Equals (2015) Movie Script

All trains departing lower levels.
The collective runs by everybody doing
their part.
Report suspicious activity to health and
Health and safety is here to help.
Just look for the black and white vests.
After you.
Thank you.
This train serves the north
-east work sectors.
This is a message from the collective.
-Are you overly tired?
Or experiencing increased sensitivity?
-Maybe you have difficulty concentrating.
-You may have s.O.S. Switched on syndrome.
...a further 43 degrees along this orbit
that the holst probe will begin the 110
minute descent
into tk
-14's atmosphere...
...bombs dropped for the span of 28 days
and obliterated 99.6%
of usable arid land on the earth's surface.
And event that changed the course of human
kind forever,
and now known as the great war.
...of the two tracts of land that survived
the great war.
The peninsula still stands 44 degrees west
of the collective.
And is a wild primitive area, containing
empty, dilapidated buildings...
...and little is known of the primitive
nature of the peninsula's inhabitants.
The defects living there are ruled by
emotion and base desires.
An ancient vestige of our past.
This image shows equis 12 leaving earth's
orbit on last week's interstellar mission.
Who wrote the text for this feature?
Me, I did.
Does this accurate, Nia?
Except, the rocket's fission thrusters are
...these appear triangular.
Thank you. I'll change that.
Iris is back from conception duty.
She got back yesterday.
She had a defect.
How do you know?
She told me.
Did she have the bug?
No. She says she's clean.
Where is everyone watching the landing
tomorrow night?
I'm watching it in bishop park.
I'm going to leave work early to get a good
If I arrive early enough i can get a seat
close to the screen.
You're in safe hands now folks. Please
continue on your way.
Total number puzzles solved: 2224.
The following is an update on last night's
in living block 5-j.
Health and safety officials subdued two
individuals engaged in coupling activities.
And both have been transported to the
defective, emotional, neuropathy facility, the den,
for containment and emotional suppression
The incident is an outbreak of defective
Remember, couplers are a danger to
themselves and to all of us.
Physical contact, touching, or displays of
emotion are signs
of an individual infected with s.O.S.
If you see the signs, report the couplers
to health and safety immediately.
Let's do our part to contain this dangerous
...with no infrastructure the collective
erected a patrolled border
to contain any resurgence of chaos...
Did anybody see that?
See what?
That's unfortunate.
He's already dead.
Anyone recognize him?
-Not sure.
-Don't think so.
That's our first jumper in a while.
His head was no match for that concrete.
-I just remembered there was a suicide in my building last night,
a woman slit her throat.
I hope they find someone to cover his work.
Even before the demise,
humankind knew the importance of space
As the collective, we prioritize it and
perfect it.
Now, 798 million miles away, as we brace the surface of tk-14,
we move one step further in our
understanding of ultimate reality.
Okay everybody, this is it.
Last, but not least. Speculative non
the title is inside the peninsula.
Silas, will you talk us through the lead
Sorry, Leonard.
I went with the scene on the peninsula
where the defects huddle together for warmth.
In my research I found that they form
social bonds with each other
to help alleviate something called anxiety.
Very good.
Thank you.
While scientists are making great strides
in understanding
this debilitating condition. A reliable
cure for s.O.S. Has yet to be found.
And most s.O.S. Sufferers will experience
complete emotional disability.
In as little as four to six months.
Prior to eventual containment at the den,
kappa rho inhibitors offer a reliable means
of dampening symptoms,
and slowing the stages of the disease.
Thus allowing sufferers to maintain...
What stage?
Excuse me?
What stage are you?
Oh, I'm just here for a check up. Strictly
I'm Jonas.
What stage are you?
You look healthy.
Well, I have my good days and bad days.
Good luck.
Thank you.
-The ground was rushing toward me.
I couldn't breath.
I felt like my stomach was...
...in my mouth. It was extremely unpleasant.
You had a nightmare, Silas.
I never want to experience anything like it
How long have you had these symptoms?
