A Lonely Place to Die (2011) Script

(man exhales)

(wind whistles)


(exhales)


Safe!

Off belay!

Right, can you get my camera out, please?

(chuckles) Say it.

Come on. Don't take a picture of me.

Give us a smile. I'm sure there's a pretty face under that frown somewhere.

Is that the best you got? Afraid so.

OK, get one of me. No, I'll take it at the top.

Yeah, but I wanna get some of this background in.

Pass it over.

Try and get some of that exposure in. Show how high up we are.

Is that a golden eagle?

(woman) Beautiful.

It's a golden eagle. Buzzard. I don't know

(woman) Nah, it's way too big to be a buzzard.

(bird screeches)

Alright, that's enough of the bird. Point the camera at the money.

Alison, come on.

Stop pouting. What?

(Alison) It's definitely a golden eagle.


(he yells)

Alison! Help me! Ed!

(Ed) Jesus Christ, Alison!

Shit! (Alison) Rob, throw the rope.

Guys! (Ed) Alison!

(Alison) Ed! Alison.. (mumbles)

(Ed) It's gonna go!

(Ed) I can't... I can't... I can't get up! (yells)

(Ed) Help me! (Alison) Rob!

Rob!

(Ed yells) (Alison) Ed, just breathe!

(Ed) It's not gonna hold! (Alison) Ed! Ed!

Ed, you have to listen to me. Just breathe.

(Ed yells)

(Alison) OK, now stop moving. Just keep it together.

(Rob) Alright, alright, alright, alright..

Easy. OK, OK. Get your breath.

Get your breath. Jesus Christ, what happened, guys?

Alison you alright? Don't ask. Yeah, I'm fine.

(Rob) Alright, mate, you're alright. OK. Can you just pull yourself up?

(Ed) Thank God. (Rob) Alison, you OK, you OK?

(Alison) Yeah I'm fine, I'm fine. (Rob) Alright. OK.

OK, OK, keep going. Get your breath.

(sighs)


("The Burning of Auchindoun" by Sophie Ramsay)

♪ As I came in by Fiddichside

♪ On a May morning

♪ I spied Willie Macintosh

♪ An hour before the dawning

♪ Turn again, turn again, turn again

♪ I bid ye

♪ If ye burn Auchindoun

♪ Huntly he will heid ye

♪ Heid me, hang me

♪ That shall never fear me

♪ I'll burn Auchindoun

♪ Though the life leaves me


♪ As I came in by Auchindoun on a May morning

♪ Auchindoun was in a bleeze an hour before the dawning

♪ Crawing, crawing

♪ For all your crouse crawin'

♪ Ye burnt yer crop an' tint your wings

♪ An hour before the dawning

(Ed) I lost my bloody camera.

I feel sick and my hands won't stop shaking.

(Rob) The adrenaline lag.. always hits you afterwards.

Hey, Ed.

Don't ever have a concentration lapse like that again, OK?

You wanna climb with me, you need to up your game.

Methodical, every step. I mean it.

Complacency is a killer out here.

Yeah we got away with cuts and bruises. Yeah.

Remind me why we do this again.

Because we don't surf.


(Rob) Hey. Hey.

Hey. Hey. How you doing, honey?

(Rob) What time did you get here? About an hour ago. Still unpacking.

Yeah, we took the double room with the en suite. If that's OK?

Fine. I'm not sleeping with him, am I?

Neither am I.

(woman laughs) I'm Ed, by the way.

Oh, Ed. I'm sorry, mate. Ed, Jenny. Jenny, this is Ed.

Hi, Ed.

(sighs)

Nah, after you.

(Rob) OK?

Oh, right.

Oh honey, can you bring me the cutlery, please babe?

It's in the jug on the dresser.

Smells like someone's died in here.

Yeah, it is a little stinky. I'll go and let some air in.

That's just what Fred West would have said.

In future, you should bury your relatives outdoors.

Think patio.

Well, if we had a phone in here mate, you'd call up the landlord and complain.

There's no phone? Nope.

Great.

And the window... is bust.

Any joy?

We've had a right result.


Hey, don't worry about her.

You know, with a bit of luck, she'll be tucked up and fast asleep by now.

Your parents are such a pushover.

She runs rings round them. She's such a little monkey.

