bolts himself at Amp.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† Impressive, but not good

enough.

 

She attacks him and itís like nothing we have

ever seen before.Her feet and fists are

everywhere, pounding and digging into Nix.

 

Nix tries to fight back but he is no match for Amp.

She strikes, a kick that digs into Nixís chest,

sending him flying, then --

 

Falling.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† Youíre letting me beat you.

 

Panting and puffing, Nix tries to catch his breath.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††† NoÖ NoÖ

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† You know none of this is real.

 

Nix stops panting.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† Set the mind and body apart.

Find your inner self and let it

all come out.

 

††††††††††† Nix stands, nodding.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This time, no mistakes.

Hit me.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

††††††††††† At various monitor stations, everyone stares

wide-eyed as another attack commences.

 

Stitches and Pool are at a station.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† STITCHES

††††††††††††††††††††††† Heís almost as fast as Nico.

 

 

INT.DOJO

 

Their fists fly again in pneumatic speed, blows

rising into unsustainable heights.Their bodies

are everywhere; air and ground shed no sign of

difference.

 

Fire burns hot in Nixís eyes.His face boils as he

sheds calm and screams.

 

We watch unbelievably as Nixís body becomes

a moving blur, Amp tries to block but Nix is too

fast.

 

A roundhouse kick hits Amp and she flies away,

falling.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Eyes light up in disbelief.Stitches watches with

amazement.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† POOL

††††††††††††††††††††††† No, he is as fast as Nico.

 

 

INT.DOJO

 

Amp rises.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† You see what I have been talking

about Nix.Do you feel better?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††† Yeah.

 

Amp smiles.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† Worm.

 

They straighten themselves as the dojo dissolves

away like a curtain rising, leaving them standing

on the sidewalk of a busy city street.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††††††††††††††† You have to let it all go, Nix.

Anger, hate, everything.Donít

think you are.Know you are.

 

††††††††††† The glass door of the building behind them opens

and Nico steps out.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††† Free your mind.

 

Nico begins walking and suddenly all the

commotion freezes just like before.

 

Between the frozen people Nix sees a COP

surreptitiously leveling a gun at Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††† Nico.

 

The Copís GUN BOOMS as we enter the liquid

space of --

 

Bullet-time.

 

The AIR COOKS with sizzling wads of lead-like

raging flies as Nico twists and bends just between

them.

 

The Cop continues, spiraling gray balls pock-

marking the blurred commotion like cardboard

figures.

 

Nico bends impossibly backwards as the bullets

tong-twirl past him.

 

††††††††††† Suddenly the Cop freezes as Nico levels himself

back up.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††† Whoa.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††† Anything is possible, only if

you believe.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.NICOíS ROOM

 

††††††††††† In Nicoís room, Nix and Nico sit across from each

other, almost buried in darkness.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I know we havenít talk much about

us, but I hope to change that.As

you know we are at war on both

fronts, in the Matrix and here.

Those men who kept you captive,

they are called agents.Really,

they are computer programs that

can maneuver in and out of any

hardware plugged into the system.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

I have always wandered about

that, but what do you mean?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

I mean that anyone who hasnít

been unplugged from the system

is potentially an agent.They are

the gatekeepers, and also the

core of the machines weaponry.

Sentient beings manufactured to

be the ultimate killing machine.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

Any weaknesses?

 

††††††††††† Nico eyes seem to light up at that question as he

leans closer.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes, one.At first we thought

they could be defeated through

man to man combat but only

found them to be nowhere and

at many places in one time. But,

where they are weak, we are

strong.I suppose you know the

biggest threat to a computer

system.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

A virus.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

Exactly.For sometime now we

have searched for a virus that

could disturb their neuro-kinetics,

which could ultimately lead to

their destruction.All attempts to

create and find one failed until I

came upon yours.

 

††††††††††† Nix feels a bit surprised.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Seven Plagues?

 

††††††††††† Nico nods.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This isnít going to be easy.

