This is a film idea I've been kicking around.
A young Aussie woman, say 25 - ish, has an unusual ability. She is able to see catastrophic/fatal events about 70 mins before they happen, but only for people that she cares about or knows. This is not the kind of ability where she sees plane crashes about to happen etc. Unless her sister is on the plane, for example. Most of her friends an family know about it, it's not really talked about, just quietly accepted. As is she. Given that she has saved her family and friends over the years from fatal or terrible injury.
She goes to a club one night and foresees a fire in which all die. She warns her friends and they set about trying to get everyone out. In doing so, she ends up being injured herself in the last second and winds up in hospital. On waking she is greeted by two American officers. They question her about the incident, and manage to get out of her, or basically reveal that they know what she can do. They talk to her about joining the American army as part of a special project - done in concert with the Aus army. They explain to her that they can use her skills to prevent further loss of life in the Iraq war. She tells them that she only sees the future for people she cares about. They say they can take care of that.
She agrees to take a look, (we get that she can't "just take a look" and she does too, but that's the premise that she goes to the USA under). She is taken to a secure facility where she learns that she is one of thousands of people who have the same ability and that the army has been using them for years. Each person with the prescient ability trains with a group of soldiers - gets to know them and usually to care about them.
After all she really only needs to care about one person in the unit. This person - known as the "Tactical Mind (TM)" then travels with the unit and tries to avert any potential danger to the group.
She trains with them starts to care for one (maybe falls for him) and then goes into the field. She meets other much more cynical TM's.
She watches her information kill local people and save the soldiers.
She foresees the death of her sister and the army prevent her informing the family - some effort is made, but it's too late. (She out in the enemy territory and contact is minimal).
Her sister dies.
She lets two members of her team get badly injured and the army aren't sure if she did it on purpose or not. It comes to light that the TM's usually burn out fast - many of them finding the conflict too much and the atmosphere of death and war overwhelming.
She is faced finally with a choice that could see her freed from the situation - but many of the soldiers dying.
So here are the major themes
- Civilians thrown into warfare with no understanding of how it works
- The difficulty in understanding what the war achieves
- Who is the enemy
- The way that war justifies the means - including using people up and discarding them.