Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 26

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

INT. LOS RIO ACCOMADATION, HOTEL ROOM – CONTINUOUS

Daniel looks around at the poorly furnished room. It has some trappings of a hotel like a nice bed and curtains over a small barred window, but is unmistakable a cell, if however a large one. One corner has been walled off to make a bathroom.

LUCAS
Well good night. Lucas slams the door shut and a locking sound is heard.

DANIEL
Did that door just lock?

GABRIEL
Of course, it is a old cell, the doors lock from the outside. Don’t worry we will come pick you up in the morning and then we find your brother. Sleep well.

Lucas and Gabriel walk down the hallway leaving Daniel alone in the barren room. He sits down on the bed.

DANIEL
I knew I’d hate this city.

END OF ACT ONE

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Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 25

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

INT. LOS RIO ACCOMMODATION – NIGHT

Daniel stands in a dimly lit hallway made up of white concrete walls. Behind him stand Lucas and Gabriel, in front of him is a heavy metal door.

DANIEL
How is this a hotel? It looks like a prison.

GABRIEL
Yes that’s right.

DANIEL
Excuse me.

GABRIEL
It used to be a minimum security prison, then a new one got built and someone had the bad idea to turn it into a hotel. As you can imagine it’s not very popular.

DANIEL
I can imagine, I would rather re-enter my mothers womb than stay here for a night.

GABRIEL

I am afraid it’s the only accommodation in the city available.

Daniel walks into the large room.

Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 24

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

INT. HOTEL BANDEIRANTES, NATHAN’S ROOM – EVENING

The hotel receptionist opens the door and Daniel rushes into the small room. Lucas and Gabriel enter behind him, the hotel receptionist stays in the doorway. Daniel scans the room, he opens draws, looks under the sheets, then enters the bathroom. He cries out and walks back in holding a phone.

DANIEL
It’s Nathan’s phone, he left it behind. Why would he leave his phone behind? Unless.

He looks up and Gabriel and Lucas in horror.

DANIEL (CONT’D)
I knew it, he’s in trouble. I, I have to find him.

Gabriel and Lucas share a look and Lucas pulls out his phone and exits the room to make a call. Gabriel looks back at Daniel and smiles.

GABRIEL
We will help you find your brother.

DANIEL
I appreciate that, you guys are quite the gentleman. But how are we going to find him? He could be anywhere.

Daniel sits back on the bed and puts his head in his hands.

DANIEL (CONT’D)
I’m too tired for this. Where are you Nathan?

GABRIEL
Maybe you should get some sleep you can help us find him in the morning.

Daniel looks around the room.

DANIEL
Well I guess I could stay here. I’ll need the maid to clean it up first of course.

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
I’m sorry sir but we are fully booked, in fact their are people waiting for this room right now.

DANIEL
Fully booked? How is this place fully booked?

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
Carnival starts tomorrow, I don’t think there would be a hotel in the city that wouldn’t be fully booked.

GABRIEL
I think I might know of one.

Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 23

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

INT. HOTEL BANDEIRANTES – EVENING

Daniel enters a rundown, low cost, hotel, with Lucas and Gabriel behind him. He gleefully approaches the HOTEL RECEPTIONIST, a mid 30’s man dressed neatly who’s beginning to bald.

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
Mr. Reeves, you’re back already. What can I do for you?

DANIEL
(happily)
Hello, I’m actually not the Mr. Reeves you think I am. Nathan is staying here, I’m his brother Daniel. Don’t worry it happens all the time. But I was hoping to get the number to Nathan’s room and a key of possible. I’m hoping to surprise him.

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
I’m sorry, I am confused.

DANIEL
Oh, okay, I understand. You see we’re twins, so what that means is that we’re brothers that were both born at the same time and came from the same egg, that’s why we look alike. During fertilization-

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
No, no I understand what twins are, but your brother, he checked out this morning.

Daniels face turns to one of horror.

DANIEL
He what? What do you mean he checked out?

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
He left this morning, I believe he was travelling on to somewhere else.

DANIEL
Where? Where was he going?

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
I’m sorry, I don’t know he did not tell me.

DANIEL
No, you have to know, did he say anything?

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
Nothing I can recall, like I said he and a young lady left this morning.

Lucas slams his fist down on the counter.

LUCAS
Tell us where they went.

Daniel turns to Lucas.

