7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018) Script

What are you doing here? I'm sorry.

I did try to call.

Jia, we need to talk.

I have nothing to say to you.

I didn't ask you in.

It's your brother. He's missing.

What? Are you kidding me?

He called from the research site in China.

Were you there too?

What was that?

Go take a look. Ethan!




I will find Luke.

But I need your help.

I have a team on the ground in China.

We fly out tonight.

Could be in Shanghai drinking beer.

Oh, come on. You should take pride in your work.

Work? We might as well be looking for Bigfoot.

Yeah. That's what makes it fun.

Fun? A wild weekend in Bangkok... that's fun.

You need to get out more, mate.

Get my phone.



Who's Jia?

Oh, Jesus.

She just doesn't give up.

Are you nuts? She's smoking hot.

Hey, if you're not interested, I could...

Hey. She's my sister.

The taipan.

One of the deadliest reptiles in the world.

They are also the most aggressive.

But I am an expert in venomous animals, so if anyone who says the snakes are more afraid of you then you are of them, has never met one of these.

One bite can paralyze your entire central nervous system, shutting down your major organs and killing you in hours.

But don't worry, we can play with this one... it's fake.

You want to play? Hmm.

Be careful.

It's gonna... bite you!

Don't worry, I have a little brother too.

I bet one day you'll be just like him.

He's a super-brave adventurer.

The rosy periwinkle... long rumored in its native Madagascar for precious healing powers.

Nobody else believed it, but our investors took a risk.

Together we've saved the lives of over 12 million children who would have otherwise died of lymphocytic leukemia.

That, and it's the best investment they ever made.

This is all very educational, Dr. Kitteridge, but if you want us to commit, we need details.

And you'll have them.

We have a team in the field due to report back any minute.

Gentlemen, I have a reputation for achieving the impossible.

I'd like you to trust that.

Thanks for coming.

Lisa, will you please see our friends out?

It'll be my pleasure.

So, are you flying out tonight?

There's other investors. Mason, we're almost broke.

We need money. I know.

I'll get it. When?

Every big pharma company on the planet is looking for a breakthrough, and you've got guys chasing a fairy tale.

It's not a fairy tale.

We're on the cusp of something no one has ever seen before.

Something that would bring Biotech back as a leader in life extension pharmaceuticals.

Here. Let's have a look.

You sure this is the place?

Here is where the locals put the last sighting.

The northern edge.

Man, it smells like someone died.

What the hell's that?

Gas build-up from the old mine, I bet.

Probably methane mixed with hydrogen sulfide.

It's only dangerous if you strike a match.

Wasting your time.

The sooner we look around, the sooner you'll get your beer.


Luke! Luke!

Luke, talk to me! You okay?

Yeah, I'm okay. What the hell's going on?



Aaah! What?

What is it?

Luke, you're freaking me out, man. Say something.

I can't believe it.

Ethan, get down here!

What? No way! Now, Ethan.

I have air transport waiting in Beijing to take us to the rescue camp.

I'm... so sorry, Jia.

Especially after what happened to your parents.

Authorities have confirmed they've found the wreckage of a light plane which disappeared from radar screens over three weeks ago near the northern border.

It is believed to be the plane of Biotech CEO John Lee, and his wife Catherine Lee.

You come to my house... my parents' house... and you tell me the same thing that happened to my parents has happened to my brother.

It's not the same. He's alive.

I know he is. Shut up.

You were my father's partner.

You're nothing to me.

Lee, who founded the Biotech pharmaceuticals empire with Dr. Mason Kitteridge, was 52 years old.

They leave behind two young children.


Oh, don't land there.

Got all the room in the world, and lands beside the car.

Watch your head.

Looks like a big one, huh? Oh, yeah.

Jia, this is Chen Xhu, our archeologist.

Hi. Hi.

Milly Piper. Logistics. Milly.

So, she's your consultant, huh?

Consultant on what, exactly?

It's need-to-know only. You don't need to know.

Oh, well, that cleared everything right the hell up.

Earlier today we picked up a signal.

It's patchy, but it could be a real-time beep from Luke's GPS.

But we have a problem.

It started about eight hours ago out of the Gobi Desert.

This one's a monster.

Surface winds at about 20 knots, the pressure dropped, the speed started picking up.

What's that? The last coordinates of Luke and Ethan.

And the signal's still moving.

It'll be a category 4 dust storm by the time it hits this valley.

We'll be looking for a needle in a haystack.

How long? Hard to know.

With the air this dry, the storm could hit any time in the next 24 hours.

We got two choices.

We wait, we lose whatever life's left on the GPS.

