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II/ Mission Impossible II

WIDE ANGLE - BLEACHER (DAY)

Ambrose arriving with a pair of drinks. Nyah rises.

AMBROSE See anything you like?

NYAH Yeah. Naturally vain -- but they're about to close the betting table and I haven't a sou..

While Ambrose is still juggling the drinks, Nyah reaches into his trouser pockets, and rummages around.

AMBROSE (laughing) Nyah!

ETHAN Billy, make sure Nyah's not followed.

BILLY No worries, mate.

She pulls out a fifty-dollar note.

NYAH Would you mind terribly?

AMBROSE (cont'd) (amused and turned on) - not at all. But you'll pay for that and with interest..

NYAH I've no doubt..

She heads up the stairs.

AMBROSE (reaching into his pocket for money) Hold on.

Ambrose grabs her arm, and she almost drops the envelope she's just lifted. (NOTE: It is important not to see her actually lift it). She's holding it, pinned between her right arm and side. As it's slipping, she notes Stamp above her, looking down and has to conceal what she's holding from him as well:

AMBROSE (cont'd) Put down a couple of hundred for.

NYAH To win?

AMBROSE What else?

She takes it and as she does the envelope falls, but she manages to catch it with her left hand, blocking the move with her body as she does.

WIDER ANGLE - NYAH

moves along the aisle.

ETHAN'S VOICE Luther, smallest digital you got. Ready to transmit. Betting table twelve.

EXT - VAN (DAY)

designated as NEW SOUTH WALES DELIVERIES, 'anytime, anywhere.' Luther bursts out of the van, carrying the tiny camera and begins to thread his way thru cars and foot traffic.

BILLY

in dramatic contrast ambles at a conspicuously leisurely pace.

NYAH

passes Stamp, not seeing him standing just a row above, blocked from her by one of the pillars. Stamp idly regards her and then decides: he follows.

LUTHER

perspiring, approaches the betting table thru the last of the parked cars.

STAMP

approaches the door thru which Nyah had gone and starts to open it - only to have the door slammed in his face and on his bandaged finger by Billy, in a track usher's uniforms.

BILLY (very solicitous) Sorry about that, mate, that must've really - aggrhh!..

Even as Stamp winces in pain his arm has shot out and Billy finds himself pinned to the wall gasping for air. If he'd been welded there by a band of steal he'd have more room to maneuver.

STAMP Say again?

BILLY Aggrhh-aggrhh-aggrhh...

STAMP Whatever you're about in future, watch your step. Never know who you might run into...

Stamp looks around, Nyah's nowhere in sight. He's lost her. Sees his hand's bleeding and lets Billy go, who nearly drops to the floor.

STAMP Where's the loo then?

BILLY (pointing up) - aggrhh-aggrhh-aggrhh...

Stamp heads up the men's room.

BILLY (croaking it out) ...

Shakes his head, feeling lucky to escape with his life.

EXT - PADDOCK - BETTING TABLE TWELVE

Nyah into shot. Stands in line. She looks around.

ETHAN'S VOICE How'd you do? Don't turn around.

Nyah turns and looks Ethan dead in the eye.

NYAH I managed.

ETHAN You noticed. What're you going to do? Spank me?

She slips Ethan the envelope. Ethan himself returns the look, holding it in spite of:

BILLY'S VOICE Stamp's out of the loo.

Luther arrives, with the camera, opening for Ethan. Nyah turns away. Ethan pulls out the tiny memory card, slips it in the camera.

ETHAN (CONT'D) (looking into camera) This is going to take a couple of minutes..

LUTHER

is racing back to the van.

LUTHER There in twenty, Ethan..

NYAH AND ETHAN (IN LINE)

edge toward the window.

BILLY'S VOICE Stamp's a little shaky, but headed your way, mate.

ETHAN Copy that. (to Nyah) Who do you like? In the race?

NYAH (nervous, she's heard Billy too) What race are we talking about?

INT - VAN (DAY)

A sweaty Luther:

LUTHER I'm booted up. Go, Ethan.

BILLY'S VOICE He's heading down the stairs, now..

Ethan places the digital camera on play and begins to go thru the stills. As they cliff off, Ethan is visibly affected.

LUTHER IN THE VAN

watches the stills as well. He's no less affected.

ETHAN WITH NYAH

He mutters some expletive under his breath, then, evenly:

ETHAN I want you out of Ambrose's place.

BILLY'S VOICE He's one tier from the bottom.

Ethan glances over to the bottom of the stairs.

NYAH What are you talking about?

As he lowers camera and removes the memory card.

ETHAN I want you out of there.

NYAH Why? What's happened. What did you see?

BILLY Thirty steps..

Slipping card back into envelope.

ETHAN Nyah, you've done more than enough. Even the best of snake charmers get bit.

NYAH Ethan, tell me - BILLY'S VOICE Twenty, nineteen..

Ethan's been talking to someone he's been urging to walk, not run to the nearest exit. Now he drops all pretence:

ETHAN I want you out of Australia! (more quickly) ..I don't know how much more plainly I can put it.

NYAH How do you suggest I go about it?

ETHAN He's touched your heart. You're overwhelmed. You need to think it over. You'll meet him somewhere in a month. If You're not out in 48 hours I'm coming in and getting you out. Give me the ear piece.

She just gets it out of her hear and gives it to Ethan when she reaches the bookie who warns her to get down her bet. She gives him her money and gets the tickets just as the buzzer goes off - no more bets. Flustered by it she picks up her tickets but drops the envelope. She quickly kneels and scrambles to recover it, tucking it away and looking up - to see Stamp standing over her. almost exactly where Ethan had stood when she looked away.

NYAH

tries not to register alarm while she gauges how much Stamp had seen.

STAMP Get your bet down?

NYAH Just..

She rises. Stamp waits only a moment then follows.

AT THE PRIVATE BLEACHERS (DAY)

everyone's on their feet, the horses are in the backstretch.

Ambrose is watching the race through binoculars. Nyah comes up behind and puts her arms around him. With her left hand she puts the envelope into his right jacket pocket.

AMBROSE Your nag is making a run for it on the outside! (lowering binoculars) Bloody hell, Nyah!

She's momentarily startled. Then:

AMBROSE (CONT'D) You picked another winner!

NYAH Well, that's good, isn't?

A BLOW UP (INT. SHEEP FARM IMF SAFEHOUSE - DAY)

of a shot from a digital camera card.

ETHAN'S VOICE Dr. Segi Gradski, Nekhorvich's colleague and lifelong friend..

The photos is coded with the data in the lower left hand corner, 01.27.99, the time in the right, 10:02:56 A.M. Burned into the photo is '20 hours, 03 minutes after exposure.'

Ethan paunches in.

ETHAN'S VOICE (cont'd) Twenty hours and three minutes after exposure. (sotto voce) Twenty hours.

Ethan doesn't say anything for a moment, then goes on to the next photo on the card: '25 hours, 40 minutes after exposure.' It's Gradski again. Gradski's eyes are darkly circled, his skull look mottled.

ETHAN Six hours later.

Another photo: '31 hours, 30 minutes after exposure.' Gradski's bleeding from nose, mouth and ears, the skin eruptions are pervasive, his body an open wound.

ETHAN ( cont'd) Six more hours.

The next photo. '34 hours, 25 minutes after exposure.' Gradski's body at rest.

ETHAN (cont'd) Three hours after that, Gradski was dead..

LUTHER Here's a victim from the Bruny Island outbreak.

The victim's face shows a devastation undeniably like Gradski's.

A long, long moment as Ethan, Luther, and Billy sit in silence.

BILLY Oh, happy day.

Ethan looks again at the first photo of Gradski.

ETHAN Nekhorvich said 'However we travel, I must arrive at my destination within 20 hours hours of departure.'

CLOSE - NYAH (EXT. AMBROSE VERANDA - LATE AFTERNOON)

Nyah is on the balcony. Ambrose enters with two glasses of champagne.

AMBROSE To Australia. It's made so many convicts feel at home. Here's hoping it does the same for you..

He laughs. She doesn't.

NYAH Sean, there's something I've been meaning to talk to you about... Isn't going to be easy for me to say.

AMBROSE (jocular) Then don't say it.

NYAH I don't know what to do about you, Sean. I'm more than a bit muddled. I need time.

AMBROSE To do what?

NYAH Sort it all out.

AMBROSE And you're going to have time. There's been a change of plans.

NYAH A change of plans?

AMBROSE Yes. We won't be able to have dinner tonight. Something's come up. I hope you don't mind.

NYAH Oh, no, not at all. Maybe just a bit.

AMBROSE Ulrich will be about. He'll look after you.

NYAH Lovely.

INT - AMBROSE STUDY (LATE AFTERNOON)

Ambrose enters, slips off his jacket and hangs it over a chair. He walks to a desk and brings up a computer the Biocyte website and McCloy infomercial. Stamp notes that Ambrose is on the computer and moves to the desk.

STAMP I thought you were going to dinner.

AMBROSE (pulling up something on the computer) Hugh, take care of the Nekhorvich memory card.

STAMP Where is it?

AMBROSE In the envelope in my pocket. My right.. jacket..pocket..

Stamp leans over and pulls out the envelope. As he does he sees Ambrose has pulled up and started to play McCloy's informercial.