You see the agents keep an

extensive library of viruses that

they have come upon in order

to easily fight it when next it

shows up on their system.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

Like an immune system.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

Yes.We had never seen

them act so violently to a virus

until yours showed up.Can

you possibly replicate it?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

NoÖ I donít think so.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Nix pauses for a while in thought.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I hid a copy somewhere.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Good hacking, but first, I

want to show you something.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.CORE

 

††††††††††† Through a mammoth wormhole the Nautilus

tears down deep towards the Earthís core.

 

Moments later it reaches a huge titanium

reinforced panel that opens and leads into --

 

 

EXT.CITY OF ZION

 

There are several immense greenhouse-like

hubs that glow powder white and a few

docking pads, all ordered around one

colossal hub.

†††††††††††

 

††††††††††† INT.CITY OF ZION

 

††††††††††† Inside there are ever rising levels of

connecting and intersecting halls that lead

into various rooms; bedrooms, conference

roomsÖ

 

Itís a hollow structure constructed around a

gargantuan generator covered by a

greenhouse-like hub that lies deep below.

 

Through the translucent hub the generator

glows a pinkish-red, pumping like a

mechanical heart, spreading a vibrating

ooze up the underground city.

 

Nico and Nix walk out of a mesh wired

elevator, stepping out into a hall.In a room

behind them, several children are in merry

and joy.

 

Nix eyes fill with amazement.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† This is all we have left Nix.The

last human city, Zion.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.ZION CONTROL CENTER

 

††††††††††† Nico and Nix walk into the control center,

every corner is filled with high-tech

equipment that looks very much like those

of the Nautilus.

 

There are several terminals where

operators monitor the immense network.

 

Nico leads Nix through the technological

jungle to a humongous flat screen that is

grafted into a metal panel.

 

On the screen, riveting single file columns

of Matrix data spread downward, it at once

seems alive as the columns seem to

amalgamate with bizarre equations.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††† The Matrix?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Yes.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††† Itís all in coding.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† It makes for good hacking,

especially when we

broadcast our signals.

Come, I have more to show

you.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.CROP HUB

 

Inside one of the smaller hubs, Nico and Nix

stand in the middle of a plant field, high-tech

reapers harvest and crop the plants with a

greenish-blue like substance, it has a cottage

cheese consistency.

 

To either side of the field, there are metal

vents that blow air into the hub.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† As human beings we owe it

to our planet to restore what

makes it so uniqueÖ nature.

 

††††††††††† Nix eyes twitch when he notices that a rose

next to him has begun to bloom.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Beautiful, isnít it?

 

Nix canít seem to speak, but nods.

 

 

INT.MEMORIAL HALL

 

Nico and Nix walk into a dimly lit cathedral-like

structure.Nico leads Nix to a marble wall filled

with seemingly never ending columns of names.

 

A few men pass them; they wear heavy black

cloaks, and have their faces hidden beneath

big hoods.

 

The men nod, Nico and Nix do the same.

 

They reach the marble wall where the names

have been engraved in gold.†† To every name

there is an accompanying year of birth and

year of death.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† These are all the men and

women who have given their

lives to the resistance.

 

††††††††††† Nix holds his mouth in horror; terror fills

his eyes.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††† Jesus!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† You see Nix, thatís why this

†††††††††† has to end.We canít afford

to lose more of our kind.Day

after day I have seen men

and women lose their lives

in a matter seconds, I canít

stand it any longer.

 

††††††††††† A tear fills Nicoís eyes, and then drops.

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FADE TO BLACK

 

 

FADE IN ON:

 

††††††††††† MESS HALL

 

††††††††††† Nico, Nix, and Amp sit at the mess hall,

They are eating mash potatoes and

cornbread.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††† I sent Pool and Gadget in, the

agents trashed your apartment

Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

I expected that.Where my

lines ever tapped?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

Most likely.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

What about if where I hid it

is also trashed.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

The agents keep viruses

hidden on their mainframe

computer.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

If where you hid it is trashed,

weíre going to have to get it

from themÖ we have to.

 

††††††††††† There is dead silence for a while.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††††††††††††††† I guess.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††

Nico rises.

