FIRST STEPS TO EDEN
Logline: War blinds the heart
S Y N O P S I S
A naval vessel accidentally discovers a huge shell-like probe at the
deepest point of the Pacific Ocean during a routine operation in the near
future. The probe from an ancient, female, alien force creates a giant
crescent-shaped gap in the middle of the water. John Murphy, a hardened,
pill-popping Pentagon general (e.g. Christopher Walken or Harvey Keitel),
is assigned to investigate and analyze this mysterious sea shell, observed
by another Pentagon General with a smart, devilish character (e.g. Donald
Sutherland). Murphy calls upon Adam Jones, a tormented communications
specialist (e.g. Matt Damon), and Connie McDonald (e.g. Carrie-Anne Moss),
a troubled, tough-talking fighter pilot, to aid him in this operation.
After an unexpected skirmish in the air with terrorists while recovering
the probe, Connie is disciplined by Murphy, who begins a remarkable
transformation into a savage and unpredictable authoritarian. Adam,
locked up inside a Pentagon bunker lab, faces the difficult task
of studying the probe under Murphy's intense scrutiny. Connie is now
grounded and has also been assigned to watch Adam to her chagrin.
The shell-like probe is then accidentally activated underneath the Pentagon,
causing a giant half-moon shaped gap in the earth and a cataclysmic series
of events. Adam discovers the probe's peaceful purpose and returns with
Connie to the now rubble-laden bunker system to retrieve it. Murphy, however,
has different plans and turns the situation into a personal vendetta.
The moon gap unexpectedly closes, restoring the area and the missing
people to their original states. In an effort to cover this up
from the media, the Pentagon spins the events, claiming them to
be the result of a new technology they have developed. This
causes an international crisis and, more importantly, an interesting
political power play between the White House and the Pentagon.