Godsend (2004) Movie Script

Right, settle down!
Settle down, you guys!
Who just threw that?
I'll throw something back at you.
No, no more soda!
You guys are crazy!
No, no, I got that. I got that!
Sorry, pal.
You're stupid!
Where's the wallet?
Give me that cake. Where's Paul?
- Maurice?
- Shit. Mr. Duncan.
You know this dude?
I had Maurice in my ninth grade bio class
what, five years ago.
Guess those extra help sessions
didn't quite do it for you.
Let's go, man.
This guy's cool.
He's the best teacher I ever had.
Let's go!
Sorry about this, Mr. Duncan.
Honest mistake.
- Got things under control?
- Oh, Paul, what took you so long?
I ran into an old student. I got held up.
- Did you get the present?
- Yeah, yeah. Voil!
All right, let's do this.
- Clara, get the lights?
- Finally.
- Ready? Everybody! Everybody!
How you doing, Jeff?
Where is he? Where's my boy?
- Hey!
- Dad!
He can't do it.
- You made me laugh!
So Dorset Prep
where is that exactly?
- Oh, Mars.
- Oh, that's hilarious.
It's in the suburbs, a half-hour away.
It's a great offer
but Paul hasn't made up his mind.
Bet that's a change
from where you teach now.
Less crack, better cafeteria selections...
Don't mind Paul.
He's still grappling with his conscience.
Mom! Dad!
This is the coolest present ever!
Oh! It looks good too, right?
You think he needs more sugar?
- I know, I'm breaking every rule.
- Hello! Is Steggie in here?
- Beware.
Hey. Cake for Steggie.
He can't eat that.
- Why not?
- He's an herbivore.
He's an herbivore.
- OK, well, then I'll just take it back.
- Wait. Maybe leave it, just in case.
- Good birthday?
- Yeah.
- Good night, Dad.
- Good night.
What was your favorite present?
- My jacket...
- Yaaay!
...that you got me.
- You look so good in red.
What's on your agenda tomorrow?
Er... I have to stop by the gallery
I have to pick up the lens I ordered
I have to...
get a new pair of sneakers for Adam.
Ooh! I have to do you!
I could take care of that right now.
Have you thought about that job offer?
You do realize it'd mean moving, right?
So we'd move.
We used to think we were pretty hip
living down here.
I also used to think four Merit Lights
and a Diet Coke constituted a meal.
I love this place as much as you do
but we've got a kid to think about.
I don't think any city is a great place
to raise a kid these days.
Plus, you'd be making twice
what you make now.
I'm not sure the timing's right.
And your photography's starting...
This is not about my photography.
OK. I just can't shake this feeling
that somehow... I'd be selling out.
Right. Listen.
You know how much I respect your ethics.
But this is about Adam.
Sometimes ethics have to take a back seat.
OK, your turn.
- OK. I'm going to a picnic...
- Yeah?
...and I'm going to bring an ant
a bagel, a croissant...
...a Ding-Dong...
- Like you?
- A Ding-Dong...
- Yeah?
Shoe store, three o'clock!
- Yes!
- Take my hand.
I think if you pump them any more
they might explode.
- Do you want them or not?
- Yeah.
Do you want this?
I'm just gonna go test these outside, OK?
OK, but don't go too far. OK?
- How would you like to pay for this?
- Er... credit card, please.
- Ma'am? I need your signature.
- Sorry. So sorry.
- Thanks.
- Great.
Hey, guys!
Where's my greeting committee?
I'm sorry.
I got stuck at a teacher's conference.
You have four new messages.
We'll handle all the funeral arrangements.
- God be with you.
- Thank you for everything, Father.
Excuse me. Jessie? Jessie Duncan?
It's Richard. Richard Wells.
Your wife was an undergraduate student
of mine. It's been years.
Actually, Richard
it's er... it's kind of a bad time.
I know. I read about it in the paper.
I can't tell you how sorry I am.
- Thank you.
- Actually, do you have a minute?
- I know this is a terrible time.
- I don't think so. Not right now.
If there was any other way...
The truth is, I went to some trouble to find
you. I'd like to help you.
Help us?
I'm a doctor. I specialize in fertility.
If we could just talk.
It won't take long, I promise you.
We can go to a restaurant
right over there.
I finished the residency in OB-G YN
but my real passion was research.
What is it you do, Paul?
I teach biology.
You do?
Can you just tell us
what this is about, please?
The truth is...
...there's no easy way
to present this to you
so I'm just going to come out and say it.
