The Clockwork Girl (2021) – Transcript

A nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator, while exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.
The Clockwork Girl (2021)

[PLEASANT MUSIC PLAYING]

[ENTHRALLING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

NARRATOR: This is Haraway, a grand city of invention, prosperity, and peace.

The people of Haraway are creative and industrious, excited about the advancement of science to better their lives and the lives of their families.

[MAN CHUCKLING]

[CAMERA FLASHING]

[ENTHRALLING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

DENDRUS: And now, I present to you, the first being ever created by grafting.

Actually grown from parts of plants and animals.

A completely new person, with two hearts!

[LIVELY MUSIC PLAYING]

[CROWD GASPING]

These two hearts allow this unique creature twice the energy, and twice the power.

[CREATURE CHATTERING]

Well, not bad for someone who spends his time gluing fish together.

Hmm. Well, let’s see you do better with your nuts and bolts.

Unlike my esteemed competitor here, my new invention doesn’t need a diaper change to amaze you.

[CROWD LAUGHS]

And now, made entirely with techno-science, the first ever mechanical man, complete with a thinking brain.

[APPLAUDING]

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the future of all science, T-Bolt.

[LEGENDARY MUSIC PLAYING]

[CROWD GASPING]

Don’t be alarmed.

He’s actually quite domesticated.

T-Bolt, sweep the floor.

Now, polish my boots.

Now it’s time for you to get some exercise.

T-Bolt, skip rope.

[T-BOLT GRUNTING]

[CROWD GASPING]

[T-BOLT GRUNTING VIGOROUSLY]

MAN: Security! Over here!

Hmm.

Everything’s under control. I assure you, he is completely harmless.

[ELECTRICITY BUZZING]

[ELECTRICITY BUZZING]

[T-BOLT GASPING]

[T-BOLT THUDDING]

I’m sorry I had to do that, Tinkerer.

I hope he’s not damaged.

I think it was damaged to begin with.

[GROANS]

So I assume there’s further work to be done?

And where would you like him delivered?

You take it. Do whatever you want.

WILHELM: I don’t ever want to see him again.

[T-BOLT GROANING]

As you wish, sir.

Hmm.

[T-BOLT GROANING]

[CROWD CLAPPING]

DENDRUS: Oh!

[SOLEMN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

[SIGHING IN DESPAIR]

NARRATOR: As long as anyone could remember, the town had been watched over by the Ancients, as the people called them.

Arbiters of justice, symbols of stability and reason.

All anyone had to do was look up and they were there.

They kept everyone safe.

That is, until the Blight.

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING]

The Blight, an invisible plague that rolled over the world, bringing sickness and great loss.

It came and went without warning and people were affected in different ways.

Some got sick, some lost the use of their limbs, and some even died.

The people were divided.

Followers of the Tinkerer became Technocrats.

Those who followed the Grafter dubbed themselves Biotists.

One city became two, and the Blight continued to spread.

Mmm.

[SOMBER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

[SOBBING]

[PLEASANT MUSIC PLAYING]

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING]

[ELECTRICITY BUZZING]

[AMUSING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

WILHELM: Girl, come here this instant and ready your miraculous brain for knowledge.

We will begin with…

“Girl.” That’s what you are.

And “genius.” [LAUGHING]

That’s what I am.

I’m certified, somewhere.

Thinking, the first tool of invention.

[SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

WILHELM: Oh! Nature is an infection!

You need to focus on machines.

[PROPELLERS WHIRLING]

But I am focusing on machines.

Look what I made.

♪ You gotta learn to love ♪

♪ Learn to love ♪

♪ Learn to love ♪

♪ Learn to love ♪

♪ Will you just learn to love? ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ You gotta learn to love ♪

♪ Learn to love ♪

♪ Learn to love… ♪

[ENGINE ACCELERATING]

♪ Will you just Learn to love? ♪

[CAPTIVATING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

MAN: [YELLING IN DISTANCE] Get back here you…

[THUDS]

Master Huxley, we have to get you ready.

[GASPS]

No, Master Huxley. Stop!

Archibald, hold that boy!

[GROANS]

[HUXLEY PANTING]

MAN: Come here!

HUXLEY: Ow!

Huxley! Where have you been?

HUXLEY: Hey, Dad.

I am sorry, sir.

He’s not dressed.

I’m not wearing your monkey suit!

Admiral Wells is gonna be here any minute now.

Why do we let her push us around?

We don’t have to take that.

No, no, no.

We do, like it or not.

The Ancient order put Admiral Wells in charge.

She does what they tell her and we do what she tells us.

[PROPELLERS WHIRLING]

Nice airship.

Quickly.

[INTENSE MUSIC PLAYING]

[PROPELLERS SCREECHING]

[DENDRUS CLEARING THROAT]

Admiral Wells, an honor, as always…

WELLS: Dendrus, the Grafter.

[GROANS]

Please, follow me. I have so much to show you.

We’ve recently found new ways to aid the Blight-ridden among us using transplantation.

This man was blind until we grafted a sea monster to his face.

I can’t blink.

“See” monster, get I?

[CHUCKLES] “Sea”?

[DENDRUS GROANS]

DENDRUS: Hilbert, show them what you can do, Hilbert.

Um… Uh…

We’ve made marvelous progress with our Marmakeets.

[HILBERT SOBBING]

They’re proving very reliable for predicting electrical storms.

[MARMAKEETS CRYING]

Grafter, the Ancient Order did not send me here to tour a menagerie.

[THUDS]

Let me make this very clear.

The Tinkerer designed my army of Corvacks.

WELLS: The Tinkerer gave me T-Bolt. You…

HUXLEY: Hey!

…created an infestation of flying vermin.

Do these creatures prevent the effects of the Blight?