I miss her.

It's only been two days, Jen.

Hmmm..

(beeping)

Bollocks.

(thunder)

♪ You take the high road

♪ And I'll take the low road And I'll be in Scotland

♪ Afore you No, no, no!

It's horrible. Girls, girls, girls, stop. Seriously, it's horrible.

(Rob) Please, cards, go. OK. OK.

But umm...

Right, I need to know how much one of these fellas is worth.

Five matchsticks. Err..

Er. No sex for you. (Alex laughs)

And, OK, a bottle top? (Rob) Two pasta swirls to a top.

Right. So then, ten matchsticks makes one bottle top?

(Ed) Yeah.

Great. (mouthing) It's a bit confusing, is all.

It really isn't.

Be nice. (Alex) What are you doing, Jen?

Ladies and gentlemen, I fold.

What have you got that's so special? Erm...

A pasta swirl and two tops is what I'm gonna raise by.

I fold. Me too.

I'm gonna keep him honest. All in.

The water's warm. Jump on in.

Yeah, right. Erm, all in.

Ahhh...

Three kings. Whoa.

Oh, damn, I've only got three tens. Haha! Get in, yer dancer!

Come here, you lovely, lovely little...

Oh, look at his wee face.

I've got a pair of queens as well, if that helps.

Oh come on, sit down, Alex. Shock's best absorbed with the knees bent.

Full house. Let 'im take it.

Don't spend all in the one pub.

I'll retire to the Bahamas like Roger Moore then.

You mean Sean Connery. I'm in the Roger Moore camp.

(mimics Roger Moore) Well, there's nothing wrong with a little bit of camp. Heh heh heh heh heh.

That's a horrible impression.

(Rob) It isn't. (Ed) It is.

(Rob) It's not!

Alex what is this? Where's the Queen?

That's legal tender lad. It's a Scottish tenner.

It's worse than Monopoly money. I won't be able to buy any of this.

(Alex) You know I've only got two words for you.

Yeah, do they involve sex and travel? Possibly.

Well, don't say them.

(Jenny) That's our cue to leave. Goodnight everybody.

Fuck off! Leave it. Goodnight!

Another round?

Look baby, I'm sorry, I'm a bit pissed, but this was about (mumbles)

Yeah. I know. But it's not very sexy. I'm not trying to be sexy.

Why not? You're not on a promise.

Deal. Will do.

Stick with me, Alison and we'll climb that this time next year.

The Eiger? Yeah, let's do it, the north face.

It killed 70 people.

(Alison) You know if you fall from the summit, it'll take you 30 seconds to hit the ground.

(Ed) Cheery. 30 seconds to recall your life, say your goodbyes, conscious the whole way down.

Just enough time to say the Lord's Prayer.

If you believe that's gonna save you. You're gonna need something.

(wind howls)

It's blowing an absolute bastard out there. Yeah.

It's er, supposed to clear up through the night, though.

Tomorrow is gonna be tricky.

Drink?

Fill 'er up.

No, you can't mix gin and whisky. It's called a gisky.

Is it? I just invented it.

Right. Gisky?

(Alison) Gisky. Would you like one? I'll pass.

(thunder)

Alright folks, slight change of plan, I think.

There are 40mph winds on that peak, but they're gusting 60.

It's supposed to die down a little bit tonight, so I think we'll do the west face tomorrow, and just tackle the north ridge today.

It's nothing more than a diff, you know, V diff.

So don't worry about rock shoes, helmets or anything else that's gonna weigh you down, we got a lot of ground to cover.

How's the exposure on the ridge?

Yeah a little bit thought provoking, but you keep hold of your harness I got mine and, we'll take the rope just in case. OK, good.

Got all your gear Ed, don't leave anything behind mate.

The only thing I left is for a fully qualified plumber.

Charming.

Good morning. Hey you, how's the head?

Two cups of coffee and three aspirin, I'm almost human again.

OK?

So I guess it's a no-go on the west face, hm?

Uh. This isn't Yosemite, Alison. The weather up here does exactly what it wants.

Yeah.

Got the lunch, Jen? Yeah, that's all under control.

What are we having? Sandwiches.

Ah. The pinnacle of British cuisine. No wonder the French hate us.

I make pretty good sandwich. What's in them?

