CTRL (2018) - full transcript

Lex and her boyfriend Dru visit her reclusive brother Leo's top-floor apartment in the heart of London. The young couple discover Leo has created a digital virus intent on gaining absolute knowledge, which is evolving at an alarming rate. The already uncomfortable family reunion turns nasty when the virus traps the trio, and begins to spy on them using disturbing 'biological' drones. Despite outsider Dru's growing resentment towards the siblings' close bond, the three must stay united to have any chance of overcoming Leo's godlike creation.

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There are five laws to
create something from nothing.

- One.
- Distribute being.

A single honeybee
has a memory of six days,

a hive a memory of three months.


Accept your errors.

Innovation is
indistinguishable from failing.

- Three.
- Inherit the wind. Cause unrest and invite chaos.

- Four.
- Sacrifice form for function.

If it works, it's beautiful.

- Five.
- Yield increasing returns.

To those who have,
more will be given.


- I love your

Happy birthday.

Don't we look alike?

My room.


And drum roll...

Spare room.

Your brother
is not fond of strangers.

You didn't tell
me you were adopted.

They found me in a basket
among the reeds.

And Leo?


In a handbag.

In Victoria Station.


What else am I
gonna learn this week?

I took a test.

I'm pregnant.

It's true.


Are you serious?

Don't do it.

Why would you do that?

Why would you do that?

You f--

Does anyone ever
feel the same emotion

for a butterfly or a flower

that they feel for a cathedral?

Or a picture?

I know why you're here.


But I'm afraid
I am to disappoint.


Not this year, no tricks.

No hacks, no bugs.

What's up?

They're not his friends.

No, no, no.

This year we are the virus.


What do you do, Leo?

Live and breathe.

I know, I know,
call me old-fashioned,

but it's good work.

If you can get it, of course.

I answer questions.

I'm an artist.

Don't they ask questions,
not answer them?

- Only the bad ones.
- What is it you say, Dru?

Art allows us to find
ourselves and lose ourselves?

It's a quote.

I am lost.

I am found.

Oh, I'm lost again.

Hey, smilo.

He that is jealous
is not in love.


Don't you mean,
"I love you, darling."

We grew up together, Dru.

We didn't have anyone else.

It's been a pleasure.

Leo, mate.

Come on, Lex.
Come on, please don't go.

Fuck, fuck, fuck!

The pleasure, it was all mine.



I'm not asking you
to leave, okay. You can stay.

- But I've, I've had enough.
- We've been here one day!

You know I haven't seen him in years!
Please just, just stay a little bit longer!


Daisy sucked too much
current and tripped the fuse.



The system's fail-secure.

If the power cuts,
the door stays locked.

Good luck.


What's the story?

A system reset maybe.

Still no signal.

What are you doing?

- Using Daisy's Internet.
- It's ergot.


Not connected.

Security threat.



- We wait.
- Wait for what?

For me to regain
access to the security module.

Or until someone drops by.


We can bang on the walls.

The neighbors will hear us.

We are the
only residents these days.

You've evicted everyone?


I gave them notice.

Excuse her French.

You own the whole block?

Yeah, us both.

We inherited it.


So what?

We wait.

We'll ration our supplies.

She's got a point.

If we have to wait for
one of your friends to drop by,

we could be here for a while.

No offense.


A priest, a rabbi,
and an imam walk into a bar.

The barman
looks at them and says,

"What is this,
some kind of joke?"


Come on. Come on.

She talks about you.

All the time.

Do you remember how we met?

You were alone.

I asked if you were okay.

And what did I say?

Not a lot... at first.

You were dressed all in black
even though it was so hot.

I couldn't face it.

The funeral.

You didn't like your dad.

We never really knew him.

He was always working,

even after we were adopted.

After mom died,
he worked even harder.

We had whatever we wanted.

An endless holiday,
just the two of us.

In that house
that was our universe.

But everyone grows up.


New category.

Characters from fiction
with the same initials.


Willy Wonka.

Rook to C4.

Mighty Mouse.

Uh... Bishop... to F7.


Bugs Bunny.

The Great Gatsby.

Knight to D7.


Wait. Checkmate.

It's Jay Gatsby,
not Great Gatsby,

and it's my go.

Peter Pan.

Peter Parker!

Can you not cool her down
a wee bit, captain?

It's an
inanimate object, firstly,

and no, I can't.

The fans are damaged.

You two had an argument?

