Prison Break -The Movie – Episode 2
I had to take the score out of several scenes and to zoom into a lot of images when the credits were displayed for it to work as a movie.
The fanedit contains the episodes 8 – 14 and tells the story from inside the prison as if it was a movie. To create this not just as a condensed and way too compressed version, the entire conspiracy theme was dropped. I took extra care to find out, what is unnecessary for the flow and what is needed, so the movie can be continued with episode 3 at some day. The mass of changes makes this a rather different watching experience, especially because the episodic feel of the show is gone and many side plots are told differently. This also means, you cannot switch between the movies and the original show.
The timing of the movie is quite different. The TV show switches between inside and outside the prison all the time, which means that there can easily be a lot of jumps between days. In the movie this would have felt choppy, so I tried to add more plot to each day, combine scenes that were actually happening on different days. The result is a much more on the escape focused plot. I also cut a lot of delay features, which were necessary for the episodes, but would have just increased the length of the movie.
I would have loved to get rid of a lot more things, but had to consider the last 8 episodes and all the people
involved in the escape. An example for that is the watch snatching scene, which would have been dropped if it wasn’t for Tweener’s involvement.
On a further note I should tell that the scenes I cut are not at all bad. The show is fantastic and a lot of good
stuff ended on the cutting room floor for pacing reasons.
- the conspiracy plot is gone. completely. vanished. non existing. This also means there could be no execution of Lincoln to be prevented by his father. In order to achieve that all references about timing and when the execution is really happening are changed or gone. This gives us plenty of time for the final escape.him from interacting, which worked really well. It now seems as if everything was planned the way it went.
- Abruzzi under pressure from the family is again gone. This time he was forced to step down and lose P.I. for being unable to retrieve the information about Febonacci from Scofield. In the end these problems are solved by getting rid of the mob boss, but none of that happens in the movie as it was just long and did not result in any big changes.
- no investigation by Bellick. In these episodes Bellick is quite keen on finding out stuff about Scofield. However, it is not good enough nor necessary for the movie.
- no LJ Burrows. As int he first movie: Lincoln does not have a son, or if he does, he is never mentioned.
- no drama with Sarah: finally Prison Break went soap opera. The drama between the jealous Sarah Tankredi and Michael Scofield was really annoying and had to go.
- no photo of Bob. Bob, the murdered guard, left a photo of his daughter, which I forgot to include inthe first movie. Sicne it was nto there, it could not be referred to in the 2nd movie, so I had to work around it to let the setup happen.
- no Lincoln alone in his cell. Since the execution was so close, these epsiodes quite spend a lot of time with Lincoln worrying about his son and about his life. Since there is no execution these scenes became redundant.
- no sex scene between the guard and the secretary in the storage room. The scene was rather useless.
- a few dropped Tweener scenes, because he is not that important in the 2nd movie.
- a lot less discussion about Michael Scofield’s wife. He married her so she could get a green card and he could get a credit card. How nice of him. That’s it.
- Mary Cruz is gone again. Sucre had enough reason to break out before the scenes in these episodes.
- lots of other minor changes and re-arrangements to let more things happen on less days.
- the Tweener rat scenes were saved for Episode 3
I have now completed the 3 parts, I watched this part a week ago, and didn't get time to review until now.
I was so very impressed with part 1, that I was nervous yet excited to watch the rest. You earned my trust with part 1, showing me you had great skill, and wanted to tell the same narrative I wished for the show. The lack of the sideplot with the lawyer and the politics etc was a huge plus for me, that really was a let down in the first series, and am glad how elegantly you've extracted it.
I was completely on the edge of my seat again with part 2, the narrative is expertly edited, and felt extremely linear which can't have been easy.
You have a perfect fanedit here, I couldn't find one fault. My audience was mixed with people that had seen the original series, people that hadn't and both types of people were thoroughly captivated by this fanedit. We were all extremely eager to continue it, and my curiosity of how you ended the 3rd part grew strong.