Flying Blind (2012) Movie Script

So, we think vortex generators
should do the job.
Well. The quickest and
cheapest option would be, yes... add some modified
vortex generators...
...or even sub boundary
layer VGs, but...
- But?
- Optimization would still... severely limited,
particularly for long endurance...
...or low speed operations.
- So what would you recommend?
Boundary layer suction.
But this is an existing UAV.
The wing space is already utilized.
Yes, I know. But if I can move the
transition to turbulence further...
...along the wing,
I can reduce the drag...
...and more than offset the AUM.
Alternatively you could rethink
the increase in payload.
Does the drone need both bombs
as well as missiles?
The Americans have both
on the Reaper.
- So if the drone is to...
- Drone is a media term.
We prefer to use
"remotely piloted air systems."
If you want more than
a second-rate alteration...
...if you actually want
to solve the problem...
...this is the way you will have
to go boundary layer suction.
We need the re-design spec
by the end of the year.
- You have eight weeks.
- Eight weeks?
Not a problem, gentlemen.
I'm part of the team too,
you know, remember?
Sorry. It's when they
look at me like that.
It gives my adrenaline a kick.
- Yeah, well, good for you.
We made the last deadline.
We'll make this one.
- But eight weeks?
- Did we have a choice?
- I'd say there's room to wiggle.
- I don't wiggle.
Especially not for them.
Anymore questions?
If you're going to work
in aerospace... seems you can't escape
from the military.
I was wondering if that
bothers you, ethically speaking?
No, not at all.
None of us are outside...
...the military-industrial complex,
unless that is you don't use...
...the Internet. The Internet
is as much a military R&D... it is a promoter
of knowledge.
It also promotes p..n. What do you
think of p..n, Dr. Lethbridge?
Well, I don't know
if all this talk of suction...
...and drag has over stimulated
your adolescent brain...
But to go back to your
question of ethics:
Yes, any air-craft can be adapted
for military purposes.
But I don't know,
I'm not a philosopher.
I'm more interested
in the beauty of flight...
...rather than our ability
to fight.
Hi Robert, I'm going
to be here till two.
So wait with the aerofoil tests
till I'm back. Thank you.
Do you need somehelp?
No, thanks. I've been a twit
and lost my keys.
Do you want me to break
into the car?
- Are you serious?
- No.
My dad's got a spare set,
he'll be here in a minute.
By the way,
it was a good lecture.
- Thank you.
That edition is out of date.
- Alex, I've got the new data.
- And you want me to put it in now?
- Great.
- Thank you, thank you.
Frankie, you want to grab a drink?
Fancy a drink? On the way home?
- No, thanks. I can't.
- Right.
You meeting what's his name?
No. What's his name and I finished
a couple of weeks ago.
He cried and said
thank you after sex.
I'll make a note.
- What a coincidence?
- Yeah. It's nice to meet you again.
As long as you're not stalking me.
Excuse me? Excuse me?
You forgot your money.
Oh, my God. Thank you.
Well, you must think I've
got my head in the clouds.
Aeronaut. It's your job.
Did you get that new book?
The new edition?
No, no, no,
it's little expensive.
Oh, well, I could lend you a copy.
Give you a lift?
I'm just around the corner.
No, thanks.
That's too much trouble.
Okay, I accept.
- I'll just be a minute.
- Okay.
This is very kind of you.
Oh, God, it's nothing.
We got sent them for free.
I will buy you dinner.
To thank you.
You okay?
You want a drink?
Glass of wine?
No, thanks. I don't drink.
Your not a recovering
alcoholic are you?
- Yeah.
- S..t.
- I'm a Muslim.
- I'm sorry.
- I mean about the drink.
- It's okay. You didn't know.
Also I'm a poor
engineering student.
That you do know.
Not very exotic.
Well, I don't see you as exotic.
You don't?
Not in the slightest.
I can belly dance.
