TENET - DIALOGUE TRANSCRIPT

Last updated: Sept 24, 2020

 

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD.

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UKRANIAN 1

[Wake up the Americans.]

 

UKRANIAN 2

Hey!

 

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PROTAGONIST

We live in a twilight world.

We live in a twilight world!

 

ACTOR

And there are no friends at dusk.

 

PROTAGONIST

You’ve been made.

This siege is a blind for them to vanish you.

 

ACTOR

But I established contact.

 

PROTAGONIST

Bring you in or kill you.

I have 2 minutes, make up your mind.

 

PROTAGONIST

Where’s the package?

 

ACTOR

Coat check.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Stay!

 

UKRANIAN SWAT #1

[Grab his!]

 

UKRANIAN SWAT #1

[What are you doing? What are you doing?]

 

UKRANIAN SWAT #1

[Who are you? Who are you?]

 

SWAT #1

No friends at dusk huh?

 

PROTAGONIST

You'll do. Get him to the rally point.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Swap clothes! Ukrainians are expecting a passenger.

I’ve never seen encapsulation like this.

 

ACTOR

We don’t know how old it is but it’s the real deal.

 

PROTAGONIST

Did you have an out?

 

ACTOR

Service tunnels to sewers.

 

PROTAGONIST

Take this. Take him. Take his exit.

I don’t trust ours anymore. Can you defuse that?

 

SWAT #2

It's centrally synchronized. Are there more?

 

PROTAGONIST

They’re covering their tracks.

 

SWAT #2

Take out the audience?

 

PROTAGONIST

It’s just the cheap seats.

 

SWAT #1

Not our mission.

 

PROTAGONIST

Mine now.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Walk away.

You don’t have to kill these people.

 

SWITCHED ACTOR

That wasn’t one of us.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’ll take the help.

 

PROTAGONIST

Go, go, go, go, go!

 

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UKRANIAN 1

[That’s not him!]

 

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UKRANIAN 1

A man can be trained to hold out for about 18 hours.

So your colleagues will be clear by seven.

 

He didn’t last 18 minutes.

But he didn’t have anything to hide.

 

You were smuggling a nobody. That’s risky.

 

Or were you counting on this? Death. CIA issue.

 

Spare yourself once they're clear.

 

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UKRANIAN 1

Almost seven.

Uh-oh, running fast.

 

We have to put it back 1 hour.

 

UKRANIAN 1

Get it out!

 

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VICTOR

Welcome to the afterlife.

 

You’ve been in a medically induced coma

while we got you out of Ukraine and rebuilt your mouth.

 

PROTAGONIST

The suicide pills are fake. Why?

 

VICTOR

A test.

 

PROTAGONIST

A test? They pulled my teeth out.

Did my team get clear?

 

VICTOR

No. Private Russians, we think.

 

PROTAGONIST

Somebody talked.

 

VICTOR

Not you.

You chose to die instead of giving up your colleagues.

 

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VICTOR

We all believe we’d run into the burning building.

But until we feel that heat, we can never know. You do.

 

PROTAGONIST

I resign.

 

VICTOR

You don’t work for us, you’re dead.

Your duty transcends national interests. This is about survival.

 

PROTAGONIST

Who’s?

 

VICTOR

Everyone’s. There’s a cold war, cold as ice.

 

To even know its true nature is to lose.

This is knowledge divided.

 

All I have for you is a gesture, in combination with a word.

“Tenet”. Use it carefully.

 

It’ll open the right doors, but some of the wrong ones too.

 

PROTAGONIST

That’s all they told you?

 

VICTOR

That test you passed? Not everybody does.

 

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BARBARA

With a hi-viz vest and a clipboard you can get almost anywhere.

Almost.

 

PROTAGONIST

An obscure tenet.

 

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BARBARA

No small talk.

Nothing that will reveal who we are or what we do.

 

PROTAGONIST

I thought I was here to find out what we do?

 

BARBARA

You're not here for “what”, you’re here for “how”.

“What”, is your department. And none of my business.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well to do what I do, I need some idea of the threat we face.

 

BARBARA

As I understand it, we’re trying to prevent World War III.

 

PROTAGONIST

Nuclear holocaust?

 

BARBARA

No. Something worse.

 

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BARBARA

Aim it and pull the trigger.

 

PROTAGONIST

It’s empty.

 

BARBARA

Aim it.

 

BARBARA

Check the magazine.

 

PROTAGONIST

How?

 

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BARBARA

One of these bullets is like us, traveling forwards through time.

The other one’s going backwards. Can tell which is which?

 

How about now?

 

It’s inverted. Its entropy runs backwards.

So to our eyes, its movement is reversed.

 

We think it’s a type of inverse radiation triggered by nuclear fission.

 

PROTAGONIST

You didn’t make it?

 

BARBARA

No we don’t know how yet.

 

PROTAGONIST

So where’d it come from?

 

BARBARA

Someone’s manufacturing them in the future.

They’re streaming back to us. Try it.

 

BARBARA

You have to have dropped it.

 

PROTAGONIST

How can it move before I touch it?

 

BARBARA

From your point of view, you caught it.

But from the bullet’s point of view, you dropped it.

 

PROTAGONIST

But cause comes before effect.

 

BARBARA

No. That’s just the way we see time.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well what about free will?

 

BARBARA

That bullet would have never have moved if you hadn’t put your hand there.

Either way we run the tape, you made it happen.

 

Don’t try to understand it. Feel it.

 

PROTAGONIST

Instinct.

Got it.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Why does it feel so strange?

 

BARBARA

You’re not shooting the bullet…

You’re catching it.

 

PROTAGONIST

Whoa.

I’ve seen this type of ammunition before.

 

BARBARA

In the field?

 

PROTAGONIST

I was almost hit.

 

BARBARA

Then you were exceedingly lucky.

 

An inverted bullet passing through your body would be devastating.

Not pretty.

 

PROTAGONIST

These look like todays.

 

BARBARA

They’ve only been made today and inverted years from now.

 

PROTAGONIST

Where did you get them?

 

BARBARA

Came with the wall.

I was assigned it, like all the material I’m studying here.

 

PROTAGONIST

Do you have an analysis on the metals?

 

BARBARA

Sure. Why?

 

PROTAGONIST

The mixture of alloys can tell me where they have might have been made.

Look… I’m not seeing Armageddon here.

 

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BARBARA

The bullet may not seem like much but it’s a simple machine.

Lead bullet, brass casing, gunpowder.

 

If they can invert that, I see no reason they couldn’t invert pretty much anything.

Even a nuclear weapon can only affect our future.

 

An inverted weapon might be able to affect our past as well.

 

Now that we know what to look for,

we’re finding more and more inverted material.

 

Remnants of complex objects.

 

PROTAGONIST

What do you think we’re seeing?

 

BARBARA

The detritus of a coming war.

 

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MAN ON PHONE

Yup?

 

PROTAGONIST

We live in a twilight world.

 

MAN ON PHONE

No friends at dusk.

Was told you'd left the building.

 

PROTAGONIST

Even the dead need allies.

 

MAN ON PHONE

Specifically?

 

PROTAGONIST

I need an assist in Mumbai, I need to get to Sanjay Singh.

 

MAN ON PHONE

Singh? He never leaves his house, and his house is umm… his house.

 

PROTAGONIST

Yes it is. I’m looking right at it.

 

MAN ON PHONE

I’ll see who’s on deck.

Bombay Yacht Club in two hours.

 

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NEIL

It seems you need an introduction to a prominent Mumbai local on short notice.

 

I’m Neil.

 

PROTAGONIST

I need an audience with Sanjay Singh.

 

NEIL

That’s not possible.

 

PROTAGONIST

Ten minutes, tops.

 

NEIL

Time isn’t the problem. Getting out alive is the problem.

 

Would you take a child hostage? A woman?

 

PROTAGONIST

If I had to. I’m not looking to make much noise here.

 

WAITER

Yes?

 

NEIL

Vodka tonic…  and a diet Coke.

 

What? You never drink on the job.

 

PROTAGONIST

You’re well informed.

 

NEIL

Ah. It pays to be in our profession.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well I prefer soda water.

 

NEIL

No you don’t. How’s your parachuting?

 

PROTAGONIST

I broke an ankle during basic training.

Singh’s house isn’t tall enough to parachute off of.

 

NEIL

It’s bungee jumpable.

 

PROTAGONIST

I don’t think “bungee jumpable” is a word.

 

NEIL

It may not be a word but it may be our only way out of that place.

Or in to it, for that matter.

 

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PRIYA

I know you’re tired. So am I.

 

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PRIYA

Hey!

 

PROTAGONIST

Stay back.

I was almost taken out by a very unusual type of ammunition in Ukraine.

I want to know who supplied it.

 

SANJAY SINGH

My name is Sanjay.

And you are? No chit-chat?

 

PROTAGONIST

There’s no one at the other end.

No one who’s gonna help you anyway.

 

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NEIL

Don’t let it get cold.

 

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SANJAY SINGH

Why should I know who supplied it?

 

PROTAGONIST

The combination of metals is unique to India.

If it’s from India, it’s from you.

 

SANJAY SINGH

Fine assumption.

 

PROTAGONIST

Deduction.

 

SANJAY SINGH

Deduction then.

 

Look, my friend.

Guns are never conducive to a productive negotiation.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m not the man they send in to negotiate.

Or the man they send to make deals. But I am the man people talk to.

 

SANJAY SINGH

I can’t… I can’t tell you.

 

PROTAGONIST

You’re an arms dealer, friend.

This may be the easiest trigger I’ve ever had to pull.

 

PRIYA

To say anything about a client would violate the tenets he lives by.

 

PROTAGONIST

If tenets are important to you, then you can tell me.