Of course not, no.

WELLS: Does anything here prevent the Blight?

Well, Huxley here.

WELLS: The monster boy?

Huxley is special, very special.

Of course we know the Blight is spreading.

We’ve all felt its effects, some more than others.

DENDRUS: But we’re all sick, Admiral Wells.

Is there a point to this?

Yes, yes. You see, Huxley has never been sick.

You cannot replicate this immunity in others.

But Huxley is proof that Biotist science, with the proper support, will find an answer.

[BIRD SCREECHING]

[HUXLEY SHOUTING]

[GROANS]

WELLS: A poorly trained animal is no solution to the Blight.

If you haven’t found a cure by the time I return, you’ll face the tribunal of the Ancients.

Wrestling Marmakeets in front of Admiral Wells?

Barking?

HUXLEY: What barking?

DENDRUS: Everything that’s important to us could be shut down.

Finished!

And now that mad woman is threatening to torture me, or worse.

DENDRUS: Because of you.

Dad, you heard her, she wouldn’t even look at me.

She thinks I’m a freak like the rest of them.

Then prove them wrong.

You must promote Biotist science, Huxley.

You were made for this.

I’m not a mascot.

[DENDRUS MUMBLES]

[PLEASANT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

Oh!

[VACUUM CLEANER RUNNING]

Hello.

How are you today?

Excuse me?

Hello?

Oi, watch your step.

The floor may be slippery.

If you’re damaged before tonight’s unveiling, the Tinkerer will have my head.

What’s that thing on your head?

Oh, my earpiece. Yeah, the Tinkerer made it for me when I lost my hearing.

Why did you lose your hearing?

Oh, everyone lost something when the Blight came.

Now, have you been misplaced?

Misplaced?

Oh, I’m not lost.

Please allow me to escort you to the master’s laboratory.

Oh, it’s fine. I know the way.

Thank you.

[PLEASANT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[CAPTIVATING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[THUDS]

[YELPS]

Come along.

We need to prepare for tonight.

[SIGHS] Here we are, easy now.

Will it hurt?

No, no, not if you hold still.

Let me see, just a small change in the alignment for perfectly calibrated, articulation.

[GROANING]

Too tight.

That feels better.

Perfect.

Now let’s check your pupil dilation.

Father, I see very well already.

WILHELM: Shh, quiet.

Your eyes are amazing.

GIRL: Thank you.

They can see far outside the visible spectrum.

With your eyes, I can make huge advancements in technocrat science.

Note to self, research light spectrum on optics.

Father, why is the sky red?

It’s the Blight.

But there’s nothing to worry about.

It can’t ruin your life.

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING]

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

WOMAN: It’s the Tinkerer in person!

MAN: Yeah. Uh-huh. WOMAN: Everybody look at him.

♪ Even when I see your show Intermission, gotta go ♪

My dear Tinkerer, did you hear the Grafter is blatantly refusing to find a cure?

Oh, he always was an incompetent hack.

But I suggest we focus tonight on what’s really important.

Wilhelm, darling.

We’re crackling with anticipation.

I’m riveted. [GIGGLING]

We both are, thanks to you.

You’re in for a marvelous evening

All of you.

Ah!

Hello, Wilhelm.

Oh, Admiral Wells, good evening.

Wonderful to see you face-to… [CLEARS THROAT]

Been so long.

I’ve come directly from the Biotist castle.

Why does everyone keep mentioning him? That, that, boop?

The tension in the street is growing.

I see.

I’ll be on the alert.

WELLS: As will I, and the Corvacks.

WILHELM: Oh.

Very good.

MAN: Hmm.

Blech! Ugh!

[MAN GROANS, COUGHS]

HUXLEY: [SCREAMING] Muzzlesputs!

What are you doing?

I’m an official guard.

Official, an official person, officially.

You broke the statue.

Whoops, yeah, sorry about that.

GIRL: I like your outfit.

Did you make it?

Yeah. [CHUCKLES]

Do you think I fit in?

Do you want to?

MAN: Oh, look at him!

The humanity!

I guess not.

Me neither.

Do you ever…

HUXLEY: So I don’t know if you’re much…

[BOTH CHUCKLE]

Huh?

[BIRD SQUAWKS]

Hey, you see those Techs?

I consider vegetarianism barbaric.

Oh, Gary, you’re incorrigible.

GIRL: What do you think they’re saying?

Well, Lord Stupid Hat wants to borrow the sky ship of Sir Bad Wig.

GIRL: That’s a wig?

HUXLEY: Clearly.

Lord Stupid Hat has a map that leads to some shiny treasure.

So he’s saying, “Please Sir Bad Wig, lend me your ship and I’ll let you keep half of my booty.”

And Bad Wig says, “Well, polish my pewter. That sky ship’s worth more than all of our booties put together.”

The treasure map leads to the tree.

The Great Tree?

Have you been to see it?

Well, yeah, I was just there before I came here, I mean.

I wish I could go. I’ve never been outside the castle.

What’s it like?

Outside?

It’s full of adventure.

I should know.

After all, I’m a clown pirate adventurer of the high skies.

[GIRL LAUGHS]

Or Huxley.

Actually, I’m going back to the tree later tonight.

You could come along.

[TRUMPETS PLAYING FANFARE]

Thank you. Thank you.

Welcome, welcome.

This, my trusted Technocrats is truly a great moment in our history.

Unlike my previous mechanical creations, what you are about to see is techno-science, not only capable of thinking, but of feeling.

Huh?

This is our future.

With this unique machine, that matches our own physiology, there’s no problem that techno-science, that I, cannot solve.

Witness my greatest triumph.

[WHIRRING]

[CROWD GASPING]

The Clockwork Girl.