You'll just have to wait and see, the surprise is half the fun, right?

Just as long as it's not fish.

(Jenny) You should try one, they're yummy.

(Ed) Smoked mackerel and egg? Rather eat my own shit.

No one's stoppin' you.

You could always scrape out the mackerel and just eat the bread.

No I can't do that. it's been tainted.

You remind me of my daughter.

She's clearly a lady of impeccable taste.

She's two.

(Jenny) You're such a fussy eater. It's so surprising at your age.

Surprise is half the fun, right?

Thank fuck I brought the chocolate.

Alright guys, five minutes and we're off. Everybody OK with that?

Sounds good.

Beautiful.

I know, scenery like this makes me wish I could paint.

I'm gonna take a piss.

(Rob) Yeah, good to know. Thought you might be interested.

No no mate, you feel free to keep us updated at all times.

(Ed) Will do.

Found a cracking spot. I'm unbuttoning my fly.

I'm getting it out. Fucking hell, it weighs a ton.

Shut up, wanker.

(girl shouts in the distance)

(girl shouts in the distance)

Hey, guys! I heard something.

Oh yeah, what?

I dunno. Something. Come here check it out.

Mate, you think I'm falling for that?

I'm serious.

(girl shouts in the distance)

What is it?

What's goin' on up there? Hold on a sec!

Just listen.

(girl shouts in the distance)

D'you hear that?

I heard it.

What is it? An animal?

No way. Then what?

Sounds to me like... Like what?

A person.

Guys get over here. What is it?

(Ed) Just get over here.

What is it? (Alison) Shh. Listen.

(girl shouts in the distance)

I hear it. Yeah me too.

(bird flaps past)


(girl shouts in the distance)


(Alex) What is that?

I've no idea.

(Rob) Shit. What?

It's a breathing tube.

There's someone down there.

Just wait here guys, wait!


Hello?

(Girl shouts) (Alison startled)

Jesus Christ. What the hell is that?

Don't you mean who?

(Alex) Whatta we do?

Ed.

A sec, guys.

Hello?

If you can hear us down there, say something!

(girl shouts)

Oh Jesus.

This was dug recently, the earth's still soft.

Why would somebody be down there?

(Ed) Told you I heard something. (girl shouts)

We're gonna help you. Sit tight for a moment.

What're you doing? We don't know what's down there.

It sounds like a child. I think so too.

Well we can think, but we don't fucking know.

(Rob) Whoa whoa whoa whoa. Guys guys, it's made of wood.

See if we can find the corners, find the corners. This is insane (mumbles)

Get down here, help us alright. Fucking kneel down and help.

Come on! (girl yells)

(Rob) We're gonna try and lift it, OK? On three.

One, two, three.

(Rob) Fuck.

Alright. Hello.

Now don't be afraid, we're gonna get you out of there, alright?

Ed?

(girl whimpers)

[Reassuring] Don't worry, we're not gonna hurt you.

OK... We're not gonna hurt you. Come on.

(Rob screams)

Well for fuck's sake, you're scaring her, leave her alone. Leave her alone.

OK sweetie.

Alright. Alright.

Tshh...

It's alright. I'm not gonna hurt you.

It's OK. We're gonna get you out of here.

Come on sweetie.

It's alright.

It's OK. Good girl. It's OK.

It’s OK.

OK, honey. Help. OK.

(Jenny) OK.

Let's get you out of there. Come up. Come up.

Can you give us some water?

Sit down. It's alright, it's alright. OK.

OK. OK. Here you go. There you go.

Slowly. Drink slowly. Slowly, slowly, slowly.

Alright. Good girl.

Oh. Alright. It's OK.

It's alright, it's alright. OK.

Sweetie, can you te...

Can you tell me your name? Your name?

I'm Jenny. Jenny.

What's your name?

Anna. Anna.

OK, Anna.

Anna where are you from? (speaks foreign language)

OK. Alright.

Anna.. do you speak English?

Anna? English? Does anyone know what language that is?

I dunno, is it Russian, maybe?

Might be Croatian. How do you know that?

Well, I had an ex-girlfriend from Zagreb and whenever she got pissed off with me she'd swear at me in Croat.

And you're sure that's what it is? She used to swear at me a lot.