Everything.

 

PRIYA

Not while you have a gun to my husband’s head.

Sanjay, make a drink for our guest please.

 

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PRIYA

Cheers. Priya.

 

PROTAGONIST

This is your operation.

 

PRIYA

A masculine front in a man’s world has its uses.

The dealer you are looking for is Andrei Sator.

 

PROTAGONIST

The Russian oligarch.

 

PRIYA

Do you know him?

 

PROTAGONIST

Not personally. Made his billions in gas.

Moved to London, said to be on the outs with Moscow.

 

PRIYA

Very good.

Except the gas he made his billions from was actually plutonium.

 

PROTAGONIST

None of which explains how or why you sold him inverted munitions?

 

PRIYA

When I sold him the arms they were perfectly ordinary.

 

PROTAGONIST

So how did he get them inverted?

 

PRIYA

We believe he’s functioning as some sort of a broker.

Between our time and the future.

 

PROTAGONIST

He can communicate with the future?

 

PRIYA

We all do, don’t we. Emails, credit cards, texts.

Anything that goes into the records speaks directly to the future.

The question is, can the future speak back?

 

PROTAGONIST

And I’m supposed to find out?

 

PRIYA

To get anywhere near Sator would take a fresh-faced fresh protagonist.

And you are fresh as a daisy.

 

Get close, find out what his receiving and how.

 

PROTAGONIST

Is it safe to involve British Intelligence?

 

PRIYA

I have a contact, who’s out of Sator’s reach.

 

PRIYA

You must have had a plan for getting out.

 

PROTAGONIST

Not one I love.

 

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MAÎTRE D'

May I help you sir.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m Mr. Crosby’s lunch.

 

MAÎTRE D'

I presume you mean “Sir” Michael Crosby’s lunch.

 

PROTAGONIST

Presume away.

 

MAÎTRE D'

If you’ll follow me.

 

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MICHAEL CROSBY

Started without you. Hope you don’t mind.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’ll catch up.

 

Same for me, please.

 

MAÎTRE D'

I’ll send the waiter.

 

PROTAGONIST

No, just pass on the order.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

I gather you have an interest in a certain Russian national.

 

PROTAGONIST

Anglo-Russian, so I have to watch my step.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Indeed, he’s tapped in to the intelligence services.

I’ve warned them his feeding them rubbish, but…

they don’t seem to care.

 

PROTAGONIST

Tell me about him.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

I assume you’re familiar with the Soviet-era secret cities.

 

PROTAGONIST

Closed cities, not shown on maps. Built around sensitive industries.

Most of them have been opened up and renamed as regular towns.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Not the one Sator grew up in. Stalsk 12.

In the seventies it had a population of about 200,000.

Thought to be abandoned.

 

PROTAGONIST

Abandoned?

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Some kind of accident. After which it was used for underground tests.

 

Two weeks ago, same day as the Kiev opera siege,

we spotted a detonation in northern Siberia just where Stalsk 12 was.

 

Sator emerged from this blackspot on the map…

with ambition and enough money to buy his way into the British establishment.

 

PROTAGONIST

Through his wife?

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Katherine Barton. Eldest niece of Sir Fredrick Barton.

She works at Shipley’s. Met Sator at an auction.

 

PROTAGONIST

And happy marriage?

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Practically estranged.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well how do I get to Sator?

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Through her, of course.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well, you may have an inflated idea of my powers of seduction.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Hardly. We have an ace in the hole.

 

PROTAGONIST

You’re carrying a Goya in a Harrods bag?

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

It’s a fake by a Spaniard named Arepo.

One of the two we confiscated from an embezzler in Bern.

 

PROTAGONIST

What happened to the other one?

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

It turned up at Shipley’s. Authenticated by Katherine Barton.

Put on auction, and who do you think bought it?

 

PROTAGONIST

Her husband? Does she know it’s a forgery?

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Oh, it’s hard to say. Rumor has it, that she and Arepo were close.

 

PROTAGONIST

Uh huh.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Look, no offence…

but in this world where someone is claiming to be a billionaire…

Brooks Brothers won’t cut it.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m assuming I’m on a budget.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Save the world, then we’ll balance the books.

Can I recommend a tailor?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’ll manage.

You British do not have a monopoly on snobbery you know.

 

MICHAEL CROSBY

Well, not a monopoly.

More of a controlling interest.

 

PROTAGONIST

Can you box that up for me?

 

MAÎTRE D'

Certainly not.

 

PROTAGONIST

Goodbye, Sir Michael.

 

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RECEPTION

How can I help sir?

 

KAT

Sorry, I wasn’t notified of any appointments.

Mister…?

 

PROTAGONIST

Goya.

 

KAT

Mr. Goya?

 

PROTAGONIST

No, I’m told you’re the person to see about Goya.

 

KAT

That’s extraordinary.

 

PROTAGONIST

What’s it worth?

 

KAT

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

 

Lots of work to do before any kind of valuation.

Provenance, microscopic examination, x-rays…

 

PROTAGONIST

But what does your heart tell you?

 

KAT

So where did you say you acquired this drawing?

 

PROTAGONIST

Tomas Arepo.

 

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PROTAGONIST

I bought my Goya for cents on the dollar from an irate Swiss banker.

 

Traced it back to Arepo and then realized I’d scored a bargain,

when he told me who paid top dollar for another of his pictures.

Your husband.

 

KAT

Where's your bargain.

Your drawing’s an obvious fake.

 

PROTAGONIST

My drawing’s a very good fake.

You know that better than anyone.

The information is the bargain.

 

KAT

The information that I helped defraud my own husband?

 

PROTAGONIST

He and I are in related businesses, but he’s a very hard man to meet.

If you and I were to make an arrangement…

 

KAT

An arrangement? You mean blackmail?

You can’t be afraid of the word. My husband isn’t.

 

I’m sorry to tell you he got there first.

 

PROTAGONIST

He knows, and he’s never done anything about it?

 

KAT

Why would he?

 

PROTAGONIST

He paid 9 million dollars for it.

 

KAT

Would barely cover the cost of the holiday he just forced us on.

 

PROTAGONIST

Where’d you go? Mars?

 

KAT

Vietnam, on our yacht. His yacht.

 

You’ve got the suit. The shoes, the watch.

But I think you’re a little out of your depth.

 

PROTAGONIST

People who’ve amassed fortunes like your husband’s,

generally aren’t ok with being cheated out of any of it.

 

KAT

The drawing is his hold over me.

He threatened me with police. Prison. The works.

 

He controls me. My contact with my son. Everything.

Leaving would never have been easy but now it is impossible.

 

You can’t fight. Just beg.

 

In Vietnam I tried to love him again.

I thought if there was love there he might give me my son back.

 

We sat, on that bloody boat watching the sunsets,

imitated some earlier time in our lives.

 

He seemed happy, so I asked him, and he made me an offer.

He’d let me go, if I agreed never to see my son again.

 

I expressed myself, and took Max ashore. He called us, contrite.

And when we got back I glimpsed some other woman diving off the boat,

and he'd vanished.

 

I’ve never felt such envy.

 

PROTAGONIST

You don’t seem the jealous type.

 

KAT

Of her freedom. You know how I dream of just diving off that boat.

 

PROTAGONIST

But you share a son.

 

KAT

That’s my life now.

 

PROTAGONIST

Did you know that the drawing was a fake?

 

KAT

No. Tomas and I became close, maybe too close. I failed.

Andrei can’t conceive of failure. Only betrayal.

But I didn’t betray my husband. In retrospect maybe I missed my chance.

 

PROTAGONIST

And he let Arepo walk free?

 

KAT

If you’d actually met Arepo as you claimed,

you’d understand that he no longer walks… anywhere.

 

PROTAGONIST

We spoke on the phone.

 

KAT

He can’t do that either.

 

PROTAGONIST

Where’s the drawing?

 

KAT

Why?

 

PROTAGONIST

Get me an introduction. I’ll take the drawing out of the equation.

No picture, no prosecution, no more hold over you.

 

I might just be your second chance.

 

KAT

I don’t need redemption.

 

PROTAGONIST

At betrayal.

 

PROTAGONIST

Friends of your husband’s?

You knew this was going to happen?

 

KAT

Don’t worry, they won’t kill you.

Andrei dislikes tangling with local law enforcement on that level.

 

PROTAGONIST

You must have really not liked the look of me.

 

KAT

The look of you is fine.

It’s best to get to the nasty part before I care, one way or the other.

 

PROTAGONIST

There’s a number in your left coat pocket, don’t call from home.

 

KAT

You won’t be taking my call.

 

PROTAGONIST

I might surprise you.

 

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PROTAGONIST

I ordered my hot sauce an hour ago.

 

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KAT

Can we get going?

 

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KAT

Please!

 

DRIVER

He wants you to see it.

 

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DRIVER

And he gets what he wants.

 

KAT

Not always, apparently.

 

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MAX

Anna says we’re going to Pompeii and see lava.

 

KAT

We will, we’ll go together. I’ll be there too.

 

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PROTAGONIST

I told you I’d surprise you.

He’s a cute kid.

 

KAT

He’s everything.

 

PROTAGONIST

Where’s the drawing?

 

KAT

Oslo, at the airport.

 

PROTAGONIST

The airport?

 

KAT

Do you know what a Freeport is?

 

PROTAGONIST

A storage facility for art that was acquired…

 

KAT

But not yet taxed. We started a network.

 

Rotas, his construction company, built them. I brought in the clients.

The facilities are tax havens.

 

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PROTAGONIST

The clients can view their investments without importing them,

so they avoid paying tax.

 

NEIL

So it’s sort of like a transit lounge for art?

 

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KAT

Art, antiques. Anything of value really.

