The Decline

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The Decline
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It's late at night in a Canadian city, and  Antoine suddenly wakes up to alert his family   of an emergency. He rushes to wake his daughter  up too and makes sure she remembers to follow   all the steps he's taught her, but they realize  she's forgotten her turtle and she has to go back   to grab it. The mother is already waiting  in the garage with their emergency bags,   and when everyone is ready, they leave in the car,  being careful to make as little noise as possible.   The family drives through the city and when they  finally make it to the bridge that would take them   out of the island, Antoine checks his chronometer  to confirm they made a good time. It turns out   there has never been an emergency, this was just  a drill, although Antoine reminds his daughter   that she always must remember to bring the turtle  because during a real emergency they wouldn't be   able to go back for it. Antoine is obsessed with  being capable of survival when society finally   collapses and makes the family do activities like  this all the time, from drills to sealing bags of   food together. Their inspiration comes from  Alain, a charismatic youtuber that has lots   of video tutorials on how to be self-sufficient in  case the government collapses or there's a natural   disaster. One day, Antoine is accepted into  Alain's new multi-day training survival program   in his very own isolated camp, and he has to drive  all the way to rural Nord-du-Québec. He meets with   Alain in a special spot near the woods, because  he must leave his car behind and hand over his   cell phone before he's taken to the property. They  leave on Alain's snowmobile, but first Alain makes   Antoine wear blindfolding goggles so he won't know  where his home is. After crossing through a bridge   and a large open area, they finally arrive at  Alain's place, which consists of about 500 acres   of land. Campers Anna and David welcome Antoine,  and when he enters the communal tent to leave his   things, he also gets to meet Francois and Rachel.  Alain reminds them of the rules, which are hung on   the wall, and that curfew is at 10:30 pm. Moments  later, Alain brings Sebastien, the last camper,   so they can finally get the training started.  Alain explains this is a "survivalist temporary   autonomous zone", which has always been his dream  project and he's worked on it for a decade. There   are six panels that provide electricity, an  extra generator, a chicken coop, a greenhouse,   productive apple and maple trees, and lots of wild  animals in the forest to hunt. Through the woods,   Alain keeps a series of evacuation tracks in case  he's ever attacked. There's only one that will   actually take you out of there, all the others are  dead ends that work as traps. At the very end of   the correct track, there's a container with the  bare necessities, so if he's ever under attack he   can defend himself and reclaim his land. However  Alain never shows them the right path and asks the   campers not to enter the woods without him because  they're dangerous. When night falls and everyone   goes to bed, the group discusses their experience  with survival and their reasons to be here,   like their distrust of the government and the  slow destruction of the planet. Most of them   admit this is their first time doing any kind  of training. The group gets along pretty well,   but sadly their conversation is cut short when  Alain reminds them of the curfew by turning off   all the lights. The next day, the training starts  early. Alain makes the campers run with heavy bags   and weapons, teaches them about growing their own  vegetables, and shows them how to chop and store   wood. Later over dinner, they discuss recipes and  the campers decide to dedicate a toast to Alain,   who thanks them for being there with him because  he's happy to see his message spread. Not everyone   is this smart to understand the incoming danger,  meaning they have to take care of each other.   Alain used to have a girlfriend that left him  when he decided to move so far away from the city,   so having company again means a lot to him. After  dinner, the campers hang out around the bonfire.   Rachel shows off her self-defense moves by  easily defeating Sebastien and then David,   who doesn't like how everyone teases him for his  loss. It turns out Rachel used to be in the army   and she has a soldier boyfriend as well, but he's  deployed. Francois thinks war is interesting,   but Rachel refuses to answer any of his questions,  she only clarifies she isn't in the army anymore.   