Suburban Connecticut, outside of New York City, 1973. The
train lies dark and motionless, a few flashing yellow
INT. TRAIN. PRE-DAWN
Various passengers, huddled uncomfortably, cold, asleep.
On Paul Hood, 15-and-a-half, stoner-preppie look, hunched up
emergency exit sign.
train's engines returns.
(mumbling, ad lib)
back in service - next stop will be
New Canaan, Connecticut. New
Canaan, Connecticut, next stop!
He moves on to the next car.
still-dark early morning.
The Thing, Medusa, Flame, and Richards' wife Sue Storm look
DESTROYED THE WQRLD!"
Paul looks up again, thinking.
Fantastic Four, published in
November 1973, Reed Richards has to
use his anti-matter weapon on his
own son, who Annihilus has turned
into a human atom bomb. His son is
the result of Richards' coupling
with the earthling Sue Storm, and
of the Fantastic Four on their
aborted moon mission have made
of matter and anti-matter.
EXT. TRAIN BRIDGE. PRE-DAWN
And that's what it is to come from
a family, if you analyze it
closely. Each of them is negative
matter for the other ones. And
when your family, which is in fact
which you emerge -- it's when the
family takes you back, thus hurling
you back into negative space...
INT. TRAIN. CONT'D.
On Paul, as the sun breaks over the horizon. His face glows
So it's a paradox -- the closer
you're drawn back in, the further
into the void you're thrown.
even in her oversized sweater; and Wendy, 14, a sullen
He pauses, regarding them.
They stand, silent, even dignified, awaiting him.
EXT. ST. PETER'S SCHOOL. MORNING
Cramped, a mess, but quaint. Paul shares the room with
Francis Davenport IV, a dissolute, smart-ass son of money.
The Ice Storm (1997)
Synopsis: The Ice Storm is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Glenn Fitzgerald, Jamey Sheridan, and Sigourney Weaver. Set during Thanksgiving 1973, The Ice Storm is about two dysfunctional New Canaan, Connecticut upper-class families who are trying to deal with tumultuous social changes of the early 1970s, and their escapism through alcohol, adultery, and sexual experimentation. The film opened in the United States on September 26, 1997. Its release was limited and it ultimately grossed US$8 million on a budget of US$18 million. A special two-disc DVD set was released as part of the Criterion Collection on March 18, 2008.