My clinic has perfected a procedure
by which a single cell could be used
to create a genetically identical fetus.
A fetus which could be carried
to term and, in effect, be reborn.
- Do you mean cloned?
- Yes.
Yes. Yes.
This would be... the identical boy
down to the last chromosome
on the last hair of his head.
This is how you want to help us?
I used to be affiliated with a hospital
here and I had a chance to review
Jessie's records.
You did what?
I'm aware of the complications
surrounding Adam's delivery.
That it's impossible
for you to conceive again.
You looked at her records?
I had to be sure Jessie's condition
didn't preclude carrying a child and it doesn't
so, yes, I can help you.
You can have him back
your son Adam.
To birth again, to raise.
- Adam's dead, goddamn it!
- Paul. Paul.
- My son is dead.
- Paul, please.
You come at me with this?
God knows what hell you've been through.
The last thing I want to do
is make it any harder.
But the truth is, I can do this
and I want you to know.
What you're talking about is illegal
not to mention potentially immoral.
Illegal yes, immoral no.
We're talking about using life
to create life, that's all.
You've done this before?
Successfully cloned a human being?
No, I haven't.
I've been looking for an ideal candidate.
I read about what happened.
I hope if you aren't interested
in what I'm proposing here...
- What are you proposing here?
- He's not even sure that he can...
That's not true. I am sure.
- Still, it does come down to trust. You'd be...
- Excuse me. Your menus.
You'd be gambling on me
as much as I'd be gambling on you.
My clinic is 300 miles from here.
If you did this, it would mean moving
there and changing your lives entirely.
Paul's right
this is extremely against the law.
You'd have to sever all ties with
family with friends, with anyone
who ever knew Adam.
I would help with the relocation
and I could get you a job
at the local high school.
- You know what, I've heard enough.
- Paul, I know how upsetting this is.
No, you don't know!
You could never know.
- Let's go.
- You're right. I'm sorry to have upset you.
- Jessie.
I can be reached at this number.
DNA can be saved indefinitely
but Adam's cells will only be viable
another 72 hours.
So if you do change your mind...
He's practically a stranger.
I can't believe you're considering this!
I can't believe you're not considering this!
Any idea how much could go wrong?
Honey, I... Listen, I love you. I love you.
I love you beyond words, OK?
But only the tiniest thing has to go wrong
and so much has to go right.
- But what if it did?
- It still wouldn't be Adam.
It would be an identical twin. Another kid.
He'd have the same face
and the same laugh.
- We can try again, I swear to God.
- No, we can't. You know we can't.
We'll find a way.
We can have another...
I don't want another child! I want Adam!
I want him back!
You know what I kept thinking
while I was waiting for the paramedics...
and he was in my arms...
...and I was watching him die?
This is the last time I'll ever get to hold him.
My little boy.
- Hello.
I just heard.
- I'm so sorry.
- Ah, yeah. Thank you, Sam.
Er... So how's... Jessie taking all this?
Actually, she's er... she's not so well.
Right. Of course.
Um... Look, would you please
just pass on my condolences to her?
Yeah, I will.
Hey, Sam, can I er...
can I ask you something?
Have you ever heard of a doctor
named Richard Wells?
Richard Wells? Well, sure
I've heard of him. Why do you ask?
He was an old teacher of Jessie's.
He's the stuff of legend.
He was doing really advanced work
on gene mapping.
We're talking way ahead of his time.
Anyway... last thing I heard
he sold his findings to a huge firm
made a ridiculous amount of money
and then just sort of dropped out
of the game entirely.
Every once in a while
I come across an article of his in a journal.
Consistently brilliant.
- Like I said, he's...
- A genius.
Yeah. I know.
Paul, I'm so very sorry.
OK, thanks.
Oh, are you going?
- No!
Ooh. Ooh.
Did you see this?
Ooh. Three, two, one.
The game is live!
And then, all of a sudden...
I'm right side up.
Wait a second! You're confusing me!
Do you think that's a good idea?
No, I think we should call it... Adam.
Guess who?
I don't know.
- It's me, Adam.
- I don't think I know an Adam.
I'm your son.
- The family jewels.
Are we all in?
Damn. What a handsome group.
Hi, Mom!
This hat.
I've never seen you wear this before.
- Bad hair day.
- I've never seen you wear any hat.
All cells are, in essence, clones...
identical copies of one original cell.
Now, the key to
artificially stimulating replication
is in shocking a specialized cell
back to its pre-specialized state
its stem cell precursor.
The cell as it was
before it became a liver cell or a brain cell
or a relatively simpler cheek cell.