 

PROTAGONIST

Anything?

 

KAT

Anything legal.

 

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PROTAGONIST

But it’s not unlike the Swiss banking system. Opaque.

 

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FREEPORT BROKER

As I’m sure you are aware, most Freeport’s are just warehouses,

but here we ensure that you can truly enjoy…

 

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KAT

Rotas has assets in the Oslo Freeport. I’m guessing it’s there.

 

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FREEPORT BROKER

And this way to the vaults.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Guessing?

 

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NEIL

Guessing?

 

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KAT

We make trips there four, five times a year.

 

PROTAGONIST

To view art?

 

KAT

And whatever it is he does.

Turns out art’s of no importance to Andrei.

 

PROTAGONIST

But the Freeport’s are.

 

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FREEPORT BROKER

The structure of the vaults is based on the Pentagon.

Each vault a separate structure within the other.

Damage to one structure won’t compromise the other.

Some customers choose biometric access control.

You can go straight in… off the tarmac.

 

NEIL

From the terminal?

 

FREEPORT BROKER

From their private planes.

 

NEIL

Of course.

 

FREEPORT BROKER

Our logistics department ships to and from any other

Freeport in the world without customs inspection.

 

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NEIL

What are you hoping to find in there?

 

PROTAGONIST

Do you really want to know?

 

NEIL

I’m not sure.

 

PROTAGONIST

Bring some lead-lined gloves.

 

NEIL

Jesus. It’s nuclear.

 

PROTAGONIST

When you’re on the tour, pay attention to the fire precautions.

 

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NEIL

Documents are vulnerable to…

 

FREEPORT BROKER

Fire? Absolutely!

 

NEIL

I was going to say, water damage from the sprinkler systems.

 

FREEPORT BROKER

We don’t use sprinklers.

 

The facility is flooded with Halide gas,

displacing all the air within seconds.

 

NEIL

Can you show me?

 

FREEPORT BROKER

Well if I did, we’d suffocated.

 

NEIL

What about the staff?

 

FREEPORT BROKER

Halide only fills the vaults, they just have to get into either corridor,

and there is a 10 second warning.

 

NEIL

At least you give them 10 seconds.

 

FREEPORT BROKER

Haha-ha. Well sir, our clients use us…

because we have no priorities, above their property.

 

NEIL

Blimey.

 

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NEIL

Vault doors are fireproof. Hydraulic closers, simple key and electronic triggers.

Surprisingly easy once there’s a locked down.

 

PROTAGONIST

Why a locked down?

 

NEIL

Power switches to failsafe, sealing the outer doors.

But the inner doors revert to factory settings.

 

And pickable locks, its child’s play really.

 

PROTAGONIST

Child’s play? They're inside airport security.

They have to worry about climate control, not armed raids.

 

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NEIL

So how do we get enough firepower through the perimeter

to trip their lockdown procedure?

 

Back wall of the Freeport.

 

PROTAGONIST

You’ve got something?

 

NEIL

You’re not gonna like it.

 

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PROTAGONIST

You want to crash a plane?

 

NEIL

Not from the air, not so dramatic.

I want to run a jet off the taxi way,

breach the rear wall, start a fire.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well how big a plane?

 

NEIL

Well… that part is a “little” dramatic.

 

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NEIL

This is Mahir. His team will work the plane.

 

PROTAGONIST

There can’t be passengers.

 

MAHIR

Norsk Freight. They use the hangar on the west side of the Freeport.

 

PROTAGONIST

You want to crash a transport plane? What about the crew?

 

MAHIR

We'll pop the slides, chuck ‘em off.

 

PROTAGONIST

On the move?

 

MAHIR

What’s the problem, they’ll be fine.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well it seems… bold.

 

MAHIR

“Bold” I’m fine with. I thought you were gonna say “nuts”.

 

PROTAGONIST

And if you get caught?

 

MAHIR

We won’t.

 

PROTAGONIST

And if you do?

 

MAHIR

Everyone assumes terrorism, but no one’s died, so…

a swift extradition and lost in the system. It’ll barely make the news.

 

NEIL

That’ll all depends on the size of the explosion.

 

MAHIR

Well actually the gold bars might get some play.

 

PROTAGONIST

Gold bars?

 

NEIL

Norsk Freight ships treasury gold once a month.

 

MAHIR

Blow the back, drop it out on the runway.

 

NEIL

No one will be looking at the building. I guarantee you.

 

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PROTAGONIST

The space at the centre of the pentagon is too big.

There’s something there. I can’t figure it out, it’s just not marked.

 

MAHIR

It’s 45 seconds.

 

NEIL

Ample.

 

MAHIR

Won’t you be running?

 

Alright, it’s your turn. Start packing.

 

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FREEPORT BROKER

Gentlemen, if you would, through the detector please.

 

Sir. And Sir.

 

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FREEPORT BROKER

Can I offer you perhaps a coffee? A water?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’ll take an espresso.

 

FREEPORT BROKER

Sir?

 

NEIL

No thanks.

 

FREEPORT BROKER

Excellent.

 

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MAHIR

Is everybody on this plane vegetarian? Cause all I got here is vegetarian.

 

So that, looks like meat, but, I think that looks vegetarian.

I think they both look vegetarian, I don’t know. Okay.

 

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FREEPORT BROKER

This way, gentlemen.

 

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FREEPORT BROKER

Gentlemen, you’re central compartment…

 

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MAHIR

Carry on. Not the radio.

 

Let’s go.

 

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NEIL

Yoga.

 

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MAHIR PARTNER

Let’s go! Now!

 

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NEIL

You said ten seconds, right?

 

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NEIL

There’s someone in here with us.

 

NEIL

Need a hand?

 

PROTAGONIST

Actually, yes.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Don’t touch them!

 

NEIL

What the hell happened here?

 

PROTAGONIST

It hasn’t happened yet.

 

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NEIL

Don’t kill him!

We need to know if we've been compromised.

 

PROTAGONIST

Why are you here? Who are you?

How’d you know we’d be here?

 

NEIL

We need to go.

 

PROTAGONIST

What happened to the other guy?

 

NEIL

I took care of him.

 

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NEIL

Well I’ve seen too much.

I’m still alive, which must mean you’ve decided to trust me.

 

PROTAGONIST

Or maybe I lost my edge?

 

NEIL

You’re edge is still intact.

 

PROTAGONIST

There’s a Cold War.

 

NEIL

Nuclear?

 

PROTAGONIST

Temporal.

 

NEIL

Time travel?

 

PROTAGONIST

No.

Technology that can invert an object’s entropy.

 

NEIL

You mean reverse chronology.

Like Feynman and Wheeler’s notion that

a positron is an electron moving backwards in time.

 

PROTAGONIST

Sure, that’s exactly what I mean.

 

NEIL

I have a masters in physics.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well try and keep up.

 

NEIL

I mean the implications of this, are…

 

PROTAGONIST

Beyond secret.

 

NEIL

Then why'd you bring me in?

 

PROTAGONIST

I thought we’d find a drawing and a couple boxes of bullets.

 

NEIL

You were as surprised as I was.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m going back to Mumbai to get some answers.

 

I’ll set you up as a go between, but remember to you…

it’s all about plutonium. Or when we’re done, they’ll kill you.

 

NEIL

Won’t you have to do that anyway?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’d rather it be my decision.

 

NEIL

So would I… I think.

 

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PRIYA

Your work?

What did you find in the vaults?

 

PROTAGONIST

Two antagonists. One inverted.

We took out the regular one, but the inverted one got away.

 

PRIYA

Both emerged at the same moment?

 

PROTAGONIST

Yeah.

 

PRIYA

They were the same person.

Sator has built a turnstile in that vault.

 

PROTAGONIST

A turnstile?

 

PRIYA

A machine… for inverting.

 

PROTAGONIST

You told me that technology hasn’t been invented yet.

 

PRIYA

It hasn’t, he’s been given it by the future.

 

PROTAGONIST

For what?

 

PRIYA

You have the best chance of finding out.

 

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PRIYA

Have you met him?

 

PROTAGONIST

I was close.

 

PRIYA

What if you have something… he needs?

 

PROTAGONIST

Such as?

 

PRIYA

Plutonium-241.

Sator tried to lift the only used 241 from under the CIA team at the opera siege in Kiev.

He got the team. Not the 241.

 

PROTAGONIST

Who did?

 

PRIYA

Ukrainian security services.

It’s moving to Tallinn in a week.

 

PROTAGONIST

Helping an arms dealer steal weapons-grade plutonium is unacceptable, Priya.

I’m just gonna take him out.

 

PRIYA

No, no, no, no. No, Sator has to stay alive.

 

He has to stay alive until we know his part in things.

Manage the situation, without losing control of the 241.

 

PROTAGONIST

It’s too dangerous.

 

PRIYA

A terrorist bomb, even one that can kill millions,

is nothing compared to what could happen if you don’t stop Sator.

 

PROTAGONIST

From doing what?

 

PRIYA

We… have been attacked by the future.

And Sator’s helping. We have to find out how.

 

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KAT

I saw the news from Oslo.

Do you have the drawing?

 

PROTAGONIST

You don’t have to worry about it anymore.

 

KAT

You destroyed it?

 

PROTAGONIST

I didn’t think you’d want it back.

 

KAT

Does he know?

 

PROTAGONIST

Not yet. So sit tight.

 

KAT

Sit tight?

Every day my son spends with that monster,

he thinks a little less of me.

 

PROTAGONIST

It won’t be long. In the meantime, introduce him.

 

KAT

As what?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m a former First Secretary from the American Embassy in Riyadh.

We met at a party last June.

 

KAT

We were at a party in Riyadh, but I don’t think it was in June.

 

PROTAGONIST

June 29. 7 for 7:30.

