INT. OPENING MONTAGE
OVER BLACK a low rumble increases in volume.
A GLOVED HAND wraps around a bulky scissor-switch, thrusts
SNAP! - Electricity arcs through darkness.
OS SOUND of MACHINERY turning on.
MONTAGE OF CLOCKS - VARIOUS. The clocks are frozen, then second
hands turn - TICKING gets louder...
EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT
The streets are empty - no sign of life. Eerie silence.
A DOORWAY opens in the side of a building, then:
A line of shadowy figures walks out. Men, dressed in black full-
length coats, bald...
The STRANGERS walk silently out into the city.
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT
SHADOWS DANCE - in and out of darkness. A hooded light-bulb
swings IN SLOW MOTION from the ceiling, its dim light REVEALS:
A GLASS SYRINGE - broken on the floor.
Clothes on a chair...
Puddles of water on the floor...
ANGLE ON SLEEPING EYES - Between waves of light they snap open and
dart about in confusion.
ON JONATHAN WALKER as he sits up. Water splashes. He's in a tub
of long-cold water. His neck aches like he's been sleeping forever.
TIGHT ON WALKER - he's in his early thirties, dark featured.
HIS P.O.V. - looking around the room. Everything's strange,
He stands, steps from the tub.
ANGLE - THE SWINGING LIGHT BULB. Walker's hand ENTERS FRAME,
stops the bulb mid swing.
ON HIS REFLECTION in a cracked wall mirror. He moves to the mirror
and looks at himself. A line of blood runs across his face, from a
point between his eyes. he wipes it away, and notices a tiny pin-
prick wound on his forehead.
WALKER'S P.O.V. PUSHES TOWARDS a circular window. The glass is
cracked, covered in grime. His hand wipes it, this only smears the
dirt, but the window is unlatched and swings open with a creak.
It's dark out there.
EXT. BUILDING - NIGHT
WALKER - from outside the window - ANGLE BECOMES A RAPID FLYING
P.O.V. PULLING BACK in silence until the window is a SPECK on the
side of a vast grey tower.
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT
Walker shivers, cold. He picks up the clothes lying on the chair
and puts them on. Loose trousers with braces, a plain shirt,
leather shoes with HOLES in both soles.
Now he steps to the door, hesitates, hand inches from the doorknob.
He leans down.
TIGHT ON HIS EYE - blinking through the key-hole.
P.O.V. OF AN EMPTY ROOM - A glimpse of motion - the door across
the room (leading to a corridor?) is shutting.
INT. HOTEL - NIGHT
WALKER pushes the door open, steps into the adjoining room. No sign
He's unsteady on his feet, doesn't notice a fishbowl on a table near
the door, bumps it.
THE BOWL falls to the floor. Water goes everywhere.
TIGHT ON A SMALL GOLDFISH flapping at his feet. WALKER'S HAND
ENTERS FRAME and picks the fish up.
He steps back into the bathroom and throws the fish into the murky
water in the tub.
BACK IN THE OTHER ROOM - SERIES OF ANGLES ON WALKER
He moves cautiously through the room. He turns a light on.
A CLOSET - Walker's hand opens it. A grey coat hangs inside. He
goes through the pockets and finds a WALLET.
TIGHT ON THE WALLET - There's no I.D. in it, just:
A laundry bill;
A business card for something called "Neptune's Kingdom";