We go, and we get caught in this, then I'm putting all your lives at risk.

Where did you come from?

This is our search and rescue specialist, Jack Ridley.

Jack, thanks for coming. Good to see ya.

Dr. Jia Lee. One of the men we're looking for is her brother.

You serious?

Can I just explain something? Emotion clouds judgment, and bad judgment is how people end up dead.

Actually, I asked her to join us.

She has skills that could be very helpful to us.

All right. Have it your way.

But you do what I say... when I say it.


Okay. Now, have a four-hour drive into the mountains, and that is a long way, especially with the dust storm breathing down our ass.

Let's go!

You know that's bad for you.

Eh, not if you only eat ten a day.

Hey, Jack. I want to put my bag back there.

Jia, go ahead.

All right.

Do you know him? Ridley?

He came here about two years ago, after his last rescue mission in Nepal.

The boy wonder.

Used to be a first-responder for International Rescue.

They had him set to run emergency response back in New York.

What's he doing here?

Something bad went down on his watch.

He won't talk about it.

Though I wouldn't mind trying to get him to.

Pack that on this side.

I'm in the back?

Come on.

What am I, the dog?

Don't answer that.

Got everything you need?

All right.

You all right back there?

The storm's closing in on the south ridge at 20 knots.

Come on, Gary, let's go.

Otherwise we're gonna lose the signal.

It's so barren.

It's amazing, isn't it?

How nature always finds a way to survive.

The storm's holding for now, but the signal's getting weaker.

There's gonna be a lot of electrical discharge.

We need to stay ahead of this monster.

Not far now. Look out!

What are they?

Keep an eye on that storm.

Okay, got it.

What's that smell?

Hydrogen sulfide.

This area is dotted with old coal mines.

Gas is probably escaping from underground.



There's nothing inside, but there's puncture wounds all over the body.

Looks like some kind of bite.


Don't know what you're missing.

Type 2 diabetes.

Oh, my God. Jack! Yeah?

My God. I can see it.

Look at the size of it! Get to the jeep!

To the jeep! Jia!

We have to go!

Get in!

Go on, Gary!

What's happening? It's a firestorm from the coal mine. It only takes a spark.

You hit a gas pocket the wrong place... boom! Fourth of July. Go, Gary!

Come on, let's go! The wheels are just spinning!

Drive. Drive!

Chen, get out!

Gary, get out here!

I'm the driver. Why am I pushing?

Push! Push!

Okay! Gary, let's go!

Get in! Hurry up!

Move! Move! Drive, Jia!

Why is she driving?

Where do I go? There's an abandoned mine less than a mile ahead.

There may still be buildings there we can shelter in.

If they're still standing.

Good luck finding 'em in this.

Be careful.

Get back on the road!

It's a monster.

We're never gonna make it.

The rocks!

Go, go, go!

Mason, go!

Gary, get into the house!

Come on!

Milly, come on!

Everyone inside!


Get the curtains off the windows.

Shut those windows.

Ow. Anybody here?

Jia. Here, take this.

Drink slowly.

Hello! Hello, anyone here?


You do what I say when I say it.

Got you.


Is that thing sanitized?

Don't be a baby.

Never should have come.

Now eight us will die out here, instead of two.

You knew what you were getting into, huh?

Everybody listen to me.

With a burn this intense, the radiant heat will kill us way before any flame does.

There must be something underground.

A storm cellar. Let me take a look.

What about Luke and Ethan?

They're on their own until the storm passes.

Right now we need to take care of ourselves.

So for now, this rescue mission's over.

Is that a fact?

The mission might be over for you, but not for me.

Ridley, there's something here.


Why haven't we seen any people?


I know it's not my place, but what was Luke looking for?

You're right. It's not your place.


I was just trying to comfort you.

I-I should go with her.

Just to, um... just to keep her safe.



Chen, we better get out of here. Now.

Now! Let's go! Trust me!

Chen. We gotta go right now.

Come on. Come on, trust me.


Aaah! Chen!

Let's get out of here! Come on!

Come on, I've got you! Let's go! Let's go!

What happened?

Jia! Chen.

Is everything all right?

What happened?

This is a funnel-web bite.

As in funnel-web... spiders?

As in funnel-web giraffe.

You could be wrong. It's not like you're an expert.

Actually, she is.

I don't like spiders, okay?

Wait. Funnel-webs are only found in Australia.

What are they doing here?

Chen. Breathe slow.

Panic only pumps the poison faster through your blood.

You are a first-responder, right? So respond.

You know the pressure immobilization technique?

Of course. Do it.

It's ineffective with a torso bite.

Jia, no!