You understand what she's saying? No not really, it's just the accent sounds familiar.

Well do you speak any Croat?

I could score an eighth, ask for a threesome, that's about it.

Ah Jesus. Oh for God's sake.

Dick. Sorry.

(Jenny) Why would someone do something like this? (Alison) Whoever left her there didn't want her to die.

Otherwise there wouldn't be an air pipe.

(Alex) How do I know, who put out (mumbles) I don't why know why they did it, I just want to get out of here before they come back.

Listen, listen. She's our responsibility now.

We've, we've got to get help.

We've, we've got to get her off these mountains as soon as possible.

OK.

Right, we're here, 12 miles south-southwest of Antilloch.

Nearest village is Annan Mor, so...

Yeah.

If we go for this route here, head east along the Scimitar Ridge until we get to the river then double back to the village, it's about 15 maybe 20 miles all in.

Found this in the hole. She must've been down there for days.

Did she have any food? Didn't look like it.

(Jenny) Poor thing, she must've been starving down there all by herself in the dark.

So let's not kill her with (mumbles) sandwich, ay?

Can we use your phone? Phone for help?

What in these mountains?

Won't get anything approaching a signal till you get near the A9, that's about

30 miles away.

You said it was 15 miles to the village.

(sighs)

Well there is a faster route. We're only two miles away from Devil's Drop.

(Jenny) What's Devil's Drop? It's the only way to breach the ridge.

A sheer cliff face 500 foot straight down, but from there, it is only.. a four-mile hike to Annan Mor.

How do we get child down Devil's Drop?

We don't. Two of us abseil down, and run to the village for help, from there I can alert the police and get the Highland Rescue out to pick up the rest of you.

Who you gonna take with you? Alison.

Sorry Ed, no arguments mate. I need the best.

It's a massive face, Rob. I.. we don't have enough rope.

Well I've got 20 metres of seven mil if that helps.

No no no no, you keep that with you.

There's some rough terrain around Annon Mor, you might need it. We'll manage, right?

We'll multi pitch it, it'll be fine. Do you want us to wait here?

No. There's no way we're staying here.

Follow the route on the map, alright? I'll make sure they get the helicopter out to you.

As long as you stick to that route on the map, they'll find you easily alright?


Yeah, that's it. There it is. See? Where?

It's the Hasten Step, it's the first belay point.

You wanna go first? Yeh.


Rob?

Fuck! Rob there's no more rope.

Can you make it?

Easy. Shit. Shit!

Easy.


Alison! How is it?

Fucking scary, Rob.

There's no footholds for five feet. You be careful, OK?


(rope snaps)

Rob!

Oh my God! (pants)

(pants, lost for words)

Look, why don't we carry her? Me and Ed could take it in turns.

Makes sense. OK.

(Alex) Come on. Here you go sweetie.

(Anna screams) (Jenny mumbles)

Anna!

Come on, come on... Put her down Put her down. Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa.

(Ed) Right so what do we do now? You won't be able to carry her.

I can try. (Ed) Jenny, you'd collapse after 100 yards.

Then we'll go at Anna's pace.

That's pretty fucking slow. Watch your language.

She can't understand. That's hardly the point.

For fuck's sake. (mumbles) Come on.

Do you have any idea what she's been through?

I get it, OK? Can we just go now? Please?

OK.

Come on sweetie. Got to go.


Fuck!

Jesus!

Fuck. Fuck it. Fuck!

(gasps)

Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!


(gasps)


Hey!

Hey!

Help!

Fuck you!

Fuck you.

(gasps)


It's been cut!

(Alex) I think it's about a mile away to the river.

There they are.

I see them. How far?

400 yards, maybe more.

You got a shot? This range?

Don't waste it. Let's get over that next ridge.


There they are.

Chuck us over your hip flask and give me a nip.

What is this filthy shit?

It's spirit drink. Spirit drink?

I got it at the petrol garage. It's so cheap they can't even call it vodka.

It's pish. It gets the job done.

Hello there.

Afternoon.

What are you fellas doin' out here?

Hiking.

Long way from civilisation.

That's the idea.

You stalkin'?

Yeah.

You know the hunting season's been over for the best part of three months?

Whatta you care?

It's just if you're hunting out of season, we're gonna have to report you.

That's a pretty big gun.