Would you like to see?
Where do you live?
Under the motorway.
We've got Bristol City flags
instead of curtains.
And where are you from?
Where are you from?
I've lived in Bristol all my life.
Say something to me in Arabic.
Say something to me
in Bristol English first.
Take your shirt off.
Which means?
Is there anything
you've just said...
...that should stop me
from kissing you?
I'll be back in a minute.
Hello, yes, what can I do for you?
Excuse me, can you tell me
what this says?
Let me have a look.
Sounds a bit romantic
and complicated.
- Do you know what it means?
- It's classical Arabic poetry.
The hero is weeping.
No, no, his wings
are broken see here.
- He has lost everything.
- Where's it say wings?
A sandstorm destroyed his
tent and his wings.
That doesn't make sense.
The sandstorm is
in the shape of a woman.
It refers to this women.
- She destroyed...
...the weeping man's tent.
- Let me try.
I cry remembering my home
and my lover... a storm,
she broke my wings.
- Yeah, that makes sense.
- Yeah.
Yeah, it's a good translation.
Well it means, "Damn, baby.
You're too much for me."
- Can I help you?
- Hi, is Kahil in?
- You the police?
- No.
Second door on the left.
It's open.
It's Frankie.
What happened?
Sorry, I didn't mean to pry.
It's fine.
How old are you, Kahil?
Twenty four.
You're not going to tell
the other students... had a visiting
lecturer are you?
I wouldn't do that.
Unless you refuse to see me again.
- Are you serious?
- Yeah.
Well, that sounds
like blackmail to me.
Yeah, it is.
I'll walk you home.
- Hi.
- Hi.
Come watch the game,
it's half time. 3-2.
No, I've got a lot of work to do,
I should probably be getting back.
Work? Come on, it's the weekend.
Kahil will play... can cheer him on.
He doesn't play very well,
he needs the encouragement.
- You want to come?
- You want me to come?
I want you to come
if you want to come.
Stop showing off, habibi.
So you're a professor, right?
No, I just give lectures now
and then at the university.
- And you?
- Me?
This that and the other.
- Keeping it vague.
- Mysterious.
I prefer mysterious.
- So, you have a good time?
- Yeah.
- Yeah?
- Yeah. Bye.
Dad, I am so sorry,
I completely forgot.
Please tell me you're not up there
still waiting are you?
No, no. Don't worry about it.
We can do it another day.
You sound tired.
Yeah, I've been working all day,
I just got caught up in it.
You know how it is.
Are you at home now?
- Yes, yes.
Just watching the telly.
- Good.
Okay, I love you dad, I want
to get in the shower now. Bye.
Okay, well, let's go back
to structural weight savings.
I mean, we could switch to
high modulus prepregtape...
...alter steel hard points
to cold forged titanium...
...and we could consider...
Frankie, what's wrong?
I've met someone.
Well, that's...
That's great, isn't it?
- I think so.
- What's he do?
- He's an engineering student.
Well, if he has any thoughts
on how to improve the flight...
...envelope on this project and...
- Is this okay?
- Yeah.
I've never had one of
those before.
You want to it try?
- Yeah.
- Okay.
Please could you bring us
a sheppan?
Of course.
Thank you.
You should try this one.
This is really good.
- Is this like a tomato soup?
- Yes, try it.
- You both will be using it?
- Yep.
- Enjoy.
- Thank you.
Taste it.
What were you talking about
with the waitress tonight?
Well, I don't remember.
I didn't know
she was working there.
Who is she?
Well, she used to be my girlfriend.
In Algeria.
Are you jealous?
F..k you.
Yes, you are jealous.
- I'm never f..g jealous.
- Really?
- Why do I want you so much?
- Because I want you only.
Say it again.
Can you pass me the phone.
Thank you.
It was my Egyptian nagging wife.
It was Malik.
- Is he not Algerian?
No, Egyptian.