Once in this state
the cell's nucleus is immediately transferred
to a mother's enucleated egg.
The transfer completed
the egg cell will then ideally accept
the donor nucleus as its own
at which point we let nature takes its course.
She did great.
We need to keep her here until tomorrow
to make sure the implant takes.
But she did wonderfully.
She has to lie down for at least an hour
so why don't we go look at the house?
She's in good hands.
So, all these people
and no-one else knows?
The procedure doesn't differ much
from a standard implant
so as far as my staff's concerned
Jessie's being treated
as a high-risk in vitro.
- Dr. Wells?
- Thanks, George.
Here you go.
Riverton's a great town.
I think you're really going to like it here.
It's a bit secluded maybe
but a wonderful community.
Nice people. Lots of families.
Perfect place to raise a child.
So why don't you follow me?
I'll show you around.
Beautiful country, isn't it?
This whole area has a lot of history.
And the house itself is 100 years old
at least.
Sorry there's no furniture.
I took the liberty of ordering some.
It should be here sometime tomorrow.
What if this doesn't work, Richard?
What if the implant doesn't take
the procedure's a bust, what then?
- It'll work.
- You can't say that with certainty.
Look, no-one can say anything
with any certainty.
Even a routine pregnancy is fallible.
But if I can speak plainly
what more do you have to lose?
Her. Jessie.
She's pinned every hope in the world on this.
And I won't let her down, or you.
You have my word on that.
Is this for real?
For now.
I can't believe this place.
- Look at this.
- What is it?
Oh, my God! Paul!
Do you know what we could put down here?
- How you feeling?
- I'm OK.
I'm back!
I'm home to our...
...big home!
You said we'd never have a party in here.
- Come on, come on, push it, push it.
- I can't!
No, it hurts!
You're fully dilated.
The head's already crowning.
Something's wrong!
- No, no, no.
- Something's wrong!
It's coming out. You can see the head.
- Push, push, push, push!
- Keep pushing.
Push. Push.
- Come on, push, push, push.
- Come on, come on.
Oh, there we go. OK.
All right. All right.
We're out. We're out.
It's OK.
Let me just hear you.
Let me just hear you scream.
Come on. Come on.
It's great. He's all right.
It's great.
I just need some breath from him.
- He's all right.
RICHARD: OK. How long?
- We'll have to bag him.
What's wrong?
- 39...
- 40 seconds.
- Come on, come on.
- 42, 43...
Oh, baby. Oh, baby.
That was the same as last time
It's him. You wanted to give us
a scare, didn't you?
Oh, thank you, God.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Here you go, kiddo.
Good night, Adam.
My little boy.
I still think it's a little strange.
It's his name.
It's always been his name - Adam.
Here you go, buddy.
- Who wants cake?
- Uncle Richard!
Happy Birthday, Adam.
So how's work going?
It's good. It's good. Nice kids.
Bright, too.
I don't know. Sometimes I feel like
I'm teaching fish to swim.
At a Club Med.
You don't still miss your old school?
No, no. It's...
It's more like I miss missing it.
Uncle Richard!
Wanna help me fly it?
Let's get it up there.
Keep it away from the trees.
So what was this word you said?
It's a science word, Uncle Richard.
We've been learning about
natural resources in school.
Oh, you mean a reservoir.
Well, that's a lot like a lake
only it's a man-made lake.
But I thought God made everything.
In a way he did
if you believe he created those people
who figured out
how to make a reservoir, right?
Hey, kiddo!
Why don't you come on inside?
Say goodbye to your friends.
Thank you, Adam.
- Bye.
- Bye, Paul.
Birthday boy!
How many times I gotta tell you?
You can't leave your toys around.
Somebody's going to trip and...
For those of us who don't wear helmets
in the house.
What you doing?
Where did you get this?
It was a birthday present
from Joey Smoyer.
Do you like it?
Why don't you get some sleep?
- Dad, I've been thinking.
- About what?
I don't think I like you so much any more.
- Oh!
- Gotcha!
Somebody is in
some very serious trouble!
Where do you think you're going?
I'm going to smother you!
It's just in some ways
he's so much the same, you know?
But he's still his own person, entirely.
And then look at him.
I honestly forget sometimes
you know?
And then something like that...
that toy dinosaur thing will happen.
It's OK. It happens to me, too.
- I just worry, you know?
- What?
- If he ever found out.
- He won't find out.
What if he did?
About what it would mean to him.
I just love him so much.
Both of you.
It's OK.
