Shortwave (2016) Movie Script

Are you cold?
Yes, it's cold today.
But inside
it's going to be warm.
I promise.
What are they reading today?
Hey. Hello.
How are you?
Hey, mommy's going
to the bathroom, okay?
Thank you. Sorry.
Where... Amanda!
Oh, where are you?
Where are you?
Ba... babe!
Where are you?!
Where is everybody?
...six, nine. Over.
Three, four, three
six, nine. Over.
Three, four, three, six...
- Wait, wait, wait.
- What? What?
-All right? You got it?
I am strong, yeah?
-I am strong.
-Yes, you are.
-Baby, you are.
-You're being sarcastic.
Damn you.
- -Damn you.
-See? That.
- What?
-That right there.
-That smile.
It's gonna be
the end of me.
Hey, you're ignoring
the question.
-What? Why you?
Because you're
everything I'm not.
Because of how you seem
to make everything better.
Because ever since
I saw you, I...
I just knew. I knew...
You were the last thing
I wanted to see at night...
And the first thing
I wanted to wake up to
for the rest of my life.
-My turn.
- No.
You see, I firmly
believe that in life,
we develop
these connections,
and the best way to spend
that lifetime...
Is enjoying those connections.
So, for all these reasons, I...
I never want to miss
a connection with you.
You sure your head's
in the right spot?
What kind of question
is that?
It's a practical one,
Well, would I be doing
this if it wasn't?
I mean,
it's been two years,
and things haven't
gotten better.
How is she?
She's trying, Thomas.
She's trying.
You seem fine.
Yeah, one day at a time,
you know?
It's not
your fault, man.
Well, it's not
hers either. So, just drop it.
I'm just saying
that I get it.
All right,
your child was abducted.
That's not your fault,
nor is it hers, man.
We're this close, and you're
willing to flush
seven years of research
down the fucking drain on this?
She was
my goddamn daughter.
Thomas, she was my kid.
And this is
our research, Josh.
- Can't you see that?
Hey, honey.
Look, I'm really sorry
about what happened.
Yeah, yeah, yeah,
yeah, yeah.
I really am.
We are on the verge
of something huge here.
You can be a real prick
sometimes. You know that, right?
Fucking shit.
Window malfunction.
Please, reset.
Well, that just sucks.
How does this...
- What...
- Window malfunction.
Please, reset.
What happened?
I guess we can't argue
with that, can we?
The other trucks are here.
Where do you want the rest
of your shit?
Uh, just tell them
to leave everything
in the basement, please.
Except for that box.
Could you leave that
on the table?
Hey, Isabel.
You liking it?
Where do you
want this?
I'll take it.
-What are you doing?
No. No, no.
- No. No.
- Oh, I'm sorry.
No, I got it.
what are you doing?
Are you trying
to hide from me?
- No.
- Are you trying to hide
from daddy?
Are you trying to hide
from daddy?
I'm gonna get you.
Wait, wait, wait, wait!
Wait up for me!
Wait up for me!
Whoa! Hey!
Are you okay, babe?
- Help me. Help me.
- Are you okay?
who do you love most?
- What?
Did you
just say, "mommy"?
How is this possible?
Who do you...
How much do you
love daddy?
-A little?
And mommy?
-A lot.
-A lot?
Come on.
This isn't fair.
So, guess what...
I'm stealing bunny.
- No.
- Yeah.
No, you...
She's beautiful.
She was.
I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to offend you.
Hey, why don't you just
wait in the car for me?
No, no, no.
I'm sorry.
I'm sorry.
You don't have to leave.
I mean...
She is beautiful.
You know what, guys?
I can handle it from here,
so, you should, yeah,
- head back into town. Yeah.
- You sure?
Really appreciate your help.
-Thank you so much.
-Yeah, of course.
Thank you.
Could I talk
to you for a sec?
Yeah, sure.
Look, you know
i didn't mean any harm
by what I said
earlier, man.
I know. I know,
but you have to be careful.
You have to watch what you
say sometimes, Thomas.
I... I just don't want you
to throw it all away.