A 308. It'll put a dent in just about anythin'.

You think the deer have a fightin' chance?

I think everything's got a fighting chance.

Do you?

You boys a pair of animal rights wankers, are ya?

'Cause you're a long way from anywhere.

Me and him don't take kindly to left-wing bastards coming out here...

Oh please. Don't do it. I'll stop hunting.

But everything's got a fightin' chance, right?

(thunder)

He said that.

Please, please don't kill me.

Take a step back.

Oh God, please. Please no. Hey.

Do it.

Jesus Christ. Keep going.

Oh God no.

That's it.

And another. Please. Oh, fuck.

Don't stop. Oh dear God aaah...

And that's that.

You still with me?

Whatever it takes.

It might take a bit more than we thought.

Aye. It might.

(man) How did they sound?

Practiced, in control. Like they knew exactly what they were doing.

That's usually a good sign.

(Satnav) Follow the road.

Remind me the name of this place again. Annan Mor, southwest of Inverness.

Still a good 80 miles.

(water gushes loudly)

(Alison) Hey!

Hey!

Look. Look. Look. Alison.

(Alison coughs)

The rope was cut.

The rope was cut.

Can you hear her? Look, she's smashed her legs up and everything.

See the (mumbles) on her arms. Something wrong Jen.

It's alright sweetheart, don't be scared.

Don't be scared, it's OK.

Someone cut the rope. Rob was murdered.

Can't hear what she's saying? Hear what she's saying? (mumbles)

We can't understand a word you're saying.

I need to get across to you further down the river.

Alison! Alison, you're gonna have to shout louder.

We need to find a crossing further downstream.

She wants us to go down the river. OK OK. Where's Rob?

Rob, where is he?

Where is he?

(mouths) Fuck!

(echoes) What were we doing down there?

Whatta we do?

(mouths) No.

(gunshot)

Jen! Jenny! Alex!

(Anna screams) Jenny! Jenny!

Alex Alex Alex no! Jenny! Jenny!

(Alex) Jenny! Jenny!

Alex, give me your hand here!

Alex, she's gone!

We can't get her from here, she's gone! We gotta go down there, c'mon!

(Anna screams)

Ed, Ed, I can see her.

Hold on to the rocks, Jen. Hold on to the rocks.

Hold on to the rocks! Alex, go listen to me.

You have to follow me, I know what I'm doin'. OK follow me.


(Anna screams)

Alison!

Alison!

Come on, come on!

(Anna calls)

Anna!

Anna!

Anna!


No. Gone.

There!

Anna!

Anna! Anna!

Anna!


Come on Anna.

Come on Anna. Come on.

(coughs)

OK. Anna.

It's OK Anna.

(rifle clicks)


Anna! Anna!


(Alison) Alex. Alex.

Are you alright?

Look at me.

We have to find the others, OK? Right.

Ed!

Anna?

(Alison) Ed!


(bird squawks)

(Anna screams) Here!

(loud crack, Ed yells)

(Ed yells)

(loud crack, Ed screams)

(breathes heavily)

(whispers) Ed.

Anna.

Ed.

Anna. Thank God. Shh. Shh.

(groans)

What happened?

I fell. It might be broken, I don't know.

They're coming.

How many? Two.

Shit.

OK, let's go. No. He can't run.

I can try. That won't be enough.

Look, but listen. You me Ed, we don't mean a thing to these people.

She's the only one with any value. She's what they want.

That's her!

What about the others? Follow the money!


(laughs)

(laughs)

You gonna finish him, or d'you want me do it?

After what he's just put us through, no I wanna watch him breathe out.

You feel that?

That's the price of your nobility.

Hurts, doesn't it?

(Satnav) In 200 metres, bear left.

In 150 metres, bear left.

In one...

Well done.

How will we know where to go? Well that's a good question, maybe we should just bear left.

People have been finding their way for thousands of years without the benefit of fucking computers.

There is no equal to a map, and a bit of nous.

How are we doing back there mate? Almost done.

Just gotta check the frequency.

If this briefcase moves so much as an inch, we're gonna know about it.

(driver) Well that's reassuring.

I may as well wipe my arse on that money if we can't find the girl.

(groans)


OK.

OK Anna, I'm gonna need you to lean back.

