“Aliens” meets “The Thing” in the world of “Minority Report”
The near future. Everyone now wears a small personal computer on their heads which has direct contact with their brains. This is the ORACLE headset (‘O-HEAD’). The headset interacts with the person through thought, providing a wealth of resources, information and entertainment. In essence it is a highly advanced progression from today’s internet.
The action takes place at the Headquarters of the company that produces and controls America’s O-HEADS. Amongst those who work there is Dr. Kurt Warwick - a dynamic but unappreciated scientist.
The company controls all the Headsets via an incredibly powerful supercomputer called the ORACLE. Complications arise when a terrorist sabotages the computer sending it spiralling into madness. The computer begins to hijack the minds of the wearers of the Headsets, progressively turning all O-HEAD users into demented killers.
It is up to the reluctant Kurt to lead a team of conflicting personalities into the highly fortified ORACLE headquarters (HQ-O) to turn the computer off before it succeeds in destroying the whole country with it’s mindless ‘drones’
Inside HQ-O Kurt has to deal with some unhelpful military types, the ever present threat of the drones and the growing paranoia of not knowing who is human and who is being remotely controlled by the ORACLE. Also, unbeknown to Kurt, a fighter plane is flying toward HQ-O with a mini-nuclear bomb to destroy the computer and everything surrounding it if Kurt’s mission fails.
This script rises above the norm because of the fusing of unusual action set pieces, wit, suspense and the crushing paranoia that both the characters and the audience must endure throughout.
The script is finally wrapped by a delicious twist which succeeds in bringing the plot full circle.