AMBROSE (cont'd) (calmly) We've got an opportunity here. I'm not going to miss it..

CAMERA CARD PHOTOS (INT. SHEEP FARM - ETHAN & CREW)

a microscopic view of myriads of ugly green spiky objects amid exploding red ones..

ETHAN Chimera attacking human blood..

One more shot. A lavender stained group of spiky objects amid exploding the green ones.

ETHAN (cont'd) Bellerophon attacking Chimera..

On an adjacent screen is a frozen frame of McCloy looking thru the digital camera at the racetrack.

BILLY Ambrose obviously got these from Nekhorvich on the plane.

LUTHER What manic invents disease like that in the first place? Why would he do it?

ETHAN I don't know, but Nekhorvich was not a manic. Get me a twenty on Nyah.

LUTHER She must still be on the property. ETHAN I told her to get outta there.

EXT - LIMO (EVE)

McCloy gets in the rear of the limo and lights up a cigar. The limo takes off. another car pulls out and tags along behind the limo.

INT - OTHER CAR (MOVING)

Michael at the wheel.

INT - LIMO - MOVING (EVE)

McCloy doesn't like the taste of the cigar, goes to toss it out but the electronic window button doesn't work. He notices the evening paper partially open on the seat. His name leaps out. He opens the paper

THE HEADLINES

announce that John C. McCloy, CEO of Biocyte, Inc., one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, has died of a straight and terrible strain of influenza

Shocked, McCloy drops the paper, calling out:

MCCLOY George. George. George.

The drover doesn't turn around. McCloy can't believe it. He bangs on chauffeur window. The driver turns on the air conditioning in the rear of the limo. McCloy clutches his throat and passes out.

MCCLOY (INT. ICU UNIT - NIGHT)

regains consciousness. He's got tubes coming out of every orifice and is contained in the equivalent of a plastic bubble. Drenched in perspiration and he looks around for a call button. He grips the side of the bed.

MCCLOY Bloody room..just..shut your eyes, shut your eyes.

He can't resist. Opens them to look up thru the plastic to see:

NEKHORVICH

a shimmering blur coming in and out of focus.

MCCLOY (cont'd) I'll be buggered!..What's this then?

NEKHORVICH A visit from an old friend.

MCCLOY What's happening here? You're dead!

NEKHORVICH Fatigued, certainly. But dead is a little extreme. On the other hand, when me dear Gradski had your pulse and blood pressure he has less than ten hours to live.

MCCLOY (confused) It was in the bloody papers, on the telly..what's this about Gradski?

NEKHORVICH You are infected with Chimera, my friend.

INT - AMBROSE BEDROOM (NIGHT) NYAH

is on the phone.

NYAH International, please. I'd like to make a reservation on the next available flight tonight.

OPERATOR Where to?

NYAH Where is next available flight going?

The operator answers.

NYAH Fine. I'll take it.

She hangs up, goes to the door. The house is eerily silent.

POV - STAIRWELL (NIGHT)

a play of shadows, the sound of the kitchen fridge.

CLOSE - NYAH

Moves softly downstairs & hesitates at bottom, glancing about.

NYAH Ulrich?..Ulrich!...

Silence. she goes into the kitchen. No one. She goes out the door.

OVER NYAH'S SHOULDER - MOVING (EXT. SYDNEY - NIGHT)

running pell-mell down to the shore. Stops. Looks outside the small skiff moored at the end of the dock. It's dark and she decides to chance it. She moves onto the pier, trying to glide by the boathouse. A figure darts out and grabs her. She tries to scream but can't. The figure whips her around and she sees:

ETHAN Easy, easy, easy, shhh!

NYAH Oh Ethan!..

She throws her arms around him.

ETHAN Are you okay?

NYAH I am now. Get me out of here. Just get me out of here.

ETHAN It's going to be okay.

He holds her.

INT - HOSPITAL ROOM

McCloy's strapped down, but manages to reach the call button and push it. Again and again.

NEKHORVICH No use, my friend. The medical staff wants no part of this. Doctors don't fancy the idea of dying any more than anybody else.

McCloy stares at Nekhorvich for a long moment.

MCCLOY How could I possibly be infected?

Nekhorvich shrugs.

NEKHORVICH That's exactly what Gradski said - 27 hours before he died. With Chimera, the most minute exposure can be fatal.

McCloy again looks at his vital sign on the monitor. He grips the edge of the hospital bed.

NEKHORVICH But then you shouldn't be feeling to ill. not for another three of four hours anyway.

McCloy breaks a fresh sweat in a sudden spasm of anxiety.

MCCLOY You have Bellerophon.

NEKHORVICH (mildly) Do I?

MCCLOY You took it! All of it! And what if I need it?

NEKHORVICH (amused) 'If?' My, my, my...the five hundred people on Bruny Island that you deliberately infected with Chimera needed it as well.

MCCLOY Oh, please! How was I to know they had to be treated with Bellerophon within twenty hours?

NEKHORVICH By asking me.

MCCLOY You still don't get it, do you? You want to make an omelet, you break a few eggs - I needed to know just how bad the disease was - in the real world, not the lab. And you never know til you try. You thought you were genetically splicing together strains of influenza to create a cure for all influenzas. But I saw you creating a disease so terrible in Chimera that the cure would be priceless.

NEKHORVICH You wanted the disease in order to peddle the cure.

MCCLOY Well, the thought had occurred to me. I needed Chimera in order to peddle Bellerophon. For hero to be appreciated, you need a monster. Now that's not so difficult to understand, is it? Look, time was a shot of penicillin could knock off every bloody bug in the zoo! Not anymore!..have you any idea the R&D money it takes to float one little pissy boutique antibiotic that's barely effective against one strain of one bacterium? If I couldn't makes money killing the microscopic little shits that are out there, you'd help me put one out there I can make on!..there it is. I've confessed. I, John C. McCloy, am in business to make money. Lilly's making billions feeding Prozac to depressed dogs. Pfizer doesn't even know where to put the money they're making on Viagra, and let me tell you that shit didn't do a thing for me even at twice the recommended dose, Jesus, who do I have to screw to get a a break!..now get me out of here, get me treated and let's go back to work!..

NEKHORVICH You know, I think it's a little late for that. Do give my regards to Gradski if you see him. INT - HALLWAY (OUTSIDE MCCLOY'S ROOM)

Nekhorvich heaves a sigh and rips off a latex mask, and the vocal oscillator, revealing an exhausted Ethan. Angle widens to include Luther and Billy in hospital greens.

Luther and Billy nod in disgusted assent.

EXT - ANNEX (NIGHT) NYAH

holds tight in her embrace with Ethan.

NYAH Ethan, you know what frightens me most when I'm with him?..the thought of never seeing you..how are we getting out of here?

ETHAN Nyah, it's very important not do anything to alarm Ambrose..

NYAH What? You told me to get out of here. I thought you were here to collect me. I was so relieved.

ETHAN (with growing urgency) No time to explain. You've done well, and we're so close. So close. It's critical that you do whatever Ambrose asks. Don't worry - it'll be over soon.. That's a promise.. Come on, now off you go!

He gives her an affectionate smile and she reluctantly heads back to the house, her expression troubled, even suspicious.

INT - HALLWAY (OUTSIDE MCCLOY'S ROOM)

Having just taken off the mask, Ethan stands with Luther and Billy.

LUTHER (disgusted by what he's heard) So Ambrose has Bellerophon and McCloy's got Chimera.

BILLY There guys are walking around with different halves of the same dollar bill?

ETHAN Ambrose got Bellerophon from Nekhorvich on the plane, but he didn't get the Chimera virus.

LUTHER Yeah. Why else would he come back to Australia? If he had them both, he could sell them anywhere.

ETHAN I kill Chimera at Biocyte and he's sitting on a cure without a disease.

LUTHER You've got the voice print, I'll get us in..

EXT - AMBROSE HOUSE (NIGHT)

Ethan enters and tears off his mask, revealing Ambrose filled with implacable rage. He looks up to see Stamp who's been obviously waiting for him. Tearing the voice oscillator. Leaning with both hands on a counter-surveillance monitor table he stares at the floor, his face rictus of hateful intensity.

STAMP You were right. Hunt stung McCloy tonight. He knows. They'll be going into Biocyte...

Ambrose looks up slowly to Stamp who's been standing by.

AMBROSE Good..then we go where he'll be, don't we? Well done, Hugh. Well done.

CHAUFFEUR'S WINDOW (INT. LIMO - EVE)

being rapped on by the driver.

MCCLOY

wakes with a start. The window's lowered -- Billy's in livery.

BILLY You're home, guv'ner. Home..

It's taking time to register. Then:

MCCLOY - where's George. My regular driver. Where is he?

BILLY Took ill, guv'. Touch of the flu. They say it's going around. Nasty business. Mind you don't catch a chill now.

Still dazed, McCloy manages to nod and exit the limo. Billy drives off.

CLOSE - COMPUTER SCREEN - BIOCYTE BUILDING BLUEPRINTS (INT. SHEEP FARM SAFEHOUSE)

including all specifications.

ETHAN Luther, do you have the building up and running?

Luther punches in and up comes a squat little island a hundred yards off shore, connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge.

ETHAN (cont'd) That's not exactly it.