(mumbles)

It's OK, sweetheart. Just lean back.

(speaks Serbo-Croat)

You gotta trust me OK? It's OK, I promise, just take a step back and lean...

No Alison. Alison.

Jesus Christ, Anna! There's no other way down!

OK.

Look at me.

Look at me. I've got you.

You have to trust me, sweetheart.

OK?

Put your shoulders back. Lean back.

There you go.

Good girl. Good girl.

It's OK Anna, keep coming. (Anna screams)

Oops, keep coming, steady, steady.

Alright. I've gotcha, I've gotcha.


This is no time for a rest, let's go. Just give me a moment please.

If Alex made it, he'd have called the police.

They could already be looking for us.

You heard the shots, Alison.

He's dead.

Let's go. Get up.

Get up!

Leave me here.

I'm slowing you down as it is. Just leave me here.

You don't want that. I've broken my fucking leg.

What more do you want from me? It's not broken Ed. You're walking on it.

What if he's done the wrong thing? What do you mean?

Maybe we should have left her there.

What? Hear me out. Please.

Please listen to me.

I mean why was she in there?

Why in Scotland? She clearly sounds Eastern European.

I don't know Ed, I don't know, you tell me.

Maybe she was kidnapped. You look at her, she's still in her school uniform, she was probably snatched from right outside the school gate.

Kidnappers.. they usually demand a ransom don't they?

In which case there's probably... another party involved, police.

And what if we've come along and trampled on a delicate situation?

We might have blown her chances of safe handover.

What if we've killed her?

What if this is all our fault?

Look at her. I'm just...

Just fucking look at her.

Could you leave her in the ground? Could you?

No.

Then there's your answer.

Did her family do this to her? Was she kidnapped? I don't know.

And you don't know. But if we've done the wrong thing, then I'll fucking live with it. Now get up! Find a way.

They'll be heading up to Annan Mor.

(bearded man) And here we are, empty fucking handed.

Look you remember that Japanese kid last winter? Remember him?

Rats crawled through the pipe, ate him alive.

What about him? Parents still paid up.

Bluffed our way like that. Maybe we can't bluff our way out of this.

You do it your way. I'll try mine.

(chuckles)

(distorted voice) You're probably wondering why your daughter has not come home from school.

We have dug a hole, four feet by three. She's down there.

She has enough water for a week, maybe less. She has no food.

There's no chance you can find her.

Her location is as remote as it is inaccessible.

And you're being watched.

If you try and contact the police, we will leave her where she is.

She will die there. In the dark. Alone.

And you'll never find her body.

We want money. Six million euros.

Clean, non-sequential. No marked money, transponders or dye packs.

More instructions regarding the hand-off will follow.

Stay by the phone.

Who taped the call?

My employer records everything. That includes his ex-wife's telephone.

Well these bastards aren't stupid, are they?

If you call the police and they get end up getting nicked, all they gotta do is deny it.

Since the girl's in the ground, there's no connection to us, she dies.. about the same time as the police are releasing them due to lack of evidence.

There's no body, so there's no murder investigation and that is about as sweet an hustle, as I've ever seen.

The only time they expose themselves, is in the hand-off.

Do you know where the pub is?

It's not a big village. I'll find it.

And when you get there, you grab a table by the window.

If you can't find one, you stand by the bar and you wait.

No one will approach you until you sit down.

Don't.. try and guess who it's gonna be.

You don't think about anything except that table, do you understand?

Yeah.

Don't look too confident. Don't look too nervous either.

You find a middle ground. You let 'em know that it's strictly business.

If they've got the girl, they're gonna get paid.

Let's hope they bring her. They will, they have to.

They keep her out of sight until they see the money, well that's where you come in.

You demand, to see her, before you hand it over.

If they can get away without making a trade they will, leaving a body behind is a lot easier than making a full exchange.

No one makes a move until we see the girl. If I return without her...

Have you met her father?

I've heard of him.. by reputation.

So you know that... He's got a pretty bad reputation.

Have a jolly up in Kosovo, did he? Little bit of an ethnic spring clean?

Well he's just the same as the rest of the Serbian wankers that we slaughtered back in '99, so trust me yes. I know who I'm dealing with.

Really?

(black man) When we make our move, it's gonna be quick, and it's gonna be loud.