 

NICO

††††††††††† We will go in tomorrow.I

will get everyone on a

12-hour stand-by.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.NIXíS ROOM

 

††††††††††† Nix is busy reading from a pile of paper-

clipped computer pages, he reads a

page labeled:ďR.S.I. - Residual Self

ImageĒ.

 

The RINGING OF A PHONE RISES,

BECOMING --

 

 

INT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE (MATRIX) - DAY

 

The room is empty, heavy decrepit curtains

with scared lace cover windows.On a table,

an old black PHONE is RINGING.

 

We begin TURNING, circling around the

phone as the room fills with equipment and

the team.

 

 

EXT.HOTEL LAFAYETTE (MATRIX) - DAY

 

They all step out of the old lobby.There are

three BMWís parked, Link and his friends

secure the perimeter.

 

The sun is burning bright, Nix squints for he

is the only one without sunglasses, he feels

a bit relaxed as he takes in some air.

 

Link looks at Nix.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LINK

††††††††††† Hello, wonder boy.

 

Nix doesnít say anything.

 

Nico and Nix get in.

 

 

INT.BMW (MATRIX) - DAY

 

As Nico and Nix get in, they give each

other a look of doubt.

 

 

EXT.APARTMENT BUILDING (MATRIX) - DAY

 

The BMWís pull up to an apartment building,

itís located in a neighborhood where every

corner has a pair of eyes.

 

The team steps out.

 

 

INT.STAIRWELL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Itís a dark and creepy place; it looks

almost devoid of occupants.

††††††††††† The team is walking up the stairs.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

††††††††††† They walk up to APARTMENT 505; the

door is slightly open.Nix pushes gently,

entering.

 

 

INT.APARTMENT 505 (MATRIX) -DAY

 

The apartment is in complete and utter

shambles.Itís like a raving lunatic paid

it a visit.

 

They walk in, examining the space.

††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††† Damn.

 

MACE

††††††††††† If you ask me, I would say

we are shit out of luck, hey

wonder boy.

 

††††††††††† Nix is still looking, inspecting the apartment.

 

†††††††††††

INT.BATHROOM (MATRIX) - DAY

 

††††††††††† Amp walks in.There are a few bullets holes

that have blasted through plaster and lathe,

burrowing into the intestines of the building.

 

 

INT. BEDROOM (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico is in the little bedroom, on a makeshift

desk, a computer has been punctured with

bullet holes.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Christ.

 

 

INT.KITCHEN (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Cable and Stitches are in the kitchen, there

are several bullet holes, more than those of

the bathroom.Stitches opens several food

cabinets, they are all empty.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† STITCHES

††††††††††† Damn it, I am hungry.

 

 

INT.BEDROOM (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix walks in.Nico is looking at a

framed picture of Mťnage, she is a

beautiful woman.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††† Itís definitely not here.

 

Nico drops the frame.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Thatís for sure.

 

Nix picks up the frame, looks into

Mťnageís eyes, feels a bit nostalgic, puts it

back down.

 

Nico turns, walking out.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† We Ďre going in.

 

 

EXT.GOVERNMENT SKYSCRAPER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

A government building in the heart of the

city, downtown.

 

 

INT.EXECUTIVE SUITE (MATRIX) - DAY††

 

Inside Agent Hunt and Agent White talk,

they stand in front of an immense wall-like

window, peering at the city.

 

Tens of feet below them, the city is alive

with moving locomotives and people.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††† Control, itís what they need.

If we left them to be they

couldnít possibly materialize

the essence of uniformity.

Someone has to put things

in order, and I will tell you itís

certainly not them.Itís

something their yet primitive

cerebral cortex canít seem

to epitomize.

 

††††††††††† Agent White snickers.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††††††††††††††† They in themselves are the

cause of their own

misfortunes.During a few

observations I have come to

find that they are to each

other, very virally contagious.

They murder each other,

pass diseases, spread and

multiply, deprive each other

of certain enviable properties.

