An Act of War

Synopsis: Following an extended tour of duty in the Middle East, a veteran returns home only to face new enemy. Battling insomnia & undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder, he finds a job as a projectionist working the night shift at a decrepit theater. As he struggles to adapt to civilian life, he quickly finds himself tangled in an inescapable web of seduction, addiction, & violence. His disdain for those around him reaches a boiling point and he embarks on a new war against society, vowing to take drastic action against it in an attempt to defend the country he loves.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Ryan M. Kennedy
Production: Evince Productions and Create Entertainment
99 min



What's this kid's name again?



Who's this?

Sweetie, it's me.


You don't sound too good.

I'm okay, baby.

I'm just tired.


Hang in there, you'll be okay.

Has your brother been by lately?

- No.

- But I... I thought...

- I don't want him coming over here. No.

- I just...


Ma, I gotta go to work.


Ma, I'll come visit you

real soon.



I want you to know

how proud I am of you.

For everything you've done.

Get some sleep now.

I love you, sweetie.

I love you so much.

Everything all right, Jacob?

Everything's going okay by you?

You sure about that, son?

Yes, sir.

I'm late heading home.

If you need anything,

you let me know, all right?

Take care of yourself, son.

Well, Wednesday night

is my only night off, Frank.

I can't give you

another night off, Nicks.

I don't want another night off.

It's just that,

every day is the same.

I like it that way,

but Wednesday nights I gotta kinda reset.

And it throws me off

a little bit.

All right.

I'm gonna give you

Wednesday nights.

I'll move Tito to the day shift.

Thanks, Frank, I appreciate it.

You think I give a f***

about you?

I don't give a sh*t about you.

You're making my life easier.

Tito falls asleep

halfway through

the f***ing picture anyway.

At least with you,

I don't got to worry about that.

You don't f***ing sleep.

Do I know you from somewhere?

Uh, um, no.

Am I confusing you

for someone else?

Do you know a guy named Pete?

Pete? No.

You mind if I sit down?

Did you know that marijuana

was the most commonly used

illegal drug

in the United States?

That a hundred million Americans

have tried it at least once?

And, uh, twenty-five million have

smoked it within the last year?

I get it.


Why you came over here.

I get it.

You get what?

You're, um...

You're a salesman.

Oh, no, no. No.

No, it's okay.

Look I...

That's not the reason why I came over here.

I really did think that, like,

uh, that I'd seen you somewhere before,

but I guess not.

Anyway, if you're looking

for a good time...

You know, I can...

You know I can get you anything.

Anything you need.

I'll keep that in mind, uh...

Oh, my name is,

my name is Marlon.


But, uh,

everyone calls me Nicks.

It's a pleasure

to meet you, Nicks.

Can I get you a cup of coffee

or something?

Oh, no.

Don't get me wrong, I would...

I would love to have

a cup of coffee but I...

I don't think

that's a good idea.

Why not?

With, um, the people here...

They don't...

They don't really

like me that much.

What do you mean

they don't like you?

Just forget it, man.

You know I'm afraid to ask

myself this question,

but I ask myself

this question sometimes.

You know, like,

if I owned this place,

would I want a person

like me to be in here?

I mean, look at me, man.

You know.

You know.

The way I comb my hair and

the stylish clothes I wear.

It is like...

I mean, can you blame them, really?

I mean...

You know?

Not everybody's like them.

Not me.

You know, there's some good left

in the world if you look for it.

I'm gonna end this thing

right now.

Is there anything

I can get for you, sir?

Yeah, there is actually.

I need a cup of coffee

for my friend.

Your friend?

Yeah, my friend.

He's my friend.

What's so hard to believe about that?

He's a nice guy.

Is there a problem with him sitting

and having a cup of coffee with me?

Well, of course not, sir.

Got you that goddamn coffee,

didn't we?

Sugar tits.

Marlon, I think you're the most

interesting person I've ever met.

Sh*t, I got to go.

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Ryan M. Kennedy

Ryan M. Kennedy is an American screenwriter and film director. His feature film debut An Act of War was released on March 31, 2015 in North America by Revolver Entertainment and is currently available on Netflix. more…

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