Throw yourself on the floor cos he's gonna go like fucking Christian Bale in there mate.

Stay down till me or him picks you up.

All I care about is the girl. We get her safe and quick, then we worry about her captors.

Your employers, they wanna keep 'em alive?

If possible. We'll see.

No shotguns. I can't risk you hitting the girl.

It's loaded with solid shot, no spread.

We're English Darko. We leave friendly fire to the Yanks.

(vehicle approaches)

(Alison) Hey!

Hey. Hey.


(drums)


We umm.. We need...

We need to report a kidnapping and three murders.

(whooping)


(music / chatter)

We'll get you up to Inverness Central Police Station quick as we can.

Constable Stewart will drive you, shouldn't be a minute.

They can take your statements, give you medical attention.

And I'll be in the next room, just past the kitchen, so don't worry, I'm not going anywhere.

You said kitchen. Aye.

She could do with something to eat.

I can't get through to Inverness at the moment. Why not?

It's a big country out there, it all needs policing.

So call another station.

I've left a message. I'm sure the desk sergeant will call back in a minute.

Chocolate cake. My wife's recipe. I think you might just love it.

You Darko?

Yes.

You got something for me?

That depends. Does it?

I've got more valuable merchandise, whatta you got?

Money?

There'll always be money in the world mate. Plenty of that to go round.

But this little girl? Unique.

One of a kind.

What are you trying to say? That we do things my way.

You brought the money?

Yeah.

Then this is how we're gonna do it.

I leave here now with the case, and check it with my associates, and being well and good, you'll receive a call, telling you where you can find the girl.

No.

Then I'm gonna leave. Go.

Sure?

You're not gonna walk out of here empty handed, without listening to what I have to say.

We're all fucking bet on that, mate. I stake six million euros on it.

That's what you've got in the case?

We both know only fools fill cases, with counterfeit money, fools who don't care to see their children again. I'm no fool.

I'm glad to hear it. Because the same thing happened to me a few years back.

I took a boy from his family in Marseilles.

It was a long negotiation to say the least.

Went on for so long I made a mistake.

I bonded with the boy.

We became close.

He kept saying he wanted to come and visit me when it was all over.

His parents, decided they wanted to hand off a bag full of shredded newspaper.

Police thought they were gonna catch us, during the drop-off.

Oh no.

I took the boy out in the garden, play a game of football.

I remember 'cause he went in goal.

When he bent down to pick up the ball I shot him in the back of the head.

Quick. Painless.

Least I could do.

I buried him somewhere in the southwest of France.

Parents are still looking for him last I heard.

Well done.

Like I said, I'm no fool.

Good.

'cause this a true story.

See? Nothin' to worry about.

Anyone fancy a cup of tea? Tea?

Aye. Like a brew to set you straight.

No. No, I don't reckon a brew's gonna do it this time.

You said you were gonna get someone to take us down to Inverness.

We wanna get out of here as quickly as possible.

Understood.

Let me just go on to PC Stewart and see where he's got to.

You don't have to be so rude. Oh fuck rude! People are dead.

I wanna get out of this village, I wanna get out of this fucking country.

And we will. Relax, we're safe now.

How long's he gonna take? And where's this other officer?

Sure I can't tempt anyone with a cuppa?

We were supposed to be in a police car 15 minutes ago.

No, thanks! You're being paranoid.

Well did you actually see him call for help? Did you hear it?

And if he did, why haven't they returned his call? It's only been ten minutes.

A lot can happen in ten minutes Alison.

And you're ready to trust someone we've just met after what we've been through?

Just keeping us busy while he waits for his mates to help finish us off?

Shit!

Whatta we do? We should go.

Let's just wait five minutes, see if the other... How much longer do you wanna keep waiting for?

Even if he's not in on it, (mumbles)

What can he protect us from? Look at him, he's a fat man with a badge armed with a biro.

No I say we leave now, we take our chances in the crowd.

OK.

Anna, we're just gonna go for a walk together.

What's goin' on? Where are you going?

We're...

We're leaving here. It's not safe out there.

Well we're going. Absolutely not.

You're my responsibility. I'm not lettin' you out of my sight.

You can't keep us here. If we wanna go, we'll go.

You want to walk out of here? Fine. But I can't let you take the girl.

