Equal Retribution by Shawn Davis | Script Revolution

Equal Retribution

A new law allowing convicted murderers to be executed and revived forces a killer to use what time he has while dead, to gather clues in the afterlife, to prove his innocence.



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In the not so distant future, a law is passed aptly named equal retribution. A law that literally takes an eye for an eye to the next level when it allows for people who are convicted of heinous crimes against children to be executed and resuscitated according to the numbers of crimes they committed. Derek Sanders is one such lowlife who was convicted of the rape and murder of three young girls.

Derricks to be sent to the death gurney and resuscitated three times for these crimes.

Clive Washington is a small town detective who investigates Derek Sanders and ultimately is responsible for sending Derek to the death chamber. Then the day comes when Derek is sent to his first of three executions. While dead on the gurney, Derek visits an afterlife where he witnesses firsthand the atrocities perpetrated against the little girls by the actual killer. When brought back to life, Derek tries to relay this information to Clive but to no avail.

As the executions progress, Derek continues to gather clues in the afterlife and attempts to prove his innocence by talking to anyone who will listen as to the possible identity of the true murderer. However, Derek has a date with destiny and a third trip to the execution chamber. By now, Clive is convinced of Derrick's innocence and races against time to try to prove his innocence. However, as Derek takes his third and final trip to the afterlife, it seems that sometimes even paying with your life isn't enough.

Sometimes, it requires coming back to set things right.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Grand Prize Winner - NYC Indie Film Awards
Official Selection - Louisiana International Film Festival
[XX] - Worth the Read - Carson Reeves - Scriptshadow

Submitted: August 31, 2016
Last Updated: August 11, 2020

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The Writer: Shawn Davis

Shawn began writing in 2008 as a means to overcome a lifelong reading disorder. After several short scripts, he took on writing his first feature screenplay in 2009. Six years and several screenplays later, Shawn's highly acclaimed script Equal Retribution was reviewed and given one of the highest screenplay ratings ever handed out by Carson Reeves of Scriptshadow.com View full review here - http://scriptshadow.net/amateur-friday-what-doesnt-kill-you/ Equal Retribution has also been submitted to and placed highly in such prestigious contests as The Academy Nicholl Fellowship and The Page Awards . It was also chosen as a top script on Francis Ford Coppola's website, Zoetrope. Equal... Go to bio

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