 

††††††††††† Below them a black van pulls up and

armed Marines climb out almost robotically,

inhuman.

 

Agent Hunt watches this and smiles.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

This time we have given them

what they need, the perfect

world.Their own, to speak,

utopia.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT WHITE

I canít understand why they

continually gradate towards

misery and suffering.

†††††

The door opens.Agent Stone and Agent

Cole enter.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT COLE
††††††††††††††††††††††† All sectors are secure.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††† Ready all extermination units.

 

Agent Cole marches towards the door.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT STONE

††††††††††† Alexander isnít part of the

hardware anymore.

 

††††††††††† Agent Hunt hides a knotted fist.He is

becoming angry.Agents arenít supposed

to be angry.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Most of the team is strapped in.Nico

nods to Worm as he punches in the

ďLOADĒ code.

 

 

INT.EXECUTIVE SUITE (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Agent Hunt is still looking down at the busy

city below, locomotion seemingly

orchestrated by red and green traffic lights.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††† A marvelous beauty.

 

 

EXT.GOVERNMENT SKYSCRAPER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

A white COMMTEL van pulls up, the doors

open and Nico, Stitches, and Cable step out.

 

They disguise themselves in white

COMMTEL uniforms that resemble clothing

of TV repairmen.

 

 

INT.GOVERNMENT SKYSCRAPER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico, Stitches, and Cable step in, they each

carry black duffel bags.

 

They cut through the lobby and walk to the

main service desk.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Yes, weíre here to fix a reported

computer glitch.

 

††††††††††† A plain clothed cop at the service desk

checks his computer to verify.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP

††††††††††† Okay.

 

 

INT.COMMTEL VAN (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Inside Link sits in front of a powerbook

computer, on a custom application he types

in ďNote: computer problem reported on

9/9/00.Ē

 

 

INT.LOBBY (MATRIX) - DAY

 

On the screen the cop sees the note

Link just typed.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COP

††††††††††† You Ďre all set.Take the

elevators to the 57th floor.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††††††††††††††† Thank you.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.TOP FLOOR (MATRIX) - DAY

 

††††††††††† Two Marines stand guard in front of a

door, we here the MUTED SPIT of a

silenced gun.

 

One of them drops with a THUD.

 

Before the other can react, a bullet

spits through his head.

 

Nico, Stitches, and Cable appear.

 

 

EXT.GOVERNMENT SKYSCRAPER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

A dark wind howls.

 

 

INT.CONTROL ROOM (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Stitches is cracking in on the network

computer.

 

Nico and Cable have removed their

COMMTEL uniforms and are now

dressed in long, black coats.

 

Beneath their coats is an arsenal of

weapons slung from climbing harness.

 

Nico is on the phone.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Are you getting it?

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

On a computer screen, streams of

coding fill in.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††† Yes, sir.

 

 

INT.CONTROL ROOM (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Cable unzips a duffel bag; itís filled with

more weapons.

 

 

INT.GOVERNMENT SKYSCRPAER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

In long, black coats, Nix and Pool

push in.

 

They cut across the lobby, nervous

eyes glancing at them.

 

Dark glasses, game faces.

 

Several plainclothes cops try to stop them.

They are met by continuous FIRE of an UZI.

 

From the other end, Marines come

pouring out in single file.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MARINE

††††††††††† Hold it right there!

 

Nix and Pool open fire as they stride to

the side.

 

The shoot out begins.

 

Bullets are everywhere, MARBLE

CHUNKS EXPLODING like shrapnel.

 

Nix emerges from behind a column,

carrying two Uziís, FIST PUMPING,

bullets flying out in pneumatic

speed.

 

Marines fly for cover as Pool STRAFES,

bullets cart wheeling into the space.

 

Before two Marines, Nix jumps into the

air, bullets too slow to catch him as --

 

THWACK!THWACK!He cracks both

of them with a jaw crushing double

kick.

 

Nix and Pool finish off more Marines

with deadly ease.

 

STATIC wraps over one of the last

Marinesí as Agent Stone emerges.

Yanking out a gun he fires relentlessly.

