Tommy (Will Estes) types on his computer, pressing the dial-up button on his Internet. From the kitchen, his mother yells for him to take out the garbage. Watching the screen, he answers “in a minute!”
The phone rings and the screen splits into two. On the right side, his girlfriend (Shiri Appleby) asks him where he is. The full screen returns to Tommy as he points to his computer. His girlfriend says she’s in the tunnel and he has five minutes to get there.
He grabs his jacket off the rack and runs through the family room and the kitchen, kissing his mother goodbye. He takes the garbage bag
Inside the tunnel, lit in absinthe green, Jon Bonjovi sings on a makeshift stage.
Tommy steps on to the railing, leaping to the platform on the staircase and races down.
On the computer screen, his girlfriend looks for him.
He climbs the fire escape and looks below, measuring the distance. He falls off the fire escape and lands on the sidewalk. He hitches a ride on the garbage truck as it passes by his apartment building and throws the trash inside. He hangs on the outside of the door and leaps off, rolling towards some puppies on their daily walk.
The dogs break free and begin to chase him down the block. He slides down the railing of some steps of a library to escape from the dogs. Arms flailing, he runs into a group of Elvis impersonators. He grins and stops to take some photos with them.
The dogs continue to chase him over a deteriorating overpass. He lands on the ground and checks to see if any of the puppies have to jump off the overpass. He turns right and begins to jog in a marathon. Someone hands him a water bottle and he chugs it.
He runs across the street, cars honking at him.
At the tunnel, she pages him “Where are you…911.” He runs between traffic. The screen pauses, showing him in four screens, his arms pumping with a determined expression.
He runs across the bridge, climbs on top of the car and jumps from the ledge. The screen pauses, mid-air, and lands right in front of the semi-truck. The truck swerves and he rolls underneath it. He continues to run.
A fan reaches for Bonjovi’s hand and he acknowledges him.
Tommy steps on cars, which are parked near the tunnel. Somehow, he gets into the backseat of a car. His eyes wide, he isn’t sure how he’s going to leave. The passengers throw him out.
He runs in the electric blue light, hearing the music. She turns around and hugs him once he finds her. She asks him what happened.
Bonjovi finishes the song. The crowd’s cheers shaking the tunnel.
In Tommy’s bedroom, two computers offers different angles of the concert.
In 1988, Tommy and Gina welcomed a baby boy in their lives. Gina, always the worrier, was scared about their finances. She said she would have to quit. They wouldn’t be able to afford daycare.
Tommy couldn’t handle seeing Gina crying after finding out she was pregnant. It was supposed to be a happy moment. It was then he knew he had to push harder. He kept looking for jobs and was able to find a good paying one at the automotive plant. He went to every single one of Gina’s doctor appointments, even after working the nightshift. Work paid the bills. It was Gina who kept him going.
Gina wanted to name him Tommy, after the man she loved who was there for her. For ten years, Tommy helped her feed him, take him to baseball games and helped him learn to read. Then, a car accident took him.
At 16 years old, young Tommy takes care of his mom. He takes out the garbage and cleans up after dinner. However, he is a fighter just like his dad. He keeps his word to his girlfriend, even it means risking life and death.
Director: Wayne Isham Year: 2000