Maybe three days? No longer than that.
I'm going to take some blood now.
Can you give me your hand please, Silas?
Your test is positive, Silas.
You're only stage one.
A woman in my office recently gave birth to
a defect, I...
I couldn't have caught it from her. Not if
she's clean, right?
Even if this woman did have s.O.S. It isn't
-I'd like to start you on a full course of inhibitors immediately.
There's no reason why you shouldn't be able
to live a normal life.
At least for a while.
Then the den.
-You mustn't think about that for now.
-The den is a long way off for you.
A cure is right around the corner.
Where were you, Silas?
I went to the cafeteria to drink some tea.
Is that where you got the bruise?
Last night in tai chi class, the man next
to me accidentally struck me.
Silas, you weren't in tai chi class last
Yes he was.
I saw him.
What's that?
It's a Bumblebee.
Don't they sting?
According to the laws of aerodynamics they
shouldn't even fly.
But they don't know it.
So they fly anyway.
Be a part of the solution by taking your
Your health is the health of the collective.
Picking up.
If you're watching this film...
...your doctor has diagnosed you with s.O.S.
Switched on syndrome.
As members of the collective, we hear a lot
about switched on syndrome.
Here is important information about how
this debilitating disease will affect you.
And how you can manage it responsibly
before eventual containment
at the defective emotional neuropathy
facility, the den.
Switched on syndrome is a malfunction of
the gene silencing
that controls human emotions and eliminates
human flaws.
But in switched on syndrome, problem genes lose their silencing and re
Leading to unpredictable sensory
experiences and behavioral defects.
Until a cure is available.
Inhibitors are the only effective means of
slowing the disease's staging,
while dampening the onset of emotion.
And while the causes are unknown,
we do understand the disease's progression.
intermittent feeling, you will experience
difficulty concentrating,
depression, pain,
overwhelmed feelings,
and sensitivity to light.
As the disease progresses into further
consistent low level emotion and emotional
these symptoms will worsen.
In stage four, acute behavioral chaos,
you will no longer function as a productive
member of the collective.
And your doctor will prescribe containment
at the den.
Where you will be provided with electro
emotional suppression,
and a pain
-free death scenario.
If you have questions about your condition,
notify your doctor or health and safety
official for immediate attention.
And remember, a cure is right around the
Hello Silas.
Hello Nia.
I read your article on the Harlow nine probe.
I was wondering if you' could look over my
But you're speculative non
I switched with Leonard.
I felt like a change.
There's a staff meeting tomorrow afternoon.
Why don't I review your work then?
I'd really appreciate your input at this
early stage. If it's not too much trouble.
This isn't what I described.
Isn't it?
-Harlow nine is a lander not an orbiter.
Where's its robotic arm?
Are those for a feature?
I thought you were speculative non
I switched with Leonard.
One more thing.
The eleos landing was made on a flat surface.
The way you've drawn it, it looks almost
Is there anything else i can help you with,
Thank you for your feedback.
You're welcome.
It's this vastness,
inaccessibility, symmetry,
and the permanence of the night sky
that made it a natural topic for
philosophers pursuing
the understanding of ultimate reality.
It's this vastness,
inaccessibility, symmetry...
...and permanence of the night sky
that made it a natural topic for
At atmos our past is not a relic we should
leave behind.
But a living creation,
something to be handled.
The work we do at atmos is that which links
our present.
I'm so sorry.
You dropped these.
Thank you.
It's about time you all knew. Last week I...
Tested positive for s.O.S.
I'm stage one. I'm taking inhibitors.
-There is no evidence that the bug is contagious.
However, if it makes you feel more
I'll wear a face mask from now on.
Silas, I'm very sorry.
How long do you have?
It's difficult to say.
Is this why you stopped doing speculative non
I don't know, Rachel.
-I think a face mask is a little extreme.
Although I don't think he should sit with
us anymore.
And you should have your own mug.
Do you all agree?
We cured cancer. We cured the common cold.
We can cure s.O.S. You're going to live, pal.
