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SYNOPSIS: "A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Max changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Max, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Max prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Max uses linear problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Action
In terms of the overall plot, actions force decisions to be made.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Max ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Assassin Killing Witnesses

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Self-Interest vs. Morality
Overall Story Problem: Avoid
Overall Story Solution: Pursuit
Overall Story Symptom: Control
Overall Story Response: Uncontrolled
Overall Story Catalyst: Approach
Overall Story Inhibitor: Obligation
Overall Story Benchmark: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Understanding

Main Character Throughline

Max

Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Subconscious
Main Character Issue: Closure vs. Denial
Main Character Problem: Avoid
Main Character Solution: Pursuit
Main Character Symptom: Consider
Main Character Response: Reconsider
Main Character Unique Ability: Closure
Main Character Critical Flaw: Preconception
Main Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 1: Memory
Main Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Influence Character Throughline

Vincent

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Future
Influence Character Issue: Openness vs. Preconception
Influence Character Problem: Hinder
Influence Character Solution: Help
Influence Character Symptom: Control
Influence Character Response: Uncontrolled
Influence Character Unique Ability: Openness
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Denial
Influence Character Benchmark: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 1: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 2: Future
Influence Character Signpost 3: Present
Influence Character Signpost 4: Past

Relationship Story Throughline

Captor/Hostage

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Becoming
Relationship Story Issue: Commitment vs. Responsibility
Relationship Story Problem: Temptation
Relationship Story Solution: Conscience
Relationship Story Symptom: Control
Relationship Story Response: Uncontrolled
Relationship Story Catalyst: Rationalization
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Attitude
Relationship Story Benchmark: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceiving
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Becoming

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Obtaining
Overall Story Consequence: Becoming
Overall Story Cost: Future
Overall Story Dividend: Subconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Doing
Overall Story Prerequisites: Being
Overall Story Preconditions: Progress
Overall Story Forewarnings: Preconscious

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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