SOVEREIGN is a rip-roaring, but coherent, thriller. The checklist for the screenplay has been:
- make it fun
- gross ‘em out
- see what really scares us
The story hinges on the question: “What if being prepared for everything is not enough?”
It is about our primal fears: the problem of our legacy, the survival of our kin, the possibility that when we die…we die alone…
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Noble bandages his son’s toe as sirens forewarn of the storm approaching. The family sets to locking down the compound: Brandy wrangles the horses, Liz and Noble secure the storm shutters, and Jackson fetches the family generator from the shed. The boy’s work is slowed by his wound.
A branch falls through corrugated steel. The boy is gouged—knee to nuts—by the debris. The catastrophe kills the farm’s power and damages the generator.
The family rushes Jackson to the family clinic downstairs. Noble makes the call: Liz, a first-class surgeon, will stitch the boy up at home. They won’t call for help. Nevertheless, help is on the way.
Sheriff Dan arrives and demands entrance. With the introduction of the cop to the scene, the plot thickens—revealing the diabolical history between this public servant and the off-kilter survivalist. Noble loses his grip.
Betrayals, blood, stitches and screams follow for forty minutes of bedlam, eventually leaving only the maddened father and dying son alive in the cramped bunker of a basement.
In the end, Noble realizes a plan. After calling the authorities for help, he transfuses his own blood to his son, sacrificing himself for the salvation of his child.