Thank you all.
This has to stop.
If it continues I'll be forced to report you.
Do you understand?
You have the bug. Don't you?
I'm clean.
The day that man jumped of the building...
...you saw his body out the window, you...
...you looked...
-There have been other times, too.
I've been watching you.
The way you look at the world, the way you
experience things.
I'm clean.
It's different.
What you are going through must be very
If you were clean, this conversation
wouldn't even be taking place.
You'd have reported me already.
Am I right?
Goodnight, Silas.
Good morning, Silas.
Good morning, Nia.
And finally, the Harlow landing.
Nia, do you have any more notes for me?
No. Your changes work well. Thank you.
Onto the next article then. Zoe?
These are my impressions of the hot flow
on the planet bl4. The visible bioshock
goodnight, Nia.
Goodnight, Rachel.
Your bruise went away.
You noticed that?
I've had the bug a year and three months.
I didn't want to go to the doctor. I just
sort of knew.
You know there is really nothing any...
...anyone could do to help.
And I'm scared of the meds and then...
Doesn't seem fair at first.
You know I could live
- i could live with it.
But every day was different and that was
the hardest part.
Every single time i thought I knew
something or learned anything I...
And I felt this guilt every time i wanted
to go back to normal.
Like I shouldn't want that.
Every day I am practicing unbearable discipline and self
You realize what would happen if anyone saw
us, in here, right now?
We'd go straight to the den. It's a death
One of my neighbors missed two doctor's
I haven't seen him in six weeks.
We can't do this again.
It can't happen, you know that.
-We just...
We just have to hold out for the cure.
Will you stay in here with me a little
-Are you ok?
I need to go.
Nia, are you staying late again tonight?
I'm not sure.
I wish I had your kind of work ethic.
I received a message from Zoe.
On her way to work this morning she
received a conception duty summons.
Could one of the illustrators present for
her in the staff meeting?
I'll do it. I'll be glad to.
-Good night, Nia.
-Good night, Kate.
They may simply be labeled as dualist.
Two subject concepts and materialist one
subject concepts.
The way you've been looking at me...
I can't help it.
I can feel it.
What does it feel like?
It feels wrong.
No, no. No.
It's not wrong. It's completely right. This
...completely right.
I'm scared.
Im so scared.
Me too.
Hello, Leonard.
I didn't expect to see you here this late.
Have you thought about killing yourself?
No, that's not until stage three.
Why is Nia's interface on?
Have you been snooping again, Silas?
Excuse me?
A month ago, health and safety saw you on Nia's interface after
I was told to keep an eye on you.
Is there something you want to tell me?
As the manager here at atmos,
one of my duties is to maintain the safety
and welfare of the team.
Therefore, if I believe that someone on the
team is in danger,
or involved in an activity that is unsafe,
I'd report him, or her,
Unless, of course, the activity were to stop.
Does that make sense to you?
Shall we get out of here, Silas?
-Goodnight, Nia.
He knows.
What are we going to do?
We have to stay away from each other.
I can't...
...stay away from you. I can't...
...not be around you.
Not in that office. Not when I see you
everyday. It's impossible.
I thought about it. The best thing is for
me to leave atmos.
Get a job somewhere else.
It's like you said...
That's all we should be thinking about.
Have you received a conception duty summons?
Let's work together to populate the
Insemination is quick and solitary,
and during gestation you'll be supporting
and growing the collective.
If you received a summons please...
Are you sure this is what you want?
I'm sure.
-Positions at atmos are highly coveted.
Because of my diagnosis, i think a work
where I interact less with others would be
For everyones benefit.
That's a very responsible attitude.
Oh Nia...
...meet Dominic, our new illustrator.
Dominic, this is Nia, she works in text.
You'll be interpreting her words.
It's very nice to meet you, Nia.
Welcome to atmos.
Follow me.
I also design rockets.
I could have been an engineer, but I lacked
I think working at atmos is a vitally
important job.
