Downtime

Synopsis: Former police psychologist Rob helps to save young Chrissy when she is about to commit suicide by jumping of 21st-story balcony with her 4-year-old son Jake. When he persuades her to go on a date, they are trapped with Jake and old Pat in an elevator because a drunken gang crashed into the elevator's engine room.
 
IMDB:
4.6
Year:
1997
90 min
52 Views


So if you'll excuse me,

I'll now be escorting our newly

arrived representative...

up to the woman's flat, where we

expect a very speedy resolution

to this whole unfortunate affair.

Thank you.

Excuse me, excuse me.

Come here any time of any day

and this place is dead.

Come here when someone's about

to die and the place wants to party.

What the f***'s all that noise

out there, man, Jimmy?

There's a huge crowd down here.

There must be a couple of hundred people.

The woman, Chrissy Long, 26...

is understood to have been standing

out there for nearly 2 hours now.

Chrissy! Chrissy!

That's Rosey, man.

You stupid f***ing sod,

that's Rosey!

Jesus Christ! Come on... up!

A constable? You've got

a constable talking to her?

What's he saying, you know,

"Look at all the things you've got

to live for."?

You can't just talk these cases

down like that.

That's why you're here.

Any wonder she wants

to kill herself.

Look at the state of this place.

It's falling apart.

The whole building is condemned...

there's only 10 families left in it.

And that's because they can't find anywhere else to

place them.

Just tell her you love her.

She's only 15... and I don't

love her anyway, man!

Aye, I know, but f***ing

tell her so then...

F*** her or else you want, man.

She's on holiday though

with her mum and dad,

so I can't tell her, can l?

Rob, look.... I know

you won't wanna do this..

but there is no-one better

at face-to-face.

You're right.

I don't wanna do this!

No.

Mike... employed to build

the Empire State building...

was a tribe of lndians

called the Mohawk

from a small reservation

near Montreal.

Why? Because they have

no fear of heights.

Me? I'm from a small semi

near Whitley bay

and I'm sh*t scared of them!

'Lads, weren't he f***ing daft

to tell her in the first place, eh?

Jacko, man, she said she didn't mind!

She said I could get off

with anyone I wanted too!

That's right, like, man.

She said she didn't mind, like.

Aye, ask Hammy, he was there!

Give him a break, man, Jacko.

She's only 15, isn't she?

- I told you that!

- I know, yer shite!

Not telling. Well that's like

kind to them, innit?

Just tell her you love her.

You f***ing love it!

She's on holiday

with her mum and dad.

There's people coming in

and going out all the time.

It must be really cold up there

and it looks like it's going to rain.

Hello.

Hi, Jake.

Who the f*** are you?

It's a bit chilly here, isn't it?

Are you gonna jump?

Ma, don't.

Amazing really isn't it, we're not

better equipped to deal with the cold.

D'you realize, if we lived on the moon

we'd die of frostbite every night.

If we lived on the moon

you could f*** off now

cos I'd step off here

and float around.

But right now we're on the earth...

and I'm gonna die.

No, no, no, no, no, that's not right,

you're not meant to jump!

I'm only here

because my mate said

that only one in 40 suicide attempts

is actually carried through.

But... she says she's gonna jump!

She... Excuse me,

don't jump while I'm gone.

I can't say right now where or...

or why he's gone.

He's leaving her.

He's just left her.

I can f***ing hear that, man.

I think she's gonna go.

And take the kid.

No, let us through,

she's my friend.

It's all right, it's all right,

I know her.

Mrs Mulcahy, come through.

Wait here, please. Please.

Great, still here?

- You know why?

- Why what? What this time?

Why you'll fall and puree

on the pavement?

Stun me.

- Gravity.

- No sh*t!

Yup, it's a universal force of

attraction which affects all bodies...

Yeah? Doing f***ing wonders

between us two!

Which, which, of course,

lsaac Newton discovered

when the apple fell on his head.

Is this it?

Is this the last human voice

I'm gonna hear before I go?

You droning on about f***ing fruit?

You know what else he discovered?

Are you trying to bore me down?

Calculus.

And cat flaps.

And cloth and cows and...

Capstan, full strength.

What?

Well no, actually, no he didn't.

But...it's true.

Isaac Newton discovered cat flaps.

Nice one, lke!

Why do you want to die, Chrissy?

Because...

because...

there is no end to this.

There's no end to coming home

and finding those bastards

have taken me and

my son's clothes our shoes...

our beds, for f***'s sake!

We've tried

we've all tried stopping it,

but it's getting worse.

It's got to, like...

I'm not just sacred

when I go out now, you know.

I'm more scared of coming home

and finding those bastards here

in my home!

F***!

I don't wanna die.

I just don't wanna live any more.

And it's my choice!

It's my life!

Well, what about your son's life?

Are you gonna kill your son?

Is that your choice too?

F*** off!

If I go... I'm not leaving Jake

in this place without me.

Kill my son.

F*** off!

Go on, go!

You've been very good.

Aye, but I'm still gonna go!

Mum, don't do it.

Yeah.

Yeah, okay, you're right.

I mean, I can see...

it must be hard to come in now.

It takes a lot of guts to admit

you're wrong.

I think it'll take a lot more guts

to go and jump.

Absolutely. No, no...

Eskimos, now...

Eskimos have got guts.

They've got this... this ritual

in their culture where the youths...

have to kill the elders.

Now that takes guts!

I know. I mean,

see it's good because...

it gets rid of all the old the unwanted,

all the unimportant people in society.

Are you saying I'm not important?

No, no, you're saying

you're not important.

You're gonna kill yourself.

You're gonna jump?

You're saying I can die cos

I'm not as important as you?

Are you gonna jump?

Are you gonna jump?

Chrissy, are you gonna jump?

Or are you gonna come on in?

Are you gonna come on home?

Go on, Jake. Go on!

Come on, Jake.

There we go. Come on, Jake.

Good boy.

Come here, pet.

Come on. Come on.

Come on.

Come on.

Help, please!

Rob?

Rob?

Watson, Jones, go now!

- Jesus!

- No!

All right, Rob.

Jesus!

No.

Come on, that's it.

I have now made it up

to Miss Long's flat

where I'm speaking to a neighbour,

Jan Mulcahy.

Mrs Mulcahy, I understand you

and Ms Long are friends.

Yes, we are.

- Kevin!

- Your mam.

WAVE, Women Against Victimization.

What' we've seen tonight is not surprising...

there's only 10 families left

in this tower block.

And most of those are too scared

to leave their flats.

There's robberies every day.

And most of the crime is committed

by 2 families and the kids they recruit.

Those people are the Graingers...

and then down here we have the Hursts...

their sons Jacko and Davy.

Door, you little bastard!

What the f*** was mam playing at?

She's dead now, you know!

Jacko's gonna f***ing kill her!

So, Janet, what you are saying is

that the poverty in society

is forcing the under class to react

with drastic measures.

Well, no, that's not quite

what I'm saying.

Jimmy! Jimmy! Jimmy!

I dreamt about her last night.

No, really?

Well go and see her later on.

What? That's unethical.

- Ethics? Bollocks!

- Come on, Michael.

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Caspar Berry is a motivational and keynote business speaker specialising in the subjects of risk, decision making, innovation and leadership. He has previously worked as an actor, screenwriter for film and television, sports commentator, entrepreneur and professional poker player. more…

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