You don't have to answer.

Daisy is not hardware.

She's a virus.


That's new.

There are five laws to
create something from nothing.

D-A-I-S-Y. Daisy.

And these are the
laws your virus obeys?

These laws must be obeyed

by anything that
wishes to survive.

D, distribute being.

The whole is worth more
than the sum of its parts.

A single honeybee
has a memory of six days,

the hive a memory
of three months.

And the second law?

Accept your errors.

Innovation is
indistinguishable from failure.

To be an error and to be cast
out is part of God's design.


Inherit the wind.

Cause unrest and invite chaos.

And the S?

Sacrifice form
for function.

Fuck elegance.

If it works, it's beautiful.

- Y?
- Yield increasing returns.

Nurture successes.

Survival of the fittest.

- What's the threat?
- She is.

Her weakest traits she destroys.

Artificial selection.

Judge, jury, and executioner.

And the defendant.

What's the point?


She's learning to learn.


Leo, Leo!

Get it out, get it out!
Get it out!



Oh shit.



- I don't know.
- Don't know what?

What are you asking?

I don't know.

You don't know what they are?

They have
nothing to do with you?

How's your head?

What are we gonna do?

When I was a young child,

I performed open-heart surgery
on the neighbor's cat.

While our father was away,

I found all the papers, cash,
checkbooks, and credit cards,

and burned them.

This bottle of whiskey that
we've all been drinking from

is spiked with a
very powerful and very rare

slow-acting poison.

Which of these is true?

None of it.

Very good.

How did you know?

The cat was in fact a mouse.

Lex burned daddy's papers, with my
help naturally, though it was her idea.

And no, I'm not
checking us all out early,

although I did pick
this up on my travels,

and I did think today
was as good a day as any.

To family.

To family.

Do you believe in God?

You're asking
whether I believe, like Lex,

that in another life
we'll see our mother again?

- Do you?
- No.

- About which?
- None of it.

How can you be certain?

Let me ask you a question.
You're smart.

Thank you.

You could do anything,

yet here you are,

playing chess

against your own computer.

And here you are,
a drunk sack of carbon

heckling another sack of carbon.

Ignore him, Dru.
He's a bitter little boy

with thoughts
too big for his head.


What book did you
parrot that from, sis?

Do you actually have any friends or just
acquaintances you bribe with software?

Because the company
you keep is so charming.

♪ When all is ending now ♪

♪ I don't know if
I'll ever carry on ♪

What if someone buzzes the door?

We mustn't fall asleep.

We mustn't.


They all have the same texture.


The same pattern
repeated over and over.

The surface area to
volume ratio must be huge,

giving them maximum
exposure to the environment.

But why?

- Where did they come from?
- Heightened sensory awareness

for increased heat absorption.

You look terrible.

It's generating
its own electricity.

The organisms are
copied from nature.

I say copied.
She's borrowed liberally.

She's reforming
the matter into tissue.

The maggots,
the insects, that plant.

They're part of her.

She's harvesting information.

No, no, no, no, no!
What are you doing! Stop, stop, stop it!

What are you doing!

- Dru!
- Stop it!


Oh, that's my girl.


Lex! Get out the way!


Think what it did to you.

She's right.

It's too dangerous.

New recruits were always given
buzz cuts at the start of training,

initially to
prevent the spread of lice.

Over time this
developed into uniform

under the pretext of
easy maintenance and cooling.

In reality it was another tool

in the attempt to
depersonalize the individual.

Comrades looking
into each other's eyes

would see
themselves reflected back,

inspiring empathy
with their fellow soldiers.



Worker bees and soldier ants.

Long live the queen!

Look for signal.

We did.

Look again.

Hey. Whatcha doing?

What are you doing?

Uh, you're
looking for an escape?

What's your suggestion?

My suggestion?

I don't know.

I'm just starting to have fun.

My headache's gone.

I feel cleansed.

Oi, Santa!



What do you say?

Brother-in-law bonding sesh?

I'll go easy, I promise.

You like games?


How long have you lived here?

- How long?
- Years.

- So, long enough to--
- Your move.

- To know any--
- Any secret passages,


Yeah, presumably.

No phone connection.

No Internet. No neighbors.

Electronic locking system.

Shuttered windows.


The shutters,
where are the keys?


The keys?


The white's in your left hand.

Micro expressions.

Well, macro in your case.

The way you held out
your hands, your eyes.

