How hard is it to be a screenwriter in Hollywood? Pretty damn hard… and dangerous. That’s our two protagonists’ experience in Sean Kenealy and Eric Silvera’s comedy/thriller In Action. The film opens with Sean and Eric tied up in a darkened room about to be filleted by a dark, mysterious character, and then we flash forward to the duo sitting on a couch recounting the entire story.
“…tied up in a darkened room about to be filleted by a dark, mysterious character…”
The basic idea behind In Action is the “true life” story of our writer/director/actor team of Sean and Eric. The two reunited years later after film school only to discover that the worst student in their class had already sold three screenplays to the big studios. Jealousy motivates the pair to team up and write that one big story.
It’s here that we are brought into the pair’s brainstorm process, which involves a lot of swearing, sexual innuendo, and creative differences. Their film evolves into an action thriller, and of course, they use the internet for research on terrorism and large firearms. Just as they’re about to begin the first pitch to a studio, the pair is kidnapped, which leads back to them tied up in a darkened room. Who kidnapped our heroes, and what do they want?
"…you don’t need a big budget to tell a story in any genre, including action…"