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Judgement at Siddim
A man reassesses his plan to avenge a violent crime against his family after a stranger crosses his path who is set to mete out his own final brand of justice.
► Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller (Rated R)
► 104-page feature screenplay
► 4-page synopsis
► $25+ million budget
► © 2012-2021
"Siddim" (where Sodom and Gomorrah were located) has influences as diverse as "Shane" and "Virgin Spring", but mainly it's my response to "Taken".
That's why I write some of my stories: As a reaction to what was missing or good about other films. I enjoyed "Taken", but I'm amazed how stupid the bad guys can be in these movies - they hurt somebody's kid or spouse, and that somebody turns out to be an ex-CIA or ex-Green Beret.
You'd think the villains would do their research first!
So, in my story, Sam Toomes is a plain, city tax auditor. He has no secret past as an FBI-operative or war-time demolitions experience in the Gulf War. He and his family merely live the middle-class dream, until it is devastated by the reckless act of a drug lord's son. When the corrupt local police do not act, Sam prepares to wreak justice. But he is untrained for such a task, and restrained by his civility.
Then Sam crosses paths with a stranger in town, one with his own interest in and special talents to deal with the gangsters.
As events hurtle toward a cataclysmic yet strangely moral conclusion, should Sam intervene, or stand by? Or should he help the stranger - and lose his soul?
If you'd like to view this noirish, sequel- or cable series-spawning, violent anti-violence "revenge flick with a difference", I look forward to sending it to you.
Finalist (International Screenwriting Competition 2022)
Semi-finalist (LA Crime and Horror Film Festival 2022)
Official Selection (Cosmic Film Festival 2022)
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