LUTHER Sorry, that it a Biocyte facility, their storage structure..

ETHAN Nyah still on the property?

BILLY She hasn't left it.

Then:

LUTHER Okay, here you go -

As Luther speaks, the building - on his computer graphics, one with the BIOCYTE PHARMACEUTICALS ELEVATORS AND RENDERINGS, is being rapidly morphed to three dimension existence off the rendering specifications by Luther, as if the building itself were being constructed at a madly rapid pace, from its foundation to its reinforced steel structure, to its honeycombing of floors, to its outer skin. Luther's reconstitution of the building lot static, but moving around and above it even as he proceeds.

ETHAN Let's start from the inside out.

LUTHER All storage and production of Chimera is done here, in this lab on the forty-second floor, the heart of the building.

BIOCYTE LAB

Only about eight personnel -- chemists in lab coats, workers in bio-containment suits, etc. -- populate the lab, passing through security door and air locks, monitoring the virus stock, pading the injection gun, etc.

LUTHER'S VOICE Chimera itself is kept in two places: in production vials in an incubation room and housed in a small airtight chamber - inside three injection guns.

BILLY'S VOICE Mate, you kill it in both places, we're laughin' and we go home.

WITH LUTHER AND ETHAN

ETHAN Now how to get in there.

LUTHER No garage entrance. Lobby's protected by five guards on rotating patrol.

Ethan watches the rendition of the Biocyte lobby on screen

CLOSE - AMBROSE (NIGHT)

in overhead light, his eyes are dark pits, somehow underlying her saturnine intensity:

AMBROSE If you look at Hunt's operational history, he invariably favors misdirection and deception. For a start he won't go into Biocyte from the ground where he has to risk confrontation with security.

ETHAN Not going in from the ground. Show me the atrium.

INT - BIOCYTE ATRIUM SHAFT

The height and extent of the atrium are revealed, as well as its conclusion in a glass floor in the ceiling of the lab.

LUTHER'S VOICE (unhappily) The atrium? One of a kind. Runs down the center of the building. Provides 24-hour natural light via mirrors and daylight storage cells. Optimal growing conditions for the virus. Ends in a glass floor which doubles as part of the lab's ceiling.

WITH LUTHER AND ETHAN

Luther sees the glint growing in Ethan's eye.

LUTHER Hey, atrium roof closes at sundown.

EXT - BIOCYTE ATRIUM SHAFT

As the sun sets, the louvers of the atrium roof begin closing. LUTHER'S VOICE And if the louvers are open for more than thirty seconds at night, the Civil Emergency alarms are tipped. Those even I can't stop. Thirty seconds total to get you in and the cable out.

ETHAN Security?

LUTHER Thirty-second opening in the roof and a 250-foot drop.

ETHAN I'm not waiting 48 hours. When we're done at Biocyte, if she's not out of Ambrose's, I'm going in and getting her out.

CLOSE - AMBROSE (NIGHT)

AMBROSE No, Hunt will prefer to engage in some sort of acrobatic insanity to enter Biocyte somewhere through the atrium where security is minimal..

Suddenly there's the roar of helicopter rotors.

ETHAN (EXT. SYDNEY - NIGHT)

is poised, upside down, on cable against the Sydney skyline.

THE ATRIUM LOUVERS

begin to open.

WITH LUTHER (INT. VAN)

hurriedly working the atrium's controls, hitting 'ENTER', repeatedly.

INT - COPTER (HOVERING)

BILLY Package away in five..four..three.. two..one...

LUTHER I'm not ready!

ETHAN I'm gone..

Ethan plummets towards the atrium.

WITH LUTHER (INT. VAN - NIGHT)

LUTHER (frantically working controls) C'mon! C'mon! C'mon!

ETHAN'S DESCENT

is so swift it appears as though he's going to hit the atrium louvers but as he reaches roof level they crack open just enough for him to dart thru like thread thru a needle

Luther begins the countdown. His countdown continues, running under the action and dialogue below.

LUTHER'S VOICE ..nineteen..eighteen..seventeen...

ETHAN IN MID-DESCENT (MOVING)

moves down the shaft of bluish light, past the building's walls.

LUTHER'S VOICE (low) ..sixteen..fifteen..

Ethan streaks thru the beams of light toward the atrium floor.

INT - ATRIUM FLOOR - ETHAN

reaches the end of the cord, slows himself to a stop and sees the security guard through the window. The guard starts as he catches a glimpse of Ethan's reflection in the control panels.

ETHAN Luther, I'm looking at security.

CLOSE - LUTHER

LUTHER (utterly shocked) Oh. Uh. Commencing diversion. (sotto voce, typing swiftly) Alarm in cosmetics.

INT - ATRIUM FLOOR

Ethan swings himself up to the ledge above the guard's window, putting himself out of the puzzled guard's sight.

LUTHER'S VOICE Gotta get that cable out.

Ethan unhooks the cord and flips to the atrium floor. An alarm goes off.

LUTHER'S VOICE (cont'd) There it goes..

Still confused and concerned, the guard doesn't immediately react to the alarm or the ringing phone. He finally answers the phone.

GUARD #2'S VOICE (on phone) AY! what's the matter with you? Can't you hear the alarm's gone off in cosmetics?

The first guard gives up what's confused him.

GUARD (sarcastic) Right. Then I guess I'll have to trot off to see who's pinching eyeliner, won't I. (exits, grumbling) I'll even check the stairwell on the way.

UP ANGLE - CABLE

being swiftly retracted toward the atrium's opening as it closes.

BILLY Retracting cable.

LUTHER'S VOICE (low) Three..two..one..

UP ANGLE - ATRIUM

The cable just makes it thru the atrium as the louvers close.

BILLY'S VOICE Cable's clear.

INT - ATRIUM FLOOR - ETHAN

reaches down and presses a silent beeper.

WITH LUTHER (INT. VAN)

sees a little red diamond-shaped light pop on his screen

LUTHER Transponder activated..Reading package and Cable is clean. (exhaling, relieved) He's on his way.

Staring at the buildings control panels.

ETHAN (INT. ATRIUM)

hugs the floor just out of sight of the befuddled security guard.

AMBROSE'S VOICE He'll make the attempt at the only possible time for both of us, 11 P.M. - when the guards rotate and the buildings air-filtration generators go active, covering the sound of his break-in..

WITH LUTHER

LUTHER Ethan, the generators are about to go active. We'll be out of contact for eleven minutes.

CLOSE - GENERATORS

dark and silent.

GENERATORS

turn over and roar to life.

ETHAN AT BOTTOM OF ATRIUM

cuts into the glass floor, pops it out, and drops thru the opening. None of it's heard under the generators..

Ethan drops onto the lab floor and heads across the lab and up the ramp to the hot zone.

AMBROSE'S VOICE The frequency of the generators operate to our advantage - cutting radio communication from his team for the next eleven minutes..

INT - BIOCYTE LOBBY (NIGHT)

Stamp, flanked by several of his team in Biocyte security guard uniform, crosses the lobby toward a pair of actual Biocyte security guards who appear more puzzled than alarmed at this unexpected influx.

ONE OF THE GUARDS What's this, then? Reinforcements?

STAMP Not exactly, mate.

WITH LUTHER (INT. CONSTRUCTION VAN - NIGHT)

His attention in drawn to a spot on the grid where Nyah's transponder blip, a circular yellow one in contrast to Ethan's, is moving. Troubled:

LUTHER Billy. I think we got a problem. Nyah's on the wing. Up early. Billy, do you copy?

INT - CHOPPER

BILLY Exactly where is she?

LUTHER ..in the building...

BILLY'S VOICE Say again. Sounds like you're saying 'she's in the building.'

LUTHER I am. She is.

AMBROSE'S VOICE Ethan does it the hard way to avoid confrontation. Neutralizing security guards is simply too distasteful to him..

INT - BIOCYTE LOBBY

The two guards who had greeted Stamp and his arriving team lie inert on the lobby floor.

AMBROSE'S VOICE I've never found that a problem...

WITH BILLY (INT. HELICOPTER - NIGHT)

Billy's so surprised he momentarily gets loose with the copter and it banks off. As it and he recover:

BILLY Right. Well, then. She's not likely to be alone. is she?

LUTHER'S VOICE The question Is 'how many of 'em?' I can't get thru to Ethan. Not 'til the generators go off.

BILLY When's that?

LUTHER'S VOICE Not for another eight and a half minutes.

WITH LUTHER

staring at the red and yellow blips in vertical alignment, the Yellow one, Nyah, considerably below the red one, Ethan.

INT - HOT ZONE ENTRANCE (NIGHT)

The door reads. DANGER: LIVE VIRUS: INCUBATION ZONE. EXPOSURE IS FATAL. Ethan pulls on a protective mask from his pack and puts a miniaturized recorder up to the voice print activator:

MCCLOY'S VOICE John C. McCloy..

Ethan's buzzed into the hot zone. He steps into the air locks.

INT - SHEEP FARM IMF SAFEHOUSE

A small bomb is placed by the dark gloves of someone unseen.

EXT - CONSTRUCTION VAN - NIGHT

a shadow falls across the dirt in front of the bumper.