Your family's still in Algeria?
Some in Algeria some in France.
I have a big family.
- Do you go home a lot?
- No.
You must miss it.
It's just me and my dad.
He worked on Concorde.
A long way before I can match that.
And your mother?
She died when I was young.
Car accident.
I can still remember her laugh.
- You're not supposed to see this.
- Come to bed.
No, I'm serious.
You're working on drones.
What type of payload is it?
- It's private.
- Really?
Really. And my work takes
precedence over everything...
...and everybody.
- Except for my body.
One more thing, then I join you.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
Yeah, you modified the wings.
- Just tinkering.
I wasn't happy
with it's maneuverability.
I know how you feel.
Don't give in to those vortex
generators; that Roberts a fool.
I won't and he's not.
It's still hard going.
- It's meant to be hard going.
You're at the top of your game.
Well, nearly there.
How's the new boyfriend?
- What?
You've got colour in cheeks.
Sex must be good.
- Dad!
- What's his name?
- Kahil.
- Kahil what?
What kind of name is that?
French Algerian.
Engineering student.
- Bit young for you.
- How do you know...
...he's a bit young for me?
- Just assumed.
Do you think it's wise
to have an Arab boyfriend?
Given the nature of your work.
- Dad, come on, just because he's...
No, hear me out, Frankie.
I'm just thinking of your career.
Am I only allowed to date
white middle-aged men?
What's wrong with
white middle-aged men?
Yeah, thank you, this is
a ridiculous conversation.
Frankie, you don't even know
his surname.
I'm only looking out for you.
- Wouldn't it be awful...
...if this just crashed
into the ground.
Take care, be careful.
Hey, it's me. Can I come up?
- No.
- What?
No. I don't know who you are.
- What do you mean?
- Tell me your name.
- Frankie.
- Mr. Kahil...
...tell me your last name.
Your neighbour just gave me
a funny look. Let me in.
Tell me your last name.
Or else.
You refuse?
- Othmani.
- Othmani?
- Yeah.
- Can I help you?
Kahil Othmani.
You're angry with me.
But you're not going
to show your anger.
Am I that intimidating,
Mr. Othmani?
Come on, Mr. Othmani.
Is that your anger?
- F..k.
- F..k.
That's unanimous then.
Let's call it a day.
It's almost five.
We've got that meeting
at five thirty. Remember?
The team has a meeting.
Reschedule. I have to go.
You're the boss.
Had enough for one day,
Dr. Lethbridge?
- First time for everything, Terry.
- Making your escape, are you?
- See you tomorrow.
- See you.
Welcome to messaging service.
Please leave your message
after the tone.
Hi, I came over to your place
to surprise you.
You're not here. I thought you said
you worked at home on Tuesdays?
No matter. Call me.
- Hey Frankie.
- Hi.
What are you up to?
Nothing, studying.
Computational fluid dynamics.
Something like that.
Frankie, I'm sorry,
someone's at the door.
I'll see you later, okay?
Listen, I was wondering
could you do me a huge favour?
There's a student in the
engineering department...
...who I lent a book to.
Yeah, generosity herself.
Anyway, I've just realized...
...I've got some notes in it
and I can't get in touch.
Kahil Othmani. I don't even know
what year he's in.
- Hi.
- You've got a f..g nerve.
What do you mean?
You're not an engineering student,
you're a taxi driver.
I saw you lying to me, Kahil.
I saw you in the taxi yesterday.
- Can we do this somewhere else?
- No.
I was a student.
My uncle in Paris was paying
my fees. He died.
So I had to give-up the course.
But I try to keep up
with my studies... one day
I can finish the degree.
It's not easy.
I couldn't get my visa renewed... I'm here illegally.
Malik lets me drive his taxi.
- Sorry? You're illegal?
- Yeah.
It happens to many people.
It's not a big deal.
Not a big deal?
S..t, I don't believe this.
You want me to go?
