The Introduction: There is a line in my favorite movie, the original Die Hard where John McClane says “Monkey in the wrench.” Years later when putting together my action screenplay, I remembered that line and created my protagonist who himself would be a monkey wrench in a terrorist plot.
Movie Title: Monkey Wrench
Log line: A man, the wrong target of mercenaries is thrust in to action after they fail to kill him. He discovers that his reporter girlfriend was the target and her story of a kidnapped Senator is true. He evades terrorists and police as he races across Washington D.C. to foil a terrorist plot to destroy America from within.
Nutshell: Die Hard meets Eraser.
Setting: Present day, Washington D.C.
President-Elect Kristen Hillenbrand has just won the presidency of the United States and has vowed to cut off foreign aid to the country of Ubalia and its tyrant dictator, Ibrahim Mulzawi. The vice president-elect from the other party is opposed to that and sets out on an unauthorized diplomatic mission to Ubalia.
The vice president is subsequently kidnapped and replaced with a surgically enhanced terrorist look-a-like. With unfettered access to Congress, the imposter vice president begins his diabolical plot to surgically enhance Senators and Congressmen in an attempt to wage war on Ubalia and steal billions of taxpayer dollars.
At the same time, Tom Welker and his friend Wesley Brady are at a D.C. restaurant, the night before Wesley is to join the Air Force. They meet Abby Sinclair, a waitress. Wesley is immediately smitten with her. Tom swoops in with his clever, sharp tongue that reluctantly makes her smile. Tom and Abby spend a passionate night together and the next day bid Wesley farewell.
Four years later…
The imposter vice president has been running his nefarious plot from the White House sub-basement. He is only two politicians short of a veto proof congressional majority and full implementation of the plot to destroy America by having the enhanced politicians declare war on Ubalia, an oil rich country. This unprovoked attack would allow Mulzawi to play the victim on the international stage. Vilify America, guilt all of Europe in to subjugation and demand appeasement by insisting on full discretionary power over the world’s oil.
Tom, a physically fit, slacker, gun enthusiast and Abby, a reporter, are in the midst of a tumultuous relationship while residing at her D.C. apartment, on the ninth floor of the Park Connecticut apartment building, just below a rooftop pool. Wesley is home on leave.
Abby is on her way to interview U.S. Senator Duke Nathanson. He is kidnapped right in front of her, she avoids being kidnapped. She returns home to find Tom, who still cares for Abby, is unsympathetic to what he calls a conspiracy theory. Wesley however is eager to help. Abby and Wesley leave together to uncover the truth.
Meanwhile Tom prepares Abby’s favorite dish, as two mercenaries arrive at her apartment building to kill her, each with a big, powerful gun that shoots bullets and explosive rounds. Tom kills one with his cooking knife, the other with one of his guns.
Just before one of the mercenaries dies, he pushes a self-destruct button on his chest. Realizing this, Tom leaps off the balcony of Abby’s apartment before it explodes. Tom, hanging off a lower balcony, climbs up and in to Abby’s apartment before the ceiling cracks and the swimming pool above sweeps him back out. Miraculously Tom manages to hang on, and re-enter the apartment to investigate. The giant hole in the roof and a large garbage chute become the catalysts for Tom’s escape from the police, upon learning that Abby was right.
Learning that the mercenaries failed, the enhanced vice-president dispatches more mercenaries. Tom runs down Connecticut Avenue being chased by police, only to be confronted by the other mercenaries. A wild action sequence leads to Tom’s escape via a police car.
He races to the Coldstack Funeral Home, where Senator Nathanson’s surgical enhancement is to be completed. Tom saves the Senator and through Tom’s aggressive way of extracting the truth, learns who and where the last elected official will undergo his enhancement.
Tom and Senator Nathanson race back to the Capitol to try and save Congressman Army Lenihan, but are too late, he’s been kidnapped at the Capitol, and is on his way to University Hospital for his enhancement. Tom continues the chase on his own, still pursued by police and terrorists.
Meanwhile, Abby and Wesley, chasing a dead end, become close. While being chased, Tom is involved in a hit and run with Abby and Wesley, unbeknownst to all of them. Upon learning of the commotion at the Capitol, caused by Tom and Senator Nathanson, Abby and Wesley race there. On a street near the Capitol, one of the kidnappers who nearly kidnapped Abbey recognizes her and shoots at her. Wesley takes the bullet.
Now Tom, Abby and Wesley are all on their way to University Hospital where the love triangle will be exposed in an action comedy sequence on the roof of the hospital between Tom and a terrorist. Next begins the end of Tom and Abby’s relationship and the start of Abby and Wesley’s.
The Police catch up with Tom at the hospital, he is exonerated after police seized and listened to a terrorist’s radio. This is how they learn that the vice-president was kidnapped, and now the president herself has been kidnapped by the imposter vice president. Two bombers have taken off from an Air Force Base, headed for Ubalia.
Tom and the police use Air Force One to destroy a fleet of bombers, except the bomber that has the imposter vice-president and the president in it and the two headed for Ubalia. An action sequence ends up with Tom saving the president and killing the imposter vice-president. Wesley shoots down the two bombers that got away.
The real vice-president is rescued. Both are re-elected. Tom is introduced to the public as Kristen’s love interest and everything ends well…until (sequel bait) a loose end returns.