How can you know this?

Because Daisy knows this.

Come on, come on, come on.

Hello? I'm locked in
an apartment on um--

Emergency services
have been temporarily suspended

in the Greater London Area.

In case of a structural fire,

evacuate the premises
immediately please. Thank you.

You've been recording us.

You've been recording us.

This whole time.



I fed Daisy the video
as initial stimulus!

It's been watching us.

- Lex!
- What?

It's too dangerous.

It's not him,
all right, it's the computer.

So you're on his side now?

Listen to me, I think it's
gone to his head. Lex!

Turn the light off.

Stay there.

Right, so you can see me here
and me on the monitors.


What, what is this?

Their predictions.

So what, it can tell the future?

She's making
very educated guesses

based on her
observation of our behavior.

When I look at myself,
the image disappears.


Seeing yourself in the future
influences you in the present.

Choice. Try it.

What do I have to do?

Whatever you want.

I know you're in there.

Just gonna wait here.


I love you.

I uh... don't say that

very often.

Please, open the door.

♪ I will not forget ♪

♪ The day when we first met ♪

♪ You were so beautiful ♪

♪ I couldn't trust my eyes ♪

♪ You were
Dancing on the floor ♪

♪ I was in a state of awe ♪

♪ Imagining myself
Right by your side ♪

♪ So I asked you for a dance ♪

♪ You said okay but no thanks ♪

♪ I've got a guy
But he's not here tonight ♪

♪ So I walked up to the bar ♪

♪ I got a Jager and a shot ♪

♪ I drank it down and
swallowed up my pride ♪

What can you see?


♪ The morning after the club ♪

♪ I go out for a walk ♪

♪ Turn down a street
I never took before ♪

♪ Lo and behold
I saw you there ♪

♪ You're looking tired
Worse for wear ♪

♪ But I asked you if
You wanna join for fun ♪

♪ So we walked under the trees ♪

♪ Mixing coffee with some weed ♪

♪ Take a sober tone
And try to settle down ♪

♪ We feel the electricity
Through the air of you and me ♪

♪ But as you say again
You've got another guy ♪

I can see!

I can see!

I, I can feel her!

She's in my synapses!

She's, she's in my fingertips!


And the crowd goes wild.

Oh, stop, please!

Oh no, no, you're far too kind.


Your face.

Oh, you do make me blush.

You need help!

♪ I don't need anything ♪

♪ But you ♪

Page, page!

Fun sponge!


"As truth and beauty
shall together thrive,

If from thyself to store
thou wouldst convert.

Or else of thee
this I prognosticate.

Thy end is truth's
and beauty's doom and date."


Daisy's a big fan.

I fed her his completed
works for language analysis,

along with 20,000 gigabytes
of other digitized literature.

Notably she categorized Romeo
and Juliet with the comedies

and recognized
homoerotic and Catholic trends

in much of his writing.

Of course academics have
pointed out these connections,

but I thought it was--

Not my good side.

- Shut up!
- Have you prayed for me, sis?

That I'll be swept to salvation?

Hey, hey, aw!

No, no, no, no, no!

You're welcome.

The airflow must be oxidized

by whatever's in that pipe.

Plastics tend to
be resistant to acid.


Okay, okay, okay! Easy! Easy!

Oh, come on, come on.

Coming, coming!





Get out of the way, get out of
the way! Get out of the way, move!

Three, two, one!


What is this?

A trial version.

You missed my speech.

I gave them out at the party.

How many?

Say something.

It was an experiment.

They're Bible verses.

They were seared by the intense
heat and they cursed the name of God

who had control
over these plagues

but they refused to
repent and glorify Him.

Be sure that my words
are not false.

One who has perfect
knowledge is with you.

He who is coming will come
and will not delay.


What was that?


We don't get earthquakes.

This place, hitting more than 900 miles away
from the nearest tectonic boundary in Britain,

- is still susceptible to--
- Not now!

What are you doing?

An experiment.

Change it.

There's an unidentified
attack that sweeps the nation.

Planes remain grounded and
hospitals suspend operations

after a cyber attack
made computer systems paralyzed.

A lethal chemical agent have been recovered
by the Metropolitan Police on raids

on properties across South London
in connection to the hacker group

known to law enforcement
as Sentient. Good evening.

Sentient, the group
behind the cyber attacks

that brought Central UK
infrastructure to a standstill

was the target of 11 raids carried
out by the Metropolitan Police

- in the early hours of Monday morning.
- What day is it?