Salmon was on the printed menu, swapped for sea bass on the night.

Sator left early, that’s when we met. I came into Shipley’s in London.

You ran into me here, and wanted to show me your yacht.

 

KAT

He’ll think we’re having an affair.

 

PROTAGONIST

And he’ll want to meet me.

 

KAT

Or have you killed.

 

PROTAGONIST

Let me worry about that.

 

KAT

Did I look worried?

 

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KAT

Sleeps 70 with crew.

Two helicopters. Missile defenses.

 

PROTAGONIST

Afraid of pirates?

 

KAT

Andrei loves playing one government off the other.

The day they turn, that’s his refuge.

 

PROTAGONIST

May I join you?

 

KAT

Not sure Volkov taking passengers just now.

 

PROTAGONIST

Then we’ll take mine.

 

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KAT

Max?

 

SATOR

Who’s the American?

 

KAT

He’s a friend.

 

SATOR

The man from Shipley’s.

 

KAT

Who you tried to have beaten up.


SATOR

I ask again. Who is he?

 

KAT

We met in Riyadh last June at the American Embassy.

 

SATOR

Good with fists for a diplomat.

 

KAT

Paranoia is your department, Andrei.

He seems nice. I invited him to the dinner.

 

KAT

Max?

 

SATOR

He’s visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum.

 

KAT

You just sent him off?

I promised him I’d go with him.

 

SATOR

I explained you were busy. With your friend.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Hey! Easy fella.

Where I'm from, you buy me dinner first.

 

PROTAGONIST

Mr. Sator.

 

SATOR

Don’t bother.

Just tell me if you’ve slept with my wife yet.

 

PROTAGONIST

Uh, no. Not yet.

 

SATOR

How would you like to die?

 

PROTAGONIST

Old.

 

SATOR

You chose the wrong profession.

 

There is a walled garden up the road.

We’re going to take you and cut your throat.

 

Not across, in the middle like a hole.

 

Then we take your balls and we stuff them in the cut,

block the windpipe.

 

PROTAGONIST

Complex.

 

SATOR

It’s very gratifying to watch a man you don’t like…

try to pull his own balls out of his throat before he chokes.

 

PROTAGONIST

Is this is how you treat all your guests?

 

SATOR

We’re finished.

 

PROTAGONIST

Do you like opera?

 

SATOR

What?

 

PROTAGONIST

Not here.

 

SATOR

You sail?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’ve messed around on boats.

 

SATOR

Be on the dock at 8 ready to do more than mess around.

 

PROTAGONIST

8 am.

 

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KAT

Max missed too much school this year.

I’m taking him back to England.

School won’t be ok with him missing so much.

 

SATOR

Yes, they will.

 

KAT

Can I finish? You bought the trappings of a king.

 

But we both know you’re a grubby little man playing power games…

with a wife that doesn’t love you anymore.

 

SATOR

You seem… spirited today.

 

KAT

Do I?

 

SATOR

Yes you do.

 

SATOR

Were you worried it had been destroyed?

Rest assured instinct told me to remove it from the vault.

 

I’ve always had instincts about the future.

That’s how I built this life you no longer value.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Sailing or diving?

 

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KAT

Right glide!

 

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SATOR

What do you know about opera?

 

PROTAGONIST

In 2008, a remote Russian missile station

was overwhelmed and held for a week.

 

When the station was retaken,

241 on one warhead was three-quarters of a kilo lighter.

 

PROTAGONIST

The missing 241… surfaced at the Opera House siege in Kiev on the 14th.

 

KAT

Coming about!

 

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SATOR

What do you propose?

 

PROTAGONIST

Partnership.

 

SATOR

I wouldn’t partner with you.

You can take care of yourself. You have no record.

 

PROTAGONIST

Someone in the arms trade with training,

who covers his tracks? Not that shocking.

 

SATOR

For an intelligence agent.

 

KAT

Right!

 

KAT

Burn in hell, Andrei!

 

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KAT

You can’t jibe a boat like this!

 

PROTAGONIST

You can if you have to!

 

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KAT

Why didn’t you let him drown?

 

PROTAGONIST

I need him.

 

KAT

To sell guns?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m not who you think I am.

 

KAT

Of that I know. He showed me the drawing.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m sorry. I had to get close to him.

I don’t know what you think your husband does…

 

KAT

Oh we both know he’s an arms dealer.

 

PROTAGONIST

He’s so much more.

 

KAT

What, then?

 

PROTAGONIST

Andrei Sator holds all of our lives in his hands. Not just yours.

 

VOLKOV

Mr. Sator wants to see you.

 

PROTAGONIST

Okay.

 

VOLKOV

Now.

 

PROTAGONIST

Uhh… he wants to see me without pants?

 

PROTAGONIST

Trust me.

 

KAT

Save it. I’m not falling for it twice.

 

PROTAGONIST

You have a better option?

 

KAT

Whatever it takes to get what you want.

Not a second's thought for me or my son.

 

What do you think he’s going to do to me now?

 

PROTAGONIST

Try not to use it. On anyone.

 

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SATOR

Enough.

 

SATOR

See? Pulse of a man half my age.

 

Drink with me.

It seems I now owe you my life.

 

PROTAGONIST

It's nothing.

 

SATOR

My life is not nothing.

And I don’t like to be in debt.

 

PROTAGONIST

Then pay me. No retribution against your wife.

 

SATOR

You think she released my harness?

Hmm. It was my own mistake.

 

PROTAGONIST

Then help me steal the 241.

I need resources, it’s weapons-grade plutonium.

That means special handling, containment facilities.

 

SATOR

I know what it means.

You lecture me about radiation?

 

Andrei Sator.

Digging plutonium from the rubble of my city as a teenager.

 

PROTAGONIST

Where?

 

SATOR

Stalsk 12. My home.

 

One pod of a warhead exploded at ground level, scattering the others.

They needed people to find the plutonium.

 

It became my first contract. Nobody else even bid,

they thought it was a death sentence.

 

But… one man’s probability of death…

is another man’s possibility for a life.

 

I staked my claim in the new Russia.

Even now, my company’s the only one to operate in the ruins.

 

PROTAGONIST

The 241 is being transported through Northern Europe.

On its way to the long-term nuclear storage depot in Trieste.

 

I’m told you have resources in Tallinn.

 

SATOR

Stay with us tonight. I insist.

 

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KAT

What do you want?

 

SATOR

We’re going to talk about today.

 

KAT

No we’re not.

 

SATOR

No? We’ll see.

 

KAT

Don’t think for a second you can treat me

like you treat your other women.

 

SATOR

And uh… how do you imagine…

I treat these other women, huh?

Do you think I force them into conversation?

 

You want to be quiet, fine.

You can bite down on that.

 

KAT

Even a soul as blank and brittle as yours needs a response.

Is fear and pain enough, Andrei? It’s all I have to offer you.

 

SATOR

Well then, it’ll have to do then.

 

KAT

Why didn’t you just let me go?

 

SATOR

Because… if I can’t have you…

no one else can.

 

KAT

And if you touch me, I scream so loud he hears.

 

SATOR

You think I’ll let him interfere?

 

KAT

If he tried, you’d have to kill him.

End of deal. So you leave me alone.

 

SATOR

Not now!

 

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SATOR

98. Not bad for such exertion.

 

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VOLKOV

He was at the window.

 

PROTAGONIST

I was curious.

 

SATOR

My property should not concern you.

 

Who are you?

How you come by your information about the opera?

 

PROTAGONIST

You wouldn’t do business with someone who wasn’t savvy enough to be recruited.

Hell the CIA provides 2/3rds of the market for fissile material.

 

SATOR

They’re usually buying, not selling.

But we do live in a twilight world.

 

PROTAGONIST

Is that Whitman? Pretty.

 

SATOR

Next warning is a bullet in the brain.

 

PROTAGONIST

No balls in my throat?

 

SATOR

There will be no time for such things.

 

In Tallinn. You make your way there.

I want Volkov on your team.

 

PROTAGONIST

No.

I spring the material. You pay me off.

Your wife does the exchange.

 

SATOR

I never involve her in my business.

 

PROTAGONIST

Yeah that’s why I trust her.

 

SATOR

Put him ashore.

 

PROTAGONIST

How do I contact you?

 

SATOR

You don’t.

 

PROTAGONIST

How do you advance me the funds?

 

SATOR

Handle the plutonium better than that.

 

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PROTAGONIST

What did you find on the gold?

 

NEIL

No franks, no mould marks. Nothing. How?

 

PROTAGONIST

Dead-drops.

He buries his time capsule, transmits the location…

then digs it up to collect the inverted materials they send.

 

NEIL

Seemingly instantaneous.

Where’s he bury it?

 

PROTAGONIST

Some place that won’t be discovered for centuries.

What’d the soil samples show?

 

NEIL

Northern Europe, Asia.

Radioactive.

 

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SATOR

Everything salvaged from Oslo has been shipped here.

 

KAT

Why am I here?

 

SATOR

I don’t trust anyone else to assess the pieces.

 

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PROTAGONIST

High convoy through downtown, what’s the thinking?

 

NEIL

A crowded, unpredictable traffic patterns.

It’s almost impossible to plan an ambush.

 

PROTAGONIST

They have a point.

Is the convoy monitored from the air?

 

NEIL

Tracked by GPS.

One wrong turn, in come the cavalry.

 

PROTAGONIST

We need big guns.

Guns that make the point without being fired.

 

We need a fast car that doesn’t look fast.

Four different vehicles. All different.

A bus, coach, an eighteen wheeler.

One of them has to be a fire truck.

 

Most of all we have to set this up with nothing in the record.

Nothing electronic. No nothing paper.