 

Pool is on the run as two bullets catch

him on the side.††††

†††††††††††

 

††††††††††† INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

††††††††††† Blood spits from Poolís mouth, his body

thrashing against the harness then lying

dead still.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††† No!

 

 

INT.TOP FLOOR (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico, Stitches, and Cable step out of

the control room and head towards the

elevators.

 

 

INT.LOBBY (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix turns, his face warped in fear as

he runs towards the exit.

 

 

INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Agent Cole and a few Marines come

around the corner.

 

Cole marches towards the Executive

Suite as Marines begin posting

themselves an arms length from each

other on either side of the hall.

 

 

INT.EXECUTIVE SUITE (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Agent Cole strides in.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT COLE

††††††††††† There is a problem.†††††

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT WHITE

††††††††††† They got in.

 

AGENT HUNT

Ready the defense procedures.

 

††††††††††† A Marine bursts into the room.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CORPORAL

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sir, their on the roof!

 

††††††††††† Agent White touches his earpiece.

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.ROOF (MATRIX) - DAY

 

††††††††††† On the roof, Nico, Stitches, and Cable

lay waste to a dozen more marines.

 

Guns, knives and throwing stars used

with fine precision.

 

Agent White and Agent Cole emerge

from the roof access tower.

 

Stitches turns, screaming as Agent

White begins firing at him, ripping

him apart.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CABLE

††††††††††† Nico, help!

 

Itís too late.Agent Cole unloads,

bullets burying themselves into

Cableís chest.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Cableís body spasms as the flat-line

ALARM softly cries out from the life

MONITORS of the two dead men.

 

 

EXT.ROOF (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico spins, bullets missing him as he

runs hard at the edge of the rooftop.

And jumps.His coat billowing out

behind him like a cape as he falls.

 

Nico looks up; Agent White is

standing next to the edge of the roof,

looking down at him.He looks down;

Agent White is staring up at him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Shit!

 

We enter bullet-time.

 

Nico pulls out two guns and begins

firing at Agent White below, cartridges

unloading, bullets floating into the

SIZZLING air.

 

BOOM!BOOM!BOOM!Agent Whiteís

body flies back with a blinding flash of

mercurial light, hitting the ground,

revealing a dead Marine.

 

Nico lands, the concrete pavement

beneath him shattering into deadly

chunks.

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix is on the run.Further down the

street Agent Stone is in hot pursuit.

 

Nix runs past a traffic warden that

becomes --

 

Agent Hunt.

 

Still running hard he turns into the

ď6Ē station.

 

 

INT.ď6Ē STATION (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix races down the extremely narrow

escalators, gliding over the turnstiles,

and onto the platform.

 

The platform falls into the tracks and

meets the other platform that lays

about 20 feet away.

 

Heaving the intensity of the moment,

a TRAIN has already begun POUNDING

on the metal tracks.

 

Itís just Nix and the TRAIN now, he has

to get to the other platform.

 

Feet still pumping, he leaps into the air,

gliding for a moment.

 

The TRAIN cries with a raging fury as

Nix just passes it, landing on one knee.

 

Immediately, he enters a train on the

next track.The doors close behind

him.

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico is on the run, being chased by

Agent White and Agent Cole.

 

A policeman sits in his cruiser, reporting

on the dispatcher when the cruiser door

is flung open.Nico yanks him out and

hops in.

 

Further down the street, Agent White

slows, touching his earpiece.

 

 

INT.POLICE CRUISER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico sends the cruiser tearing

recklessly through traffic, cutting

between cars in maniacal manner.

 

 

INT.SEWER MAIN

 

Two humongous killing machines,

SKELETONS, lead the Extermination

Unit of Sentinels.

 

They look like a hybrid of a human

skeleton and an insect.They move

and glide with the same killing

precision of the Sentinels.

 

They shoot past us like bullets

firing down a barrel.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

From the cockpit an ALARM sounds.

Amp hurries to the front console,

typing, bringing up the radar of the

Extermination Unit.

 

Mace and Gadget follow.