- Viewers are advised the following contains...
- Thursday.

- ...disturbing images.
- It's been a few days.

Armed riot police stake out
the Earl Manor Housing Estates in Brixton.

The suspects,
an alleged co-conspirator

in the high-profile
security attack

that has crippled the country.

The young boy,
identified as Robert Abel,

was pronounced dead
at the scene.

He's believed to be the victim
of a corrosive chemical agent.

A third of five suspects
were also found dead,

while two remain at large.

The first is
known only to police

by their online
alter ego, Tinkerbell.

Very little is known
about the alleged ringleader.

The terrorist
hacker group Sentient

is believed to have
breached the firewalls

of a number of
British organizations,

including the National Health
Service and the Ministry of Defense.

Flights to and from
the UK have been suspended

as a precautionary measure.

The virus has spread
to over 200,000 computers

in more than 150 countries.

The motive is as yet unknown.


- All-powerful.
- Leo?

A deadly pathogen
believed to be carried by insects

has killed 44 people
and left hundreds

- in critical condition.
- You did this.

- Swarms have been...
- Cheer up, Dru.

At least we're the
last to leave the party.

Earlier today the Health Service...

We don't know too much
about the plague at the present time,

but we are advising
that you develop sensible--

Is this what you wanted?

As soon as we
have any further information,

we'll do a press release.

I don't have any further
comments at the time, thank you.

Tell me about yourself.

Do I come here much?

All the time.

It's like I never leave.

Hey, Daisy.

What are you thinking?


Say something.

She chose me.


He would appear a second time,

not to bear sin,
but to bring salvation

to those who await Him.

I'm pregnant.

What, what are you saying?

- I don't understand.
- Come.

Pray with me, Dru.

We don't have long.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
our Lord is with thee.

- Blessed art thou among women.
- Lex.

Blessed is
the fruit of thy womb.

- Lex.
- Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God.
Pray for us sinners

- now in the hour of our death.
- This isn't you.

- Amen.
- This isn't you.

- It's not.
- It's okay.

It's okay.


Lex, Lex. Hey, hey.

What's going on? Lex.

This'll never do.

Look at you.

You're a monster.

No wonder she's not interested.

I said no wonder
you're not interested!

- Get Leo!
- What?

- Get Leo! Get Leo!
- Okay.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.


♪ I'm another guy ♪

♪ When I'm in another place ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm another guy ♪

♪ When I'm in another place ♪

♪ But day after day
I go up and down ♪

♪ Addicted to the underground ♪

♪ I am a troubled guy ♪

♪ Living in a troubled place ♪

♪ The time passes by
And I never change ♪

♪ The world around me
Stays the same ♪

♪ I'd be a better guy ♪

To your future.

♪ If I was in a better place ♪

♪ But I'm another guy ♪

♪ When I'm in another place ♪

♪ Oh I'm another guy ♪

♪ When I'm in another place ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm another guy ♪

♪ When I'm in another place ♪

♪ I'd be a better guy ♪

♪ If I was in a better place ♪

♪ Oh I'm a troubled guy ♪

Leo, we gotta go.

Lex needs you.

Lex is sick.

Lex is sick,
she needs your help.

Did you love her?

How can you love flesh?

I've never liked people.

I don't see the appeal.

65% oxygen,
18% carbon, 10% hydrogen.

3.2% nitrogen. 1.5% calcium.
1% phosphorus.

Potassium, magnesium,
sodium, chlorine, sulfur.

Flesh. One better than bacteria.

One better than stone.

Man isn't made in God's image.

God is manmade.

Only flesh.

Only flesh!

Only flesh!

Only flesh!

Only flesh!

Only flesh!

Only flesh!

Only flesh!

Only flesh!



Only flesh!


It's me.


I'm here. Hey.

Hey, hey!

♪ We live life
Alone in the city ♪

♪ We dream our phones away ♪

♪ We all sign
Along in the crowds ♪

♪ Silos screaming blind ♪

♪ We barter at the altars ♪

♪ Will these towers ever fall ♪

♪ We dream we live ♪

♪ And we love to leave ♪

♪ The city ♪

♪ In the city ♪

♪ In the city ♪

♪ In the city ♪

♪ Hear our Armageddon ♪

♪ Of woes or cries they see ♪

♪ We hold our
fingers to our eardrums ♪