- I'm right here.
- Who are you?
- Adam!
- No!
Oh, my God! Adam!
- Go away!
- Take it easy! It's OK. It's OK.
- Stay away!
- Take it easy.
- Get away from me!
- It's OK.
- OK. All right!
- Get off!
- Get off me!
- It's OK. Jessie!
- No!
- Oh, God!
Adam! Adam!
- What happened?
- I don't know. He just collapsed.
- Call 911!
- I'm calling Richard!
Richard. Thank God.
I want him in a hospital.
- My staff and I can handle this.
- Your staff don't know about this.
They don't need to. We're close friends.
You know our arrangement.
Maybe we need to reconsider that.
It's five hours, he's still unconscious.
Breathing and color are good
he's responding to stimuli.
He's basically just sleeping.
But for some reason he's not waking up.
What you describe
sounds a lot like night terrors.
It's a sleep disorder.
A child screams in his sleep
he may sit up, walk, even talk
but all attempts to wake him are futile.
No, you weren't there.
This is something entirely different.
All right. Hold on a minute.
I know it's scary
but we talked about this.
The possibility that things could change
once Adam crossed the age
at which he died.
Well, it's been eight years.
As of now, he's crossed it.
You said change.
You never said anything like this.
Because I couldn't have known.
He is the only one, period.
We are and always have been
at the mercy of that fact.
Up till now, we've had a map
Adam's first eight years.
Now we're entering uncharted territory.
We have no way of knowing
who the Adam of age nine
age ten, age 50 is going to be.
What problems he may or may not have.
I promise you, there's nothing more
a hospital would be doing for him.
- What's happening?
- I'd like to find out.
My feeling is it's probably nothing.
Let's just give it a little time. OK?
The last eight years
no matter how happy I've been
I've always had this feeling that
somehow we wouldn't get away with this.
Not that someone would find out. Just...
...somehow we'd lose him again.
We're not gonna lose him.
We're not gonna lose him.
It's OK.
It's OK.
- Adam!
- Oh, gosh!
But no, no, no! Is he all right?
- He's fine.
- Are you OK?
I feel hungry!
- Come on, kiddo.
- Everything's OK.
This is fantastic. Fantastic.
Come on, come on.
Do you feel good?
Thank you.
- Richard, thank you.
- I'll see you all tomorrow.
Adam! Dinner's on.
Come on, kiddo.
He's not up here.
Hey! Come on!
There you are.
What are you doing here?
Didn't you hear me calling you?
Are you all right? I'm talking to you.
Hey, I'm talking to you.
Answer me!
Yes, Daddy?
Did... Did you hear me calling you?
Your dinner's ready. Go in the house.
No, Paul just said it was
kind of a strange moment.
No, he seems fine.
Yeah, that's what I'm hoping.
It's probably nothing.
I don't think it's anything to worry about, OK?
All right, take care and I'll see you soon.
All right, well, thanks, Richard.
Take care.
I think
we should take him to a specialist.
- Richard doesn't think it's anything...
- And his word's gospel?
How long are we
supposed to live like this?
When does all this gratitude end?
- Sure you're OK?
- Yeah.
- Sure?
- Yeah.
Bye, Mom.
Anybody know what this is?
It's a big, ugly visual aid.
Let's do it like this.
If you think of DNA as a fuse box
each of the genes
are either switched on or off
depending on which cell
we're talking about.
So that the genes responsible for, say
the length of Kevin's er...
...nose hair
wouldn't be much use in his pinkie toe.
- So what, the gene isn't present?
- No, no, it's present. It's just inactive.
It's turned off.
It's dead.
You know what er...
why don't you just take a look at...
chapter 11 for the rest of the period
and then er... you know, go.
I'm going to put on a little show
for you guys
and you're going to pay me
your lunch money.
And if you don't, I'll rip the crap
out of you for the rest of your life.
- How about this?
- No.
How about, "Yes"?
What are you gonna do about it, huh?
What if his having outlived
the life of that first original cell
has somehow allowed some
dormant problem to be switched on?
Maybe it's significant and maybe it isn't.
The fact remains that any changes
in health or behavior
could have occurred naturally
the last time. Night terrors...
- If that's what it is.
- It's a common sleep disorder!
He isn't "common".
What do you want me to say?
That there's something badly wrong?
- You don't think I'm concerned?
- No. No, I don't.
You have every right to worry.
But for eight years
we knew what to expect.
Most parents never have the benefit of
hindsight. From now on, neither do we.
- We?
- You know what I meant.