Just don't ever lie
again to me, Kahil.
Promise me.
Did you just tell me to piss off?
I said "I promise."
"My love."
I want you to stop
driving the taxi.
I want you to stop
driving the taxi.
I can't. I need the money.
Yeah, but if you get pulled over
you're gonna be arrested.
It's so dangerous.
- I'm used to it.
You could work for me.
Work for you?
You mean to research for you?
No, I meant re-painting my flat.
No, I'm serious, I've been
meaning to do it for months.
It would be a huge favour to me.
I've got paint...
...I've got brushes, what?
Is this how you see me?
As some kind of servant?
Jesus, no Kahil.
I just want to help.
It would be temporary.
Before we sort something out.
Morning, Dr. Lethbridge.
Would you be so kind as to park
on the other side?
- Right now?
- Yes, right now, please. Thank you.
Sorry, could I know
what this is about?
Drive on through Doctor and
I'll meet you on the other side.
Dr. Lethbridge,
sorry about the wait.
Nina Simons.
Sorry, what's this about?
How long have you known
Kahil Othmani?
- Why? What's going on?
- Just answer the question, please.
How long have you known
Mr. Othmani?
Three weeks.
He's a friend.
- Right.
He's twenty-four years old.
A part-time taxi driver.
Are you aware that
he's an illegal immigrant?
We are concerned that
you're putting yourself... an awkward position.
Are you asking me
to stop seeing him?
His immigration status is really
neither here nor there to us.
It's more an issue for our
colleagues in the borders agency.
We're here just to make sure
that no-one takes advantage.
I see.
Anything that seems
out of the ordinary.
A question, a phone call,
an acquaintance.
Please don't hesitate to call me.
Night, Frankie.
- Frankie, you okay?
- Just tired.
You staying on?
- Yeah, for a bit.
- You sure you're alright?
Christ, you're not my father.
- See you tomorrow.
- Night, boss.
Oh my God.
It looks worse than it is.
Hey baby.
Now I look like a criminal, yes?
You like it?
What happened?
Well, I was happily
painting your flat...
...thinking to myself, "I'll
be rich soon with such a job,".
Kahil, what happened?
Malik got into an argument with
a couple of guys who live with us.
They wanted to kick Malik
out of the house.
I went over and I got into a fight.
That's it.
I didn't see Malik
with a black eye.
- Malik is like a brother to me.
- Really?
Now he knows where I live.
What do you mean?
Oh yeah, yeah, I just don't...
...want strangers in my flat.
Malik is not a stranger.
I don't know where he is
or what he's up to.
What do you mean?
Up to what?
I mean, I hardly know you,
and now my flat is full...
What are you saying?
Don't you find it all
a bit strange?
The two of us getting together.
Some people...
...might find it a bit,
you know, weird.
Perhaps you do...
After we...
After we make love
I don't feel "weird."
I feel...
...on every place on my body.
And for awhile...
Okay, a little while...
...all the worries of my life
are gone.
Look, Frankie...
I don't know what's been
happening with you lately...
- It's none of your business...
- But if we don't...
...make this deadline and
the way things are going...
...we haven't got a f..g prayer
we can kiss goodbye to this...'s chances of ever
getting another defense contract.
Are you telling me
how to do my job?
I'm telling you that it's not
just your career on the line.
His names Raheem.
This one's Malik.
Malik is a friend of Kahil's.
...I've seen from a distance.
- Where?
In Easton. In a football match.
- Have they ever been to your flat?
- No, I don't know them.
I'm sorry, what is this about?
They have become persons
of interest to us...
...along with your boyfriend.
- Person of interest?
Has it never even
crossed your mind?
A women of your age,
in a sensitive industry...
You okay?
We need to talk.
About what?
I am behind on my work,
I've got a deadline...
...I'm not going to make.
- You didn't tell me.
- Why should I tell you?
Why should I tell you anything?