We're both here
right now, okay?
I don't want you
to let the guilt consume you.
Look, I'm just saying--
- my fucking Jesus Christ.
- I trust you.
Thomas, please.
-I trust you--
-come on, Thomas.
I appreciate the pep talk,
but, not now.
Promise me, man.
I promise. Okay?
- There you go.
- Yeah.
I mean,
it's also pretty cool
that marconi's paying
for us to live here.
It's a huge plus.
Exactly. Well,
that was all my doing.
So, you buy me a case of beer,
we'll call it even.
We good? Come on.
Bring it in, sunshine.
I hate you.
Am I interrupting?
No, not at all,
I'm gonna
head into town.
-Give me or Jane a call
if you guys need
anything, all right?
I'll be back up midweek.
We can go over the new test.
Sounds good.
Oh, check this out.
What's this?
It's a new security system.
One, two, six, four.
That's the code.
System active.
You don't want to let
anything in, right?
Thank you, Thomas.
- Cool. Yeah.
-I'm outta here.
-All right.
- Josh...
- Yeah?
One, two, six, four.
Six, four, three, nine.
- Write it down, dude.
- Eight, nine...
It's super hard to get open
once it's locked, all right?
Just go home.
Leave me alone.
- I know you, though.
- Disappear.
All right,
love you, buddy.
- You, too. Bye.
- See ya.
You know I love you, right?
I know.
How'd you sleep?
How'd you sleep?
Yeah, fine.
Good. That's good.
I made breakfast.
I know. I saw that.
Yeah, it's there
on the stove.
- Help yourself.
- Thank you.
I didn't want to wake you.
What's that?
That I didn't want
to wake you.
I thought you
needed the sleep.
Oh, yeah. Yeah.
Thank you.
Much appreciated.
Do you
like it here?
We've... we've been here
just one night, Josh.
But it's... it's nice, yes.
Listen. I have to go
into town today.
Forgot one of the radios
for the report, so...
You're gonna be
by yourself for a bit.
You gonna be okay?
I'll be fine.
- Yeah.
- Okay.
Can I get you anything?
Uh, you know,
I'll go with you.
Yes. Be good to get out.
Go get dressed.
We can go
to that coffee place.
We can find a coffee place.
We can do that.
What's that, babe?
Just have to figure out
how to do this.
Thomas told me...
You know what? I'm fine.
Go into town, yeah?
It was just a panic attack.
It didn't look like
a panic attack, babe.
But it was, okay?
Seriously, Josh,
I'm fine.
I'll be back
in a few hours, all right?
You sure
you don't want anything?
I'm fine.
Yeah, okay.
Just call me
on the land line
if you need anything.
...three, six, nine. Over.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
...six, nine. Over.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
...three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
I'm here!
Hey. I'm down here!
Who is out there?
Hey, I'm here!
Fuck. Hey.
Josh! Who is there?! Fuck!
Hey! Hey! Hey!
Who is there?!
Fuck. Fuck.
What were you doing
down there?
What do you mean?
Somebody locked me
down there.
Isabel, we're alone.
There's no one around.
Wait. Did you
lock me down there?
Did I lock you down there?
Yeah, yeah,
i locked you down there.
Well, I mean,
someone did.
Why the fuck would i
lock you down in a crawl space?
As you say,
nobody's here.
Yeah, there's no one around.
What are you thinking?
I don't know. I got home.
I'm tired,
and you're down there
crying and screaming,
and I pull you out.
Did you take your...
Did you take
your pills today?
Fuck you.
I'm sorry. I...
It's fine.
No, it's not.
It's not.
Just... it's not
the same here, you know?
I know.
I know.
It's a chance for us
to start over.
We can heal together.
We can grow. We can...
Josh, I'm not a little kid.
I know you're afraid
i will do it again.
It's not something
you can just sweep
under the rug.
I tried to kill myself.
I tried to kill myself.
Josh, say...
"Isabel tried
to kill herself."
Stop. You're
being ridiculous. I--
you cannot pretend
it didn't happen, okay?