A SMALL OBJECT

with a digital clock face, its red LED illuminating descending numbers, is carefully placed inside the bumper. The magnet on it doesn't quite catch. It's then placed more carefully.

INT - CONSTRUCTION VAN

Luther doesn't pick up on the faint metallic sound just outside. He's concentrating on the flashes on the screen showing the transponder rising in the building. Increasingly desperate:

LUTHER It looks like Nyah's headed toward an elevator.

ETHAN

working meticulously an a computer monitor.

DOWN ANGLE - ELEVATOR DOORS

and a security guard's body lying in the corridor. A pair of trousered legs step over the body and into the elevator joining Nyah's legs and feet, and other pairs of trousered legs. The elevator doors close.

AMBROSE'S VOICE If Hunt actually manages to squeak thru the atrium he's liable to make it to Chimera before we will..

CLOSE LUTHER

On his computer screen the yellow dot continues its ascent, the two dots growing ever closer.

LUTHER She's in the elevator heading toward Ethan.

BILLY'S VOICE How much longer before you can reach him?

LUTHER Five and a half minutes. (looking at his chronometer) He's breached the hot zone..

AMBROSE'S VOICE On the other hand we know where Hunt will be and he doesn't know we're coming..

INT - INCUBATION ZONE

In front of each of three large television monitors is a vial shaped roughly like a sealed beaker somewhere between one and two liters in size. Each one is contained behind Plexiglas and each one pale yellow, one sunset red. Behind them are monitors marked, respectively: WORKING SEED STOCK, MASTER SEED STOCK, IN VITRO VIRUS. Behind these is a monitor screen with a blow-up of the contents of the vials & the magnitude of the blow-up - 950,000x.

These are X-Ray microscope blow-ups, i.e., allowing the viewer to see the motility of the virus and its metabolism, not dissimilar to an MRI this of Chimera in its three different cultures..

Ethan's on the computer controls, racing thru to WORKING SEED STOCK, which calls for optimal levels of 6.9 pH and 11 degrees Celsius. He drops the pH to zero and punches up the temperature to a hundred. The effect on the greenish hue in the bottle is subtle but immediate - not so subtle is the effect on the virus seeds viewed microscopically - they immediately appear agitated, their microscopic DNA innards contracting and expanding.

Ethan moves on to the Master Seed Stock and the In Vitro Virus panels on the computer. The changes he makes are reflected on the digital monitoring panels before each viral container.

THE WORKING SEED

vial has begun to change colors from sea green to a paler pea- green. The liquid itself begins to thicken:

COMPUTER VOICE (female) Alert. Chimera-working-seed-stock-pH-and- temperature-level-outside-optimal range.

As the liquid grows more viscous the X-Ray have a progressively more difficult time penetrating the individual cells, resulting in a low humming sound which grows as the liquid gels.

ETHAN

at the control panels for maintaining the virus.

ANOTHER COMPUTER VOICE Alert. Chimera-master-seed-stock-pH-and- temperature-level-outside-optimal range. FIRST COMPUTER VOICE Alert. Chimera-working-seed-stock-pH-at- unacceptable-level..

THIRD COMPUTER VOICE Alert. Chimera-in-vitro-pH-and- temperature-level-outside-optimal range..

FIRST COMPUTER VOICE Alert. Chimera-working-seed-stock-pH-at- critical-level. Alert. Stock-life threatened. Alert.

The X-Ray microscope shows the individual seed-cells sticking together, some exploding, then all movement ceasing. The Liquid itself is suddenly shod thru fluorescent sparks before it congeals to an opaque mush.

FIRST COMPUTER VOICE (cont'd) Alert. Chimera stock life..terminated..

Simultaneously with the seed stock, Ethan's damaging both the working seed in-vitro virus.

WIDE ANGLE - HOT ZONE

Ethan places a little plastique on a timer and runs up a ramp to the decontaminant air lock at the back entrance to the hot zone.

BILLY'S VOICE How're we doin', then?

LUTHER He should've have killed the virus in the incubation area..Nyah's exited the elevator on the same level as the lab.

BILLY'S VOICE What can we do' mate?

LUTHER (staring at them) Hope he kills all the bugs before the yellow dot gets to the red one.

CLOSE - LUTHER'S SCREEN

The read and yellow blips are now on the same plane. The yellow dot moves toward the red one as if drawn by a slow motion magnet.

DOWN ANGLE - ETHAN

looking up as his entire body is hit with air like he's a wind tunnel. When the air flow ceases, a green light goes on.

COMPUTER VOICE Subject is contaminate free. Zero contaminate factor. Subject contaminate free.

ETHAN - GLASS OBSERVATION ROOM

heads up a ramp to the three injection guns. Hands in gloves he reaches into the chamber for one of the injection guns.

LUTHER'S VOICE He's still got three injection guns in the test lab..They're loaded with doses of Chimera which he'll destroy by firing into a hyper-thermal chamber.

He places the barrel of the gun, seals the chamber, and fires. There's a tiny flash of light. Ethan withdraws the gun.

INT - CONSTRUCTION VAN

Luther's sweating it as the clock counts down: :30, :29, :28..

LUTHER - twenty-seven, twenty-six, twenty-five, come on, Ethan we're almost there! I-I'm off sensitive for this..

In a spasm of anxiety Luther bolts to his feet, wipes his brow.

LUTHER (cont'd) - eighteen seconds, the generators'll be off and Ethan's back on line..

Luther glances thru the van window only to see reflected in the van side mirror:

MIRROR REFLECTION - CHROME BUMPER (EXT. CONSTRUCTION VAN)

reflected in it is the face of a digital clock, its red LED illuminating the clock's numbers fourteen - thirteen - twelve -

WITH LUTHER

LUTHER (realizing what he's in for) Oh - oh - oh -

Even as he moans he's frantically ripping out the computer and cords dangling, hotfoots toward the van exit.

INT - HOT ZONE - GLASS OBSERVATION ROOM

Ethan fires the second injection gun. Picks up the third and last. He pauses as he's about to fire it, staring intently suddenly the gun is held by:

NEKHORVICH

who turns the barrel from the hyper-thermal chamber and releases into his wrist.

BACK TO ETHAN - GLASS OBSERVATION ROOM

whose vision of of Nekhorvich fades. Still thinking of Nekhorvich he continues to stare at the gun for another moment and before he can fire:

INT - SHEEP FARM IMF SAFEHOUSE

The bomb's LED readout shows 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.. As it reaches 0 a small light on the bomb suddenly stops its incessant blinking.

EXT - VAN

explodes. Saw horses and dirt fly.

INT - GLASS OBSERVATION ROOM - ETHAN

looks up just in time to see Ambrose and team arrive at the far end of the lab. They immediately open fire, shattering the room's walls and the glass injection gun chamber. As the injection gun begins falling to the lab floor below, one of Ambrose's team runs to grab it, but before he can reach it he is shot by Ethan, who's falling to the floor below.

AMBROSE (to Ulrich) Get it.

As Ethan hits and dives for cover, Ulrich goes for the gun Ethan shoots Ulrich in the leg. Ulrich hops back in pain.

AMBROSE Those were two explosions, your van and your safehouse, in case you didn't hear them both -- I believe that means you've also lost a friend.

Ethan's crouching on the ground protected behind a series of vertical metal sheets.

ETHAN And you couldn't walk to tell me about it.

Ethan moves to pick up the injection gun which lies in the shattered glass on the floor. Ambrose, Wallis, and a couple of other Ambrose team members fire, kicking up broken glass. Ethan backs off.

AMBROSE (yelling) Hold your fire, dammit!

The two spot one another in a mirror on the far wall of the hot zone..

AMBROSE (cont'd) Well, Hunt. How've you been? ETHAN (smiling) Fight a bit of a cold..

AMBROSE And you're happy about that?

ETHAN Beats fighting the flu, I'm here to tell you.

AMBROSE You know, that was the hardest part of having to portray you. Grinning like an idiot every fifteen minutes.

ETHAN I would've thought the hardest part was exercising restraint. Curbing that pressing need of your to get your gun off. You were in such a hurry to knock off that 747, you never figured out where the virus really was.

AMBROSE I knew where it was.

ETHAN Oh. then you knew the only way could smuggle the live virus to the CDC scientists in Atlanta was by injecting himself and using his own bloodstream as a Petri dish, doing it inside of twenty hours so he could take the anti-virus and still have it be effective. You knew that while you were knocking him off and destroying the very thing you came for.

Ethan has been using this exchange to ease a fresh seventeen round clip into his weapon and he punctuates this last with a spray of gunfire, attempting to cover his own effort to the reach the injection gun. The return fire nearly hits the injection gun, kicking up glass and dust and making it move around on the floor.

AMBROSE Stop! Put a sock in it! Hit that bloody gun and you'll spray the bloody virus all over the place!

Everybody's regained cover but the injection gun remains out of everybody's reach.

ETHAN There it is, guys, the last of it.

AMBROSE Yep. You've provided us with a golden opportunity to have both the bug and the bug killer.

ETHAN What was the top bid?

AMBROSE Why, you going to make me a better offer?

ETHAN Than thirty-seven million pounds? Not really.

AMBROSE (not amused) Somebody's been slipping you our mail. Come on out here, you bad girl.

Nyah walks out into view on her own. Ethan sees her reflection in the mirror. Enraged, but trying to control it.