The following day, Alain splits the group into  teams to make them practice target shooting while   simulating an escape through the forest. Antoine  and Rachel do extremely well and Alain compliments   their teamwork. The training gets interrupted  when Alain gets a message on his phone, and he   takes the chance to show the group his traps. He  uses special snares with satellite transmitters   attached that send a message when they catch  something, that way Alain can immediately come   to retrieve the animal before anyone can steal  it from him. They take the rabbits back and   Alain teaches them how to clean them, making sure  to point out even the organs are edible. Alain   works with one rabbit and makes Francois clean the  other, but the smell and the blood cause Francoise   to get sick, giving everyone a good laugh. In  the evening, the group has another bonfire and   discusses what they would do if they caught  a person in a trap. Anna says violence isn't   her thing and Antoine shares he would scare the  intruder away, but David is much more violent:   he would kill the person and display the body as  a warning to other potential attackers. Sebastien   says he'd kill the person but he seems to be  joking, and Alain takes the chance to point out   that the person in the trap could be a doctor or  an extra farm hand, so the choice is harder than   they think. The next morning, Antoine is the first  camper to wake up, and he finds Alain playing the   piano. Antoine thinks it's beautiful and that it  brings a sense of peace that he wishes he could   bring to his family. Alain tells him he could  move here with his family since there's plenty   of space, but Antoine is unsure of going that  far. After breakfast, Rachel is doing the dishes,   and she gets distracted by the boys' making jokes.  Alain suddenly stomps into the kitchen and yells   at Rachel for leaving the water running, since  it's a waste of resources. Everyone is shocked   to see this side of Alain, and after he leaves,  they comfort Rachel. Later, Alain teaches the   group how to make bombs and mines, since he thinks  they should be able to defend themselves from mobs   as well. After testing all the bombs successfully,  Alain takes Sebastien to start working on dinner   and the rest of the group must put away the gear.  Francois is the first one to grab a crate with   bombs, but as soon as he takes a few steps, the  box explodes and kills him. Rachel tries to do   CPR to no avail, and Anna goes looking for Alain.  Antoine panics at the sight of death, but David   stares as if he was fascinated. Eventually they  take the body inside and they start discussing   what to do: most of them want to call an ambulance  or the police and say it was a hunting accident,   but Alain and David disagree. They're sure the  cops will see the equipment and accuse them of   domestic terrorism. The argument escalates and  soon everyone is yelling at each other, so Alain   decides to cut it short and remind everyone this  is exactly the kind of emergency they're supposed   to be training for. Emotions are running high, so  they should go to sleep and discuss things in the   morning when everyone has calmed down. When they  return to their tent, Antoine, Rachel, Sebastien,   and Anna discuss their options, including trying  to find a way to get their phones back, while   David listens to them from his bed. Suddenly Anna  hears a noise and everyone goes outside to check,   although David makes sure to grab his gun first.  It turns out Alain sent everyone to bed so he   could take care of the body on his own, and now  he's burning it in the bonfire. Anna is aghast and   tries to push Alain as she insults him, causing  Alain to punch her to get her off him. This is the   last straw, thus Antoine, Rachel, Sebastien, and  Anna return to the tent to pack their things in   order to leave. David stays loyal to Alain and has  his back while Alain tries to convince everyone   to stay. The group doesn't care about his excuses  and tries to leave anyway, prompting David to take   out his gun and tell Alain the others were making  plans against him earlier. Rachel points out that   direct shooting won't be an accident anymore and  David puts down his gun, allowing them to leave.   The group gets out of the tent and David follows  them just to yell at them for ruining everything.   