- “He didn't get the memo.”
- — Movie tagline.
The plot of the film involves the exploits of two business investors in Liberty City. Towards the end of the movie, it is revealed that their former mentor is trying to destroy every business in The Exchange. The two businessmen and their monkey pursue him in a satirical car chase. The dialogue openly references and lampoons clichés in Hollywood filmmaking.
Despite a character (Abner Fitch) stating that Miranda won't speak during the film in order to save costs, she actually does utter a few words at the end.
Dylan breaks the fourth wall by thinking about the content of movie trailers, and thinking about the title.
Michael is hired as an associate producer on the film by Solomon Richards as a gesture of gratitude for dealing with Rocco Pelosi, who initially prevented Richards from assembling the cast. Milton McIlroy then posts on Bleeter to express his excitement over being back on board the production.
|I'd like to state for the record how excited I am about being a part of the movie Meltdown and working with the great Solomon Richards #meltdown|
Later, Rocco and his associate assaulted Solomon in retaliation for Michael's actions, resulting in Michael killing both Rocco and Gianni.
During Deep Inside, Franklin Clinton can observe the filming of a scene involving Milton McIlroy and Theodore Bickford being directed by Anton Beaudelaire against a green screen backdrop at Backlot City. Theodore Bickford is not actually present though and his part is being filled by an understudy dressed in black to be digitally edited out. Solomon posts on Bleeter about the filming.
|From filming Nelson in Naples on location in Italy to filming Meltdown on a green screen in a windowless backroom. Welcome to the future.|
Later, Michael is surprised to find Devin Weston and his assistant Molly Schultz in Solomon's office. Devin proceeds to explain that, being one of the two shareholders (the other being Solomon Richards' "idiot" son) in Richards Majestic Productions, he plans to pull the plug on the movie in order to receive a massive insurance payout. With that money, he will pay off Solomon's son to agree to tear the film lot down in order for Devin to build condos, tax free. Solomon feigns to protect a physical movie reel print of the film which is then snatched by Molly who escapes with it, pursued by Michael. They reach the airport where Molly runs into a jet engine in her panic, drops the film canister and is killed. Michael retrieves it and escapes the police attention, later learning from Solomon that the entire episode was needless as the film was shot digitally and there was no such thing as a master print of it.
At the film's premiere, sponsored by Maze Bank and covered by Weazel News, Michael is cryptically informed by Devin that he has sent Merryweather to attempt to murder Amanda and Tracey in retaliation for the death of Molly Schultz. Michael and Jimmy arrive just in time to save the women. If Michael calls Solomon after the conclusion of this mission, Solomon will quote a line from the film: "Capitalism depends on one thing and one thing only: a steady supply of idiots."
If the player chooses option C (the Deathwish ending), Michael receives a phone call after the mission during which Solomon thanks Michael for his assistance and tells him that the film received mixed reviews but that it has become the biggest box office hit of his career. Solomon will also post to Bleeter that he would like to make a sequel.
|I thought it would never happen but Meltdown is finally released to the world! A movie about the economic crisis almost ruined by economic crisis... wait, are you thinking what I'm thinking? Meltdown 2.|
Much of the film uses footage from GTA IV. The graphics remain similar, however the render distance, lighting and reflections have seemingly been tweaked to replicate those of GTA V. One scene of the movie, where the main character is inside his high-rise office in Algonquin, is clearly filmed inside the IAA office interior, with the Algonquin backdrop edited in. Several other scenes are green-screened footage of driving through Algonquin, with a Banshee edited on top, to give the impression they are driving around.
A FILM BY
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY
Jeffrey J. Bokowski
Milton McIlroy as Dylan
John Cohn as Chip
Theodore Bickford as Abner Fitch
Chippy as Monkey
Leo Hornstein as Mayor Mongelli
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Bangladesh Sweatshop VFX
East Meats West
SPECIAL THANKS TO
The Liberty City Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting
SUPAVISION and AURALSPEX
The film's tagline may be a reference to the 1999 film Office Space.
- Several songs, both in-game and exclusive tracks appear throughout the movie:
- At the beginning scene of the film, "Mission Impossible" by Tangerine Dream plays. This is an unused track from the Official GTA V Score, and is an unedited version of the song used at the end of The Pacific Standard Job.
- During the training montage, "Party All the Time" by Eddie Murphy plays. This can also be heard on Space 103.2.
- At the end of the film, "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" by the Greg Kihn Band plays. This can be heard on Los Santos Rock Radio.