JJ Abrams Into Darkness

22/05/2013 at 8:08 am (Movies) (, , , , )


EXT. STREET DAY

JJ ABRAMS pulls up in his car. Stepping out, he stops. He turns and looks thoughtfully back at the car. He presses the central locking fob on his keys with DETERMINATION. He crosses the street to grab a coffee at the Starbucks over the road.

There is an ALMIGHTY RUMBLE!

The road gives way as JJ ABRAMS is halfway along it! He jumps as the ground beneath him gives way. He just manages to grab the other side of the road as it forms a wider chasm. He pulls himself up. Teeth clenched, he hangs uselessly from the edge. With great DETERMINATION, he pulls himself up. He WANTS that coffee.

INT. STARBUCKS

Starbucks is empty apart from one BARISTA.

BLONDE BARISTA

What can I get you, sir?

JJ ABRAMS

(Slightly out of breath) A soy latte (beat) please.

BLONDE BARISTA

Sure. What name do you want me to put on that?

JJ ABRAMS looks into the BLONDE BARISTA’S eyes, as though searching her very soul.

JJ ABRAMS

JJ.

BLONDE BARISTA

JJ (writing on the cup), sure. Say, what’s that short for?

(looking away from the barista, he stares out across the devastation of the torn road)

JJ ABRAMS

I don’t remem…

A truck CRASHES into the wall of Starbucks, completely demolishing the wall and throwing tables, chairs and debris into the air. JJ ABRAMS leaps over the counter, pulling the BARISTA down with him as a tray slices through the air exactly where the BLONDE BARISTA was standing. It would have KILLED HER!

The truck comes to a halt. The debris settles (slow motion). JJ ABRAMS raises his head above the counter, eyes narrowed. He can see into the cab. The driver side door has swung open. NO ONE INSIDE.

JJ ABRAMS

Damn it.

BLONDE BARISTA

Oh my god. You saved my life.

She looks at the tray embedded in the coffee machine behind her. Steam billows DRAMATICALLY from the coffee machine.

BLONDE BARISTA

At that angle and velocity, that tray could have killed me. Not to mention several other dangers flying around at the time. You’re probably wondering how I know all this.

JJ ABRAMS

I was starting to wonder.

The BLONDE BARISTA smiles sexily.

BLONDE BARISTA

I’m only working here as a favour to (Beat) someone. (She looks down, sadly) I’m actually a medical doctor and an astrophysicist.

The BLONDE BARISTA looks at the small tear on the sleeve of her shirt.

BLONDE BARISTA

Oh no. This top was new on this morning. Now I’ll have to take all my clothes off revealing my smoking hot body. Look away would you?

JJ ABRAMS

Uh… yeah, of course… (he blinks nervously) So, you were saying you were working here as a favour for someone?

BLONDE BARISTA

Yes. I’m here for… (She pauses to suppress a tear. She knows that if she lets one tear out she won’t stop crying) I’m here because my father…

There is a HUGE EXPLOSION outside of Starbucks!

SCENE

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