Imagine a not-too-distant future where science and technology have cured every disease, forcing society to create a task force to combat the new number one cause of death: suicide. After a promising young Los Angeles Suicide Patrol officer, renowned for his clean living and dedication to his job, descends into a hedonistic world of sex and drugs, he realizes hes the subject of a horrendous botched science experiment and the focus of a conspiracy determined to destroy him.
Script Type: Feature
Genre: Sci-Fi / Thriller
Length: 110 pages
Est. Budget: Less than $1M
Screenplay SynopsisImagine a not-too-distant future where science and technology have cured every disease, forcing society to create a task force to combat the new number one cause of death: suicide.
After a promising young Suicide Patrol officer, renowned for his clean living and dedication to his job, descends into a hedonistic world of sex and drugs, he realizes hes the subject of a horrendous botched science experiment and the focus of a conspiracy determined to destroy him.
Suicide Patrol is a futuristic sexy noir thriller. Think Blade Runner meets Basic Instinct.
While Suicide Patrol is sci-fi, it is NOT an epic with a huge number of special effects or expensive sets. It takes place in the future, yes, but its the not-to-distant future so many contemporary sets could be used with some minimal redressing. And the cast is fairly limited, too. So, if done right, it could be produced on a fairly modest budget.
Imagine a world where science and technology reign supreme-- crime nearly extinct, disease cured, pollution eliminated. A society so efficient that people can retire before their thirtieth birthday. But without any of nature's calamities man becomes his own worst enemy. New designer drugs fuel rampant, widespread drug abuse. And suicide has become the number one cause of death.
To combat the suicide epidemic cities have created "suicide patrols" to try and get to people before they can kill themselves to administer counseling and new wonder-drugs that cure depression almost instantly. Richard Hill is a promising young officer in the Los Angeles Suicide Patrol (LASP). He's got the best save percentage on the force and he's up for a big promotion. He's considered the most talented and gifted LASP officer ever. He's devoted his life to helping society and his clean living is renowned.
Out on a routine save, Hill meets Kathleen, a beautiful young hedonist proud of her sexual conquests and ability to ingest large volumes of pleasure making substances. She tells him she's been considering suicide. Hill agrees to drive her home to try and counsel her. She tries to lure Hill up to her apartment with the promise of wild sex and incredible highs. Hill's not impressed, despite her attractiveness. As he drops her off he falls unconscious. The next morning Hill wakes up at the beach. He's alone and can't remember anything.
At work that day Hill losses a suicide victim-- and his confidence. Rattled, he takes the rest of the day off and goes back to Kathleen's apartment to try and find out what happened to him the previous night. Kathleen claims he drove away after he dropped her off. She tries to seduce Hill. He tries to refuse her advances but he can't, she's too alluring, and he's lost his will power. She slips some "Happy" a new designer drug, into his wine and the night becomes charged with passion and raw sex. The next morning Hill feels incredibly guilty for partaking in such a hedonistic night, but he admits, to himself, that it was incredible. He's hooked. One evening turns into many evenings and their sex and drug use become more and more wild. Hill steals some of his therapy Happy and uses it with Kathleen.
One morning when Hill shows up for work internal inspectors notice that he's short a few units of Happy. Someone tipped them off. They give him a drug test, which he promptly fails. Released on bail Hill goes back to Kathleen's apartment, where he finds her, dead. And the authorities quickly suspect Hill is the one who killed her.
On his own, Hill battles to find out what happened on the evening he passed out and who killed Kathleen before the authorities can close in on him while fighting a recently acquired drug habit.
"Suicide Patrol" is a sci-film noir set in the not-to-distant future. It's the story of one man forced to question who he really is in an increasingly scientific world where anything can be cured or fixed with a simple pill.