It starts with Danny stopping his car to send a text message. Question if anyone actually does it, it’s Danny.
They pull up immediately behind him. The older brother gets out wraps on the window. Tamerlan sticks his hand in the window, pulls a gun on him.
Takes what money he has, tells him to drive. The other brother is following behind, they consolidate what Danny thinks is luggage, but it’s the bombs from their car to his car and they drive around for 90 minutes constantly threatening him. and danny thinks how do i stay alive?
I don’t want to say the wrong thing. At one point, he gets a text message from his roommate in chinese, where are you? How come you haven’t come home? And Tamerlan takes an English to Chinese app, I’m sick, I’m not coming home, I’m with a friend.
That seems weird to Danny’s roommate. Another text, then a call. They don’t answer.
There’s silence in Danny’s car. They call again, Tamerlan says you answer, and you say a word in Chinese, because he knows if he’s speaking in Chinese he might rat them out, he says I’ll kill you and don’t be stupid.
So Danny tells him in English I’m sick I’m with a friend and he’s trying to think where can I get out? When is my moment? Lucky for Danny, the car running low on gas.
Had to stop at a gas station, double stroke of luck, wouldn’t take a credit card, the younger brother has to go in to pay with cash. Danny is alone with Tamerlan.
Think about it, Tamerlan has been on the run all day, he’s killed a MIT police officer five hours earlier, he puts his guard down for a second and puts the gun in the driver’s side pocket of Danny’s SUV, and he’s got both hands fiddling with the GPS and Danny realizes if I get out, now is the chance, I’ve got to unbuckle the seat belt, open the door and go in one swift motion, at a certain point he does it, and really the perfect place, between the car and the gas pumps and if Tamerlan is going to shoot him, he would have to go through the window, an impossible shot.
Tries to reach for him. can’t get him, hears him curse, sprints across the street to safety at another gas station, calls 911.