Alain shows up as well and shocks everyone by  shooting Anna in the leg, scaring Antoine, Rachel,   and Sebastien into running away. David wants to  follow them, but Alain asks him to help him move   Anna into the house. Anna can't stop yelling in  pain, but Alain ignores her and ties her to the   table before tourniqueting her wound. Meanwhile in  the forest, the trio keeps on running in the dark   and they don't see Alain's snares, so Sebastien  accidentally falls into one and dies. This sends   a message to Alain, revealing their location, now  he and David can go looking for them. Rachel also   realizes this and drags Antoine off the trail,  which slows down their escape. When Alain and   David arrive and find Sebastien's body, they also  notice the footprints Rachel and Alain are leaving   on the snow. Moments later, Rachel and Alain find  another trail that takes them to Alain's emergency   storage. Combining their strength allows them to  break the lock and get inside, where they find   plenty of weapons, supplies, and even a GPS that  can guide them out of there. At that moment, they   hear the snowmobile arrive, so they hurry to hide  among the trees. While Alain and David look for   them, Rachel considers shooting them, but Alain  doesn't let her because it'd cross a line. Alain   discovers they took weapons from the storage, and  David points out they'll need to defend themselves   as well, making Alain unsure because he doesn't  want any more death on his property. However   when David mentions that if Antoine and Rachel  escape Alain'll have to say goodbye to his dream,   Alain starts to see his point. Once the men leave  to search somewhere else, Antoine and Rachel keep   on moving, and by the time the sun raises they  come across a frozen river. It's a huge open   area that'll leave them exposed, so they'll have  to be quick. Antoine goes first and Rachel follows   with a weapon out to cover him, but unfortunately  she steps on a thin spot of ice that breaks under   her. Rachel falls into the freezing water, which  takes away her weapon and pushes her away from   the hole. Desperate, Antoine begins pushing away  the snow to follow her shadow and uses a knife to   hit the ice until he manages to open a new hole  through which he rescues Rachel. She may've only   spent a few minutes underwater, but she's still  about to freeze, so Antoine immediately puts   her inside a sleeping bag and rubs her muscles to  help her get warm. This doesn't seem to be enough,   and Antoine ends up getting in the sleeping bag  too in order to share body warmth. When Rachel   begins feeling better, she thanks Antoine  and admits she's impressed by his lack of   hesitation when he had to save her. During the  war, she hesitated once and lots of people died,   that's why she quit. After having a snack, the duo  keeps on moving, and using the GPS they manage to   find the area where they left their cars. They get  in Antoine's car, but when he tries to start it,   they can't move: all the tires have been slashed.  Antoine opens the door to check on the problem and   immediately gets shot, it turns out David has  been hiding here all along waiting for them.   He continues to shoot at the car, trying to get  Rachel, but she hides and uses a broken mirror to   find David's location. Then Rachel sneaks out of  the car and fires back at David, who eventually   moves a little too much and gives Rachel an  opening to shoot him in the leg. A furious Rachel   jumps on him and begins hitting him with her gun  until David's dead. Afterward, Rachel sheds some   tears for Antoine before grabbing his bag with  supplies plus David's weapon. By the time Alain   makes it to the parking area, Rachel is already  gone. Moments later, Rachel makes it back to   Alain's house and is devastated to discover Anna's  died from her wounds. Desperate for revenge,   Rachel starts a fire in the greenhouse to let  the smoke tell Alain where she is. When the guy   arrives, Rachel opens fire from her spot in the  window, and Alain immediately begins shooting   back. After exchanging a few shots, Alain decides  to throw a smoke grenade to create a thick fog   that allows him to enter the house without Rachel  landing a hit on him. Inside, Alain makes his way   upstairs as he calls for Rachel, asking her for  a truce. When he approaches the room she is in,   Rachel hits him with the door, then a fierce  hand-to-hand fight ensues. Alain pushes Rachel   downstairs and takes out a knife, but using  precise strikes, Rachel manages to disarm   him. Then Alain responds by throwing her into  the kitchen and grabbing the toaster to hit her   with it before using the power cord to try to  kill her. As she struggles, Rachel manages to   grab a knife from the counter and stabs Alain in  the leg before grabbing him with a self-defense   special move to break his arm. Now that Alain is  incapacitated, Rachel drags him outside to tie   him to the snowmobile with the intention to take  him to the police. Alain tries to convince her   to leave him here because nobody will believe  her and she'll get arrested too, but Rachel   ignores him and begins driving away, determined  to solve this without any more blood in her hands.
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