 

I don’t want Sator ambushing us once we’ve sprung the material.

His ignorance is our only protection.

 

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SATOR

You see, Kat? Some of my favorites.

Singed, but ah, salvageable, wouldn’t you say?

 

KAT

It’s not my area of expertise.

 

SATOR

Ah that’s right.

You would never have anything to do with such things.

But this is where our worlds collide.

 

KAT

What is this, Andrei?

 

SATOR

You know perfectly well what it is, Kat.

 

The filthy business…

That put those clothes on your back, and our boy in his school.

But you thought you could negotiate your way around it.

 

GUARD (IN RUSSIAN)

[The convoy’s in ten minutes]

 

SATOR

We’ve got to go.

 

KAT

I’m not going anywhere with him.

 

SATOR

Look at me!

And understand… you don’t negotiate with a tiger.

 

You admire the tiger. Until it turns on you...

and you feel its true, fucking, nature!

 

KAT

Don’t.

You stay right there.

 

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NEIL

Green, two minutes.

 

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SATOR

You’re not going to kill me.

 

KAT

I already tried.

 

SATOR

You pushed me off a boat,

you are not going to shoot me in cold blood.

 

KAT

My blood’s not cold, Andrei.

 

SATOR

No, but you’re not angry enough.

Because anger scars over into despair.

 

I look in your eyes… I see despair.

 

SATOR

Vengeful bitch! Living off me!

Thinking that you’re better! Enough!

 

SATOR

Tell me everything as it happens.

Seal me in this side.

 

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NEIL

Yellow, 60 seconds.

 

YELLOW PASSENGER

60, check.

 

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NEIL

Blue, 45 seconds.

 

BLUE PASSENGER

Blue, 45, check.

 

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NEIL

Okay, Red. We are coming to you.

 

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VOLKOV

The transport vehicles are in place.

 

SATOR

Watch everything.

Give me all the details.

 

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NEIL

Alight, about set?

In Five. Four. Three. Two. One.

 

BLUE VEHICLE PASSENGER

Now, Yellow!

 

241 CONVOY VEHICLE

[We have a problem!]

[We need reinforcement! Shit!]

 

241 VEHICLE

[The radio is down!]

 

241 RADIO OPERATOR

[Are they still in motion?]

[Yep] [-OK]

 

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PROTAGONIST

Check the radio chatter.

 

I’ve seen samples of encapsulation in every weapons class.

This is not one of them.

 

NEIL

That’s what he’s after.


NEIL

I can’t understand this.

 

THE PROTAGONIST

You said you spoke Estonian!

 

NEIL

It’s not Estonian. It’s backwards.

 

NEIL

What the hell is that?

 

PROTAGONIST

Go, go, go, go!

 

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NEIL

Don’t give it to him.

 

PROTAGONIST

This isn’t plutonium.

 

NEIL

It’s worse than that goddamnit!

 

NEIL

He’s getting away.

 

PROTAGONIST

He left her in the car!

I’m going for her! Go, go, go, go, go!

 

PROTAGONIST

Pull up along side.

Come on, come on. Closer!

 

PROTAGONIST

Keep it steady! Keep it steady!

 

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NEIL

Just sit tight. Sit tight, I’m calling in the cavalry.

 

PROTAGONIST

What cavalry?

 

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SATOR

If you are not telling the truth, she dies.

 

PROTAGONIST

I don’t know what you’re talking about.

 

SATOR

You left it in the car, not the firetruck, right?

 

PROTAGONIST

Who told you that?

 

SATOR

Tell me now, is it really in the BMW.

 

PROTAGONIST

I don’t know.

 

SATOR

Tell me or I’ll shoot her again.

 

PROTAGONIST

Leave her alone!

 

SATOR

I don’t have time to negotiate.

 

PROTAGONIST

Listen to me.

 

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SATOR

Three.

 

PROTAGONIST

I can help you.

 

SATOR

Two.

 

PROTAGONIST

Don’t!

 

SATOR

One.

 

SATOR

Next time’s a bullet to the head.

 

PROTAGONIST

No!

 

SATOR

One, two, three.

 

PROTAGONIST

Okay! Okay.

The car. The BMW. I left it in the BMW.

 

SATOR

We’re going to check this is real.

 

PROTAGONIST

It’s in the glove box!

 

SATOR

Where did you leave it?

In the car or fire truck, which one?

 

Which vehicle did you leave it in,

I need to know before I go out there.

 

PROTAGONIST

I already told you.

 

SATOR

I believe you.

You wanted her here?

I hope you’ll be happy.

 

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WHEELER

Clear!

 

IVES

Wheeler, we’ll have to check the other side.

 

WHEELER

You two!

 

PROTAGONIST

Where did he go?

 

IVES

The past.

 

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PROTAGONIST

It’s in the glove box!

 

SATOR

We’re going to check this is real.

 

SATOR

Three, two, one.

 

PROTAGONIST

Okay! Okay.

 

SATOR

Next time’s a bullet to the head.

 

SATOR

One.

 

PROTAGONIST

No. No!

 

SATOR

Two, three.

 

PROTAGONIST

I can help you.

 

SATOR

I don’t have time to negotiate.

 

SATOR

Tell me or I’ll shoot her again.

 

PROTAGONIST

Leave her alone!

 

SATOR

Tell me now, is it really in the BMW.

 

PROTAGONIST

I don’t know.

 

SATOR

You left it in the car, not the firetruck, right?

 

PROTAGONIST

Who told you that?

 

SATOR

If you are not telling the truth, she dies.

 

PROTAGONIST

I don’t know what you’re talking about.

 

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WHEELER

Medic! She’s out.

 

MEDIC

Bring her back this side.

 

IVES

Was she shot with an inverted round?

 

NEIL

This is Ives. He’s one of us.

 

PROTAGONIST

“Us”? Who are these guys?

 

NEIL

Priya’s. Ours.

 

PROTAGONIST

How did Sator know about the ambush?

 

NEIL

Posterity.

An ambush in the middle of the street can’t stay out of the record.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Bullshit! He knew every move we made! Every one of them!

Somebody talked! Who was it? Was it you?

 

NEIL

No. No.

 

PROTAGONIST

At every stage, you’ve known too much.

I’m going to ask you again. Did you talk?

 

IVES

Nobody talked.

They’re running a temporal pincer movement.

 

PROTAGONIST

A what?

 

IVES

A pincer movement. But not in space, in time.

 

Half his team moves forward through the event.

He monitors them, and then attacks at the end moving backwards.

 

Knowing everything.

 

PROTAGONIST

Except for where I stashed the plutonium.

Which isn’t really plutonium, is it?

 

NEIL

I told you it was what he was after.

And you just told him where it was.

 

PROTAGONIST

I lied.

 

NEIL

Jesus, you lied about it?

 

PROTAGONIST

He couldn’t verify inside the room.

He’d have shot her anyway.

 

Lying is standard operating procedure.

 

MEDIC

It’s spread too far.

 

PROTAGONIST

Meaning what?


IVES

She’s gonna die.

 

NEIL

Standard operating procedure.

 

PROTAGONIST

Can’t, can’t you help her, can’t you do something?

 

NEIL

Can you stabilize the inverse radiation by inverting the patient?

 

IVES

It takes days.

 

PROTAGONIST

Let’s go!

 

IVES

We took control of this machine minutes ago.

Before that, it’s Sator’s.

 

PROTAGONIST

How long is she going to live on this side?

 

MEDIC

Three hours tops.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m taking her through.

I’m not gonna let her die. I’ll take my chances.

 

NEIL

There’s no way of bringing you back.

 

PROTAGONIST

We find another machine.

 

IVES

A week ago? Where?

 

PROTAGONIST

Oslo.

 

IVES

That facility is inside an airport security perimeter.

It’s impregnable.

 

NEIL

Mmm... it wasn’t last week.

 

PROTAGONIST

We’re going in.

You might as well help us.

 

IVES

This is the proving window. As you approach the turnstile,

if you don’t see yourself in the proving window,

do not enter the machine.

 

PROTAGONIST

Why not?

 

IVES

If you don’t see yourself reverse-exiting the machine,

then you ain’t getting out.

 

PROTAGONIST

Is that going to work?

 

IVES

Yeah. See for yourself.

There’s your answer. Let’s go.

 

MEDIC

She’s stabilized, slowly.

I'll clean and close. The rest is time.

 

PROTAGONIST

How long does she need?

 

MEDIC

Four or five days. A week to be sure.

 

PROTAGONIST

Neil, find a way to get us to Oslo.

I’m going back out there.

 

NEIL

To do what?

 

PROTAGONIST

To stop Sator from getting away with whatever it is I just gave him.

 

NEIL

You didn't. You lied about where it was.

Wait. You’re going out there for her.

 

PROTAGONIST

He threatened to kill her, in the past.

If he does, what happens to her here?

 

NEIL

It’s unknowable.

If you’re there to make a change,

you’re not here to observe its effect.

 

PROTAGONIST

But what do you believe?

 

NEIL

What’s happened's, happened.

We need to save her, here and now.

 

If you go back out there,

you might hand him exactly what he’s after.

 

PROTAGONIST

Don't let them take her back through there.

 

IVES

Okay you can’t stay here.

 

NEIL

And we don’t have a lot of time.

So why don’t you find us a nice, cozy shipping container,

who’s just come off the ship from Oslo.

 

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IVES

This is cowboy shit.

You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into if you go through that door.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well I’m going, so any tips would be welcome.

 

IVES

Wheeler, brief him.

 

WHEELER

You’ll need your own air.

Regular air won’t pass through the membranes of inverted lungs.

 

Number one rule: don’t come into contact with your forward self.

That’s the whole point of these barriers and protective suits.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well we don’t have time.