ETHAN She doesn't belong here, Sean. Let her go.

AMBROSE She wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you, Hunt. from this moment you're responsible for what happens to her, and if you're looking out for her well-being, I suggest you advise her to pick up the gun and bring it to me. Ball's in your court, Hunt. What've you got to say? Nyah's waiting for your answer.

A pregnant pause.

LUTHER'S VOICE (breaking through the static) Ethan, Nyah's in the building! Do you copy?

WITH LUTHER (EXT. BIOCYTE)

a mess amid the rubble of the construction van.

ETHAN

ETHAN (dryly) Thank you.

ETHAN (cont'd) Sure he won't shoot you the minute he's got it?

AMBROSE Oh, Hunt, please! One can't hold Nyah responsible for her actions..

ETHAN In other words, you're calling her a flake.

CLOSE - NYAH

listening.

AMBROSE You know women, mate. Like monkeys, they are. Won't let go of one branch til they've got a grip on the next...get it, Nyah. I'll cover you.

Ambrose cocks his weapon.

AMBROSE (cont'd) I'm waiting.

NYAH (not much more than body length from Ethan) This isn't exactly working out the way you thought it would, Ethan. Sorry.

Finger on the injection trigger, she rises and turns the barrel on her arm, firing. The sound of the air pressure pushing the virus into her is unmistakable, as is the circle of tiny puncture wounds on her skin. Nyah moves in front of Ethan, covering him, as she turns to face Ambrose.

ETHAN

shocked by Nyah's gesture but as she addresses Ambrose he resets the 'Countdown' on his chronometer to twenty hours. As it drops into the nineteen:

AMBROSE (frustrated in the extreme) You..bitch!

She's been laughing away with Ethan:

NYAH You're not going to shoot, Sean. Not this bitch. She's worth thirty-seven million pounds.

CLOSE - ETHAN'S HANDS

fingers press a red button on a tiny detonator. There's a bright heat flash from the hot zone and an explosion of gas and water -- the plastique killing any airborne virus.

Ethan uses the diversion to grab Nyah and run with her to the far side of the lab, behind a stock of horizontal cylinders.

INT - LAB

Ambrose and team recover from the explosion and begin firing on the tanks protecting Ethan and Nyah, surrounding the two with fire and jets of released steam.

INT - LAB - ETHAN AND NYAH

behind the stack of tanks. Ethan launches an explosive down a short hallway, blowing a hole in the building's exterior wall.

INT - ENTRANCES TO THE LAB

A group of Biocyte security guards enter from behind Ambrose and team and catch them off-guard. All hell breaks loose.

INT - LAB - ETHAN AND NYAH

ETHAN (outraged) What did you think you were doing!

NYAH I wasn't thinking! Just..trying to keep you from getting hurt, that's all.

This hits Ethan with the force of a blow.

ETHAN - you who don't have a conscience.

NYAH (something of surprise to her) I guess I lied..You can't get both of us out of here, can you?

ETHAN No.

NYAH Then you'll have to kill me before it's too late. Before I start killing people.

ETHAN No.

NYAH I'm infected with Chimera. You know you don't have a choice. Just do it now.

She puts Ethan's gun to her forehead.

NYAH (cont'd) For god's sake, get it over with.

THE HAMMER

pulls back.

CLOSE - ETHAN

He can't fire, lower the hammer.

ETHAN We've got 19 hours and 57 minutes before you start killing anybody. I'll get Bellerophon into your system by then. Just stay alive. I'm not gonna lose you.

Ethan runs from the cover of the tanks toward the exploded wall once in the open, he exchanges direct gunfire with Ambrose's team, wounding a couple men. He reaches the wall and dives thru, camera with him as he drops 25 stories, the sound of gunfire in the air all around him.

Less than a hundred feet from the ground a small dark chute deploys and Ethan is lost from view beneath it.

PANNING SHOT - PAINTINGS (INT. CULTURAL ARTIFACT CENTER)

of Aborigine paintings, eerie patterns made of man and nature phantasmagorical, like the patterns that form under the eyelids shortly before sleep. B.G. the haunting notes of didgeridoo insure they're not being overheard.

SWANBECK (reading the paintings titles) 'Dreaming of Birds and Flying Fox,' 'Bushfire Dreaming,' 'Wind Dreaming,' -- oddly appropriate -

Swanbeck breaks off and turns to a somewhat battered and battle weary Ethan:

SWANBECK (cont'd) - since it appears that Chimera, the mother of all nightmares is on the loose somewhere around here - is there any way this disaster can be viewed as a qualified one?

ETHAN (tight-lipped) Not yet. We did manage to pull any sensitive equipment and material out of our safehouse wreckage.

SWANBECK We could lock down passport control and all ports of authority, but that won't stop Ambrose, and beyond him, we don't know who else we're looking for -- all terrorist bank accounts of which we're aware are stable. No deposits, no withdrawals. Therefore no suspects.

ETHAN We think we've got our finger on the buyer.

SWANBECK Do you? Even assuming you're able to prevent Ambrose selling Chimera, you've now got an additional problem. You destroyed all of Chimera at Biocyte. If Ambrose is going to sell Chimera now, he'll have to do it by taking a pint or so of Miss Hall's blood to market.

ETHAN Yes, I believe that's right.

SWANBECK But that leaves another seven or eight pints of Chimera.

ETHAN You mean that leaves Miss Hall.

SWANBECK Yes, I believe that's right. Now my understanding is that 20 hours after exposure, the victim becomes infectious. Highly infectious.

Ethan glances at his chronometer. Swanbeck sees it.

SWANBECK (CONT'D) You noted the time of exposure?

Ethan nods.

SWANBECK (CONT'D) - good. Then if you manage to get hold of Ambrose, and obtain what he's got, you've got - (glancing at the chronometer) - 8 hours 57 minutes and twenty-three seconds to destroy the largest remaining source of Chimera on earth.

ETHAN She sacrificed herself..

SWANBECK Brave girl. If you can get hold of Bellerophon with the time limit, you may spare her the ultimate sacrifice. But in either case you've got less than nine hours to kill her or cure her. After that it's out of our hands and a matter of worldwide material law. And Hunt. However you obtain it, we want you to preserve a sample of Chimera. Bring it back alive.

Ethan's staring at Swanbeck.

SWANBECK (CONT'D) Something else?

ETHAN Aren't you even curious? About why she did it?

SWANBECK No. I can't afford to be curious. And neither can you, Hunt..

As the eerie wail of the didgeridoo seems to mount in volume and intensity, the overcast sky filtering into the loft seems particularly oppressive. Ethan's up against it and he knows it.

A VIEW OF SYDNEY

from harbors to skyline in all its sunlight splendor.

Nyah sits for a moment, looking steadily at Ambrose. Ambrose pats the cannister he's carrying.

AMBROSE Feel like pleading for your life?

NYAH (with an edge) Not as much as you feel like hearing it.

Ambrose slaps her. With scarcely a flicker of hesitation she slaps him back.

AMBROSE God damn it, Nyah! Why did you do it? Why did you save that bastard?

NYAH If it'll make you feel any better I won't do it again.

It doesn't. Full of pain and rage, he gets out of the car.

AMBROSE If it'll make you feel any better, you're going to take a lot of Aussies with you and make me a lot of money.

NYAH What are you talking about?

AMBROSE In just a few hours you can be assured of going down in history as the typhoid Mary of Oz. G'day.

A nameless guard from Michael's car idling nearby gets into the back seat with Nyah. Ambrose shuts the car door in Nyah's face, gets in Michael's car takes off.

EXT/INT - IMF HELICOPTER - BLUFF

ETHAN Luther?..Luther.

Luther drops a tiny part into his computer board and, as he tries to fish it out with the aid of a magnifying glass:

LUTHER Ethan, I keep telling you there's not a chance of locating Nyah til I access the satellite and there's not a chance of doing that til I get this thing booted up and running! How much time does she have left?

ETHAN Ninety-seven minutes, twenty-seven seconds.

BILLY Before we kill her or cure her..

LUTHER Right.

ETHAN Wrong. All we've got to worry about is Ambrose. Nyah will take care of Nyah.

BILLY What are you talking about?

ETHAN Unless we dose her with Bellerophon on the next ninety-seven minutes, Nyah will kill herself. So, first things, first. Swanbeck said there's no cash movement from any monitored terrorist accounts.

EXT - BEAR ISLAND CAR PARK

McCloy's black limousine is in the car park.

ETHAN'S VOICE Confirms what Ambrose is gonna do -

INT - TUNNEL - BEAR ISLAND

Barrels of toxic materials line the walls, as an armed guard patrols the corridor, leading into the main chamber, where we follow McCloy into

INT - SLABHOUSE

McCloy enters and begins pacing.

ETHAN'S VOICE (CONT'D) - who he's doing it with, and where he's gonna do it.

EXT - MOTORCYCLE AND LINE OF VEHICLES (DAY)

speed along an isolated road in close formation before turning onto a side road, revealed as leading to a bridge across a small strip of water to a small island.

