State of Play (2009)

Inciting Event: Stephen asks Cal for help after his research assistant dies.

First Plot Point: Cal realizes the murders he is investigating are linked to the death of Stephen’s aide.

First Pinch Point: The surviving victim from the murders is killed in the hospital.

Midpoint: Stephen agrees to cooperate with Cal’s story if Cal can get hard proof on the antagonist.

Second Pinch Point: Cal is shot at.

Third Plot Point: Stephen feels betrayed by Cal’s methods.

Climax: Cal realizes that Stephen know something he shouldn’t.

Climactic Moment: The police take down the murderer before he can kill Cal.

Resolution: Cal writes his article and puts his young co-writer’s name first.

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