Can I get back to my patients, please?
Ever want to have any children of your own?
Jessie says how great you are with Adam.
It seems like such a shame.
Paul, he's your son.
I know what he means to you.
But maybe you can keep in mind
what he does mean to me.
Here they come.
- Oh.
Hey, there, there you are!
Why so glum, chum?
There's this new kid, Roy Hazen.
He's always showing off.
Like how high he goes on the swings
and stuff.
He's a total asswipe.
Hey! Where'd you learn that language?
I don't know.
I don't like it. Get in the car.
- Oh, God!
- Adam!
- Are you all right?
- I'm fine.
- Adam!
- I didn't see you.
I swear to God, I didn't see you!
I came so close to hitting you!
Do you know that?
Do you know you could've been killed
just now? Do you?
How many goddamn times do I gotta tell you
to keep your bicycle out of the street!
Paul! What's the matter with you?
- Are you OK, honey?
- Yes.
You sure?
Yeah, I would, actually.
Let me get a pen.
Dr. Lieber?
OK. In Beauford?
Great. Sam, I appreciate this.
Talk to you soon. Bye.
Who's that?
Wrong number.
Adam, open the door!
Open the door, son.
Open the door!
Adam! Open the door!
Goddamn it! Open the door, son!
What? Why is the door locked?
Help. It...
- The curtain...
- What?
- He was under there.
- No, no, no, no. Look.
What are you talking about?
Look. It's fine.
No. No.
Don't let him hurt me.
There's nobody going to hurt you.
Look, look, look. It's OK. Shh.
Calm down.
It's all right.
I think you just had a bad dream.
- No.
- Huh?
- I saw it.
- What?
What did you see?
Adam, talk to me.
Please. Ple... Please.
You gotta talk to me.
I can't help you
if I don't know what this is.
I just... I know something.
What is it?
Something bad is going to happen.
No, it's not.
I'll never let anything bad
ever happen to you.
Not to me.
Listen to me. You're my son.
You understand that?
- Say it.
- I'm your son.
That's right.
We're gonna be OK.
We're gonna be OK.
So how many eggs did you retrieve?
I only retrieved three.
I thought that would be enough...
- Richard? Hi.
- Hi. Um...
- Sorry if this is a bad time.
- No, that's fine. Um...
Excuse us.
- What's the matter? You look...
- I...
I need to speak to you about something.
I have to stop off at home
for some papers.
Why don't I fix us some lunch?
Hey! How did you like that?
I just got an idea.
How about we have a swinging contest?
You guys will be the judges.
We'll make it very fair.
Ladies first.
Don't go too high!
You'll start crying.
Oh, don't break a nail! Oh, no!
Come on, you chicken.
- Oh! Nasty monkey!
- What's that for?
- Eww!
- Adam Duncan, you stop that at once!
No spitting!
Come on, come down from there.
Come down! Come down right now!
No! Hey!
So you're saying these nightmares
might have started at this age anyway?
Or possibly triggered
by any number of things.
School, stress, tension at home.
Yeah, well, Paul's convinced
that somehow Adam's cells have...
Retained memories of his first life?
There's an often-cited experiment.
A rat was trained to run a maze
killed, then ground up
and fed to a second rat.
This second rat
when presented with the same maze
completed it in record time
proving that memory lived on
in those ingested cells.
It's fascinating, really.
Also a bunch of nonsense.
An urban legend.
So it's not possible he's remembering?
No. No.
Thank God.
Frankly, I'm more concerned about Paul
working up these strange theories.
Paul's just having a tough time right now.
It's good.
He's never felt as comfortable here
as you, has he?
You don't think he'd ever try to leave
do you?
Jessie, that can't happen.
Out here in the middle of nowhere
it's easy to forget the consequences
of what we've done.
But if anyone ever found out
you might never see Adam again.
- I know.
- I can trust you to rein Paul in?
OK, well, I'll go ahead
and see if the auditorium is available.
Sorry, I just got the message.
They called me at the high school.
Apparently they couldn't reach you?
- I was out. How's Adam?
He's fine, Mrs. Duncan.
I have him waiting in my office right now.
I don't know exactly how to say this, but...
his behavior has distanced
some of the other children.
And the thing is he could have
seriously injured himself.
Let's go in and see him, OK?
Is that wine on your breath?
- I was having lunch.
- With who?
Why are you so upset?
It was just lunch.
I just wanted to talk to him about Adam.
God, Paul.
Wait, where are we going?
For a second opinion.
Are you kidding me?
Am I smiling?
