The Apocalypse Man – The Apocalypse Complex
Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, The Godfather, The Shining, The Machinist, Memento, There Will Be Blood,
One man travelling into the heart of darkness, brought to a mental or physical state that breaks his spirit and forces him to question his sanity or his morals and where facing his demons will uncover the true nature of his personality. To find his own redemption and to save his world he must also
#1 Vanishing City. (Added influences: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception, Synecdoche, New York, Memento, The Truman Show) Concept genre based around a supernatural romantic drama and a cerebral urban thriller; themes of love, loss, responsibility mental deterioration and affection. 25 year old Ryan Carter lives in a small flat in North London, he has a dead end job a girlfriend of four years from university who is on the brink of leaving him, he doesn’t speak with his parents much and has recently found out his mother is ill. He has a higher achieving older brother, Aiden Carter, who is a doctor, happily married with a pregnant wife. As Ryan’s traumas increase he starts getting headaches, which lead to moments of memory loss and blackouts. He begins to forget where he put things and left things and where places are but soon he discovers quite literally that his world is crumbling around him. Places significant to his distancing relationships start to disappear; people he cares about pay less attention to him, his job disappears; His local bus, his mail, his car, local café, facebook. Soon whole streets, hospitals, stores and people fall of his map quite literally as if the world is his and his life is the story. The more it affects him the more he loses touch with reality and soon Ryan realises he needs to rebuild the bonds of the people close to him to bring everything back.
He faces confronting his brother and asks him for help, at first Aiden rejects him, this makes his wife miscarriage and then she disappears. Aiden doesn’t believe what has happened, he leaves his job over it, but that'salso down to Ryan who cannot control it. He scans Ryan and gives him tests, the hospital empties and rooms vanish. Aiden freaks and they fight. Left in a bloody state in the hospital, Ryan wakes up in his flat, he calls out to his girlfriend…no answer. Suddenly his phone rings, its his mum. Thinking she had disappeared he is grateful to hear her voice, she says she is no longer ill but she is scared she doesn’t know where she is, its dark, she starts crying she says she feels sorry for him, she’s worried. She mentions Aiden’s wife’s miscarriage but she can’t have known…Ryan pulls the phone away from his ear. His phone is off but he still hears her voice. He runs outside still hearing his mother’s cries. It’s daytime but the sky is black as if not there, roads are missing at the end of his vision, the busy streets become quiet in front of him and houses blip out of sight, memories and images flash in front of him fitting the landscape then disappearing. Ryan is left in darkness. …
#2 God’s Lonely Man.