I make our family
and friends uncomfortable.
- What? No.
- I get that.
- No, that's not it.
- Yeah. But for you--
or maybe...
It's the fact that...
I lost our daughter.
That's the... Josh.
Or maybe you
can't face the facts,
and that's why
you feel it's necessary
to keep me away
in this fucking house.
Look at me.
Say it!
Hey, babe. Isabel.
- Hmm?
- Hey, wake up.
Come downstairs
to the lab.
We found something.
Signal strength
now operating at 95%.
Hey. Hey.
Isabel, come on!
Hurry up.
I.D. Confirmed.
Welcome, Isabel.
- What is it?
- We got it.
You got what?
We got it.
You got what?
We got the signal.
Wait. The...
That signal?
Yeah, like from
another world.
Signal strength
now operating at 100%.
Okay, so,
so, what we did, we, um...
We cross-referenced
every shortwave station
across the planet.
You know what
they all had in common?
The same signal.
They've been
transmitting from earth
since as far back
as the records can take us.
And each signal,
um, is hidden
within our own
So, we took the data
of every single station
across the planet.
So, that just gave us
a clear picture
of where it was coming from.
It's almost like
putting the puzzle together.
Some of the signals
are stronger than others,
but when they're
all combined,
it gives us the coordinates
to ngc-6809.
is the same galactic cluster
that SETI received
a signal from back in '77.
It's been under our noses
the whole time.
the whole fucking time.
Nine years.
Nine years, buddy, and it
all comes down to this.
Tens of thousands
of light-years away.
5% loss
in signal strength.
Now operating at 95%.
-You found it.
It's so lovely.
-You like it?
-You shouldn't have.
I wanted to.
Really did.
-Thank you.
-You're welcome.
I'm so proud of you.
What? What?
I'd like to thank everybody
for driving all the way
out here tonight
to celebrate something
that is so dear to us.
Josh and I have been
working for this company
for over nine years now.
I propose a toast.
To Josh,
for his perseverance
and never giving up,
so that we can
scientifically prove
the shortwave signal
we found
is indeed not of this earth.
And to his lovely wife Isabel,
for letting us borrow him
long enough to get here.
And also
to my smoking-hot wife...
For putting up with my shit
the past nine years
and not having me committed.
I love you, babe.
Here's to the future.
You know, really,
really great work, Josh.
I can't begin to express
how amazed I am
with the two of you.
Thank you.
Thank you so much.
I really appreciate it.
I'm really excited.
You wanted to talk
to me about something?
Yeah. Uh...
There is something
that I have to tell you.
Go ahead. Shoot.
It's an interesting
painting, huh?
Yes, it is.
What do you think it means?
Uh, I have no idea.
Okay. So, what if
something from deep space
was trying to communicate
with someone on earth?
What if we haven't been
looking in the right place?
I mean, we've been so obsessed
with looking outwards,
when all we had to do
was just look
into our own backyards
to find these answers.
Listen, I'm not 100% sure
that I'm following you here.
Let me put it this way.
Have you ever skipped a rock
over a pond?
Sure. Of course.
Yeah, of course.
So, what happens?
they make it across,
and sometimes they sink.
But they do make it across...
If it hits the right angle
and you throw it hard enough.
-Uh, yeah.
Each time
the rock hits the surface...
It creates a ripple,
and that ripple
travels onwards,
and eventually
it dissipates on the shore.
However, since a sphere
has no edges,
there's nothing
stopping this ripple
from traveling
Yeah, okay,
so think about the fish...
-At the bottom of the pond.
They can feel
the vibrations...
I'm sure they can, yeah.
Yeah. So, eventually
they'll get curious,
and they'll swim up
to the surface
to investigate what's going on.
it could be food.
Perhaps it's rain, and sometimes
it could be nothing,
but one way or another...
They're gonna get an answer.
We're the fish, Robert.
I.D. Confirmed.
Welcome, Isabel.
I followed the vibrations up,
and I found something else.
You found
another signal.
I found the signal.