-Science is a process and often leads to dead
But here,
we're delivering the answers,
we're educating people.
Knowledge is sacred, and atmos is the new
If you think about it, we're kind of like
Where did you study?
I've always drawn pictures ever since I was
a child.
One of my guardians, barnabas, nicknamed me
little Da Vinci.
Did you hear?
Zoe was inseminated.
It means she's clean.
She didn't catch the bug from Silas.
That means we're probably clean, too.
- I'm definitely clean. I donated blood last week.
You ok?
Do you want to take a walk?
I don't know, it felt so good to be around
her that...
...we were nearly tripping up and I
couldn't see...
...couldn't see anything bad happening to
You two were in love with each other.
That's very clear
you were right to end it though.
I think dealing with this disease on your
own is hard enough,
coupling would just make it unbearable.
You know...
...about a year ago.
I also made a connection with a woman.
Though, it didn't end well.
So sorry.
Your friend...What stage is she?
She's self
-diagnosed. She's fighting the bug without drugs.
She's a "hider."
Not many people can do that successfully.
I think hiders are...
I think they are wired differently.
You know we have one in our group. Bess.
She's a...
...she's a doctor at the den, of all places.
I'm part of a group. A support group.
With Bess and others from my work.
To talk openly about how we feel.
If you're interested I'll vouch for you.
It might help.
I'd be willing to try.
Nia, it's me again.
Until you give me some text to work with I
am idle,
and that doesn't seem like a very good use
of my time.
I'm almost finished, Dominic.
All the other illustrators received their
pieces hours ago...
I'm almost finished, Dominic.
But I appreciate your Patience.
Of course.
Silas, you made it.
Oh, this is great. I'm glad you're here.
Everybody, this is Silas. The one I was
telling you about.
Silas, this is Bess. Peter and Thomas.
Gilead. Max. And Alice.
Come take a seat.
...and then after lunch he kept staring at
like he could tell i wasn't taking my meds.
And I wanted to say something to him.
But then I thought, what if I'm just
imagining it?
So I turned and walked away.
And all I could think is that he knows.
He's going to report me and I'm going to
get caught.
And I can't stop thinking that.
-All the time...
-It's natural.
It's happened to every one of us.
Yes, but all I could think is that I am
going to the den. I'm going to the den.
It's over.
And they're...
What happens in the den?
Half the people who are brought in commit
The staff encourages it and stand by while
it happens.
And that's the preferable option anyway.
Compared to electro restraints and all the
other methods of treatment.
But there is value in living.
Being a hider reminds you of that.
I still don't know how you do it.
Working for health and safety is hard enough.
Yes, it's difficult to see things and not
be moved.
But that's what being a hider is all about.
So you do small things to help.
Just looking someone in the eyes,
can make them feel they are not alone. Give
them hope.
But under no circumstances do you interfere.
You have to tell yourself, do not risk your
job, do not risk your life.
But why stay in a position where you feel
so much risk?
You could ask to be reassigned.
I'd rather be with people who feel.
Who feel intensely.
It reminds me of who I am and why i choose
to keep on living.
Everybody says it's not contagious.
But after all these years as awful as it is,
everyday I feel a stronger...
...affinity with other people.
See I don't believe all the research.
Feelings engender feelings.
S.O.S. Is not even a disease, that's what
they say but...
...switched off is something they do to us
between conception and birth.
S.O.S. Is who we really are and...
...the inhibitors are just another attempt
to squash that.
-I don't know.
-It's so hard.
It's lonely.
At least with the inhibitors i can get by
but now,
I would rather feel nothing.
Nothing is better than this.
It's okay. It's okay.
I could never have imagined what love felt
like. It's strange...
Like a little tornado going around and...
That's why I was so scared of it at first.
It's about giving, i want you to take
I don't even know what it is I just want
you to take it from me.
I just want to...
I want to run.
I want to run... both of us...
...as fast as we can, outside, just take off.
It's so weird, I'm like...
I keep on thinking about...