The fact is,
I can't work with you here.
I need to work without distraction.
Are you breaking up with me?
My work keeps me going.
It has to come first.
Your work.
What about it?
Do you know what your drones do?
Who they kill?
UAVs are targeted at the enemy.
And the neighbours,
the wedding parties...
...the village elders?
Do you even know the ratio
of civilians to enemy deaths?
It's fifteen to one.
Fifteen civilians
to one intended target.
This is not about your work...
...this is about people like me,
who are there...
...down on the ground,
below your drones!
This is your f..g sensitive work!
Get out! Get the f..k out!
F..k out!
For the painting.
- F..k you!
It's amazing what you've
achieved, no?
With those toe rags at the MOD.
I always knew you would crack it.
Where's that white vase?
Just use the other one.
How are things with Kahil?
We've broken up.
Who broke up with who?
I broke up with him.
I am sorry.
She would have been
so proud of you.
I can't remember enough of her.
What did you love
most about her dad?
What did you love most about her?
Remember that song?
I love the way
You always treat me, tenderly
But darling most of all
I love how you love me
Her love was total, full on.
And you loved her back like that?
I don't know.
Is he in?
What if he is?
I need to see him.
Where have you been?
Missing you.
I should not forgive you.
I looked at your computer.
I saw the Islamic sites...
...and I thought...
I keep up with the news
in Algeria...
...and those fundamentalist sites
tell the truth...
...about the government.
You have so many secrets.
But secrets are
not the same as lies.
Frankie, are you okay?
Yeah, I'm fine.
I'll be out in a minute.
Oh my god, I've just noticed
the time. I need to go.
What's wrong?
- Nothing. Really.
- Malik and I are always arguing...
- I just need to work.
You know me.
I can't remember anything else.
Thank you.
You've been very helpful.
Please will you tell me.
What's going on? Who is he?
Kahil Othmani spent eighteen months
in an Algerian prison.
What did he do?
Can I have a word, sir?
Subversive activity.
What does that mean?
That's all I can tell you.
They've gone, the house is empty.
- What?
- Do you know where he is?
No. No, I've got no idea.
Sir, we should go.
You'll tell us if he contacts you?
If there's anything I can do,
anything at all...
- What do you mean?
- Your...
Your dad phoned me.
It's unbelievable.
But don't worry.
They'll find him and most likely...
...they'll deport him.
Let the Algerians deal with it.
You're safe.
Sorry, excuse me. I don't know
if you remember me...
...from the restaurant?
It's about Kahil.
Look, I don't know you.
I'm sorry.
Look, I know there's no reason
to talk to me.
Would you tell me,
how did he get his scars?
- He was tortured.
- Why?
He was a student leader.
So why are the police after him?
Why is he hiding guns?
They weren't his guns.
How could you believe that?
- Listen to me.
- What do you want?
It's important I talk to him.
I brought you some money.
You could run.
I don't want your help.
- Look, I know that I...
- You people...
...always think you know,
but you know nothing.
You're right.
- We're very grateful to you, sir.
- I just thought it for the best.
Here she is now.
Alive and well.
- F..k you.
- Frankie.
Be very careful, Dr. Lethbridge.
We could still charge you
as an accessory.
- You'd need real evidence for that.
- You didn't contact us.
- Look, look, he's innocent.
- We can hold him for up to 28 days.
Then he'll be someone
else's problem.
Why is she grateful to you, dad?
- Let's go. It's been...
- Why is she grateful to you, dad?
What did you do?
I never felt... I never...
I did it to protect you.
I made a phone call.
To alert security.
- What?
Why? When?
At the very beginning.
Look, I had to do it.
- No, don't touch me.
Just get away from me, dad.
Just leave me alone.
You just leave me alone!
This ones to stay.
Dr. Lethbridge?
- Yeah.
- Thank you, sir.
We just need to make sure
we've got all our research.
Two minutes.