 

WHEELER

Well if your particles come into contact…

 

PROTAGONIST

What?

 

WHEELER

Annihilation.

 

PROTAGONIST

That would be bad, right?

 

WHEELER

When you exit the airlock, take a moment to orient yourself.

Things will feel strange.

 

When you run, the wind will be at your back.

You encounter fire, ice will form on your clothes.

The transfer of heat is reversed.

 

Gravity will feel normal, but they’re reversed for the world around you.

 

You may experience distortions in your vision and hearing.

This is normal.

 

PROTAGONIST

Can I drive a car?

 

IVES

Cowboy shit.

 

WHEELER

I can’t vouch for the handling.

Friction and wind resistance are reversed.

You are inverted. The world is not.

 

PROTAGONIST

Was the transponder on the case?


NEIL

We’ve tossed that case.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m moving backwards. It’s the ball I have to follow.

Give me the reader.

 

WHEELER

You ready?

 

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SATOR (RECORDING)

The material is not in case.

Get the other sections of the algorithm to the Hypocenter.

 

He was lying. It wasn’t in the BMW.

 

VOLKOV

So where is it?

 

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SATOR

I saw the hand-off.

You made me shoot her for nothing.

 

You did get my pulse above 130.

No one’s done that before. Not even my wife.

 

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NEIL

You left Ives and his team one hell of a clean-up.

 

The heat transfer was reversed.

You might be the first case of hypothermia from a gasoline explosion in history.

 

PROTAGONIST

At this point nothing surprises.

We’re headed back to Oslo?

 

NEIL

In a Rotas shipping container.

 

PROTAGONIST

He’s got the material, Neil.

I handed it to him on a plate.

 

NEIL

I warned you.

 

PROTAGONIST

What’s happened's, happened. I get it now.

But it’s hard to take things on trust when people’s speaking half-truths.

 

NEIL

That’s not fair.

 

PROTAGONIST

You were a part of this before we met.

Were you working for Priya?

 

NEIL

No.

 

PROTAGONIST

Who recruited you, Neil?

 

NEIL

It can’t possibly do you any good to know that right now.

 

NEIL

When this is over, and we’re still standing,

and you still care, then you can hear my life’s story, okay?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’m sorry I involved you.

 

KAT

You need to tell me what’s going on.

 

PROTAGONIST

Apparently Neil here knows more about it than I do.

Good luck pal.

 

NEIL

By telling Kat anything, we’re compromising her in Priya’s eyes.

 

PROTAGONIST

In Priya’s eyes, she’s already compromised.

She has the right to know why she might die.

 

KAT

Am I going to die?

 

PROTAGONIST

Not if we have something to say about it.

 

NEIL

And we do.

 

KAT

Who are you?

 

NEIL

Let’s start with the simplest stuff.

Every law of physics…

 

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SATOR (RECORDING)

The material is not in the case.

Get the other sections of the algorithm to the Hypocenter.

 

NEIL

You injured?

 

PROTAGONIST

What’s the algorithm?

 

NEIL

The 241 is one section of it. One out of nine. It’s a formula.

Rendered into physical form so it can’t be copied or communicated.

It’s a black box with one function.

 

PROTAGONIST

Which is?

 

NEIL

Inversion. But not objects or peoples.

The world around us.

 

KAT

I don’t understand.

 

NEIL

As they invert the entropy of more and more objects,

the two directions of time are becoming more intertwined.

 

But because the environment's entropy flows in our direction,

we dominate.

 

And we’re swimming upstream. It’s what saved your life.

The inverted explosion was pushing against the environment.

 

PROTAGONIST

Pissing in the wind.

 

NEIL

And the algorithm can change the direction of that wind.

It can invert the entropy of the world.

 

KAT

And if that happens?

 

NEIL

Oh… end of play.

 

PROTAGONIST

End of play, can you be a little more precise?

 

NEIL

Everyone and everything that has ever lived…

Destroyed. Instantly. Precise enough?

 

KAT

Including my son.

 

NEIL

The more you sleep, the faster you’ll heal.

 

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NEIL

We're on a truck.

It shouldn’t be long now.

 

PROTAGONIST

I’ve been thinking. We’re their ancestors.

If they destroyed us, won’t that destroy them?

 

NEIL

Bringing us to the grandfather paradox.

 

PROTAGONIST

The what?

 

NEIL

If you went back in time and killed your own grandfather,

how can you have been born to commit the act?

 

PROTAGONIST

What’s the answer?

 

NEIL

There’s no answer. It’s a paradox.

 

But in the future,

those in power clearly believe they can kick grandpa down the stairs,

gouge his eyes out, slit his throat… without consequence.

 

PROTAGONIST

Could they be right?

 

NEIL

It doesn’t matter. They believe it.

So they’re willing to destroy us.

 

Can I go to sleep now?

 

PROTAGONIST

No, I thought of something else.

 

NEIL

Great.

 

PROTAGONIST

This reversing the flow of time…

Doesn’t us being here now, mean it never happens?

For we stopped them?

 

NEIL

Well, optimistically I’d say that’s right.

 

PROTAGONIST

Pessimistically?

 

NEIL

In the parallel-worlds theory we can’t know the relationship

between consciousness and multiple realities.

Does your head hurt yet?

 

PROTAGONIST

Yes.

 

NEIL

Try to sleep.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Shit. They didn’t take us inside.

 

NEIL

What do we do?

 

PROTAGONIST

We use the breach. The chaos right after impact, get ready.

 

PROTAGONIST

Has she healed enough?

 

NEIL

I don’t know.

I’ve never done this before.

 

PROTAGONIST

The fire crew’s there. You take Kat through the breach.

I take care of Sator’s men and secure the vault.

Then you bring her.

 

NEIL

How’s the arm?

 

PROTAGONIST

Not good.

 

PROTAGONIST

We move as soon as we hear the engines.

 

NEIL

Oh no, no.

 

PROTAGONIST

What?

 

NEIL

You’re bleeding. Let me take a look at it.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Wait here. I’m going in.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Go! Go!

 

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PROTAGONIST

You knew it was me coming out of that vault.

Why didn’t you say?

 

NEIL

There’s a lot of explaining when someone’s

about to put a bullet in their own brain.

 

PROTAGONIST

But afterwards?

 

NEIL

Wit things the same. I knew you’d be okay.

 

What’s happened's, happened.

If I told you and you'd acted differently, who knows?

The policy is to suppress.

 

PROTAGONIST

Whose policy?

 

NEIL

Ours my friend.

We’re the people saving the world from what might have been.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Kat?

 

KAT

I’m here.

 

NEIL

There’ll be quite a scar, but you’ll be okay.

 

NEIL

You did it.

 

KAT

You did what? Andrei has the algorithm.

You don’t know where he is.

 

NEIL

Or when.

 

PROTAGONIST

Get Priya here to Oslo.

 

NEIL

Why?

 

PROTAGONIST

If I don’t do something in two days

she tells me about the 241.

 

NEIL

Nothing can change that.

 

PROTAGONIST

We’ll see.

Just get her here.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Hello Priya.

 

PRIYA

What’s going on? Where’s Neil?

 

PROTAGONIST

Nursing Katherine Barton,

who almost died because of you.

 

PRIYA

What did I do?

 

PROTAGONIST

It’s what you’re going to do.

 

In two days, you’re gonna have me dangle plutonium-241

in front of the world’s most dangerous arms dealer.

 

Now I want to know why.

 

PRIYA

You let Sator get hold of 241?

 

PROTAGONIST

No, I let him get a hold of the algorithm.

So tell me about it, Priya.

 

PRIYA

It’s… it’s unique.

The scientist who built it took her own life

so she couldn’t be forced to make another one.

 

PROTAGONIST

A scientist in the future?

 

PRIYA

Generations from now.

 

PROTAGONIST

Why does she have to kill herself?

 

PRIYA

You’re familiar with the Manhattan Project?

 

As they approached the first atomic test,

Oppenheimer became concerned that the detonation

might produce a chain reaction, engulfing the world.

 

PROTAGONIST

They went ahead anyway and got lucky.

 

PRIYA

Think of our scientist as her generation’s Oppenheimer.

 

She devises a method for inverting the world.

But becomes convinced that by destroying us,

they’re destroying themselves.

 

PROTAGONIST

The Grandfather Paradox.

 

PRIYA

But unlike Oppenheimer, she rebels.

 

Splitting the algorithm into nine sections

and hiding them the best place she can think of.

 

PROTAGONIST

The past. Here. Now.

 

PRIYA

There are nine nuclear powers. Nine bombs.

Nine sets of the most closely guarded materials in history of the world.

 

The best hiding places possible.

 

PROTAGONIST

Nuclear containment facilities.

 

PRIYA

Sator’s lifelong mission. Financed and guided by the future,

has been to find and reassemble the algorithm.

 

PROTAGONIST

Why did they choose him?

 

PRIYA

Because he was at the right place at the right time.

 

PROTAGONIST

The collapse of the Soviet Union.

 

PRIYA

The most insecure moment in the history of nuclear weapons.

 

PROTAGONIST

How many sections does he have?

 

PRIYA

After the 241, all nine.

 

PROTAGONIST

Jesus Christ.

And that’s why you’re going to do things differently this time.

 

PRIYA

To change things?

So Katherine won’t get hurt?

 

PROTAGONIST

So Sator won’t get the algorithm.

 

PRIYA

If that universe can exist… we don’t live in it.

 

PROTAGONIST

Well let’s try.

You’re going to warn me.

 

PRIYA

No I’m not. Ignorance is our ammunition.

 

If you’d known what the algorithm was,

would you have let it fall into Sator’s hands?

 

PROTAGONIST

You want Sator to get the last section.

 

PRIYA

That is the only way to bring together the other eight.