It's a hidden signal. It's weak,
but it uses our own
communication traffic,
and it's projected
somewhere into the universe,
and something is using
our own language
as a tool to send
a message back into space.
I don't... back home or,
i don't know.
So, the signal caused
a ripple effect
as it hit the ionosphere,
and parts of the signal
bounced back onto earth.
I don't know. I just, I...
I feel like...
I shouldn't
have found this signal.
What makes you
think that?
Well, because when I decoded
the binary inside the signal...
There was
a message attached.
What did it say?
It was an sos...
Along with
a set of coordinates.
And where did
those coordinates lead?
This house.
Signal strength
operating at 85%.
You do not share this
with anyone else.
It stays between me and you.
You got that?
Not your wife
and sure as hell not Thomas.
At least not until we figure out
what we're dealing with.
...six, nine...
There's something here,
isn't there?
There's something here?
First thing Monday morning,
I want you to come
to my office.
All right, bring all your data.
We'll sit down and
go through it together.
Yeah. Sure.
...nine. Over.
Three, four, three...
We need
to finish this conversation,
but I have had
too many drinks.
Do you mind showing me
to your nearest restroom?
Of course not.
It's the first door
to the left, and...
Perfect. I'll be back.
- Hey...
How's your head?
What happened?
You don't remember--
--don't move.
- You attacked Robert.
- What?
I did what?
-You stabbed Robert.
I had to hit you in the head
to stop the whole thing.
Hey, hey, hey, hey.
you attacked Robert.
You charged him,
and you stabbed him
with a knife.
You tried to do it
over and over again,
but Thomas
had to stop you.
You honestly
don't remember this?
Is he okay?
Yeah. Yeah,
i guess, babe,
but now we have to...
We have to worry about you.
So first thing in the morning,
we're gonna drive into town,
and we're gonna see
your doctors.
I'll give you guys
some privacy.
I'm gonna clean up.
Come on, babe.
We have to go.
No. We have to stay.
Come on, Isabel.
You have
five minutes.
I'll be waiting in the car.
Just get ready.
I saw her.
I saw our daughter.
What did you just say?
I know. I know it sounds
absolutely crazy,
but I remember now.
I don't know
what I did to Robert,
but I went somewhere.
What are you
talking about?
-The radios.
-What about it?
Uh, at the party,
i was in the bedroom,
I was sitting
on the bed,
and I start hearing, and...
-And then--
-then what?
And then
i went somewhere...
And I saw her.
I saw our baby.
Go get ready.
Go get dressed.
We're gonna be late.
Okay? Just go.
You don't believe me?
What am i
supposed to say?
I want you to say
you believe me.
Well, how am I supposed
to believe that you saw...
Aman... how?
- Come on.
- Josh...
You know there is
something wrong in this house.
-Play it again.
The shortwave.
I'm not leaving this house
till you play it.
You're sure
you wanna do this?
...three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
Signal strength
now operating at 100%.
Isabel Michaels,
i like the sound of that.
- Yeah?
- Yes.
Are you suggesting
something, Ms. layluck?
- No?
- No.
-Are you sure?
Sounds like you are.
No, I promise.
So, this is the world,
right? Okay.
What the frequencies do
is that they bounce back
from the ionosphere,
back and forth,
back and forth.
No, they can't, right?
But they travel around
the world, you know?
-They travel around the world,
and they are
generated from earth,
and then they bounce
back from there. Yeah.
Hey, hey, hey, hey.
Hey, babe, babe,
babe, babe.
It's me. It's me.
It's me. It's me.
Hey, hey, hey, it's me.
It's me.
Breathe. Breathe.
I saw us.
And I saw... as I...
-It happened again...
Just like--
like last night.
Okay. Okay. Okay.
I saw the first time
we met. I...
I don't know how
to explain it, Josh.
It's like I'm reliving
all over again.
You have to believe me.
You have to believe me.
Say you believe me.
Say you believe me.
I believe you.
-I believe you.
-I believe you.
If what you're
saying is true...
Which it is.
Which it is.
Then we're looking
at some sort
of frontal-lobe
data reconciliation.