- About the night terrors...
- You're confident that's it?
I see it in a number of kids Adam's age.
Scares the bejesus out of the parents
but the kids outgrow it.
As for Adam's changes in behavior
he's poorly rested, he's understandably...
No, no. You don't know him.
This is something else.
- He won't leave me alone.
- Who?
- Zachary.
- Zachary?
Mr. Duncan, who is Zachary?
Is he a boy in his class?
I don't know. Honey, who's Zachary?
He's the boy who lives in my dreams.
So talk to me, pal.
This boy told you his name was Zachary?
Not really. I kind of just know.
And you've never seen his face?
He doesn't like to show it.
But I know because of his jacket.
- What kind of jacket?
- OK, you know...
Just let him answer.
It's red with white sleeves.
Where are we going?
Where are we going?
Where's who going, Adam?
- Adam?
- Zachary.
And where are you?
Where we live.
I don't want to do this. This is crazy.
According to who? Richard?
There's something he's not telling us,
The way he's handling this
staying so close to us.
- He cares about us.
- And Adam?
Zachary! Zachary, where are you?
- Tell me about Zachary.
- He's never known a Zachary.
What are you trying to tell us, Adam?
Say it!
Say it!
- That's enough.
- What are you trying to say?
You have to understand it, to beat it.
- I don't want to!
- You're dead!
Watch out!
Are you OK? Honey, are you OK?
Is he all right?
He's OK. You're all right.
I'm sorry.
OK, kiddo, there you go.
You're home now. All right?
You just go to sleep, all right?
Did I die?
Course not.
You've been right here with us.
Go to sleep.
- Oh, my God! That's what this is.
- Shh!
He's remembering his first life
in his dreams.
- Kids say things like that.
- A boy in the city?
Jesus, it's possible if certain genes
from the cell used in the procedure
managed to retain certain memories.
- He is not remembering.
- How can you say that?
Because he can't.
Wake up, we're at school.
OK, I want to see
everyone in your family
outside your houses
in the pictures, OK?
Take your time.
Lots of colors.
And don't forget to write your name on it.
Nice and big.
I want to put these up
around the classroom.
You can put pets in your pictures.
Dogs and cats.
Have some fun.
Hi, Pat.
Hi, Jessie.
I just thought I'd stop by
to see how the stuff's doing.
Very well. Richard Wells was in yesterday.
He bought this big one
and these three small ones on the spot.
That's great.
Excuse me a second.
- Hi.
- Richard, hi.
Just thought I'd see how Adam's doing.
Not so well, actually.
He er...
He had another night terror last night.
Paul even managed
to get him talking this time.
I wonder if we can use his ability to
vocalize in that state to our advantage.
I don't know. What would that entail?
Well, for starters
I'd like you to bring him in again.
I'm not sure
Paul would be comfortable with that.
We agreed you'd try to rein him in.
I know we did, but...
I'll talk to him, OK?
- Please do.
- I need to go, Richard. Goodbye.
Come on, you guys, let's go!
Come on, you chickens! Wussies!
Let's go! I'm doing it! You can, too!
Are you afraid of something? Let's go!
Come on, let's go!
Jeez, buddy!
Let's go!
Come on! Come on!
Come on, I'm doing it! You can!
What are you, babies?
Oh, you want your ba-ba? Let's go!
Please be OK.
Please don't touch this.
You down there?
- Did you hear me?
- Huh?
You OK?
- Are you hungry?
- Hi, Mom. Hi, Dad.
You hungry?
No, I'm sorry, Tanya, he isn't.
Tanya, slow down.
Hold on, hold on.
I'll ask him right now. Hold on.
Adam, Roy's mother says he hasn't
come home from school yet.
- Do you know where he might be?
- No.
Wait, wait, wait.
What were you doing
down at the river this afternoon?
Just playing.
With who?
I'm not supposed to say.
Adam, can you answer me?
Go to your room.
I'm sorry, Tanya, he doesn't know.
Yeah, good luck.
You said Richard mentioned using
his ability to vocalize to find out more.
Call him.
We'll bring Adam in tomorrow.
Adam, what's the name of the school?
Can you tell me the name of the school?
- S-S-S-Street.
- Hold on, could it be Saint Pius?
- Are you sure this can't hurt him?
- It's a mild tranquillizer.
We're just poking around
to see what we dig up. Right, Paul?
Adam, is Zachary in there?
In school?
They all are.
They all are.
Are you sure you want to do this?
We know this name. Zachary Clark?
Who is Zachary Clark?
They think I'm him.