[WILHELM GASPS]

MAN IN CROWD: Poppycock!

Settle down, everyone. The Tinkerer has never let us down. She’s… probably just invisible.

Is she invisible?

No, she’s copper.

Burn the castle.

[CROWD BOOING]

HUXLEY: People were everywhere.

WILHELM: There!

And the father replies, “The Technocrats!”

GIRL: Yikes.

That Biotist monster’s got her.

WELLS: Capture the creature!

Muzzlesputs.

See you at the tree.

[T-BOLT GRUNTING]

This is ridiculous. He’s only a boy beast.

[INTENSE MUSIC PLAYING]

[HUXLEY PANTING]

[YELLS]

[THUDS]

How is he doing that?

[THUDS]

[YELLS]

[HUXLEY GROANING]

HUXLEY: Whoa! [GROANS]

[THUDS]

Statue…

HUXLEY: Whoa!

[HUXLEY HOWLING]

[HUXLEY PANTING]

[T-BOLT GROWLS]

[WELLS SIGHS]

[GIRL SIGHS]

[T-BOLT GRUNTS]

WILHELM: Are you hurt?

Are you hurt? I’m asking you a question. Did it hurt you?

Huxley? No, why would he?

Oh, you don’t understand these things, or what the Biotists might do to you.

Now you just stay in your room where it’s safe.

Huxley was just…

It is not a request.

[SIGHING SADLY]

Oh, what a shame.

That statue really tied the room together.

[PLEASANT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[UPBEAT POP MUSIC PLAYING]

♪ I can’t keep up ♪

♪ With your bad luck ♪

♪ Or that’s just what I like to call it ♪

Tesla.

♪ We’ve been real stuck ♪

♪ All tangled up ♪

♪ I can’t seem to get untied ♪

♪ We spin our hearts ♪

♪ In circles In circles they go ♪

♪ Can’t make them stop ♪

♪ Even though we both know ♪

♪ There’s nowhere to go ♪

♪ Can’t stop, can’t stop Can’t feel you like before ♪

♪ I’m here, you’re there ♪

♪ Everything between Is suffocated ♪

♪ So forget it all ♪

♪ ‘Cause, baby I’m not sentimental ♪

[BOTH GRUNTING]

♪ This is the impossible… ♪

[MARMAKEET YELPS]

Little girls shouldn’t be walking the streets by themselves.

Hmm.

♪ There are no re-runs ♪

♪ No do overs ♪

♪ And no way we can evade the past ♪

♪ No, no ♪

♪ We spin our hearts ♪

♪ And in circles In circles, they go ♪

♪ I’m getting dizzy and I can’t hold on ♪

♪ There’s nowhere to go ♪

♪ Love impossible ♪

Hey, Technocrat.

What are you doing, metalhead?

MAN 2: Is she all metal?

That’s pretty shiny.

[LAUGHING MOCKINGLY]

Look at her run on those tin legs.

[YELPS]

[MARMAKEETS CHITTERING]

MAN: Is that the Clockwork Girl we’ve been hearing about?

[SIGHS WEARILY]

HUXLEY: Can you believe she was the Clockwork Girl?

I mean, wow, everyone was there to see her and she was talking to me.

There’s no way she’s gonna show.

[STAMMERS] Well, maybe, I guess.

[CHITTERS]

[COMICAL MUSIC PLAYING]

[SQUAWKS]

I mean, seriously, who would want to see me?

What are you doing?

[STUTTERS] Hey, you escaped.

You’re the one who escaped.

I just snuck away.

Oh, yeah.

GIRL: That was exciting.

I was worried that T-Bolt was gonna catch you.

What’s a T-Bolt?

Oh, the big mechanical man.

My father made him long before he made me.

Your father got way better at making stuff.

Thanks.

I wanna show you something.

Come on up.

[PLEASANT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

You’re very good at climbing.

Retractable toenails.

♪ Tonight, I’m feeling things I never felt before ♪

[GIRL GIGGLES]

♪ Tonight, we have The time to do it right… ♪

HUXLEY: Pretty grand, isn’t it?

That’s your Technocrat Manor over there.

And that, that’s the Biotists Arboretum, where I live.

GIRL: They’re so far apart.

HUXLEY: Well, I…

I think people prefer it that way.

Hey, I just realized, I still don’t know your name.

Oh, um,

Tesla.

Tesla.

I like it.

[CHITTERING]

My dad made the Marmakeets the same way he made me, I guess he got better making stuff, too.

At least, I like to think he did.

You’re not mechanical.

No, I was grown.

My dad grafted me from a bunch of stuff.

He added a second heart and parts of beasts and kind of…

I think it involved sewing.

TESLA: You have two hearts?

Yeah.

Here.

[HEARTS BEATING]

[BOTH CHUCKLE]

Thank you for showing me everything.

Huxley,

I’d like to show you something.

Wh…

I’m seeing what you see!

This is grand.

♪ We can go anywhere in the world ♪

♪ As long as I can be your girl ♪

♪ We can fade into the Night just you and I ♪

♪ Oh, baby You drive me crazy ♪

♪ All I think about Is how it would be ♪

♪ If you and I Just you and I ♪

[MARMAKEETS CHITTERING]

HUXLEY: Whoa! [STAMMERS]

What’s all that?

Those red bits?

Mmm, my father called it the Blight.

You can see the Blight?

That’s where it gets thickest.

TESLA: See. HUXLEY: Muzzle…

This is mammoth, all the sickness, all the storms.

Then the people my father helps, the ones who are sick, that’s because of the Blight?

That’s what the Blight is.

It hurts people and animals. It’s destroying everything.

If the Blight is coming from the castle…

They’re trying to hurt people, with the Blight.

We should tell our parents.

