Island Zero

Synopsis: Inhabitants of a fishing island off the coast of Maine find themselves mysteriously cut off from the outside world after the ferry suddenly stops coming. All the phones have gone dead and every boat sent to the mainland fails to return. When dead bodies turn up along the water's edge, the hardy band of survivors must find out who, or what, is killing them.
99 min

[skateboard rolling]


[man humming]

Salt! Some ice,

and there we are.

[singing] Love tequila,

how I love tequila.

Hey sweetie.

Sweetie, sweetie...

Come on, I got the drinks.

It's your favorite!

Come and have a

little drinky-poos.

[baby talk] See? I knew you

likes it. I know you did. Yes.


[imitates dog bark]

[imitates dog bark]



You're actually a rather

good dancer, you know?

Yes, you are.

[water noise]

Daddy's going below, to make

himself another drinky-poo.

You want one?


Wha-What's that?

What's that?


A double?

Ooh... You're getting daring,

aren't you?

Well, there's a good boy.

Stay there, hmm?

[rushing through water]

[dog growls]

[dog barks]

[continues barking]


I got more drinks.

Little bit of a fruit cocktail

to go with this one.


Unsteady stay on the pins...

...for some reason.


Yes! Sweetie?

Where are you? Sweetie?




Sweetie, for God's sakes!


Sweetie, where are you?



[hesitant cry]

[eerie music]

[man cries]

[piano music]

[music intensifies]

[slamming sound]

[heart beats]

[heavy breathing]

Sits all day like a

lump in his chair.

Never does anything around

the house anymore!

I got to do it all!

Yesterday, I split a whole half

cod of wood all by myself.

Ask him to do the simplest

thing, and he's tired.

Like I'm not tired?

Ruth, could you step outside?

I'd like to hear what

Alvis has to say.

It-it's no wonder

he's gaining weight.

I'd gain weight too if I

had someone else do

all my work for me.

Ruth, I'd like to speak

with Alvis alone.


He can't tell you

anything I can't.

Can you, Alvis?

- Can you?

- Nope!

And he's got the thermostat

cranked up so high,

the whole house it

like a sauna.

82 degrees! I'm gonna

die of a heat stroke!

You got to do something

about him, and quick!

What would you like

me to do, exactly?

Fix him!

[eerie music]

[seagulls caw]

[item thuds]

That's all I've been

pulling up this week.

Ain't a single lobster

in any of my traps.

Reuben and Emmett been pulling

up that same stuff, too.

That crap, whatever it is.

- Ctenophores.

- What?

Gelatinous zooplankton.


It's a comb jellyfish.

Hell, I know it's a jellyfish!

But what are they

doing up here in December?

You-you're the biologist,

you tell me!

We've had jellyfish

blooms here before

but usually in the summer

like that weird invasion

of moon jellies we

had last July.

Look, all I care about

is my bottom line.

Where did all the

fish and lobsters go?

I don't know.

Something's happening

out there.

Yeah, I just finished it,

I'm emailing the file

to you as we speak.

I'll be on the afternoon

ferry. I'll see you tonight.

[hangs up phone]


God, get me off this island.

[diner music]

Jess, two burgers.

Same thing's happening

to me.

Last few days haven't pulled

in so much as a guppy.

Usually expect at

least a fish or two.

But my nets have been empty.

Yup, that makes three of us.

Uhh, Donnie. His traps

came up empty.

He's givin' up

for the season.

So, Arthur...

this is a multi-species drop,

to have everything collapse

at once. The lobster,

fish, scallops.

You've seen this before?

A few years ago,

off the cost of Maryland,

the whole fishery

suddenly collapsed.

Sorry to butt in, sorry.

Couldn't help overhearing.

What do you think is

causing this?

Well it could be a

number of things.

I mean, basically our species

has declared war on the fish,

the fish are losing.

all these super trawlers,

the high tech nets.

sonar, climate change.

[laughs] Now you got

him startled.

Okay, okay. I'll stop.

You've all hear my

angry biologist rant.

We'll, uh, I haven't hear it.

I'm-I'm interested.

Are you gonna put this

in your novel, Titus?

Well, you never know what'll

end up in one of my novels.


Maybe you'll make

and appearance.

As long as I'm good lookin'

like George Clooney,

give me a hot love

scene with Jesse over here.

Get his wife a gun.

Are you sure you're

leaving us today?

Well, I finally finished my

novel and I gotta get

back to New York City.

You know, we've been seeing

you work on this book for

about three weeks now,

but you never told us what

it's about.

Well, it takes place

on an island,

just like this one.

That's why I came here.

Cause I wanted to get

all the details right.

It's a story about love.

and jealousy,

and a very pretty girl

who works at

the local diner.

Jess, can I have

a refill, please?

What happens to this girl?

You're gonna have to

read the book to find out.


That guy's not coming back,

Jess. You know he isn't.

Want anything else, Emmett?

Another chance... with you.

Turkey club!

I gotta go.

I'm taking my boat out

to Rockland this afternoon,

to get my radar fixed.

Would you want to come?

We'll be back the day

after tomorrow.

We can get dinner,

maybe see a movie,

like the old days?

I have to work.

At least come down

to the dock.

You can see me off.

Jess, turkey club.

[music plays]

Ooh, neat!


You unwrapped your own

Christmas present, didn't you?

I just wanted to make

sure you got the right one.

and even though it's

not, like, the best.

It does have a 64 gig card

and multi-spectral dynamic

imaging. And you remember

I wanted the built in la-

Just put it back

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Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen (born June 12, 1953) is an American novelist and retired physician. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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