HUMAN INTELLIGENCE

AMG PICTURES - as PROD

Drama - Development 2019

Reeling after a bombing in Washington and losing ground in the fight against terrorism, the U.S. needs the unlikeliest of heroes to prevent the most devastating attack in history.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Drama, Thriller
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 25 - 50 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Klaus MARRE, Len BRITTON
    • Producer(s)
    • Anna GRANUCCI (AMG PICTURES)
    • Synopsis
    • Klaus Marre — Human Intelligence
      Synopsis
      Hassan al-Zaid, a young American-born Muslim, offers a silent prayer to Allah before getting up from his seat on a bus just outside Washington. He leaves behind a large backpack. Before exiting, he looks at the other passengers, knowing that they will all be dead soon. Within minutes, the bus explodes near the Pentagon.
      The first major terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11 paralyzes the country and captivates the world, and the FBI quickly identifies Hassan al-Zaid as the primary suspect. A search of his parents' home in Virginia reveals bomb-making equipment and a taped confession in which he pledges allegiance to as-Sirat, the world's leading terrorist group.
      Before the massive manhunt even begins, the suspect manages to slip out of the country. His goal is to reach Pakistan, as-Sirat and its elusive leader, Omar Bashir, who is delighted that a young American has turned on his country and sees recruitment potential in Hassan’s betrayal.
      In Washington, President Jack Sweeney's handling of the situation leaves him vulnerable to much criticism, and his poll numbers plunge. But that is just fine with the commander-in-chief.
      It is now revealed that the bombing was part of a sophisticated plot to convince the world that Hassan is a terrorist. In reality, he is a U.S. operative, and his goal is to lead American troops to Bashir.
      The first phase of the mission works as planned — nobody doubts that the bombing was real. Problems don't arise until Hassan gets to Pakistan, where he makes contact with as-Sirat but loses the GPS devices with which he can be tracked electronically. In another blow to the mission, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter begins to doubt the official account of the attack.
      Despite the early success, Hassan and his high-level handlers, including Sweeney and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), know they don't have much time before their cover is blown.
      When Hassan is taken to as-Sirat's headquarters in the remote village of Andan, the special-forces team assigned to tail him can't follow, leaving Hassan on his own to find a way to make contact with U.S. forces.
      After two days of worrying at the White House, a video showing Bashir and Hassan appears. In it, the young American is trying to send a message saying: “The writing is on the wall, Yankees — your time is coming to an end.”
      In Andan, Hassan is concerned that his cover will not hold much longer, and faces a decision: try to make a run for it, and attempt to contact the U.S. military — or forfeit his own life and assassinate Bashir himself. Hassan decides to kill the as-Sirat leader, but before he can carry out the plan, he learns of a plot to blow up a nuclear power plant near Chicago. That changes things. Now he has to make a run for it, since he is the only one who can warn the U.S. government of the attack. Hassan plans to leave in the middle of the night and hopes to make contact before his escape is noticed.
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