Are you him? Are you Zachary?
Who are you?
They think I'm him!
They think I'm him!
They think I'm him! They think I'm him!
- No!
- Adam.
- Richard, release him!
- It's hurting him!
- Wake up!
Wake up, Adam.
Goddamn it, do something! Adam?
Adam, wake up.
- Adam!
- Zachary.
You're OK. You're OK.
Hey. Why did you call him Zachary?
Answer me. Richard.
Because he wasn't responding to
his own name.
That's bullshit! I want the truth!
You set me up!
It's OK. It's OK.
You needed my OK to push him
but you wanted him pushed. Why?
- You've gone...
- Stop telling me what's wrong with me!
Tell me what's wrong with my goddamn son!
Paul, I wish I could help you.
Adam's changing.
He's getting worse.
Sometimes it's like there's two of him.
He's destructive. He's tried to harm himself.
The other kids at school are scared of him.
There's something you're not telling us.
I've seen you talking to him
and he's in that same blank state
but he listens to you, doesn't he?
Huh? Don't push me, Richard.
Adam's all I care about in the whole world.
I'll go public if I don't get some answers
soon. You understand that?
You understand? I'll go public.
I'm not kidding.
I swear to God, I'll tell the whole
goddamn world what you've done!
What we've done, Paul.
What we've done.
Maybe you're right.
Maybe he is remembering.
Or maybe it's something else.
Why that name, Zachary Clark
or the school?
Look, I have tomorrow off.
It's a few hours drive into the city.
I'm going to look into it.
No, Paul. If Richard found out...
He won't. I'll leave in the morning.
I won't be back until... Hold on.
No! Let me go! Let me...
My baby! My baby!
Let me go! Let me go!
No! My baby!
My baby!
My baby!
No! No!
Jessie, can I see you? Now.
I told you.
- What? It doesn't mean...
- You said they never got along.
The twins saw Roy playing down by the
water. He'd been showing off.
They're all but sure he fell in.
You're not?
I'm not sure of anything right now.
No matter what he does, he's still our son.
Do you find that comforting right now?
What are you saying?
You wish we'd never done this?
Good night, baby.
Mommy loves you.
You scared me.
It's OK, Mommy.
Sorry, there's nothing here.
Are you sure this is the only Saint Pius?
Well, it's the only one in this city.
Like I said, they've been closed
for some time now.
What about past student records?
Like a search by name.
- I'm looking for a Zachary Clark.
- Oh, by name it could take a while.
- I can wait.
- A few weeks?
- Hi.
- Yes?
Sorry to bother you.
My name is Paul Duncan.
I know this sounds crazy
but I'm here about Zachary Clark.
Does that name mean anything to you?
He's a young child, a boy.
No, I'm sorry.
Did the previous owners have any children?
I'm sorry.
No. I mean, there were no previous owners.
My husband and I bought this place
six years ago
when it was just a burnt-down shell
and we restored it.
- So it was just vacant?
- Well, for a few years, yeah.
I don't know anything
about its previous owners.
- I'm sorry.
- Sorry to bother you.
Sorry. The nanny... We interviewed
quite a few nannies, mostly by phone
but I spoke to one who I could have sworn
said she used to work for the family
who used to live at this address.
And I think that I saved
her contact information.
Great. Thank you.
Cora Williams?
You don't know me
but I need to talk to you.
It's about Zachary Clark.
Come in.
You have no messages.
Damn it!
I had hoped I'd never hear
that name again.
What did he do?
There had been incidents at school.
He never had any friends. Used to
come home with all sorts of scrapes.
Once they locked him in an empty
A teacher finally found him
terrified and shaking.
But that was before he started acting up.
Pretty soon those kids got wise
and just left him alone.
Then there was the fire.
The fire at Saint Pius?
They never found out
how the fire got started.
But I knew.
And when Zachary came home
I asked him about it.
He just gave me this smile.
I swear, when I looked into
those eyes of his
I didn't see anything but evil behind them.
I kept my distance.
Scared of what else he might be capable of.
All these terrible thoughts
running through my mind.
It was just the two of us at home that day.
He was taking his bath
when it suddenly became clear to me
what I had to do.
He never even heard me come in.
I tried to go through with it.
I swear I tried, but...
I just...
I couldn't.
I just couldn't.
When his mother came home
Zachary didn't say a word
about what I'd done.
Are you here?
I was at home the next day
when I was struck
by the most awful premonition.
I hurried right over.
Two blocks away
I could already hear the sirens.
Then I saw all that smoke.