 

Their faces mask in horror as the

radar lights up.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††† Skeletons.

 

 

INT.POLICE CRUISER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Driving like a Diablo, Nico checks

the mirrors, looks over his shoulder --

 

Agent Cole is driving the car behind

him.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Fuck!Fuck!Fuck!

 

He drives through an intersecting

street when --

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

WHAM!An 18-wheeler sends the

cruiser flipping on its side, deadly

sparks flying as the wheeler digs

the cruiser against the hard granite

of the street.

 

 

INT.POLICE CRUISER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico pulls himself up near the side

window, his leg smashing through the

window as it shatters into a dozen

pieces.

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Climbing out through the side window,

he hops onto the hood of the 18-

wheeler, barely balancing himself,

seeing that Agent White is driving.

 

Nico pulls out a gun.

 

 

INT.18-WHEELER (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Agent Whiteís body thrashes against

the seat, blood arcing out with a

sudden flash as bullets pound him

relentlessly.

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico dives off the 18-wheeler just as

it and the cruiser crash into a

building, bulldozing metal and glass

as they EXPLODE into a fiery orange

cloud.

 

 

INT.ď6Ē TRAIN (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix is pacing back and forth

relentlessly, wild-eyed.

 

From a short distance, he

sees the train conductor heading

his way.

 

He turns, knowing whatís about to

happen as the conductor begins to

blister with STATIC, becoming --

 

Agent Hunt as he passes through

the sliding access door.

 

Agent Hunt pulls out a gun.

 

Fingers PUMPING, SHELLS vomited,

twirling up and away, we look through

the sights and gun smoke at --

 

Nix blurred with motion.

 

Until the HAMMER CLICKS against

dead empty metal.

 

††††††††††† Agent Huntís face rages with anger,

veins bulging with red hot blood.

 

He attacks, fist flying with furious

speed, pounding on Nix as he

counters, retreating.

 

A kick sends him staggering off

balance, stunned, a punch digs his

chest, sending him smashing against

the cart door window.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Sweat beads Nixís forehead, almost

pouring off him as he battles in the

programmed reality.

 

Gadget is right next to him, trying in

someway to comfort him with her

words.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GADGET

††††††††††† Hang in there wonder boy.

Hang in.

 

 

INT.ď6Ē TRAIN (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix is caught between two carts of the

train, riveted steel racing below him,

struggling he grabs for the top of the

train, climbing on.

 

 

EXT.ď6Ē TRAIN (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Like tumbleweed Nix bounces and

flies, racing down the top of the cart

when his feet meet the top edge of

the next cart --

 

A fulcrum that levers him up.

 

Struggling to gain his balance he

turns --

 

Agent Hunt has emerged on top

of the cart, standing at the other

end, his tie whipping in the air.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††† Time to take out the trash.

 

Two men just about ready to put an

end to each other.

 

Nix attacks with a brutal series of

blows, Agent Hunt machine-calm as

he seems to absorb them, finding an

entrance Nix leaps into air, delivering

a jaw-crushing round-house.

 

Huntís glasses fly off, swallowed by

the compounding speed of the train

and into the deep, dark, hollow

tunnel.

 

Nix smiles.

 

Agent Hunt attacks, this time in an

unrelenting fury, fists flying, pounding

as Nix tries to block.

 

A single blow catches Nix off guard

and sends him flying, feet kicking,

landing between two carts; back to

square one.

 

Nix is caught between the carts,

trying to get himself untangled as

Agent Hunt emerges above him, a

kick snaps his jaw.

 

Agent Hunt grabs a hold of him,

lifting, then dragging him like a rag

doll.

 

Agent Hunt grabs a hold of Nixís

neck, forcing his head just over the

side edge of the train, making him

look at the racing tracks below.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††† You canít win Mr. Alexander.

 

The world closes down on Nix as the

dark tunnel fills with the SOUND of

METAL grinding against METAL, the

animal cry of a MACHINE, METAL

SCREECHES becoming a singular

consciousness.

