Analysis Of The Movie ' Hot Seat '

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A former hacker is trapped in his office with his chair wired to explode if he stands up and in order to survive he must hack his way into a computer mainframe to open a vault for an unseen assailant.

HOT SEAT is a well written thriller that fully engages the audience. It’s the type of script in which one feels as if they are watching the film. The plot is similar to the concepts used in SPEED and in the film PHONE BOOTH.
In this story, the protagonist finds himself trapped in his office and forced to remain seated in a chair wired by a bomb. If he stands up, the bomb goes off. The hero is forced to hack his way into a complicated mainframe to open a vault for a mysterious assailant. To raise the stakes, his family is
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He’s proactive with trying and failing. There’s a nice twist with the reveal of the perpetrator and a nice climax at the end except for the perpetrator strapping a bomb vest on an 8-year-old. This could be highly disturbing to the audience. Even though the idea of the “other right” is skillfully set up, there’s a taboo about exploiting children and seeing an explosive vest on a child could dissuade a producer.
With that said there are other areas worth discussing for possible revisions. However, even without these possible revisions, the script feels marketable.
The first area worth discussing is the opening scene in central park and the hot dog cart. It’s creative and interesting choice, but highly unrealistic. When first read, one was not sure of the tone, especially with the description of “processed guts and yumminess.” A more realistic scene doesn’t involve a hot dog cart, but simply people strolling in the park, and perhaps some teens or a homeless person find something like a box and it’s a bomb. The idea of the bomber going to the trouble of getting a hot dog cart is more for dramatic purposes than realistic.
The scene between Jackson and Wally on page 2 isn’t the most engaging i.e. their dialogue. What works is the subtext about “Life is chess. You better have a plan A, B, and C, or game over.” On page 28, again, their dialogue doesn’t fully engage.

On page 3, a frantic officer tells them that there’s an explosion in central park, and then on page 28,
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