– Christopher Nolan
– Joel Surnov and Robert Cochran, adapted from novel of John Grissom.
the strong, moral, president,
. Has been in power for two months. Recently narrowly escaped two assassination attempts.2.
, First Lady of the president.3.
a Secret Service (SS) bodyguard (two years at present),
. On last legs after almost-fatal botch-up during the last assassinationattempt.4.
a SS bodyguard,
, and is reaching the year and ahalf anniversary of her relationship with Charles.5.
the respected, no-nonsense, leader of the SS bodyguards,
. Has been the mentor to Charles for the last two years.6.
the political conspiracy theorist-come-activist,
, whohas been on the government watch-list in recent months, and is suspected of beinginvolved in the recent assassination attempts on the president.
The film opens with President Henry Page on the verge of making a controversial move topull out of a foreign war, in an attempt to restart peaceful negotiations with them – he ismaking a speech to a room of journalists, and it is being broadcast around the world. Atthis same time, Charles Carmichael and Lisa Hopkins are following up a lead, by order of Jack Coburn, on the recent assassination attempts. They reach the meeting place, a run-down apartment block, only to find the three conspirators dead, and the apartment in amess. While searching the rooms for any clues, a man, quickly identified as Faulkes,escapes from one of the adjacent rooms, and runs out into the street. Moving muchquicker than Carmichael, Hopkins follows Faulkes into a subway, and is presumablycaptured by him. The trail goes cold for Carmichael.Another lead on Faulkes shows up, and it appears his base of operations, where he keepsboth his plans/conspiracies and, it's hoped, Hopkins, whose fate is still uncertain. Anassault is made on the base, an abandoned factory, and, despite the death of twomembers of the assault team, Faulkes is arrested. Hopkins is found, alive. It seems thethreat is over.Before being moved to the van, for the journey to the Pentagon, where he will be held for the immediate future, Faulkes tries telling Carmichael that he has been framed, as part of a very true government conspiracy, and that, and here's the deal-sealer, Carmichael mightnot be to blame for his previous botch-up after all, and was merely the scape-goat for thetrue saboteur. Though Carmichael wants to of course look into this, Coburn insteadasks/entrusts him to return to the White House to inform/update and protect the presidentin person for the time-being, before promising to look into the matter himself. Feeling fit for duty, Hopkins continues to the Pentagon with Coburn and Faulkes.At the White House, after the First Lady, revealing her true intentions, poisons thepresident, Carmichael stops her from escaping, arresting her, and then notifies the medicalteam, who subsequently save the president.