Ever since we were kids it's been drilled
into us that..
Our purpose is to explore the universe, you
Outer space is where we'll find...
...the answers to why we're here and...
...and where we come from.
It's like everyone's...
...searching for these answers 800 million
miles away and the truth is...
...the answers are right in front of us.
I know why I'm here.
Me too.
What are we going to do now?
We just spend as much time here together as
we can.
Go to work, act normal, but then...
...at night...
...we're together.
What did you look like when you were little?
Have you always had these freckles?
I don't know.
I think so.
Did you grow early?
Did I grow early?
Yeah, I was tall until I wasn't.
I was a little round kid...
What was your favorite subject?
I liked history.
How about you?
I always really loved to write.
What did you write when you were a kid?
I always liked to write poetry.
I liked the school trips as well.
When we got to go...
To the great war museum,
to see how the bombs dropped and wiped out
the cities and stuff.
I see a future outside of this room.
Some place out there in the vastness of
everything we know.
In all those millions of miles.
Dominic fyi.
The article is finished.
You gave it to me already. I'm working on
it right now.
No, the one after this.
On the extraction of superfluids from
neutron stars.
I wish I could explain this to everyone else.
I'm sick of being...
...scared of getting caught.
I want people to know and not think we're
The significant breakthrough
came with the isolation of the bulbar cell
allowing effective genetic re
without triggering the systematic organ
that had marked earlier attempts.
To be clear, this is not another kappa rho
It's a cure that restores the health and
systematic order to the individual.
With the ashby eni cure...
...it is only a matter of time before all
current s.O.S. Cases are treated,
and future cases prevented.
The eni cure is injected directly into the
leaving a small coin
-like scar,
a quick and simple procedure.
Once administered, the drug requires a six
hour absorption period,
before the disease is completely neutralized.
After which point, regardless of stage,
the patient is restored to normal health.
Mass production of the drug is already
And shipments are being made available to
public clinics immediately.
Individuals diagnosed with s.O.S. Need not
suffer another day.
Contact your doctor immediately to receive
the ashby eni cure...
...and rejoin the ranks of equals...
We're gonna remember this feeling.
We're gonna live every day remembering and
we're not gonna feel it.
We're not even gonna exist anymore.
It's not over.
We're not doing that.
-So you don't want the cure.
Do you?
This is Nia.
We want to go to the peninsula.
At my old post, i took part in an air patrol.
We wouldn't fly directly over the
peninsula, but...
...i could see it from a distance. It's
totally overgrown.
If anyone actually lives there it's in a
completely primitive state.
-How do we get there?
-You're seriously considering this?
We've already decided.
You know you'll be on your own out there.
There will be no one to look after you.
Whatever we go through it will be together.
I know how you're feeling, but you're not
thinking of all the risks.
If we stay here we'll be found out. We'll
get the cure.
You know, it's many years ago, i was not
much older than you when I got the bug,
no one even knew what s.O.S. Was back then.
and most of them would commit suicide.
There was a young man in my living block,
I could tell he was a hider, just like me,
but no one dared mention it back then.
One night, he knocked on my door and told
me that he and two others...
...were going to the peninsula and he
wanted me to go with him.
Of course, there was no way i was going.
I knew they were headed for their deaths.
A few months after he left were the
loneliest I ever felt.
We'd only spoken that one time.
More than all the suicides I've seen.
It was his death that was the most...
...unnecessarily wasteful.
Such a waste.
That was a new feeling for me.
But you don't know that he died.
What if he didn't?
I can talk to my old colleague. He was the
pilot who took us on the air patrol.
the whole plan could be traced back to you
or to the group.
You said interfering was too risky.
If you make this decision you know there is
no turning back.
If you do manage to get out. You can never
Of course.
When you get to the border ask for Oliver,
he will fly you.
What if he gets caught?
He won't.
Good luck.
Thank you.
Welling is the closest station to the border.
Trains don't go there until the weekend. I
checked the schedule.
We could leave on Saturday.
Three days.
