*Sorry about the mix up everyone! Hopefully won’t happen again
Been holding off on this one for a long time now. Tigs gave me this gem and we talked about a potential trilogy.
The Case for Causality
We open on flashes of hospital laboratory imagery. A woman screams. A child yells. Security runs through a hall. A man wakes up to a fright in bed as his the alarm in the dream syncs up with the alarm in his bedroom. He looks at the alarm and sees a bluish outline of himself setting the alarm and putting it back down. He rubs his eyes looking like he has a headache. Around the room we see an outline of him, closing the door, shutting off the light folding clothes. He shuts his eyes hard and takes several deep breaths. He opens his eyes slowly and the visions are gone. This is Arthur.
He’s dressed and heads downstairs in his apartment building and by the entrance is a frosted glass door that reads “Causality Investigations.” There is a montage of clients that illustrates his ability. He can see how things happened. How something broke, where something came from. He can’t see back that far just the thing that immediately caused it. He doesn’t get a ton of detail, such as faces unless its of the person involved.
The last person of the montage comes to the door and complains about their noisy neighbor who they think is a murderer. Arthur laughs and asks his neighbor Nora if she wants some coffee. They chat about his work and her day. We get the sense that she’s the closest thing he has to a friend. He heads out for the day and we see this is stressful for him suppressing his vision. He bumps into someone who spills coffee on him. The hot coffee pain distracts him and his power goes off. One of the things he sees though is a man with a torn shirt. He sees that this shirt was torn as the man was committing a murder.
He brushes off the apologetic coffee carrier and goes to follow the man. He tails him trying to get other impressions off him. The man flashes a wad of cash and he sees a vision of the money being handing to him by a shady figure in a suit along with a large envelope. He follows him for a day. He sees him going about his business and stopping by a social club. Arthur is stopped by two plain-clothes police officers who bring him in. They question him about why he’s hanging about the social club. He learns the police are investigating the men there. He tries to explain to them who he is and his ability.
They hand him over to an old cop, close to retiring, named Polanski. Arthur demonstrates his ability to Polanski who doesn’t want to understand it but agrees to follow Arthur’s leads with him. Arthur tries to see if any of the other men at the club were the ones that paid the murderer. He sees all sorts of crimes but none of them match the buyer. They trail him some more getting into a few skirmishes, both of them learning they are adept fighters. Polanski a bit more of a brawler, Arthur is a bit more finesse fighter.
They track the case further as Arthur discovers the man who paid for the hit was the mayor. They are attacked by some cops and taken hostage. They are questioned. Arthur’s ability allows him to also find weak points in things, like if you injured an ankle, or the weak leg of a table, because he see’s how it happened. Arthur gets the two of them free only to discover that Polanski has been fired and the word came down from high up.
They work the case anyway and discover the victim was a pregnant woman the mayor was cheating on his wife with. They break the case open and expose the mayor. Polanski is given his pension and Arthur gets some big press and his PI business flourishes. We end in his office as Arthur speaks with Nora. We follow her up to her apartment and see an old uniform with the insignia of the lab from Arthur’s visions.