What does that mean?
Basically, it means
that something in the signals
is triggering
your subconscious
to bring up, uh,
lost or repressed memories,
stuff you might have
overlooked in the past.
Think about it this way.
You see this entire room
right now, correct?
But do you
really see it?
What do you mean?
I mean you only see
what you want to.
You're focused on me
at the moment.
What about Josh?
What about all
the plants outside?
Your brain is only
allowing you to see 10%
of the whole picture,
because you're
focused on me.
However, your brain
is still recording
everything around you.
So what are you saying?
I'm saying that I think
whatever is out there
sending these signals
has resonated
with you somehow.
It's formed a connection.
It's allowing you to go
back and see things
that may have
been overlooked.
Sort of like a third-person
But why?
I wish I knew.
Now, how long did you
say she was unconscious for?
I don't know,
couple seconds tops.
Isabel, how long
were you in that state?
or four minutes.
I don't know.
You know what? We should try
a different signal.
I don't know. I don't know.
I don't think it's a good idea.
Do you think it's safe?
-You sure?
I promise.
Where's she gonna go?
We're both right here
watching her.
I'm curious whether
a different signal...
Will trigger a different part
of her subconscious.
Baby, i-I'm going
to be okay.
I mean, what if I...
Could see
who took Amanda?
Maybe it's all about that,
you know?
Something out there
is trying to help us,
is pointing us
to the right direction.
We... we could
get her back.
Um, Josh, it's fine.
I'm going to be okay.
Okay. Okay.
Let's do it.
...three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
I loved you.
Why didn't you
save me?
Why doesn't it
work with us?
I don't know. It's gotta
be some sort of cortex trigger.
Something is setting off
- through the signal.
- Is that even possible?
Well, what if it's
not triggering memories?
What if it's triggering
something else?
Well, what are you saying?
What if it's not
triggering memories?
What if it's hallucinations?
What if she's
making it all up?
Maybe this is
just real to her.
I don't know. We shouldn't
go on with this. It's too risky.
What if she has a stroke
or something worse?
We have to consider
the repercussions
- before we go on, tom.
- Then we need to run
some tests on this
in a controlled environment.
She is not
your lab rat, tom.
I'm not saying
that she is, Josh.
You need to fucking--
we need to see
why these signals are resonating
with her and where.
Okay. Can we just keep it
quiet until we get answers?
Yeah, that's fine.
I'm serious. Okay?
...six, nine. Over.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
Three, four, three, six, nine.
Mommy, where are
they taking me?
Hey. Hey.
can you hear me? Hey.
Uh, babe!
Access granted.
Thank you, Josh.
Babe. Babe.
What happened?
Okay, babe, babe...
Babe, just talk to me.
What happened?
Are you okay?
Why do you have blood?
What, just talk to me.
Say something.
Say anything.
You have to help me.
Yeah, I will.
Just give me
your hand. Come on.
Come out from
under the table.
I'll help you.
Give me your hand.
You have to lock the door.
Lock the door.
Okay. Okay. Okay.
Okay, okay.
Full systems lockdown...
- Okay...
- ...Operational.
They're locked.
You're safe.
Babe, you're safe.
Nothing's gonna hurt you.
Just give me your hand.
They're here.
Go. Go.
No, no.
I can't help you.
No. No, no, no.
I can't help you.
Please. Oh, no.
-I can't move.
No, no, no.
--What's going on?
Come on. Babe, I can't--
I can't move.
- Babe!
Oh, my god.
Don't let me...
No, no, no, no.
No. No, no, no.
No. No, no, please.
Access denied.
Access denied.
Babe. Babe.
Hey, listen to me.
Listen. What is...? What is...?
Do you remember
the password?
Access denied.
Please enter password.
No, no, no, no, no.
No, no, no.
Hey, Josh. No.
Hey, babe. No.
No, no, no, no, no.
No, no.
No, no, no.
No. No.
Babe, will you...
No, no. Josh. Josh.
No, don't leave.
No. No, no, no.
No. No. Hey, hey.
No. No. No.
