Film Language Tag: plot
The story; the sequence of events and all the devices that move the story from one scene to another as they are arranged by the writer or editor in an audiovisual work; the narrative structure of the story as it is played out on screen, which may or may not be chronological. For example, the plot of Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000) plays out the story in reverse chronological order. Only after the movie ends, can one reconstruct the story that was told.
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) encourages The Narrator (Edward Norton) to stay over at his place. Once that's settled he asks him to hit him. The Narrator then gives us a backstory for Durden. It flashes back to the present and The Narrator hits Durden, starting the first fight of the movie and the beginning of fight club.
Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) runs to stop Connie Kendrickson (Ashlie Atkinson) from bombing Patrice Dumas's (Laura Harrier) home. Ron gets stopped by the police for catching Connie and unknowingly, Felix kills himself, Ivanhoe, and Walker by pressing the button to the bomb while parked right next to the car.
Civil Rights leader Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) recites a speech at a local rally hosted by the Black Student Union. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) attends, going in undercover on behalf of the police as Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) and Jimmy Creek (Michael Buscemi) listen in. Ture speaks on the need to embrace Blackness and Black beauty, police brutality, opposition to the Vietnam war, and the fight for racial equality.
Jerome Turner (Harry Belafonte) recounts the lynching of Jesse Washington at a Civil Rights rally as it is cross cut with Philip Zimmerman's (Adam Driver) - posing as a white version of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) - induction into the KKK. Turner describes in detail the murder and we go back and forth between this and David Duke's (Topher Grace) white nationalist speech. All the while, Stallworth is watching the induction ceremony happen from a window.
After a brief phone call, Micah (Wyatt Cenac) searches on bike and foot to find where Jo (Tracey Heggins) is staying, knocking on doors repeatedly. Eventually, when he finds her and returns her wallet, he asks to come up to the apartment; she allows him to.
Wei-Wei (May Chin) makes breakfast while Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) wakes Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) and then his father Mr. Gao (Lung Sihung). Over breakfast, they discuss Wai-Tung's plans to have a simple courthouse wedding to Wei-Wei, prompting protests from Mrs. Gao.
Wanda (Octavia Spencer) waits at the hospital to hear of her son Oscar's (Michael B. Jordan) prognosis after being shot by a BART police officer. A doctor informs her and other loved ones that Oscar is not responding well to treatment, prompting Wanda to lead a prayer for him. However, Oscar dies.
After hearing of their tenant Wei-Wei (May Chin)'s immigration troubles, Wai-Tung Gao (Winston Chao) and his partner Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) decide to stage a marriage to solve her immigration problems and satisfy Wai-Tung's parents. They re-decorate Simon and Wai-Tung's apartment to appease Mr. and Mrs. Gao, removing signs of their relationship.
After his father suffered a stroke, Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) rushes to the hospital to find his mother, Mrs. Gao (Gua Ah-Leh). When Mrs. Gao notes Wei-Wei's pregnancy, Wai-Tung spontaneously comes out to her as gay, while Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) and Wei-Wei (May Chin) overhear the conversation.