Yeah, I don’t know if that’s such a good idea.

HUXLEY: Okay, over there is Admiral Wells’ base.

That’s where the airships are.

Now we should be able to borrow one, fly to the Ancients’ castle, and return the airship before anyone notices it’s gone.

Should be easy.

MAN: Hello there, little metal.

We thought we lost you.

Not safe for little Techs to be out so late.

[BOYS LAUGHING]

What do you want?

Hey!

I know you.

You’re the most Bio of us all!

What are you doing with this Tech?

We’re friends, leave us alone.

Techs and Bios can’t be friends.

MAN: Hey, guys, check it out.

This one’s all peg.

[ALL LAUGHING MOCKINGLY]

[THUDS]

Come here!

TESLA: No!

[THUDS]

Argh!

Oh, my spleen.

TESLA: Huxley!

Let’s go.

[GRUNTS]

MAN 1: Ow, my lip. I bit my tongue.

MAN 2: It hurts.

MAN 3: That’s gotta hurt.

MAN 1: Ow, my ankle.

Can you swim?

Seriously?

HUXLEY: Oh, yeah, right.

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING]

There.

[RATTLING]

Huh?

HUXLEY: The garbage hatch.

Won’t it be guarded?

We’ll have to be careful.

Guards for a trash chute? I seriously doubt it.

Just keep your key top down, and stay close to me.

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING]

I’ve got it all figured.

We’ll come out near the core, right?

It’ll be completely empty this time of day.

And from there we’ll have easy access to the docking branches.

You stick to the shadows, stay quiet, and run to the nearest airship.

You should be able to figure out how to fly it. Sound good?

TESLA: Are you sure?

What about the Corvacks?

HUXLEY: We’re clown pirates, remember?

I know what I’m doing.

There won’t be a Corvack in sight.

Let’s go!

[GATE BANGS]

TESLA: Huxley, I see Corvacks.

[MUSIC INTENSIFIES]

[MYSTERIOUS MUSIC PLAYING]

Where have you taken Huxley?

Where’s Huxley?

The Tinkerer has been informed of your presence here.

Oh, I…

Well, we’ve discovered something important.

It’s about the Ancients’ castle.

The Ancients’ castle is forbidden.

GIRL: We need to go there.

The Ancients’ castle is forbidden.

Are you all right?

Get her out of here.

Restrict her to one of the upper cells.

[CORVACK SCREECHING]

[PROPELLERS WHIRLING]

[HUXLEY GRUNTING]

I didn’t expect your arrival so soon.

Where is she? Is she…

We have her contained.

Has she been hurt?

She appears undamaged.

WELLS: I doubt the monster boy has affected her worth.

That beast should be kept in a cage, like the rest of Dendrus’ mistakes.

[T-BOLT GRUNTS]

I think you’ll be satisfied by his punishment.

Thank you, Admiral.

And thank you for rescuing my Clockwork Girl.

I’ll take her home, now.

Patience.

Your construction will be returned to you once we’ve performed the necessary cleansing.

What do you mean?

The monster’s influence has made her, mmm… less than pure.

We’ll let her wind down and erase her memory.

She’ll then be returned to you, uncorrupted, a blank slate.

WILHELM: But…

But she’ll be helpless.

She won’t remember anything.

She won’t even remember me.

It’s for the best.

But she’s… she’s my daughter, and I will not allow you to lay a hand on her.

You, allow me?

You forget your place, scientist.

Don’t forget what happens to those who cross me.

You’ll get your invention back.

That’s what matters, correct?

No, I want her back now.

You’re fortunate that most of your construction can be salvaged.

The monster will need to be disposed of.

Disposed of?

He’ll be held in the sunken prison until he’s executed by wire.

Keep in mind, that your Clockwork Girl could easily share his fate.

Are you threatening her?

Disorder is a threat.

Foolish sentimentality is a threat.

You cannot do this.

Your anger is misplaced.

It’s the monster that’s to blame for all of this, and do not attempt to go after her.

The upper floors of the base are heavily guarded by Corvacks, thanks to you.

She’s out of your reach.

[T-BOLT GRUNTS]

Very well, Admiral. I’ll see myself out.

[SOMBER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[GRUNTS]

[BOTH SQUAWK SOFTLY]

[HUXLEY GASPING]

[CHITTERING]

[ELECTRICITY BUZZING]

[WHIMPERING]

[PANTING]

I don’t understand.

Quiet, I can’t do this by myself.

Now you’re gonna have to climb the tower.

I’ll go to the control room, and I’ll slow the Corvacks down.

Save my daughter.

[ADVENTUROUS MUSIC PLAYING]

And try to ignore your natural impulses to do something stupid.

Go.

The Blight’s coming from the Ancients’ castle.

Tesla can see it.

Tesla?

[EXHILARATING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

[HUXLEY PANTING]

[STRAINING]

Hmm?

[GRUNTS]

Okay. Okay.

Hello.

You escaped?

No, I just snuck away.

Let’s go.

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING]

WILHELM: These controls are terrible.

I should really stop talking to myself. That’s what crazy people do, isn’t it?

Yes, it is.

WELLS: Corvacks!

Strike!

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

Didn’t know they could do that.

Argh! The locks are jammed.

Someone’s at the controls.

Over there.

HUXLEY: If we fall into those, we’re toast.

[YELPS]

Tesla!

[TESLA SCREAMING]

Duck!

HUXLEY: Hold on.

♪ Take my hand and hold on ♪

[SCREAMS]

[GRUNTS]

[SOFTLY] Muzzlesputs.

TESLA: Thank you.

It’s gonna fall.

[CLANGING]

[METALLIC SCREECH]

HUXLEY: Whoa, hey, get off, get off.