Let me lean you up, okay?

We need to keep you elevated.

His pulse is dropping.

Open the door!

How's he doing? Not good.

Jack, out back there's a storeroom with a trap door.

Gary, come here. Show me.

Watch Chen.

We got five minutes max before this place goes up in flames.

You'll be all right, Chen.

Hang in there, mate.

Hold him down.

You're gonna be okay, buddy.

This is gonna make you sick.

So sick you want to die.


It's locked.

We gotta get it open. Look for something.

The storm's getting closer. I know.

If you and I survive this, we should get a drink.

Fertilizer, fuel oil...

Not the kind of cocktail I have in mind.

What's happening? Why isn't it working?

But that doesn't make any sense.

I gave him enough.

A double dose would kill him.

He's already dying.


We're running out of time.

All right. Can you lift that up for me?

You should run now.

Very creative. Go!

Oh. It's gonna blow!


What the hell was that?! We have a way out.

Pick Chen up.

Yin! Yin! Gotta hurry!

Let's go! Come on!

We're all safe. We're all safe.

Come here. Up you go.

I got you.

Don't touch the line.

The funnel-webs react to vibration in the silk.

To them, it means feeding time.

Feeding time?


Made it!

I don't think this is a very good plan.

Come on! Go!

Roof ain't gonna hold much longer.

Relax. I'm coming.

Come on. Everybody's gonna be okay.

I got you. Good girl.

Everyone spread out.

Mason! Milly! Hurry.

Come this way.

Come on.

Be careful.

Move it! Aaah!

Milly, watch out!

Ohh! Ow!


They kill you in the walls!

Milly, watch out!


Ohh! Aaah!

Aah! Milly, get away from the wall!

I got you! Come on!

Guys! On the stairs. I see 'em! I see 'em!

Ridley! I see it.


I hate spiders!

Is everyone all right?

What is this place?

Looks like a cave system.

No, it looks like a place where spiders come from.

Milly. Where's my pack?

Do you have a tourniquet in there?

Stay down. Wrap this around here.

There were six vials.

Two broke, and two were used.

Where are the others?

How much time does she have?

I don't know.

A single bite causes death in under 12 hours.

And she's been bitten three times.

And this venom... is stronger than anything I've ever seen.

Has anyone else been bitten?

No. Mason. You good?

You knew all along. Didn't you?

Why didn't you say anything?

I had my reasons.

Did you at least tell Luke?

Did you lie to him?

Hey! Save the soap opera for later.

Ridley, I know I'm just a driver, but a bag's not supposed to do that, right?

Yin! No, wait!


The GPS... it's totaled.

Our rescue mission just got harder.

Oh, you stupid little... Look what you've done!

The light was flashing.

That's him. I know it.


GPS doesn't work underground.

It can if you boost the signal.

Boost it?

That's how Milly got a reading before.

You got a strong antenna, leave it at the entry point, toss down a few receivers as you go... you don't lose your connection.

It's like a trail of bread crumbs.

Luke found a way in... and we have a way out.

Come on.

You good? Yeah.

Mason, help Milly. Yeah, yeah.

You got her? Come on, Milly, we gotcha.

The signal won't last much longer.

Jia! Come on, guys.

I've sent you some pictures... check it out.

Those two marks.

Are they what I think they are?

It's too early to confirm it now.

But it's a spider bite for sure.


Need a breather? Yeah.

Tool marks. What were they building here?

There's a legend of an underground tomb built over 2,000 years ago.

But it's just a myth.

Milly... Milly!

I got her.

Let's keep goin'.

Relax, Mason.

I didn't want to call until I knew what we were dealing with.

Hold on. Yeah.

Let me get the sat link up.

I've never seen anything like it.

It's just incredible... the state of preservation.

I'll send you some pictures. Check it out.

Okay, uploading now.

Our tests date him from 200 BC.

But there's no sign of mummification.

There shouldn't be any flesh on him at all.

Well, that dating can't be right.

The CT scans confirm it. Yeah.

And now for the news you've been waiting for.

When this man died, he was 300 years old.

It's real.

Ridley, over here.

Oh, good.

I was worried there wasn't gonna be a mass grave.

You'll be okay, Milly.

I'm slowing you down.

No, you're not.

They were slaves.

See how their heads are bent over their necks?

That's from chaining their heads to their hands so they couldn't run.

I think they were buried alive.

She said the sound came first.

The birds stopped singing.

It started in the house.

Scratching in the walls and the floor.

They tried to fight back, but there were too many.

Then everyone was gone.

She said it's happening again right now.

Mason, hang on a second.

What is it? What's going on?

You hear that too? What's happening?

