When you’re writing a screenplay, you normally want to have something happen about fifteen minutes from the end of the story in which everything is lost. All the progress that’s been made for the lead character has to wash down the drain. And then, unless you are writing a tragedy, you figure out a way to redeem the situation in the final minutes.
It’s formulaic, I know, but it works. You’ll find the “all is lost” scene in almost every movie you go see this summer.
The reason is because it increases dramatic tension, but it’s also [...]