I rushed into the house...
...blinded by all those flames
praying I wasn't too late.
But you were.
It turned out
his mother was already dead by then.
I remember it was freezing cold that day.
It was always cold in that big house.
So she went down the stairs to the
to check on the water heater.
Are you down there?
And that's where he was.
Just waiting for her.
So you're saying Zachary killed his mother?
He used a hammer
he took down from the wall.
And when he was done...
he set a fire.
Then he went upstairs
and finished playing.
That's where they found his body.
Where was his father?
Oh, he was at the hospital, like always.
- The hospital? He was a doctor?
- A baby doctor, yeah.
Only, he seemed more like a scientist to me.
Come on, come on.
Come on.
Goddamn it!
Are you home?
Jessie, pick it up if you're there, please.
I gotta talk to you right away.
It's important.
Call me as soon as you get this.
I love you.
Honey, you shouldn't have opened that.
You shouldn't have touched that box.
Is this me?
Honey, let me explain.
I need to speak with Richard Wells.
I'm sorry, but Dr. Wells
is at the Hazen funeral today.
A funeral where?
Don't be scared, it's OK.
I'm right here. Just be careful, OK?
What was that?
Where are you?
Adam can't come out to play right now
Mrs. Duncan.
Let me explain.
Couldn't use him, could you?
You couldn't use him.
Maybe it never even occurred to you to try.
No, it occurred to me.
But the fire destroyed him, right?
He didn't even have a viable cell.
His genetics I could salvage
but it was no more than pieces of a map.
I saved what I could, but after that...
I was this close to perfecting the procedure.
You can't possibly fathom
that kind of torture.
To have this power and know
there's nothing more you can do.
But you did do things.
With Adam's cell, you could preserve
physical characteristics
and manipulate certain genes.
Intangibles like cognition, personality
his memory. I'm right, aren't I?
Except for one thing.
There was no way to predict the results.
I could only hope for a glimpse of him.
The mere indication
that something had lived on.
Lived on?
Do you have any idea
what you've done to my son? To my family?
I'd think you of all people would understand
seeing as we were both after the same thing.
I just wanted him back.
You experimented with a human life!
So did you! So did your wife!
- I'd say there's a huge difference!
- Is there, Paul?
You think you can just open Pandora's Box
and then just close it again?
We trusted you, goddamn it!
We had no way of knowing!
What you did goes way beyond...
Beyond what? Societal standards?
You name me a single
medical advancement that didn't.
Tell me something
if I'm not supposed to do this, Paul
then how is it that I can?
Because you're a scientist.
Only this isn't about science or evolution
it's about moral trespass.
- Ignoring what's right and wrong.
- And what about you?
Have you trespassed?
I don't know.
Maybe this is my punishment
for wanting something
that I never should have had.
And if that's the case, then so be it.
But believe me when I tell you
I'm gonna do everything
in my power to save my child
and see that you pay for what you've done.
- Paul...
- No, this is over!
I'm going to the police and then we're
gonna find a place that can help him.
- You're not going anywhere.
- Like hell I'm not!
It was an experiment.
That experiment failed.
We can always terminate and try again.
That's my son you're talking about.
Our son! He's yours because
I gave him to you!
You stay away from him!
You hear me?
You stay away!
You were lucky to have him
as long as you did.
You had nothing when I found you.
I gave you a child, a house, a job.
Anything in your life that you value
I provided.
You remember that, you...
you ungrateful piece of shit!
Why, why, why didn't... he... listen?
Are you in here?
Where are you?
Let go. Let go of the axe.
Yes, Daddy?
Who are you?
Who are you right now?
I'm your son.
All right, if you guys can paint that out
by Thursday, that would be great.
Mr. Duncan, that's gonna look great.
How you doing?
This going downstairs?
Hey! How do you like your new room?
It's not finished yet.
Hey, kiddo, look.
It's a big change, we know.
Those doctors you've been working with
they all say this change
could be really good for you, right?
Sweetie, you've been doing so great.
And I bet in a new town, with new friends
you're going to do even better.
I know.
Mrs. Duncan?
I got three boxes downstairs
and they're all labeled...
How about you give me a hand
unpacking them?
- Yeah?
- Where would you like these?
Oh, careful with that.
It's going downstairs.
Hey, kiddo, I thought you...
Ah! God!
I thought you were coming down.
Are you all right?
- You'd tell me if there was anything...
- Nothing's wrong, Daddy. I'm fine.
All right.
Trust me...
this is gonna be great for us.
It's a place we can start all over.