EXT - BEAR ISLAND - LANDWARD SIDE (DAY)

As the cycles and vehicles cross the bridge and approach the front gate, the camera swings around the side of the island establishing the geography and the six cannon emplacements before coming to a stop on

EXT - BEAR ISLAND - SEAWARD CLIFF - ETHAN

scaling the seaward side of the island with minimal gear EXT/INT - IMF HELICOPTER - BLUFF

resting like a giant locust, half hidden by a cluster of trees on the bluff overlooking Bear Island.

Billy's at the controls, with binoculars, maintaining surveillance of the island and environs.

In the back, Luther is at Work on his GPS computer.

BILLY'S VOICE Ethan's out from under the bridge and on the south-east face..

EXT - CLIFF/VIEW OF TUNNEL

Ethan climbs the side of the cliff.

BILLY'S VOICE Ethan, Ambrose and his tem have over the bridge -

ETHAN Copy that.

Ethan reaches the clifftop and sees armed guards patrolling.

BILLY'S VOICE You all right, mate? From here it looks like very security. What's it look like like from there?

ETHAN Risky.

He's over the top and moves swiftly to cover.

Ethan surprises and kills a perimeter guard, then runs to a length of grating and lifts one of the panels.

Ethan climbs down through the grating in the roof of the tunnel. Using a bar to swing down, he breaks a second guard's neck and drops to the floor. EXT - BEAR ISLAND - ENTRANCE (DAY)

Ambrose and team drive through the entry gate -- passing its BIOCYTE PHARMACEUTICALS sign and various no-nonsense warnings of 'No Trespassing,' etc. -- before Biocyte security guards close it behind them.

INT - TUNNEL - NEAR THE GRATING

ETHAN Breached the structure at the ten o'clock grating. In the tunnel moving toward the target.

Ethan begins heading down the tunnel.

INT - SLABHOUSE BUILDING

Ambrose and team enter, where McCloy and his CHEMIST and ACCOUNTANT are waiting. As Stamp stands back, observing, and Wallis sets up a laptop, Ambrose walks up to a refectory-like table and stands opposite McCloy. Ambrose reaches into his coat and puts two cannisters on the table in front of McCloy. McCloy's chemist picks up the cannisters and inserts them into two chambers connected to his microscope.

CHEMIST It's a DNA match. The blood's loaded with Chimera.

An insert of the microscope plate shows the two samples, as Bellerophen destroys Chimera.

The chemist presses a button on the chamber and there's a heat flash. The chamber red light moves to green, and there's a mechanical voice: 'Substance destroyed.'

CHEMIST (cont'd) And they certainly have Bellerophen.

The Kev cannister is out on the table.

MCCLOY Well, then. You've got both the virus and the anti-virus, Chimera and Bellerophen. Which means I've thirty million for you

Ambrose doesn't respond.

MCCLOY (cont'd) That's all the cash I can come up with

AMBROSE Not exactly. Wallis?

WALLIS (off Biocyte figures on laptop) More like two-two point two million.

AMBROSE In any case we don't want your cash.

MCCLOY Then what do you want?

Ambrose picks up a mobile phone and dials.

AMBROSE Stock, Mr. McCloy. Stock options, to be a little more precise.. (into the phone) - cut her loose..right in the center of town..the more crowded the better.. (punching off, to McCloy) How quickly can you manufacture more of the antivirus.

INT - TUNNEL - CAVITY IN THE WALL

As he moves along the tunnel, Ethan suddenly flattens himself against a wall as he receives a transmission from Luther. LUTHER'S VOICE Ethan, just picked up an Ambrose call - Nyah's been dropped off. I think she's alive.

ETHAN Where is she?

EXT - HELICOPTER - BLUFF

LUTHER Somewhere in Sydney.

INT - TUNNEL - CAVITY IN THE WALL

Ethan hears something and ducks into a nearby cavity in the tunnel wall. As a guard approaches, Ethan steps out of the cavity and knocks the guard out, then throws him into the opposite wall.

LUTHER'S VOICE Ethan? Do you copy?

ETHAN'S VOICE 'Somewhere in Sydney?' Care to harden the target?

LUTHER'S VOICE Can't. Until I can get the GPS up on our computer..it's still down..

ETHAN The clock is ticking..

Back to the matter at hand, Ethan completes the move on the guard and knocks him out.

INT - SLABHOUSE

MCCLOY Bellerophen? No time at all once I've got it.

AMBROSE Good. Biocyte stock is just a week or two away from going through the roof.

MCCLOY (alarmed) What are you talking about?

AMBROSE An outbreak of Chimera.

MCCLOY Where?

AMBROSE In downtown Sydney for a start.

McCloy is stunned.

AMBROSE (cont'd) You create the supply, Mr. McCloy, we've just created the demand. Three million people in Sydney and 17 million people in Australia are going to need Bellerophen within a matter of days..not to mention the rest of the world..

INT - TUNNEL - OPEN AREA - ETHAN'S FEET

stealthily approach a couple dozen jittery pigeons, cooing and pecking. The intensity of their noise-making increases as Ethan reaches them.

INT - TUNNEL - OUTSIDE OF THE SLABHOUSE ROOM DOORS

Hearing the disruption of the pigeons, one of Ambrose's guards leaves his post at the double doors and head the tunnel toward the birds to investigate.

INT - TUNNEL - OPEN AREA

Ambrose's guard draws his gun and continues approaching the pigeons. Before the guard can see him, Ethan runs forward, and sends the pigeons into scattered flight, blinding the guard. Ethan jumps into a back flip and double kicks -- first knocking away the guard's gun and then knocking him out and flat on his back. Ethan continues his flip and lands right back on his feet.

INT - SLABHOUSE

AMBROSE -- now here's the way it's going to work..Wallis, the shares outstanding are..

WALLIS Ninety-three point four million.

AMBROSE Which means, Mr. McCloy, we have to get our hands on four hundred and eighty thousand options. We'll borrow your thirty million to buy those options. Your stock's never sold above thirty-one dollars a share. We'll agree to buy at fifty. AMBROSE (cont'd) When your stock goes north of two hundred, and it will, those options will be worth billions. We can borrow whatever we need to buy the 48,000,000 shares, fifty-one percent of Biocyte.

MCCLOY Outrageous. I won't let you take control of my company.

AMBROSE Sit down. You'll be a billionaire. Better than being broke. I've got terrorists and other pharmaceutical companies standing in line. Ball's in your court, Mr. McCloy.

INT - TUNNEL - OUTSIDE THE SLABHOUSE ROOM DOORS

Ethan pulls a can of explosive material form his pack. He rolls it towards the double doors, and it stops just before reaching them. Then, pointing his gun to the ceiling, he fires into the air.

INT - SLABHOUSE ROOM - AMBROSE

hears a noise and looks to Stamp, who heard it as well. Stamp nods to two guards to check it out. They head across the room to the double doors.

INT - TUNNEL - OUTSIDE THE SLABHOUSE ROOM DOORS - ETHAN

waits for the right moment before raising his and firing at the can of explosives. Just as it ignites, the guards open the doors and are blown back by force of the explosion.

INT - SLABHOUSE ROOM - AMBROSE

reacts and turns toward the explosion. Amidst the flames and debris, a single white dove comes flying into the room. And beyond it, Ambrose can see Ethan Hunt in silhouette walking slowly past the doorway.

AMBROSE Run that bastard down.

Orders are shouted, and guards, along with Stamp, hotfoot it down the tunnel-corridor in the direction of the explosion.

INT - TUNNEL - STAMP AND GUARDS

run down the tunnel. The guards move commando-style, directed by Stamp's hand signals.

INT - SLABHOUSE - MCCLOY AND AMBROSE

Ambrose loads his gun and drags the tip of the barrel along the table.

AMBROSE We're running short on time, Mr. McCloy. We've got to conclude our business.

McCloy pauses only a moment before nodding to his accountant.

MCCLOY Yes, start the transfer.

The accountant begins working on his laptop.

AMBROSE (to Wallis) Follow it. Let me know.

INT - TUNNEL - STAMP AND GUARDS

pass a couple of doorways. A pigeon flies past Stamp's face and he stops. As he turn, Ethan Lowers himself from a hiding place in the ceiling. Stamp and Ethan pull their guns on one another. They're in a face-off until they both agree to drop their guns, but Stamp catches his in mid-air and points it back at Ethan.

ETHAN You broke our deal.

STAMP You're too trusting. Raise your hands slowly.

As Ethan raises his hands, he pulls the pin on a grenade and then kicks it between Stamp's legs. The handle flies off: It's live. When Stamp looks down in surprise at the grenade, Ethan kicks out his gun.

Trying to escape the grenade, Stamp smashes into Ethan and seems to have hit him in the jaw. Both hit the ground as the grenade explodes, with Stamp appearing to have the upper hand.

INT - SLABHOUSE

As everyone waits for the transfer to complete, the grenade explodes out in the tunnel. McCloy and his accountant freeze with alarm as a sprinkling of dust settles on the room.

AMBROSE (to the accountant) Keep it going.

STAMP'S VOICE Sean, this rat's reached the end of the maze.

AMBROSE (into walkie-talkie) Is he alive?

STAMP'S VOICE More or less.

AMBROSE Bring him to me.

INT - HELICOPTER - BILLY AND LUTHER

Luther has the GPS computer starting to access the satellite.

BILLY (nervously) We're due to take off.

LUTHER Not for seven more minutes.