 

PROTAGONIST

I was supposed to steal it… then lose it?

 

PRIYA

Mission accomplished.

 

PROTAGONIST

You used me.

 

PRIYA

As you used Katherine. Standard operating procedure.

You’ve done your part.

 

PROTAGONIST

My part?

I’m the protagonist of this operation.

 

PRIYA

You… are a protagonist.

Did you think you were the only one capable of saving the world?

 

PROTAGONIST

No. But I am.

Because I haven’t told you where he’s assembling the algorithm or when.

 

PRIYA

You’re about to.

 

PROTAGONIST

No. I’m not. So deal us in.

 

PRIYA

“Us”? Why would you want to involve her again?

 

PROTAGONIST

Because she can get close to him.

 

PRIYA

Does he still trust her?

 

PROTAGONIST

He thinks she’s dead. But he used to.

 

PRIYA

You have started looking at the world in a new way.

 

PROTAGONIST

And now it’s your turn.

Assuming she makes it out alive,

whether or not you feel she knows too much…

 

PRIYA

I can’t.

 

PROTAGONIST

If you don’t have the authority, then talk to whoever is in charge of loose ends.

I need your word that she and her son will be safe, Priya.

 

PRIYA

What good is someone’s word in our line of business?

 

PRIYA

They’ll be safe.

 

PRIYA

There’s a rally point offshore at Trondheim.

Get yourself to there. Ives has a team ready to invert.

 

PROTAGONIST

You have a turnstile?

The exact technology that we’re trying to suppress.

 

PRIYA

Fighting fire with fire is a treacherous existence.

But there are some people, in the future,

who would continue the algorithm’s journey to the past.

 

You see… Tenet wasn’t founded in the past.

It will be founded, in the future.

 

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KAT

I can’t get over the birds.

 

PROTAGONIST

How are you feeling?

 

KAT

Tell me you’re going to kill him.

 

PROTAGONIST

I can’t.

 

KAT

Why not? I think you’ve probably killed a lot of people.

 

NEIL

Not with a dead man’s switch.

 

PROTAGONIST

The fitness tracker he wears.

 

KAT

He’s obsessed about his health.

 

NEIL

It could be linked to a switch.

Probably a simple email burst that reveals the location of the dead drop.

Set the fire, if his heart stops.

 

PROTAGONIST

His death activates the algorithm.

He dies, the world ends. No one dares kill him.

 

KAT

No, you’ve missed the point.

He’s intending to end his life.

 

PROTAGONIST

Why?

 

KAT

He’s dying. Inoperable pancreatic cancer.

 

PROTAGONIST

He’s taking the world with him.

 

KAT

If he can’t have her, no one can.

 

NEIL

He gets to choose a time and place for the end of the world.

What moment does he choose?

 

PROTAGONIST

You told me about a holiday where you let him feel loved?

 

KAT

Vietnam.

 

PROTAGONIST

You said he vanished. What day?

 

KAT

Well I went ashore with Max and he flew off.

But I don’t know what day it was.

 

NEIL

It was the 14th, ten days ago.

He was in Ukraine.

 

PROTAGONIST

At the Kiev Opera siege.

How do you know about that?

 

NEIL

The point is he wasn’t on his yacht, so that’s his window.

 

KAT

To go back to that golden moment and have it be his last.

 

PROTAGONIST

Everyone’s last.

We have to lift the algorithm from the dead drop without Sator knowing.

If he believes it’s there, he kills himself.

 

NEIL

But not the rest of us.

Where’s the dead drop?

 

PROTAGONIST

Knowledge divided my friend.

 

NEIL

You’re not going to tell me?

 

PROTAGONIST

Ignorance is our ammunition.

But I need you back on that yacht, Kat.

 

KAT

Why?

 

PROTAGONIST

You have to stop him killing himself

until we know the algorithm is out of the dead drop.

 

KAT

But if I’m caught there, my son sees.

I don't want those moments to be full of anguish if they’re going to be his last.

 

PROTAGONIST

They're not.

 

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IVES

It's time. We’re working our way back to the 14th,

but without knowing where the dead drop is,

there’s only so much I can do to prepare.

 

PROTAGONIST

Do you know what a Hypocenter is?

It’s ground zero for an underground nuclear test.

 

Sir Michael Crosby told me about a detonation in Stalsk 12 on the 14th.

The dead drop is at the bottom of the Hypocenter.

 

That explosion seals up the algorithm.

 

IVES

Then we better pull it out of that hole before the bomb goes off, eh?

 

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KAT

Where’s Neil?

 

PROTAGONIST

He must have gone through already.

 

KAT

I didn’t get to say goodbye.

This is goodbye, isn’t it?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’d like to say, that you don’t have to do this, Kat.

 

KAT

Worst thing Andrei ever did to me was that offer he made me.

Let me go if I agreed never to see my son again.

 

I shouted and… swore.

But he’d seen on my face just for an instant.

 

I considered it. I don’t know if I hate him more for what he has done,

or because he knows that about me.

 

A chance to help save my child.

You can’t know what that means to a mother.

 

PROTAGONIST

No.

 

KAT

You’ve killed people you’ve hated before.

 

PROTAGONIST

It’s not usually personal.

 

KAT

Well he’s dying anyway. Maybe it doesn’t even count.

 

PROTAGONIST

It always counts, Kat.

You’re not there to kill him. You’re the backstop.

 

If we don’t lift that algorithm and he kills himself,

he takes us all with him.

 

KAT

You just keep up your end, okay?

 

PROTAGONIST

Today’s the 14th.

Offshore of Siberia. Time for us to go.

 

You keep moving back another day,

give you some time to get back into Vietnam.

 

KAT

Who gets me on the yacht?

 

PROTAGONIST

I’ve got somebody good in mind.

 

When it’s over, and you’re raising your boy, carry this.

There may be a time and place you feel threatened.

Hit “talk”, state your location, hang up.

 

KAT

Who gets the message?

 

PROTAGONIST

Posterity.

 

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IVES

Stalsk 12. Hidden from world.

A city, where anything can happen.

 

And today, ladies and gents, for ten minutes,

it most assuredly does.

 

You’ve been divided into two teams

for a temporal pincer movement.

 

We are Red Team moving forward.

In order to distinguish the teams, you’ll wear these.

 

Our friends over there, Blue Team?

Led by Commander Wheeler, are inverted.

 

RED SOLDIER 1

Why don’t they let us see them?

 

RED SOLDIER 2

Maybe we won’t like what happened.

 

IVES

One hour from now, they had this briefing.

 

Then we dropped them on the ridge above the Hypocenter

as close in time to the detonation as possible.

 

Their objectives were clearance and clarification.

 

Now this briefing has the benefit of their experience.

 

IVES

Both teams have countdown watches.

And ours counts down from ten from landing to zero to the explosion.

 

Blue Team is reversed.

 

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WHEELER

If you are not at the LZ at zero, you are not going to leave.

Do you understand?

 

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IVES

We drop in, clear LZ’s for Blue Team evacuation.

Make our way into the city proper.

 

These buildings are abandoned, but we learned there’s a turnstile.

Expect a bi-temporal response.

 

RED SOLDIER 1

They’ll have inverse ordinance?

 

IVES

Inverse, conventional…

forward antagonists, inverted antagonists, they have it all.

 

On the other side of the city,

ground rises to the ridge above the Hypocenter.

 

A splinter unit will take this tunnel from the city to the floor of the Hypocenter.

Blue Team located an entrance here.

 

The bomb is in this rock.

High above, trigger a collapse, sealing the cavity.

 

RED SOLDIER 2

How do we diffuse the bomb up there?

 

IVES

We don’t. The explosion takes place as planned.

 

Now our job, is to fail to diffuse that bomb,

while the splinter unit achieves its task undetected.

 

RED SOLDIER 3

Which is…?

 

IVES

Need to know, and you don’t.

Any other stupid questions?

Good. Well let’s go. Let’s get ready.

 

PROTAGONIST

I wanted to be on the first wave.

 

IVES

There is no first wave.

Red Team and Blue Team operate simultaneously.

 

Look, don’t get on the chopper

if you can’t stop thinking in linear terms.

 

Now do you want to be on the team

that lifts the contents of the capsule?

 

PROTAGONIST

Absolutely.

 

IVES

Yeah, that’s us. We’re splinter unit.

 

PROTAGONIST

Just us?

 

IVES

No one who knows the contents of that capsule can leave the field.

I thought we’d manage ourselves.

 

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MAHIR

There’s 40 feet from the private deck to the water.

Can you jump it?

 

KAT

I can dive it.

 

MAHIR

Until you see my signal, you don’t let him die.

 

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IVES

30 seconds!

 

PROTAGONIST

Move!

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WHEELER

We’re coming in on the shock wave. Hang on people!

On your feet!

 

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DECK HAND

Ma’am, we thought you’d gone ashore.

 

KAT

Well I snuck back to surprise Andrei.

 

DECK HAND

But the boss left.

 

KAT

Help Mr. Sator find me here.

And don’t tell the others. I’ll get the mess.

 

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SATOR

They told me you’d gone ashore.

 

KAT

They told me you’d flown off.

 

SATOR

I came back to see you and Max.

 

KAT

Max is onshore with Anna.

We need time just you and me after what happened.

 

SATOR

I was joking, it was just a stupid joke.

 

KAT

You think I’m a terrible mother.

 

SATOR

We both know my opinion of you is higher than yours of me.

 

KAT

I want things to get better, Andrei.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Take cover!

 

IVES

Get me a fucking AT4! Take him down! Now!

Move, move, let’s go!

Move, move, move, move!

 

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IVES

Wheeler! Get out of the way!

 

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PROTAGONIST

Ives!

