Week Two: Prisoners

What a week. I was pretty positive about going back to work, getting back to a routine and just coming out of hibernation but after an hour of being back, that whole buzz had dissipated into the downward spiral that was Days 2 and 3. By the end of Day 3, I was ready to hand my notice in but by Day 4 I realised that although I may not be enjoying the situation I’m in, I’m lucky to have the job I do, and I’m lucky that I’m in a position to be able to create the life I’d like to live. So focusing on that. Just keep swimming.

But a lot has happened actually this week. I’ve been trying understand why so many people voted ‘leave’. Brexit still makes me angry, two and a half years later, but instead of holding onto this anger, I want to understand beyond ‘immigration’, what is it that made people vote out. So I’ve been watching / reading a bunch of stuff about that. I’m growing closer to an understanding, but it’s so far removed from how I see things.

But most importantly / revenant to this blog is this week’s #SundayScriptClub read - Prisoners by Aaron Guzikowski. Reading on my lunch break was a little slice of heaven - I went to the library, found a cosy chair by the big window and read this week’s screenplay. I guess the best thing about having a shockingly bad memory is that I don’t really ever remember what happens in films, and I’ve only seen Prisoners once before, so it was like reading a new story where I vaguely remembered what the characters looked like.

There’s so much I want to delve into with this screenplay: structure, reveals, plot points, suspects and mapping out the screenplay story structure. Keller makes for an interesting protagonist as you struggle to justify but you can understand his actions. They’re extreme, but then again - wouldn’t yours if your daughter goes missing? He has his culprit from p.11 or 12. And for the rest of the screenplay, that’s where his focus is.

As a viewer / reader, I think it's great when you're as involved in solving the crime or puzzle as the detective is - Loki, in this instance. I was there the whole time, trying to figure out every twist and turn. What's interesting about this read is that every scene is relevant. It's a real masterpiece.


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