DANIEL
Lucas, I appreciate your enthusiasm, and no one wants to find Nathan more that me, but I will handle this.

Daniel slams his fist down on the counter in a much less intimidating manner.

DANIEL (CONT’D)
Tell us where he went.

HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
I told you I don’t know. You can check his room if you want. I don’t think it’s been cleaned yet.

The hotel receptionist turns and grabs a key from behind him.

Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 22

 

EXT. ALLEYWAY – CONTINUOUS

Daniel takes a wrong turn and is cornered. Things looks bad as the gang arrogantly approaches him. Daniel backs up against the wall, hits it and drops his phone.

From nowhere one of the gang members falls flat on his face, punched from behind, then another one. Behind the gang stands two surprisingly well dressed men. They look like they could be ex WWE wrestles that have somehow squeezed their bulking muscles into suits. The gang look like scared mice next to them. They yell something in Portuguese to the gang members who quickly flee.

Daniel, still against the wall, smiles nervously at the two men. They don’t smile back. They slowly start to approach him and Daniel pushes back harder against the wall.

One of the men, GABRIEL (moustached, hair slicked back) sees Daniels phone, the screen has switched to the screen saver, a photo of Daniel and Nathan. Gabriel picks it up and shows it to his counterpart LUCAS (clean shaven, scarred) and says something to him in Portuguese. He turns aggressively to Daniel.

GABRIEL
There’s two of you?

DANIEL
Oh you, you speak English. Yes that’s me and my brother Nathan. I’m actually here to find him, he left me a note that said he was here and then I had a horrible plane ride with a stinky woman and a dying old man and the plane almost crashed and then the airport lost my luggage and a taxi driver tried to abduct me and I just want to find him but I don’t know where I am and I don’t want to get hurt and I’m rambling aren’t I, it seems like I’m rambling.

Daniel forcibly closes his mouth.

Gabriel and Lucas share a look and their disposition changes. Gabriel smiles at Daniel.

GABRIEL
Well we’re not going to hurt you, those men we saved you from definitely would have but don’t worry about them. You are in the wrong part of town my friend. If you like we could drive you to your hotel and this brother, Nathan was it?

DANIEL
Yes, oh really? That would be terrific, thank you so much. It’s good to know that some nice people do exist in the city.

GABRIEL
Oh yes, we’re very nice. I am Gabriel and this is Lucas.

Lucas gives Daniel the half hearted smile of someone who isn’t practised at smiling.

DANIEL
Nice to meet the both of you.

GABRIEL
If you’d like our car is just over here.

Gabriel leads Daniel over to the car chatting amicably with him as they go.

DANIEL
So are you two brothers as well then?

GABRIEL
More like partners.

DANIEL
Oh that’s nice.

Lucas hangs back and pulls out a phone. He dials, it picks up and he begins to speak in Portuguese.

LUCAS
(subtitled)
Hey Boss, no we haven’t found him yet but we found his brother. Yes, a twin, he was in a favela of all places. He’s leading us back to his brother’s hotel now. We’ll have him for you soon Mariana.

The voice through the phone comes through, it’s a woman’s voice and although she’s speaking in Portuguese it sounds decidedly angry.

MARIANA (O.C.)
(subtitled)
Good, no one steals my property and gets away with it. Bring both of them to me right away.

Lucas hangs up the phone and starts to walk to the car.

Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 21

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

EXT. FAVELA STREET – CONTINUOUS

Daniel runs through the shanty town, comically holding out his phone in front of him still trying to follow the map. The gang runs behind him. The call out at him and laugh.

Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 20

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

EXT. FAVELA STREET – DAY

Daniel runs from the car and heads into an even more run down and dangerous looking side of town. He’s entered a favela, a large slum area. Daniel starts to slow down his run to a jog and then a walk once he sees he isn’t being followed.

Finally he stops and looks around and only then realizes that he may not yet be safe. Daniel continues to walk through the shanty town nervously, gathering strange looks from the various people in their squalid surroundings.

Daniel tries to discreetly pull out his phone and pull up a map on it, hiding it beneath his T-shirt. He continues to walk while he looks down though his shirt at the phone and fails to notice the gang of five men in front of him.

Daniel walks into one and looks up at them. He apologizes nervously and briskly starts to walk away from them. They start to follow. Daniel picks up his pace. The gang pick up theirs. Daniel starts to run.