-You're shaking.
-So are you.
-Are you sure?
Are you?
I got a conception summons.
By the time they come looking for you we'll
be gone.
My tag is blocked, I won't be able to get
on the train.
I won't make it through any of the check
It's just a summons, right?
It's not like they're going to inseminate
They'll check my blood. They'll see I have
the disease instantly.
Yeah but they can't force you to get the
I've been diagnosed, no one's forcing me to
get it are they?
Besides, the clinics are overwhelmed right
All that's going to happen is,
they'll tell you you've tested positive for
and that you should see your doctor
immediately. That's it.
Then get out of there.
Nothing's changed.
We're leaving Saturday, 10 o'clock train.
You've already missed the whole morning of
You should get over there right away.
I'll come after my shift.
Meet me behind the clinic.
I received a summons.
-Hello Nia.
-Hello doctor.
Lie back for me, please.
-I'm going to take a sample of your blood, okay?
I have the bug, don't I?
Nia, you're pregnant.
-What is it?
-She's pregnant.
She got called for conception duty and they
found out they're...
-Silas, calm down.
-...Taking her to the den.
You need to calm down.
I'm calm, I'm calm, it's fine.
-When did they take her?
-I don't know about an hour ago or something.
-All right well listen, i will contact Bess...
-No, no. No.
Not Bess. She won't help us. Ask someone
There is no one else. Bess is our only hope.
Listen you can't be seen around here like
-I'm fine, but let me come with you.
-You need to go home...
-Go home and I will contact you, wait there.
-I can talk to them,
-let me go with you.
-Don't attempt to see Nia.
Silas, go home. Trust me.
-What are they gonna do to her?
-Just calm down.
You need to stay calm, or they'll give you
the cure.
Give me a couple hours. Go home and wait
Shh! Shh!
-Get dressed as fast as you can.
And listen to me carefully,
last week, a woman was brought in called
Eva. She was stage three.
Last night she knotted a garbage bag over
her head,
suffocated, she's dead.
Now you...
Are going to switch places with her.
Eva didn't kill herself last night, you did.
You are Eva, she was you.
You're gonna walk out of here.
Hold out your arm. Your left arm please.
All right. Shh.
You are Eva.
Got it?
I told Silas to wait at his apartment.
You'll find him there.
The following message is an update
on the security breach at the den.
The collective wishes to congratulate
health and safety official,
who alerted authorities to three
individuals operating against protocol at the den.
Two of the three were health and safety
and the third was a physician at the den.
All are currently safe and receiving the
ashby eni cure.
So that they may return to work as a
productive equals in the collective.
The eni cure will now be required for those
diagnosed with,
or suffering from s.O.S.
And mandatory s.O.S. Testing will begin
for all health and safety officials
as well as medical professionals.
Her name is Nia.
Her ID tag is 34729647.
She writes text for atmos.
You said her name was Nia?
Was she brought here yesterday evening?
-Lives at 6l 415?
-That's right.
She died last night.
According to the doctor's notes,
the cause of death was asphyxiation.
Could you check that again?
Yes, that's her.
Are you okay?
Do you need some help?
Where have you been?
You okay?
I thought you were gone.
How long do you have?
Maybe five hours.
Fight it.
It doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. Fight
I'm still pregnant.
We're going to get on the train tomorrow.
I love you.
I love you, I love you, i love you...
You have to fight it. Just fight it okay?
I can already tell it's in me.
Just remember...
Remember this feeling.
Just remember what this feels like.
Yeah... yeah, just promise me,
no matter what happens you keep loving me
no matter what I say
what I feel or don't feel
I'm still, I'm still in here trying. Okay?
I'm still in here. Just don't give up on me.
Please, don't give up on me.
I promise. I promise that I won't...
Good morning.
Do you still love me?
I remember I loved you.
I don't feel it anymore.
Do you still want to go?
We made a plan.
This is a non
-local transport
serving outlying regions with three stops.
The final destination port will be welling
at the outer peninsula...