[GRUNTING]

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

[TESLA STRUGGLES]

[BOTH SCREAM]

HUXLEY: Well, that was lucky.

[CORVACK CAWS]

Keep going!

Huxley?

You go ahead, get us a ship. I’ll take care of this one.

TESLA: Are you sure?

I don’t know how to fly an airship.

[CAWS]

[GASPS]

[CHUCKLES]

[SQUEAKS]

[SQUEALS]

[SQUEAKING AND GRUNTING]

[ALL SQUEAK]

Huh?

[HUXLEY SCREAMS]

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

[HUXLEY PANTING]

[TESLA GRUNTS]

HUXLEY: Thanks.

[ENGINE HUMMING]

[WINGS FLUTTERING]

You’d better be going straight home.

[MECHANICAL WHIRRING]

[METALLIC CLANK]

[PIPES HISSING]

[HUMMING DIES DOWN]

[WINGS BEATING]

Oh.

Stop them!

Hit it.

[TENSE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[GRUNTS]

TESLA: Ooh…

[CORVACKS CAWING]

[TESLA GASPS]

HUXLEY: Pull up, pull up.

I can’t, she’s above us.

TESLA: Hold on tight!

What are you…

[BOTH SCREAMING]

[MECHANICAL WHIRRING]

HUXLEY: [PANTS] I think we’ve escaped.

[MECHANICAL RASPS]

[GRUNTS]

She is pushy.

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

[GLASS CRACKLING]

[GRUNTS]

Huh?

Tesla, slow.

[GASPS]

[MECHANICAL CHUG]

HUXLEY: Slow…

[EERIE MUSIC PLAYING]

[GUTTURAL RUMBLING]

[TENSE MUSIC PICKS UP]

[METALLIC CLANGING]

[PROPELLERS CHUFFING]

[SCREECHES]

Fast. Fast, fast, fast!

TESLA: This is fast!

HUXLEY: She is really good at this.

TESLA: She’s probably done it before.

[ROARS]

HUXLEY: You toothless, low stone, muzzlesputs!

[ROARS]

Lower, or higher. Try higher.

[CRASH]

Huxley, hold on.

[ROARING]

HUXLEY: How can you still be hungry?

[GLASS CRACKLES]

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

[METALLIC SCRAPING]

[TESLA STRAINING]

[HUXLEY GROANS]

[MONSTER RUMBLING]

Here it comes.

[TESLA GRUNTS]

[MONSTER ROARS]

[MECHANICAL CRASH]

[WELLS GROANS AND GRUNTS]

Huxley, the shield.

Oh, not so grand. Look out!

[HUXLEY AND TESLA GRUNT]

[MONSTER ROARS]

[CRASH]

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

It’s coming apart on us.

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING]

[SCREECHES]

New idea.

[ROARING]

Almost there.

[RUMBLING]

[TESLA YELPS]

[TESLA AND HUXLEY SCREAM]

HUXLEY: Were you scared?

TESLA: I was terrified.

Well done.

Any sign of Wells?

None.

[MECHANICAL CRASH]

The motor’s giving out. I need to land.

[MECHANICAL CRASH]

[MECHANICAL HUM]

[MECHANICAL ZING]

[DARK INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

Did we find them?

[MECHANICAL ZING]

Then have T-Bolt lower the castle’s defenses and keep them down.

That’s the one place we know they’re headed.

[MECHANICAL CAWING]

[BLADES CHUFFING]

Can you figure out how to fix it?

I think so.

I mended one of the interior propellers by using a piece of metal from the damaged fuselage.

You’re pretty good at this.

My father taught me how to build things, and fix them.

Do you think he’s all right?

I don’t know.

[GRUNTS]

At least Admiral Wells likes your dad, doesn’t she?

I saw them talking together at the unveiling.

I suppose so.

She always gives my dad a hard time.

Now he’s really in trouble, because of me.

People only listen to Wells because they’re afraid…

afraid of the Blight, of the Ancients, everything,

But… we can change that.

It’ll be an adventure.

[BRIGHT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

Huxley?

[SQUEAKING AND SQUAWKING]

Wilhelm?

Ugh, what possible function…

The hydrobot? It’s attracted to the smell of metal.

Dendrus?

It’s wonderful for clearing the soil of industrial pollutants.

Only you would stick something so disgusting in a hole and call it wonderful.

If you’re finished, you might want to tell me why you’re here now, trespassing in my arboretum, upsetting my hydrobot.

[BIRDLIKE CREATURE SQUAWKING]

It’s about our children.

[FOOTSTEPS RECEDING]

Oh…

[DRAMATIC INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

Do you know what the Ancients look like?

Like us… I mean, not like us, like everybody else.

I think.

TESLA: Well, haven’t you seen them?

No, but my dad has.

He says they wear face masks…

Like Admiral Wells.

Or the Corvacks.

[DRAMATIC MUSIC INTENSIFIES]

[SQUEAKS]

[MECHANICAL HUM DIES DOWN]

HUXLEY: What happened?

This place is a wreck.

It’s so sad.

Do you think it’s a trick?

I’m not sure.

[ETHEREAL MUSIC PLAYING]

You should be careful.

[WIND HOWLING]

HUXLEY: Whoa. [CHUCKLES]

Where is everybody?

[LAUGHS] Wow.

[LAUGHS] Sheesh.

[LOW SQUEAKING]

HUXLEY: Hey, Tesla… look at this.

Huxley?

Huxley?

[YELLING]

Yeah, [CHUCKLING] it’s me.

Did I get you?

Huxley, we need to take this more seriously.

[METALLIC CLANG]

[GRUNTS] Wow, what a gem.

[HUXLEY PANTING]

Let’s go.

HUXLEY: [CHUCKLES] Ooh.

