THE THIRD BOMB
a screenplay by Phil Parker
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"This is an incredibly well written script with strong and three-dimensional characters, a well threaded theme, and action sequences that are both visual and exciting. Everything really comes together in this script, from the minor scenes to the overarching theme of doing the right thing vs. following orders. The author did a wonderful job creating sympathetic characters. Mark's family life is compelling and his scenes at home ground him and make him believable. This means the audience will root for him later. Harry, Kenji, Shiro and Yunmei's backstories are all incredibly tragic and sympathetic, too. The moment where Harry reminds Mark that Ben doesn't need a dead hero father is powerful and reminds the audience of the stakes involved for Mark's emotional journey. His mission is important to him, but he discovers that the lives of his comrades and his family are what's most essential. Kenji is a great addition because he acts a fulcrum for the plot. Without him, the prisoners would not be able to escape, but his entire storyline is rooted in his innocence. This proves the story's point that every man is worth saving. Even though Harry's sacrifice is short lived, his and Kenji's deaths are incredibly emotional and unexpected. The final image of the bomber submerged in the water is excellent. Great script!" - Black List reader
"This is a fantastic premise for a period/war/action genre and is sure to catch the attention of industry readers due to the captivating plot, powerful character development and raw and natural dialogue. The premise is clear-cut and easy to follow without ever feeling redundant. The technical proficiency of this script is top-of-the-line and stands out as a clear strength to the project. One of the coolest things about this script is how developed each of Mark's supporting characters are. Father Locke stands out as a terrific character that comes to fruition in the second and third acts and adds a nice change of pace to the military jargon that takes place in a lot of Mark's other conversations. Shiro is a scary antagonist, and we get a sense that there is a lot to his character in some of his final lines after Japan has surrendered, but the presence he carries in his violent action scenes is terrifying. The script is triumphant, yet tragic with the death of some of the most lovable characters which seems par for the course in this genre. The deaths are handled in not so derivative ways and the development of Harry and Mark's relationship is dealt with well in the first half of the script. This is an exhilarating read with a strong protagonist and is worth making it to the end." - Black List reader