INT - SLABHOUSE - WALLIS

checking his computer screen, which shows the transfer has finished successfully.

WALLIS Sean. Transfer complete.

Stamp drags Ethan in, arms pinned with heavy tape. Stamp Ethan look grimy as sandbags after a busy day of tunneling.

Ambrose rises to examine his prize.

MCCLOY (apprehensive) What exactly do you intend to do with him?

Ambrose walks behind Ethan and kicks his knees out from under him. Ethan falls to the floor.

INT - HELICOPTER - BILLY AND LUTHER

LUTHER Ethan? Ethan? Do you copy?

Luther hears nothing in response but while noise. He looks to Billy and indicates there's no answer.

ETHAN Well, mate, maybe this is one of those times we shouldn't follow orders.

EXT - HELICOPTER (DAY)

the rotor blades turn over.

INT - SLABHOUSE BUILDING (DAY)

AMBROSE (to Ethan) What have you got to say for yourself. Hunt? Any last words?

Ethan appears as if he wants to respond, but can't. Ambrose kicks him again.

AMBROSE (cont'd) Stop mumbling.

STAMP Afraid he's got no choice. I believe I broke his jaw.

AMBROSE Hugh, I'm impressed..

Ambrose has picked up a pair of Berettas, and is proceeding to load both full seventeen round clips.

MCCLOY (anxiety mounting) What do you intend to do?

Ambrose favors McCloy with a glance of genial exacerbation.

AMBROSE You needn't watch.

FULL SHOT - HELICOPTER (DAY)

rising off the golf green, and banking toward the island.

INT - SLABHOUSE (DAY)

Ambrose standing before Hunt with a pair of fully loaded Berettas. The sound of the helicopter grows.

AMBROSE - right. We don't have a lot of time, Hunt. whatever you've got to say, say it now.

Ethan indeed makes some considerable effort to speak but can only manage a few guttural, progressively desperate sounds which continue as:

AMBROSE (cont'd) Sorry mate, I can't understand a bloody word. How about giving us a big smile to remember you by? (hearing the helicopter) No? Well, then. This is what's known as getting your gun off.

With that Ambrose empties thirty four rounds from the two Berettas into Ethan whose body jerks crazily on the floor. McCloy nearly faints, and Ambrose laughs at his squeamishness until something on Ethan's body catches his eye: the top of the little finger on the right hand is bleeding. Ambrose grabs Ethan's face, and rips off a latex mask: revealing Stamp, eyes wide open and thoroughly lifeless. His jaw, under the mask had been taped carefully close with the same heavy tape Ethan has used to mount the drain-pipe shotgun on the tunnel wall.

AMBROSE (cont'd) Bloody hell!

He looks around, but Stamp is gone. So is the cannister and kevlar vest that had been on the table moments before.

EXT - BEAR ISLAND

Ethan's on the motorcycle, heading toward the gates, which a pair of security guards are frantically trying to close.

Billy and Luther in the copter are over the island, and bank so Luther can fire a grenade launcher and blow the back of Ambrose's boat.

The guards close the gate, Ethan runs the motorcycle up the hillock and jumps the gate, over onto the bridge. Ambrose follows in the SUV, crashing thru the gate.

They race across the bridge and the road, onto the huge greensward opposite to and similar in shape to Bare Island. There, with the helicopter hovering, Ambrose manages to corner Ethan and after they expend whatever ammunition their weapons hold, they move into each other bare handed and engage in ferocious, no-holds-barred combat, the helicopter hovering low enough to keep away whatever's left of Ambrose's henchmen, the chopper's downdraft hitting them and flattening the grass around them. Ethan prevails.

A SPECTACULAR VIEW OF SYDNEY

on bluffs overlooking the city. Camera moves slowly to the top of the bluff.

EXT/INT - IMF HELICOPTER (DAY)

With Billy flying and Luther at the door, machine gun in hand, the copter nears the Bare Island gun pit and Ethan.

EXT - BEAR ISLAND GUN PIT - ETHAN

runs into the central 'hole' area, guns in both hands and wearing the kevlar vest. He runs toward the walled edge of the enclosure and jumps. As he pulls himself up the top of the wall, he sees the IMF helicopter approaching.

A gunman appears from the tunnel entrance and opens fire, the bullets exploding into the wall around Ethan, who jumps out of the way to avoid them.

EXT/INT - IMF HELICOPTER

is under fire as well, bullets spraying the windshield, driving Luther back inside and causing Billy to turn the chopper around.

BILLY Man at your six.

EXT - BEAR ISLAND GUN PIT - ETHAN

who rolls and returns fire at the gunman. Ethan first hits the gunman in the leg, and then shoots and explodes the canisters behind the gunman, killing him.

ETHAN (to Billy) The field of fire is too heavy. Back off and pinpoint their positions.

BEAR ISLAND HILL - MOTORCYCLE

bearing down on him as he stands up. Ethan just manages to dive out of its path before a second motorcycle comes up over the hill. Ethan flips backwards and fires his pistol, shooting the second cyclist off his bike.

The motorcycle flies over Ethan, who runs after it and jumps on, revving the throttle and taking off.

BEAR ISLAND - PARKING AREA - AMBROSE

deploys some of his men via walkie-talkie while others scramble into their cars.

AMBROSE (into walkie-talkie) Hunt's heading for the bridge. Coming in at twelve o'clock high.

BEAR ISLAND BRIDGE

A Gold Falcon with several of Ambrose's men inside enters the bridge from the mainland and speeds toward the island.

EXT - BEAR ISLAND COMPLEX

Ambrose's men exit the complex and get into their cars.

BEAR ISLAND HILL - ETHAN

crests a hill aboard the cycle, the IMF chopper in b.g.

ETHAN Clear that bridge for me.

LUTHER' VOICE Roger that.

BILLY'S VOICE They're tracking you on the left, Ethan. Prepare for some fire.

BEAR ISLAND ROADWAY

Michael's SUV and Wallis' sedan speed along as a gunman from the SUV fires on Ethan up the hill, spraying bullets around him.

BEAR ISLAND BRIDGE - GOLD FALCON

approaches the island. Luther fires his grenade launcher. It hits the Falcon's trunk, lifting its back wheel off the ground, but the Falcon keeps coming, its trunk ablaze. Luther reloads as a gunman leans out the window, firing up at Ethan on the hill.

BEAR ISLAND HILL - ETHAN

lays on the cycle's throttle, accelerates down the hill and propels the bike into the air and off the island, just as EXT - IMF HELICOPTER - LUTHER

again fires his grenade launcher, this time at the front of the BEAR ISLAND BRIDGE - GOLD FALCON

on the bridge. The grenade explodes at the front of the car and hurls the Falcon into the air and off the bridge.

BEAR ISLAND - HILL/BRIDGE - ETHAN

is in mid-air on the cycle, heading down toward the bridge. Just as he lands, the Gold Falcon flies off the bridge, and Ethan speeds through the flames and off onto the mainland.

BEAR ISLAND - BRIDGE

Michael's SUV arrives and tears through the gate and flames, followed by Wallis' sedan and then Ambrose, riding a motorcycle.

ROAD LEADING FROM BRIDGE - ETHAN

races up the road to find a white Falcon approaching.

The IMF chopper arrives and gunfire's exchanged. Luther takes a hit in the shoulder and drops his gun as the chopper banks away.

INT - HELICOPTER - LUTHER

Luther grips his shoulder in pain and falls back into his seat, jarring the GPS computer. It responds by beeping and coming to life. Nyah's yellow dot pops up on the screen.

GPS COMPUTER The target is located.

LUTHER Ethan, the computer's up. I've got Nyah. She's moved out of the city.

ETHAN Luther, say again.

LUTHER She's on the North Head Bluff - approaching the cliffs. One klick away.

EXT - ROADWAY - ETHAN

ETHAN (over increasing static) Copy. She's only got twenty-eight minutes left. Track ahead and pick her up.

INT - IMF HELICOPTER

Luther bands his shoulder wound and monitors his GPS laptop.

LUTHER We won't be able to cover you.

EXT - ROADWAY - ETHAN

slightly slows the bike to concentrate over the static.

ETHAN You're breaking up. Track ahead and pick her up. You've got me on GPS. Bring her to me.

Ethan pulls out and throws away the earpiece.

INT - IMF HELICOPTER

LUTHER Billy, North Head. Haul ass.

EXT - ROADWAY

Ethan heads downhill as the SUV approaches on an adjacent road. He pulls out in front of it, immediately drawing fire. Without slowing, Ethan drops to the side his cycle for cover.

INT - IMF HELICOPTER - LUTHER

watches the GPS laptop as the chopper speeds over Sydney.

EXT - ROADWAY - ETHAN AND WALLIS' SEDAN

Wallis' sedan appears from an adjoining road and pulls in behind Ethan, who climbs back aboard his cycle. Cut off, the SUV turns onto a side road to intercept Ethan.

WALLIS Get him.

ULRICH I can't get a good shot.

Before an intersection, Ethan both revs and brakes, spinning the bike and creating a smoke screen. Wallis' car enters the smoke.

ULRICH (cont'd) I can't see him, mate. Slow down!

WALLIS Shut up. I know what I'm doing.

Wallis breaks hard, but not hard enough: he stops just in the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler. His car's demolished.