The smaller unit. Here.

 

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SATOR

You know it’s going to be a beautiful sunset.

I’ll get Max brought back.

We should share the moment with him.

 

KAT

I’ll making you a drink.

 

SATOR

Bring my son back to the boat.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Where are their eyes on the field?

 

IVES

If they see us, it’s all for nothing.

 

PROTAGONIST

We need a distraction.

 

IVES

Don’t worry about it.

 

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WHEELER

On my mark!

RPG hit the base!

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IVES

That building on my go!

 

IVES

Three! Two! One! Fire!

 

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WHEELER

Fire!

 

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IVES

Fire!

 

IVES

Move! Move!

 

PROTAGONIST

We’re pinned down. Come on!

 

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KAT

What’s that?

 

SATOR

I borrowed it from the CIA.

 

KAT

What is it?

 

SATOR

The way the world ends.

Not with a bang, but a whimper.

 

KAT

I don’t understand.

 

SATOR

When I take this, it’s all over.

 

KAT

Then don’t take it yet.

 

SATOR

Why not?

 

KAT

Because we have the sunset coming.

And there’s a little vodka left.

 

SATOR

And Max will be here soon.

 

They said, they thought it was you,

not Anna, ashore with Max.

 

KAT

As long as you can tell the difference…

 

SATOR

A moment’s business, my love.

 

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IVES (RADIO)

Mahir, do you copy? Not clear!

I repeat, not clear!

 

MAHIR

Copy that.

 

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IVES

I repeat! Not clear!

 

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WHEELER

Neil! Neil!

 

WHEELER

Go!

 

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IVES

We don’t have anything big enough to blow this.

 

IVES

Try him, see if he’s got a grenade.

 

IVES

Anything?

 

IVES

Did you try the lock. Can you pick it?

 

SATOR (RADIO)

I hope not.

I paid a lot for that lock.

 

How do you like where my journey began and yours ends?

 

PROTAGONIST

A little radioactive for my taste.

 

SATOR

My fate was always bound up with radiation.

We'd worked where no one else would.

 

I made a bargain with the devil.

Money for time. We sold our futures.

 

PROTAGONIST

And now you’re about to make the same mistake.

For the entire world.

 

SATOR

It wasn’t a mistake. I made the bargain I could.

 

What was yours? You fight for a cause you barely understand.

With people you trust so little you’ve told them nothing.

 

When I die, the world dies with me.

And your knowledge dies with you.

 

Buried in a tomb like an anonymous Egyptian builder,

sealed in a pyramid to keep your secret.

 

You’re faith is blind, you’re a fanatic.

 

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PROTAGONIST

What’s more fanatical than trying to destroy the world?

 

SATOR

I’m not, I’m creating a new one.

 

Somewhere, sometime, a man in a crystalline tower throws a switch,

and Armageddon is both triggered and avoid.

 

Now time itself switches direction.

 

The same sunshine we've basked in,

will warm the faces of our descendants generations to come.

 

PROTAGONIST

How can they want to kill us?

 

SATOR

Because their oceans rose, and their rivers ran dry.

 

Don’t you see, they have no choice but to turn back.

We’re responsible.

 

SATOR

Knowing this, do you still want me to stop?

 

PROTAGONIST

Yes. Each generation looks out for its own survival.


SATOR

That’s exactly what they claim.

 

PROTAGONIST

But not you, you’re a traitor.

Bringing death to all because you have no life of your own left.

 

SATOR

When I’m done, life continues.

 

PROTAGONIST

Not your son’s.

 

SATOR

My greatest sin was to bring a son into a world I knew was ending.

Think God will forgive me?

 

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NEIL

Wait! Wait!

 

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WHEELER

Cover me!

Go! Go! Go!

 

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PROTAGONIST

You don’t believe in God, or a new future,

or anything outside of your own experience.

 

SATOR

The rest is belief.

And I don’t have it.

 

PROTAGONIST

Without it, you’re not human.

You’re just a madman.

 

SATOR

Or a god. Of sorts.

 

PROTAGONIST

Like I said…

Don’t do it, jesus!

 

SATOR

Our time is up.

 

PROTAGONIST

No, no, no!

 

SATOR

I’ll give your love to my wife.

 

PROTAGONIST

You're forgetting. I haven’t met her yet.

 

SATOR

That’s right. After you meet her, she dies.

I’ll just give her my love instead.

 

PROTAGONIST

Don’t do it!

 

SATOR

Volkov. [Shoot him in the head.]

 

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KAT

Enough business, my love.

 

SATOR

You have no idea what I’m talking about, do you?

 

KAT

But it sounds terribly important.

 

SATOR

Where are you going?

 

KAT

Aren’t you hot?

 

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SATOR

What are you doing now?

 

KAT

Well, I spilled sunscreen.

 

SATOR

So what?

 

KAT

It’s slippery.

 

SATOR

Just come here.

 

KAT

Turn around. You’ll like it.

 

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KAT

I can’t do this.

I can’t let you think you’ve won.

 

SATOR

Don’t spoil this moment, Kat.

 

KAT

I’m not letting you go to your grave thinking we’re coming with you.

You’re dying alone, Andrei.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Come on, come on!

 

IVES

The tunnel’s sealed, gate’s closed.

Mahir, do you copy?

 

MAHIR

Yeah.

 

IVES

Hold. I repeat. Hold.

 

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KAT

Look in my eyes. Which do you see?

Despair or anger?

 

I’m not the woman who could find love for you

even though you'd scarred her on the inside.

 

I’m the vengeful bitch you scarred on the outside.

 

SATOR

You!

 

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MAHIR

Shit!

 

Kat just killed him.

Ives, you copy? She killed him.

 

IVES

She jumped the gun. She killed him.

 

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BLUE SOLDIER

Come on! Come on! Do you think they made it?

 

NEIL

Blast, fuck it.

 

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PROTAGONIST

Kat, you jumped the gun!

 

KAT

I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t let him die thinking he’d won.

 

I knew you‘d find a way.

Wait you found a way, we’re okay, right?

 

PROTAGONIST

Yeah, found a way. Be safe.

 

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PROTAGONIST

I thought you were inverted.

 

NEIL

Changed gears halfway.

You look like you needed help here.

 

IVES

Neil, we needed help down there.

How’d you get that lock open?

 

PROTAGONIST

It wasn’t me.

Didn’t your team need you?

 

NEIL

I’ll get them on the next pass.

Right, Ives?

 

IVES

Once I’ve caught my breath.

 

PROTAGONIST

No one who’s seen this leaves the field.

 

IVES

Alright. We hide it. We end our lives.

It’s the only way to be sure.

 

But as to when…

Well maybe that’s every man’s decision to make for himself.

 

NEIL

You’re not going to kill us?

 

IVES

If I ever find you, I will.

 

NEIL

But you won’t look too hard?

 

IVES

Yes, I will.

 

NEIL

You’re not going back to London to check on Kat, are you?

 

PROTAGONIST

No. It’s far too dangerous.

 

NEIL

Even from afar?

 

PROTAGONIST

Even from afar.

 

NEIL

Ives! Wait.

 

PROTAGONIST

Are you really going back in?

 

NEIL

I’m the only one who could've got that door open in time, right Ives?

 

IVES

I don’t know any locksmiths as good as you.

 

NEIL

See? That's me in there again.

Weaving another pass in the fabric of this mission.

 

PROTAGONIST

Neil, wait!

 

NEIL

We just saved the world.

Can’t leave anything to chance.

 

PROTAGONIST

But can we change things if we do it differently?

 

NEIL

What’s happened's, happened.

 

Which is an expression of faith in the mechanics of the world.

It’s not an excuse to do nothing.

 

PROTAGONIST

Fate?

 

NEIL

Call it what you want.

 

PROTAGONIST

What do you call it?

 

NEIL

Reality.

Now let me go.

 

PROTAGONIST

Hey you never did tell me who recruited you, Neil.

 

NEIL

Haven’t you guessed by now?

You did. Only not when you thought.

 

You have a future in the past.

Years ago for me. Years from now for you.

 

PROTAGONIST

You’ve known me for years?

 

NEIL

For me, I think this is the end of a beautiful friendship.

 

PROTAGONIST

But for me, it’s just the beginning.

 

NEIL

And we get up to some stuff.

You’re going to love it. You’ll see.

This whole operation is a temporal pincer.

 

PROTAGONIST

Whose?

 

NEIL

Yours! You’re only halfway there.

I’ll see you at the beginning, friend.

 

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NEIL (VOICEOVER)

We’re the people that saved the world from what might have been.

The world will never know what could have happened.

 

And even if they did, they wouldn’t care.

Because no one cares about the bomb that didn’t go off.

Only the one that did.

 

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PRIYA

Do it before the boy comes out.

 

PROTAGONIST

That's your idea of mercy?

You gave me your word.

 

PRIYA

And I told you then, what it would be worth.

Here… today. How did you know?

 

KAT (RECORDING)

Cannon Place. Three o’clock.

It’s probably nothing, but…

 

PROTAGONIST

Posterity.

 

KAT

Cannon Place. Three o’clock.

It’s probably nothing, but…

 

PROTAGONIST

I told you you’d have to start looking differently at the world.

 

PRIYA

I… have to tie up the loose ends.

 

PROTAGONIST

That was never your job.

 

PRIYA

Then who’s was it?

 

PROTAGONIST

Mine.

I realized I wasn’t working for you.

We’ve both been working for me.

 

I’m the protagonist.

 

PRIYA

Then you’d better tie up those loose ends.

 

PROTAGONIST

Mission accomplished.

 

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NEIL (VOICEOVER)

It’s the bomb that didn’t go off.

The danger, no one knew was real.

 

That’s the bomb with the real power to change the world.