 

Agent Hunt grips Nix tighter as he

leans closer.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT HUNT

††††††††††† Youíre going to die.

 

Those words bury into Nix as he

writhes through the pain.

 

From the corner of his eyes Nix sees

the next station, as the train begins to

TURN.

 

He isnít ready to die.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††† Fuck you.

 

He can feel Agent Hunt just about to

hurl him off when he grabs a hold of

Huntís ankle, pulling him forward as Agent

Hunt flies back, body still in mid-air,

Nix hurls Hunt into the air and off

the train.

 

Agent Hunt flies wildly, then crashes

against the concrete and metal wall of

the tunnel, falling inches from the

electrified third rail.

 

Nix is broken and bleeding.

 

 

INT.NAGADO STATION (MATRIX) - DAY

 

The ď6Ē train pulls in, doors sliding open

as Nix hurries out, his broken ass gritting

through pain.

 

 

INT.ď6Ē TRAIN (MATRIX) - DAY

 

The train driver has just become Agent

Hunt.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

On every level above the main

deck, ALARMS erupt with an

almost volcanic fury.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††† Time to go to battle.Send

word to Zion.

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico is on the phone, sprinting his

ass down the busy city street as he

dials long distance.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Worm answers.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††† Operator.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††† Get me a fucking exit, now!

 

 

EXT.NAGADO STATION (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix steps out through the escalators.

 

Across the street he sees it --

 

A blinking neon sign reading:

ďCELLULAR 24HRS.Ē

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Hands clicking with thought-speed,

Worm searches for an exit.

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO

††††††††††† Hurry Worm, hurry!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (V.O.)

††††††††††† Paper Street.An apartment

building.

 

††††††††††† Agent White and Agent Cole are

still in hot pursuit.

 

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM (V.O.)

††††††††††† Room 606.

 

Nico drops the phone and turns into

an alley.

 

 

EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix hauls ass out of the ďCELLULAR

24HRSĒ store; cell phone in hand.A store

clerk is chasing behind him, regarding

him with loathing.

 

Agent Stone has just turned around

the corner, full in chase.

 

 

EXT.NAGADO STATION (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Agent Hunt has just exited the

NAGADO station.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Worm answers.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††† Operator.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX (V.O.)

††††††††††† Öget me the fuck out of here!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††† I am looking.

 

A screen flashes with information.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††† Howard and Polk, mechanical

storage center.Third floor.

 

†††††††††††

EXT.ALLEY (MATRIX) - DAY

 

††††††††††† Agent White and Agent Cole, still in full

chase begin FIRING, BULLETS PING-

PONGING, and RICHOCHETING as

Nico leaps onto the fire escape.

 

 

INT.SEWER MAIN

 

The Nautilus opens, metal panels

sliding open, humongous plasma guns

and cannons taking place as they load

themselves.

 

 

EXT.ALLEY (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico reaches the sixth floor platform,

cracking the window, jumping into the

hall.

 

The doors count backward:613Ö 612Ö

 

 

EXT.ALLEY (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix enters a building through a side

entrance, the agents unloading

cartridges as he bursts into the

building and charges up the stairs.

 

 

EXT.FIRE ESCAPE (MATRIX) - DAY

 

As Agent Cole climbs the fire escape,

he seems to go blind for an instant,

his hand reaching for nothing.

 

 

INT.STAIRWELL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

They same thing has just happened

to Agent Stone.

 

 

INT.SEWER MAIN

 

The two Skeletons suddenly gleam

with red laser, mechanical sockets

rearranging, becoming even more

terrifying --

 

It seems the two agents have uploaded

themselves into the skeletons.

 

The Extermination Unit reaches close

to the Nautilus as the destroyer begins

firing red-hot wads and balls of plasma.

 

 

INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico can hear the PHONE RINGING.

 

608Ö607Ö

 

From the other end of the hall, Agent

White steps out of room 601 when

Nico is just about to grab the handle

of room 606.

 

Nico is about to enter when --

 

BOOM!

 

Nico is hit, shocked, canít think.

