PITCH WORKSHOP: David's Synopsis

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Hey,
everyone—

Huge
thanks to David, a loyal reader who submitted his screenplay synopsis to the
Pitch Workshop!

Here’s
what David writes, open the floodgates for feedback…

Working
Title:
Hacktivism

Genre: Thriller

Logline:

An
honest young programmer loses his job and finds out his wife is pregnant in the
same night - and must save his family by hacking the world bank for an
egotistical madman.

Synopsis:

When
young programmer Jack unexpectedly loses his job, he dejectedly goes home to
tell his wife Brooke - but stops short when she reveals news of her own: she's
pregnant. Desperate to find work before the medical bills pile up, Jack takes
the first job offer that comes his way, a position at an internet start-up
headed by Bruce, an intense man with a passion to change the world.

But it
quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, as Jack's new job turns
out to be hacking into banks, stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
Meanwhile his relationship with Brooke is strained by lies, as he's unable to
tell her of his new job - or risk ending up like Tom, a coworker who had
befriended him but is now destitute and living in the slums thanks to Bruce's
sense of 'justice.'

When
Bruce asks Jack to hack the world bank, throwing the world into mass chaos
leaving him to remake it as he pleases, Jack wants out. But with Bruce
threatening him and his pregnant wife, and his relationship at home all but
destroyed by lies, Jack must make a choice: save his life, or save his soul.

There you
go, folks—critique away (but please remember—no bashing; constructive criticism
only!)…