[OMINOUS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

This place is completely abandoned?

Shh.

[SOMBER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

You, Wells.

[SIGHS]

I suspected it would come to this.

Where are the Ancients? What have you done to them?

You’ve made a terrible mistake coming here.

We followed the Blight.

You lied to everybody.

You’ve been keeping people sick.

And you kept everyone away so nobody would find out.

You killed the Ancients, didn’t you?

[SWORD ZINGING]

I refuse to justify myself to a failed experiment.

You’re a traitor!

I was betrayed, left behind to keep order before you even existed.

Liar!

Doesn’t matter what you believe?

Not anymore.

Huxley, I don’t think she’s lying.

They did leave you.

When the world got sick, they left all of us, and you.

You took power without anyone knowing it.

When the Blight started, I came here to the Ancients’ castle to seek their guidance, but they were gone.

They had abandoned all of us.

Somebody had to protect Haraway, to guide its progress.

You haven’t protected anyone.

Without someone to lead them, the city would have fallen into chaos.

It fell to me, to keep the people safe.

I always have.

I keep them from knowing how alone they truly are.

HUXLEY: No, no, listen!

The Blight is coming from this castle.

The castle is a symbol of order, of hope.

I won’t let you take that away.

You’ve left me no alternative.

[HUFFING]

Huxley, we have to show her.

We are not the helpless children you think we are.

I’ve never once considered you a child.

[YELLING]

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

Murderer!

WELLS: Not yet!

[GASPS] Duck!

[DARK POP SONG PLAYING]

[LYRICS IMPERCEPTIBLE]

[BOTH GRUNTING]

♪ I stumbled on your dark side ♪

♪ Tasted like candy ♪

[WELLS GRUNTS]

Whoa!

[ALL GRUNTING]

♪ …knowing that, what you pretend to be ♪

♪ You’re just a You’re just a Frenemy ♪

♪ Frenemy, frenemy Frenemy ♪

♪ Are you a frenemy Or enemy? ♪

♪ Frenemy ♪

♪ …that you’re not what you pretend to be ♪

♪ Friend or enemy ♪

♪ You’re just a You’re just a ♪

♪ Frenemy ♪

[SCREAMING]

TESLA: Huxley, hurry!

♪ Frenemy ♪

[WELLS YELPS]

[HUXLEY PANTING]

TESLA: Are you all right?

WELLS: Corvacks!

[CRASHING]

Attack!

[TENSE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

TESLA: Run!

[MECHANICAL CAWING]

[BOTH PANTING]

[HUXLEY PANTING]

[GRUNTS]

What is it?

[SIGHS]

[THUDS]

[CHITTERING]

I have an idea.

On your feet. You’re losing them.

[MECHANICAL CAWING]

[MARMAKEETS STUTTERING]

[FOOTSTEPS DEPARTING]

So, where do you think it leads? [PANTING]

I don’t know. Did you hear that?

[RUSTLING]

[FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING]

She’s coming.

[SUSPENSEFUL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

What is it? Some kind of furnace?

No…

Not a furnace. The castle’s heart.

HUXLEY: Oh…

It’s the source of the Blight. Huxley, we found it.

I recognize these.

[FIRE CRACKLING]

[FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING]

Tesla, she’s here.

T-Bolt?

[MECHANICAL WHIRR]

T-Bolt, you have to help us, please.

[GRUNTS]

HUXLEY: That guy?

Again?

Let us pass.

[GROWLS]

What’s beyond that door?

Only the engine room.

Nowhere to hide.

What are these?

They shouldn’t be here.

Have you done this?

T-Bolt, I demand that you answer me at once.

[T-BOLT LAUGHS]

Do not speak to me as though I were a servant.

So he can talk now?

Wells wasn’t lying.

She didn’t know that the Blight was coming from the castle.

Explain the meaning of this, this treachery.

[T-BOLT LAUGHS]

[MECHANICAL WHIRRING AND CLANGING]

[T-BOLT LAUGHING MANIACALLY]

You should be honored. You’ve just met the greatest inventor of all time.

So you made yourself taller. So what?

This? [CHUCKLES] This is nothing.

I’m talking about an invention that changed the entire world for the better.

He means the Blight.

He started it.

How?

I worked in the Tinkerer’s lab, studied the Grafter’s methods and created a device more complicated than any human, any petty, selfish, cowardly human could understand.

I understand.

Shut up! Shut up!

[SIGHS IN EXASPERATION] And when the Tinkerer passed me off to Admiral Wells, I found the perfect place for my invention to thrive.

[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]

It worked.

Then, you’re the reason the Ancients left.

[CHUCKLES] They didn’t leave.

Let’s just say they were the first victims of the Blight.

That can’t be true.

Ha, it’s your turn now to obey my orders, to fear me.

[SCREAMS]

[T-BOLT LAUGHS]

Now’s our chance.

[HUXLEY PANTING]

[WELLS AND T-BOLT GRUNT]

[GRUNTS]

[TENSE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

TESLA: It’s too hot.

We’ll see.

You can’t, it only gets worse further in.

There’s… There’s gotta be a way.

There is.

I’ll go alone.

No, no, no, no, it’s too dangerous.

You’re starting to sound like my father.

I’m a cloud pirate, remember?

I’ll wait here for you.

I’ll keep them from getting in.

[WELLS GROANS]

[WELLS AND T-BOLT GRUNTING]

[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]

The source.

[LAUGHS]

[GRUNTS AND SHOUTS]

[WELLS GRUNTS]

[T-BOLT LAUGHS]

[T-BOLT GRUNTS]

[WELLS GROANS]

[WELLS SCREAMING FADES]

[OMINOUS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

HUXLEY: Hey, toolbox!

Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking to you, T-Screw.

I’m still here.

She’s gone ahead without you, has she?

[LAUGHS] Fitting.

[HUXLEY SHOUTS]

HUXLEY: Gah!

[METALLIC SCRAPING]

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

[T-BOLT CHUCKLES]

[HUXLEY GROANS]

[METALLIC WHIRRING AND GROWLING]

Oh, muzzlesputs.

[TENSE MUSIC INTENSIFIES]

[SUSPENSEFUL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

T-BOLT: Impressive, isn’t it?

[TESLA GASPS]

[STRAINING]

So weak. It seems the Tinkerer was as negligent with your planning as he was with mine.

But you know, the best thing about being mechanical…

[MECHANICAL WHIRRING]

…is the ability to improve on your initial blueprint.

I could show you how.

What are you talking about?

[SCREAMS]

[GRUNTS]

At the moment, my invention is barely affecting the world below us.

It’s already ruined lives. Even the sky is sick with it.

We can do better than that.

Uh… we?

You’re lucky, you have the chance, no, the honor to join me, to take the next step into a new age of strength, untainted by human weakness.

I liked it better when you didn’t talk.

Well, there’s a backup plan.

[T-BOLT GRUNTS]

[DRAMATIC ORCHESTRAL MUSIC]

[HUXLEY GRUNTS]

[T-BOLT GROWLING]

Think of it as a kind of cleanse.

You and I make the Blight engine stronger, thereby ridding ourselves of all humanity… plants, animals, all living things.

We’ll engineer others like us, pure mechanical minds.

It will be an industrial revolution.

[HUXLEY GROANING]

[GROWLS]

[YELLS]

[T-BOLT GROWLS]

TESLA: You know what I think?

That rainbows are your favorite color?

If you were as pure a machine as you say you are, you wouldn’t be this angry.

[ROARS] At least I’m not some incompetent little parasite like you with some patchwork dog boy as my great defender.

[GROANS]

T-BOLT: Though he won’t be much use to you now, will he?

[MECHANICAL ROAR]

No!

Huxley?

[GRUNTS]

[PROPELLER BLADES CHUFFING]

[HEROIC INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

Careful!

DENDRUS: Huxley, are you okay?

Oh, did I forget to mention, I dealt with Wells so quickly that I had all the time in the world to finish off your little friend.

[GASPS]

So tragic.

You will join me, you know, whether you want to or not.

You see, all I have to do is stop your heart, let you wind down, and all your memories, everything you care for, will be gone.

You’ll love it.

[GRUNTS]

Hmm? [GROWLS]

HUXLEY: Dad?

It’s all right, I’ve got you.

[MARMAKEET SQUEAKS]

You brought the Marmakeet?

WILHELM: Where’s Tesla?

[MECHANICAL GROWL]

[GRUNTS]

Oh, he’s fine.

Dad, look, I’m sorry we came by ourselves.

We should have waited.

Well, I’m sorry I almost hit you to the sky.

[CRASH]

[ROARS]

DENDRUS: Muzzlesputs.

[DRAMATIC INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[ROARS]

[MECHANICAL ROARING]

Corvacks, fall back.

Wells.

[MECHANICAL ROARING DIES DOWN]

Let them be. Attack the automatons.

[MECHANICAL ROARING]

[WELLS GRUNTS]

Where is my daughter?

She’s in there. With T-Bolt.

He’s the one that started the Blight.

T-Bolt?

Then, it’s my fault.

[ELECTRIC CRACKLE]

[AUTOMATONS GROANING]

Call it an act of mercy, my killing Huxley.

At least now, he’ll…

[METALLIC CLANK]

He’ll never get sick the way Father…

[METALLIC CLANK]

[STRUGGLES]

Your father will!

[ECHOING] And Dendrus and everyone else!

It’s not going to happen.

[GROWLS]

[GRUNTS]

TESLA: You couldn’t do it alone, could you?

I understand, you are lonely.

You’re doing this because of him, because of our father.

[METALLIC CLANKING]

You needed to make him see you.

[GRUNTS]

T-Bolt, you’re my brother, we can stop this. It’s not too late.

Father can fix you, I know he will.

He means nothing to me!

No, don’t touch it!

You need help. Let us help you.

I need nothing!

[SCREAMING]

[INTENSE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[TESLA STRAINING]

[T-BOLT GRUNTS]

No!

[T-BOLT GROANS LOUDLY]

[GRUNTS AND GROANS]

[MECHANICAL WHIRR WINDING DOWN]

[CRACKLING]

Tesla!

[HUM DIES DOWN]

DENDRUS: No, wait, Huxley!

[HUXLEY PANTING]

Tesla.

Tesla, where are you?

TESLA: [FAINTLY] Huxley.

HUXLEY: Tesla?

A-are you all right? Are you…

[TESLA SIGHS]

[SOFTLY] Oh, I shouldn’t have let you. Stupid.

[SAD INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

Tesla?

Oh, Tesla, I’m sorry.

Huxley…

The same?

That’s right.

That’s right, we’re the same.

[MECHANICAL WHIRR DIES DOWN]

No, no, no, no. No, come on.

We’re the same.

DENDRUS: Huxley.

[STAMMERS] She did it.

I shouldn’t have let her go, it was too hot, and… I shouldn’t have let her go.

Without the engine, the castle will fall.

If you want to live, we must leave this place.

[TENSE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

To the ship!

[GROWLS]

[GASPS]

Look out!

[SPLAT]

Keep going.

[ALL GRUNTING]

No!

[WILHELM PANTING]

DENDRUS: Can you fix it? Bring her back?

I don’t know.

Her heart is shattered.

If these gears stop, she’ll…

Take one of mine, fix her.

Absolutely not.