You see, I firmly
believe that in life,
we develop
these connections,
and the best way to spend
that lifetime...
Is enjoying those connections.
So, for all these reasons, I...
I never want to miss
a connection with you.
No, no, no.
Somewhere along the way,
make the world a better place.
Access denied.
Please enter password.
Access denied.
Please enter password.
Access denied.
Please enter password.
Access denied.
Please enter password.
Access denied.
Access denied.
Access denied.
Access denied.
System reset.
Maybe, it's all
about that, you know?
Something out there
is trying to help us,
is pointing us
to the right direction.
We... we could... get her back.
Is anyone home?
Thomas asked me
to leave this.
If you'd like
to make a call,
please hang up,
and try your call again.
If you need help, hang up,
and then dial your operator.
If you'd like to make a call,
please hang up,
and try your call again.
If you need help, hang up,
and then dial your operator.
If you'd like to make a call,
please hang up,
and try your call again.
If you need help, hang up,
and then dial your operator.
Josh? Hello.
Is anyone here?
You were wrong.
--Where the hell's my wife?
Put your
fucking hands up!
It was wrong
the whole time.
The signal...
--It's coming from here...
From this house.
It's inside of me.
Thomas, you...
You let them inside of me.
Where the hell
is Jane?
I.D. Confirmed.
Welcome, Thomas.
What the fuck
are you doing?
Put it down.
Kick it to me.
Okay, okay.
Just let her go.
Take me.
Please just let her go.
She has nothing
to do with this.
You knew
they would prey off of me
because I want
my daughter back.
-You're lying!
No, no, wait!
Stop, stop, stop!
Okay, okay.
All right.
All right.
We knew.
Marconi knew.
We'd never seen someone
who was searching
for something
so desperately.
Who are they?
We don't know.
Stay there.
The question was how
to bring them
to our plane of existence.
They can only exist here
for moments at a time.
We'd never seen anything
like this before.
It was
off the fucking map.
How many were there?
We used that guilt
about your daughter against you.
That fear, that heightened
sense of awareness,
that's what makes you
susceptible to them.
We figured that
under the circumstance,
that you would let them in
if you knew you had a chance
to see her again.
Shut up!
I can help you.
We can take you in.
We can remove it
from you.
These are people's lives.
You killed Josh.
And now,
you're killing me.
You can't let it out
of this house, Isabel.
I'm leaving this house,
You would have done it
already if you knew
it was possible.
I know,
'cause I put it there.
You put what where?
I put a microchip
in the back of your neck.
It's like
a giant electric fence.
You honestly think
it's a coincidence
that this house
is in the middle of nowhere?
It's containment.
Thomas, help me!
Shut up!
No. I'm so sorry.
I'm sorry.
I never meant for any
of this to happen.
It's too late.
Oh, fuck.
--Please let me help you.
You have
to fucking believe me.
They're already here.
don't make me.
Jane, I'm so sorry.
No. No. No.
Ah, you fucking bitch.
Ah, for Christ's...
Window malfunction.
- Fuck!
- Please, reset.
the goddamn window!
- Please, I'm begging you.
I'll do anything.
Okay. Please. I'll take
you to your daughter.
What did you say?
Your daughter. Please.
I'm sorry. I'll take you there.
She's fine.
- Why...
- Listen.
You have my daughter? Why...
Listen, Isabel,
you have to come
with me right now
before they come back.
I can help you.
Where is she?!
It's okay.
She's at a research facility
in the city.
Just come with me.
We can help you.
You can be
with her again.
I don't want that.
What do you want?
I don't want that.
What the fuck
do you want?!
We want...
To be left...
Just to give hope
to the future generations,
you know?
It's... yeah. I told you.
It's so stupid, I know.
I know. It's just it...
No. No, no, no.
It's not stupid at all.
I do, too.
I... I want to answer
all the questions
that everyone else
is asking and...
Somewhere along the way,
make the world a better place.
If I can pull it off,
which is technically impo...
Anyways, a toast.
Okay. A toast.
To changing the world.
To changing the world.