I mean it. You leave, you leave without her.

(Alison) Ed!

Don't come any closer. (officer) Easy lad easy.

Don't do something you'll have to pay for later.

Put.. the knife.. down. Right now.

What the...

Get down!

Stay low, stay low. Keep down.

(Anna screams)

PC Stewart. Come in, over.

(Police radio) Shots fired. I'm under attack. I need you back at the station.

(Ed) Get back against the wall!

Hey, hey, is there a back door? Yes. Need keys.

Where.. ey where? (bullet thuds)

(Ed) Follow me.

Down! Get down!

(Alison) Anna, quick.


Now what we have here is a situation based on trust.

I trust you when you say that you've brought the money.

And you have to trust me when I say the girl is safe, and somewhere nearby.

I can't even walk into to a newsagent and buy a pack of cigarettes on trust, my friend.

Now, if I can't do that, how do you expect me to let a man like you, walk out of here with a fucking retirement plan in a briefcase? Hmm?

Man like me?

Kidnapper, and a child murderer yes.

It's a bit personal.

A grown man can take it. And this is business.

Like the man in the newsagent.

I hand him the money because I can see what I'm buying.

It even comes with a government health warning.

He gives me what I want. We both walk away happy.

So no.

This is not based on trust.

This is based on what I can see in front of me.

And you're getting nothing...

..until I see the girl. Nothing.

(Alison) He's got a gun! Run!

(growls)

(Alison) Hurry, hurry.

(Anna screams) Fuck!


(growls)

(coughs)

They don't have the girl. They don't have the girl!

They've lost the girl.

It's a bluff.

(screaming)


Where are ya?

(growls)

Hey hey I love you.

(screaming)

(woman screams)

How am I doin' mate?

Never mind the bollocks. Give it me straight.

It's gone straight through the vest and made a wreck of you. You're dying.

You don't have long and there's nothing I can do.

Just bad luck mate.

Gun.

Gun.

(speaks Serbo-Croat)

(Anna calls out)

Hey! What's going on?

Get down!

(yells)


(roars)

You should have just.. given us the girl!

Where has your compassion, gotten you today?

(screams)

Fucking bitch! (screams)


Hello again.

(loud crack)


(grunts)

Darko you're a man of your word.

(beeping)

(beeping speeds up)


(chatter over radio)

(siren)

It's OK, heh.

(Alison) 'K, 'K. (Anna grunts)

It's OK.


(men talk in Serbo-Croat)

What the hell is this? This is her father. Now you get paid.

You box me and then this starts to feel like an ambush I will take the top of your fucking head off.

Just so we're clear. Just stay in the car until I call for you.

Let me do the talking. Don't talk yourself out of a longer life.

My employer is a businessman.

Last I heard he was a fucking war criminal.

Nice.

(speaks Serbo-Croat)


500,000.

I can get it for you in an hour.

No?

It was worth a try.

My daughter must have looked like a good payday to you.

Divorce has made my ex-wife rich, there is very little she could not afford.

But behind every woman with money is a man with deep pockets.

You should have concerned yourself with how he lined them.

Strip that piece of shit.

Darko tells me you lost a man.

That's right.

Don't cry too hard. Now you won't have to split your fee.

My daughter is safe.

I'm in debt to you.

There's a way to fix that.

Your account has already been credited.

You can keep the car. A parting gift.

Put him in the ground. Prepare my tools.


(mutters)

Do you understand what she said?

I think she said "Thank you".

('By Yon Castle Wa' by Sophie Ramsay)

(officer) You alright, sweetheart?

(sobs)

Yeah.

♪ There'll never be peace, till Jamie comes hame.

♪ The Church is in ruins, the State is in jars, ♪ Delusions, oppressions and murderous wars, ♪ We dare na weel say't but we ken wha's to blame, ♪ There'll never be peace, till Jamie comes hame.

♪ My seven braw sons, for Jamie drew sword, ♪ And now I greet round'd their beds in the yerd, ♪ It brak the sweet heart o' my faithful auld dame, ♪ There'll never be peace, till Jamie comes hame.

♪ Now life is a burden that bows me down, ♪ Sin' I tint my bairns, and he tint his crown, ♪ But till my last moments my words are the same, ♪ There'll never be peace,