|Age Range(s)||Adult (36-50), Senior (>50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Descriptive, Pondering/Pensive|
|Description||The question of death selection may be the most important decision of your life|
|Details||25 minutes into the film|
Seconds is a mystery about a middle aged man, Arthur Hamilton, whose life has lost purpose and hires a mysterious company who gives him a chance of a new life as a younger man through plastic surgery and staging his death. In this monologue the doctor explains the protagonist all the options he has to stage his own death.
Written by Rahul Oberai
Doctor: “The next step is...the carefully planned obliteration of identifiable portions of the cadaver before it is found. Features, dental structure, fingerprints. We can’t leave anything to chance. (Turns and points to a chicken dish on the table). Uh, would...would you mind if, uh...thank you! (Starts eating the chicken). Now, there is a problem...that the circumstances of your death must be simple. Well, a simple accident, strangely enough...is costly, Mr. Wilson. The trick lies in obliterating just so much and no more, so that an identification still can be made, based on...as I say, general dimensions...plus a credible series of events, witnesses, etcetera. Oh, the whole thing must be very carefully staged. We guarantee a death of this kind. Mmmm, excuse me…(points to the chicken) Delicious! They have a wonderful way of baking a cheese on it. So it gets very crispy. (Turns back to him). Now, there are any number f ways..you can be found. Excuse me, I mean your body can be found. The victim of some kind of machinery, an explosion..um, a hunting misadventure. Oh, but I think these are somewhat too gross for you. I had thought perhaps a hotel room fire. Would you like me to outline the circumstances? Oh, good, I was -- I was hoping you would agree.. We can’t expect you to decide all at once. (Stands up). Um, think it over. There is so much else to be done, Mr. Wilson but if I may say so..the question of death selection may be the most important decision in your life."