EXT - ROADWAY - ETHAN AND SUV

Ethan pulls out of the smoke as the SUV bursts out of the scrub behind him, striking the rear of the cycle. Ethan puts his bike into a spin and pulls his gun, ending up alongside the SUV passenger window. He fires through the window, shooting both Michael and the bodyguard.

The SUV veers off, crashing into a line of parked cars. It hits the first car and flips up and over, landing upside down on several more parked cars. Ethan speeds off on his smoking cycle. Ambrose arrives and then takes a side road.

INT - IMF HELICOPTER - LUTHER

working on his GPS laptop. The range -- ie, the distance from the moving copter to the yellow dot, Nyah, on the edge of the screen -- is reduced to about two kilometers. LUTHER (to Billy) Range is two kay. BILLY I hope there's a place to land.

Luther looks up from the screen to see the bluff of North Head at the entrance to Sydney's harbor.

EXT - THREE-LINED ROADWAY - ETHAN

tearing down the road, when suddenly from a side trail Ambrose pulls out behind him and begins firing. Ethan weaves to avoid Ambrose's fire and passes a car, pulling in front of it for cover. The car skids, forcing Ambrose to veer around it.

FROM COPTER TO GROUND (MOVING)

rapidly approaching the North Head bluff.

BILLY There she is. I got visual.

LUTHER We're down to seven minutes 23 seconds..

HIGH ANGLE - NORTH HEAD

moving up behind Nyah who is walking purposefully to the edge of the bluff and a precipitous drop to rocks and surf a hundred and fifty feet below.

Camera drops to Nyah's shoulder level and moves with her to the bluff's edge. As she's just a few steps away from stepping off, there's a roar and the helicopter rises into the shot, before her wild-eyed Billy gesturing, 'Stop! Stop!' to Nyah.

EXT - ROADWAY

Ethan passes narrowly between a car and oncoming truck. Ambrose follows as soon as the truck clears. Ethan fires backward using his side-view mirror to aim, exploding Ambrose's windscreen. Ambrose skids until his wheel clips a rock, knocking him upright.

Ethan turns into a side road and speeds through open scrub. Back on the main road, Ambrose roars off to intercept Ethan.

EXT - CLIFFTOP - ROCK LEDGE

On a clifftop clearing, Ethan races along as Ambrose moves to cut him off. They head toward one another.

LUTHER'S VOICE Ethan, we've got her. Tracking to you now. We're reading 5 minutes 19 seconds.

EXT - CLIFFTOP - CLEARING

Ethan and Ambrose round a bend and face one another. Without hesitating, they charge towards each other. As they near one another, each leaps forward and off his bike, and they collide hard in mid-air. They fall to the ground fighting as their bikes skid and Ethan's explodes, raining debris upon them.

Ethan and Ambrose rush towards one another. Ethan flips Ambrose to the ground. Ambrose pulls a gun from his ankle holster. As Ethan knocks it away, he loses his own gun and they both fall off a 30-foot cliff.

INT - IMF HELICOPTER

at top speed over Sydney. Nyah appears weak and shivers.

LUTHER (to Billy) Bearing two one zero. About 3 klicks. (into microphone) Ethan, we're moments away..

EXT - CLIFFTOP - CLEARING - FIGHT

Ethan and Ambrose rise from the fall. Ethan jumps up and sweeps Ambrose, dropping him to the ground. Ethan begins strangling Ambrose but gets knocked off, and when they both stand, Ambrose gets Ethan in a choke hold.

Ambrose hits him and grabs a rock and hits Ethan in the midsection and the face. Ethan kicks it out of his hand and connects with several punches, knocking Ambrose to the ground.

Kneeling, Ambrose pulls a knife from a boot holster and cuts Ethan across the back and face. Ambrose dives on Ethan and the knife is poised above Ethan's eye before Ethan grabs the knife and clears, holding it out toward Ambrose.

AMBROSE Go ahead. Use it Hunt. It's not a bad way to go. A lot better than the way that bitch is going to die.

Ambrose swings again and misses, and Ethan delivers a series of kicks, leaving Ambrose stunned and barely standing. Ethan steps back, and with a running start, strikes Ambrose with a leaping kick that drops him to the ground and knock the knife out of his hand.

EXT/INT - IMF HELICOPTER - CLIFFTOP

As they approach in the distance, Billy, Luther and Nyah finally gain sight of Ethan in hand-to-hand combat.

EXT - CLIFFTOP - CLEARING - FIGHT

Ethan turns and walks away from Ambrose toward the cliff edge. The copter lands and Luther runs toward Ethan but pulls up, looking over Ethan's shoulder. Ambrose has a gun aimed at Ethan's back.

AMBROSE Hunt. You should have killed me.

Near Hunt's feet is his own gun, obscured from Ambrose's view by dust from the copter. Ethan tosses the canister to Luther and then kicks his gun up out of the dirt and into the air. He catches it, drops down and fires, killing Ambrose.

EXT/ INT - HELICOPTER ON CLIFFTOP

Ethan reaches Nyah at the copter. Inches apart, they can only stare silently at one another.

INT - CULTURAL MUSEUM

Didgeridoo music. A child admires a painting. Swanbeck and Ethan face one another. A long, long pause. For a moment it appears as if Swanbeck has lost awareness of Ethan's presence.

SWANBECK Sorry, Ethan. I don't quite know where to begin. Any suggestions?

ETHAN You'd like me to conduct my own debriefing.

SWANBECK Why not? You've done just about everything else on this operation.

ETHAN I'd thank you -- but I'm not sure that was a compliment.

SWANBECK Of course it was. Anyone whose operations requires the level of disinformation that yours do, is bound to get a little flak here and there. You try flogging the stories on CNN I've had to come up with about what's been going on around here the last few days. At any rate, it's been most instructive -- what they'll swallow, or what they'll broadcast with a straight face. (picking up a file) Miss Hall's blood, it appears, has absolutely no elements of the Chimera virus. Not even antibodies.

ETHAN Yes, I gathered as much.

SWANBECK And the only other remaining sample was in the canister you recover from Ambrose.

ETHAN Yes.

SWANBECK And that appears to have been destroyed. It also contained the anti-virus, Bellerophon.

ETHAN Well, Bellerophon, it turns out, was only really effective against Chimera.

SWANBECK But you were under specific instructions to bring back a living sample of the Chimera virus. I'd be very interested to know how, after you'd managed its recovery intact, it subsequently got destroyed.

ETHAN By fire. That's the best way, really.

SWANBECK So you didn't fail mission, you simply changed it.

Ethan doesn't respond.

SWANBECK (cont'd) It's no longer enough for you to execute and implement IMF policy, you now wish to go in the business of creating it?

ETHAN No, I don't. But in this case -

SWANBECK In this case, it wasn't a bad idea. In face, it was a pretty damn good idea. Just don't make a habit of it. And, as for Ms. Hall, in light of her efforts, her criminal records will certainly be expunged. I'm assuming you approve.

ETHAN I do.

SWANBECK Where is she now, by the way? Do you know?

ETHAN I don't. No exactly.

SWANBECK Well, Hunt, what are your plans?

ETHAN Not sure. Some sort of vacation. I'll let you know where I'm going.

SWANBECK Oh, you don't have to do that. Wouldn't be a vacation if you did.

Ethan and Swanbeck exchange one final, knowing glance.

SKY NEWSCASTER This incident in the wake of rumors suddenly surfacing about Mr. McCloy and Biocyte's financial difficulties -- including criminal allegations of insider trading, embezzlement, conspiracy to commit fraud, and stock parking -- have, understandably, sent stock prices of the pharmaceutical company plummeting.

EXT - SYDNEY (DAY)

Ethan emerges to a very crowded street. Billy and Luther are waiting. Both look to Ethan.

LUTHER (worried) So what did he say?

ETHAN Good job. And thanks.

BILLY (incredulous) That's it? That's it? That's it?

LUTHER (dryly, looking at Billy) And the check's in the mall.

BILLY Right. Just remember, mates. Billy Baird's the name. Anything you need to get, move or watch, I'm your man.

And Billy's gone. Ethan and Luther remain alone, both reluctant to say anything, both reluctant to leave.

One quick bear hug, then:

LUTHER Always nice hearing from you man. Stay in touch..

And Luther's off. Ethan looks after him, a bit wistfully. Then, curiously tentative he moves off into the crowd. After a half- dozen steps, something catches his eyes. He stops.

One quick bear hug, then:

NYAH (a tad wary) Do you know me?

NYAH

is inches from him. Without batting an eye.

ETHAN No. Should I?

NYAH No. You just looked as if you did.

ETHAN No...

She wraps her arms around him and kisses him with considerable conviction.

ETHAN (cont'd) ...just as if I'd like to.

NYAH Oh. Well..

He kisses her with a conviction that is more than a match for hers.

NYAH (cont'd) ..I think that can be arranged.

Looks around at the swirling crowd:

ETHAN Let's get lost.

And in a moment they've vanished from the frame and into the crowd. Camera begins to pull back, the bustling crowd ever filling the frame - and in the distance, perhaps, just a splash of a bouquet of flowers can be seen, appearing to bounce along on its own, the rising beat of the MI theme:

BEGIN CREDITS: IMF II - CHIMERA

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