It’s impossible, it would never work.

Well, why not?

Tinkerer, you’ve been grafting machines on humans for years.

It should work the other way around.

And, Dad, you are the greatest grafter the world has ever known.

But, son, it’s very dangerous.

With only one heart, you’ll be very weak…

Fix Tesla.

It’s hers already.

Dad, we can save her.

[BREATHING RASPILY]

DENDRUS: Wilhelm?

Well, I guess in theory, it is possible, but we don’t have much time.

[SAD INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[PROPELLERS CHUFFING]

Huxley?

Drink this. Lie down.

[GULPING]

WILHELM: Can you get us out of here?

WELLS: Don’t talk.

DENDRUS: Careful, watch your head.

[ETHEREAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[DISTANT EXPLOSION]

[CRASH]

[ENGINE DYING DOWN]

Huxley, can you hear me?

You’re going to be very unsteady.

Don’t try to move just yet.

[GROANS]

Is she okay?

We don’t know yet, son.

Wait.

Come on, easy now.

[MELLOW MUSIC]

[SHUTTER CLICKS AND WHIRRS]

Hello, Father.

[SIGHS IN RELIEF]

You did it.

Huxley.

[GROANS] Careful.

You’ll make him a new heart, won’t you?

Together?

Well, that shouldn’t be a problem, should it, Dendrus?

No.

Not if you don’t muck it up.

At least they didn’t call me pickle fingers in the old days.

You’re the only person who called me that.

I may have pioneered that, yes.

Oh, the same way you pioneered bolting your foot to the floor?

Now hold on, that was a faulty drill.

I still tell everyone about that time your first cross-bred creature tried to devour…

[MOODY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[SIGHS]

Stay out of trouble.

[DISTANT RUMBLING]

Cloud pirates, right?

Heroes of the high skies.

[DISTANT RUMBLING]

[JOYFUL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

HUXLEY: [CHUCKLES] Wait, look at that.

Wow.

[MAN MUMBLING]

HUXLEY: Hey, Tes, look at this.

Up here.

TESLA: Huxley! [LAUGHS]

Huxley, look.

HUXLEY: Watch that branch.

So, my father says he’ll build us an airship if I promise him one thing.

Oh, yeah, and what’s that?

That you’ll never fly it.

[SCOFFS]

Yeah, well, I’m more of a pirate than a pilot, anyway.

You worry about flying us, and I’ll worry about hidden treasure.

Where do you want to look first?

Everywhere.

Everywhere sounds good.

For a start.

[MARMAKEET CHITTERING]

[SQUEALS]

[POP SONG PLAYING]

♪ Tell me boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tell me boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tell me boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tell me boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tonight, I’m feeling things I never felt before ♪

♪ Tonight, we have the time To do it right ♪

♪ We only got one life ♪

♪ And there’s a million Things there to explore ♪

♪ So take me away ♪

♪ Away, away ♪

♪ We can go anywhere In the world ♪

♪ As long as I Can be your girl ♪

♪ We can fade into the night Just you and I ♪

♪ Oh, baby You drive me crazy ♪

♪ All I think about Is how it would be if you and I ♪

♪ Just you and I ♪

♪ Oh, baby You drive me crazy ♪

[CHITTERING]

♪ All I think about Is how it would be if you and I ♪

[MARMAKEET YELPING]

♪ Just you and I ♪

♪ Tell me boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tell me boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tell me boy Tell me what you say ♪

MAN: Fish and berries! Get the finest fish and berries in Haraway!

Won’t last long, I can guarantee you that.

[MARMAKEET CHITTERS]

♪ Tonight, when you Hold me tight ♪

♪ It feels like paradise We only got one try ♪

♪ To bring to life All of our heart’s desires ♪

♪ So take me away Away, away ♪

♪ We can go anywhere In the world ♪

♪ As long as I Can be your girl ♪

♪ We can fade into the night Just you and I ♪

♪ Oh, baby You drive me crazy ♪

♪ All I think about Is how it would be if you and I ♪

♪ Just you and I ♪

♪ Oh, baby You drive me crazy ♪

♪ All I think about Is how it would be if you and I ♪

♪ Just you and I ♪

♪ Two hearts collide At the speed of light ♪

♪ You got my love life Pretzel-tied ♪

♪ And I can’t deny You’re everything I need ♪

♪ So take me away ♪

♪ Tell me, boy ♪

♪ Tell me, boy ♪

♪ Oh, baby You drive me crazy ♪

♪ All I think about Is how it would be if you and I ♪

♪ Just you and I ♪

♪ Oh, baby You drive me crazy ♪

♪ All I think about Is how it would be if you and I ♪

♪ Just you and I ♪

♪ Tell me, boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tell me, boy Tell me what you say ♪

♪ Tell me, boy Tell me what you say ♪

[TRIUMPHANT ORCHESTRAL MUSIC]

[UPBEAT POP SONG PLAYING]

♪ I can’t keep up ♪

♪ With your bad love ♪

♪ Oh, that’s just What I like to call it ♪

♪ We’ve been real stuck ♪

♪ All tangled up ♪

♪ I can’t seem to get untied ♪

♪ We spin our hearts ♪

♪ In circles, in circles They go ♪

♪ Can’t make them stop ♪

♪ Even though we both know ♪

♪ There’s nowhere to go ♪

♪ Can’t stop, can’t stop Can’t feel you like before ♪

♪ I’m here, you’re there ♪

♪ Everything between Is suffocated ♪

♪ So forget it all ♪

♪ ‘Cause, baby I’m not sentimental ♪

♪ This is love impossible ♪

♪ Impossible ♪

♪ Love impossible ♪

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Jolt (2021)

Jolt (2021) – Transcript

A bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.