 

BOOM!BOOM!BOOM!

 

Four bullet holes in his chest, Nico

staggers on his feet, then drops, his

hand unwrapping the handle of room

606.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

Nicoís body spasms, everyone hears

it as the life monitors snap flat-line.

 

Worm reaches for the screen as if

reaching for Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††† No!

 

Amp is frozen in disbelief.

 

 

INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nix suddenly stops running, something

strikes his heart, a growing pain begins,

splintering him, he knows it --

 

His other half is dead.

 

 

INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Agent White stands above Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT WHITE

††††††††††† Pitiful.

 

Suddenly a blinking shock of white

light blinds us and we --

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CUT TO BLACK

 

In the darkness, Nicoís voice is the

only consciousness.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††† Where am I?†††

 

††††††††††† Nico hears the voice of a MAN.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MAN (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Wake up, Nico.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††† What?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MAN (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††† You canít be dead, remember --

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MAN (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Wake up.Get up.

 

††††††††††† The words echo in the darkness.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

†††††††††††

Nicoís eyes flutter open.

 

 

††††††††††† INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

††††††††††† The monitors jump back to life,

Worm and Amp watching in disbelief.

 

It has to be a miracle.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WORM

††††††††††† Wow.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AMP

††††††††††† They are the one.

 

 

INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nico gets up.Everything around him

shimmers with Matrix coding.

 

Agent White is at the other end of the

hall, he turns, staring at Nico as if he

were looking at cryptography.

 

 

INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Nixís eyes open, everything around

him shimmers with the Matrix coding.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NIX

††††††††††† Whoa.

 

He can hear the PHONE RINGING.

 

Agent Hunt pulls out his .45, PUMPING

LEAD, bullets flying like a plane across

clear blue sky.

 

The bullets stop within inches of Nix,

still spinning with deadly precision.

 

He looks down upon them and they

all drop, like dead soldiers.

 

Nix gives Agent Hunt the finger.

 

 

INT.HALL (MATRIX) - DAY

 

Agent White grinds his molars.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AGENT WHITE

††††††††††† No.

 

We INTERCUT between the two halls.

 

Nico and Nix each reach for the

RINGING PHONES.

 

 

INT.SEWER MAIN

 

The two Skeletons are all of what

remains of the Extermination Unit, their

lasers searing through the metal flesh

of the Nautilus.

 

Fluke missiles fly wildly into space.

 

A blinding shock of white light floods

a vast radius around the Nautilus.

Skeletons blink and in an instant fall

lifeless, dead.

 

 

INT.HOVERCRAFT

 

In the darkness, Nico and Nixís eyes

open.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GADGET

††††††††††† Nix?

 

Nix eyes turn to Gadget and she falls in

his arms, her eyes filled with tears.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FADE TO BLACK

 

 

FADE IN:

 

ON COMPUTER SCREEN

 

as before.The cursor, a steady throb.

 

The screen instantly fills with the trace

program.

 

The RINGING of A PHONE becoming

louder.

 

Suddenly we recognize Nicoís voice.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††† Itís over, your world is, this

dream world that you have

become so proud of.We all

pay the prices.

 

††††††††††† We LOCK IN on the shimmering

columns of numbers.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††† As from now on, things are

going to be different, a lot

different.

 

††††††††††† We PLUNGE THROUGH the numbers --

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NICO (V.O.)

††††††††††††††††††††††† We are going to free these

people from their slavery, their

servitude, the very thing that

has kept them from countless

possibilities.We are going to

free them, from you.

 

††††††††††† And into absolute darkness.

 

 

††††††††††† EXT.CITY STREET (MATRIX) - DAY

 

††††††††††† Nico steps out of a phone booth, wearing

a long black coat and dark glasses.

 

Nix steps out of a skyscraper across

from the phone booth.He too wears a

long black coat and dark glasses.

 

The two men nod to each other as they

look around, viewing their world.

 

We RISE, HIGHER and HIGHER into the

clear blue sky as the two figures melt into

the crowd of moving people.

 

 

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