We're gonna take a look.

Say, what was that?

Luke! Oh, my God!

Get off me!

Can we go now, please?

Milly, let's go.

Let's keep following this path.

What's it doing?

Normally, they wait for their prey to come to them.

They never hunt in packs.

But here, it seems like they're working together.

Come on, let's get out of here.

Let's go. Follow me.

Watch your step.

The spiders behind us...

They're communicating with the ones around us!

Do funnel-webs do that?

Well, these ones sure do.

These are 2017 funnel-webs, probably follow each other on Twitter.

Up there. Fall behind me.

Stay close.

They're coming! Hurry!

Help me! Go, go, go, go, go!

Come on! Hurry!

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

Oh, waiter. Sorry. I, uh...

I forgot to order a river of molten lava.

You aren't helping.

Chen. Look. Gods.


Here, Milly, just rest here.

There's no way across.

Uh... I-I didn't mean to do that.

Gary, what'd you do?

It's a bridge.

Gary, you genius.

Good work.

Totally meant to do that.

All right, you're first.

Come on. Hurry. Mason, you're next.


Okay, here we go.

One step at a time.

Slowly, Gary.

That's it.

Let's go.

Yeah, okay.


Gary! You okay?

Be careful, guys.

Gotta switch it to salads.

Watch your step. Easy now.

Good job, you guys.

Come on, we have to go.

Come on, Chen.

Come on. Okay.

Come on, nice and easy.

Hang on!

I got you!

Come on! Milly!

It's not gonna hold much longer.

I got her.

Hurry, Ridley! The bridge!

Guys, hurry up! We have to go!

Guys! Find him.

Find your brother.

Jia, come on!


We got you!

Come on.

Oh, my God, Milly.

We have to help her. There's no way back.


She's gone.

We gotta keep going.

Come on, Jia.

What is this place? An old armory, a barracks.

Take this.

Good work, Ridley.

That smell, what is that? Whale oil, used to light the flames of eternity.

Well, it's what I use it for.

Well done, Ridley.

The myth says the underground was built with traps and secret passages to help you escape from death.

It'd be nice to escape from death.

What's she doing? She's scattering mugwort leaf.

It's a herb used in ancient Chinese medicine to resist the Five Poisons.

Five Poisons. Forgot about those.

Spiders taste with their feet.

Maybe there's something in it.

She was the only one to survive in the house.

Back up. We got company.

Uh, guys, I think we should leave.

I think they're calling their friends.

Never knew an animal that wasn't afraid of fire.

Come on, come on! Let's go! Come on!

Uh, Ridley...

Guys, get over here!

Come on, let's go!

Did any get through?

None I can see.

Thought that only happened in Scooby Doo.


This way.


Come on.

This must really be it.

The Emperor's underground palace.

The myth.

You see, The Emperor believed that life underground would be a continuation of life in the real world.

So he built an exact replica of his city around his burial tomb.

But The Emperor had a great fear of death.

So under the city he built a series of tunnels that only he knew about.

So if death really did find him, he would escape it.

If this is what I think it is, we are talking about one of the greatest archaeological finds ever.

Glad to be a part of it.

This isn't the first time someone died on your watch, is it?

Well, look at that.

You're kidding me.

He's close.

Come on, Mason.

Right there with you, buddy. You look how I feel.

They built this 2,000 years ago?


That's Wu Fu. The Emperor's necromancer.

It's a story about The Emperor's quest for an elixir.

And he made it Wu Fu's lifelong task to fulfill it.

To discover the secret to eternal life.

So Wu Fu traveled the world...

And on a great island to the south, he met men, dark as night...

Aboriginal Australia... Yes, giant masted ships were found etched in aboriginal cave paintings.

A shaman there told him of a secret magic.

There was a crawling creature and that once a year, the creature's blood yielded an enzyme.

Produced only during their mating season.

The shaman could only make a few drops of the elixir.

So Wu Fu brought the creatures home in their thousands so he could breed them.

Oh, my God. Genetic engineering.

Don't you see? These spiders are built only for two things... breeding and killing.

Aggression often goes hand in hand with the desire to mate...

Wu Fu unintentionally strengthened their venom, their aggression.

He gave his Emperor and himself unnaturally long life... but he also gave the spider unnatural power to kill.

That's what you get when you mess with freaking spiders.

Mason! Give me the GPS!

Stand back!

I'm not sharing this.

You do what you can, Jia, to stop life from falling through your fingers, but you can't.

Back off!

Everything you touch leaves, runs... dies.

Your parents, your brother...

And now you!


You were bitten, weren't you?

The toxins in your blood are making you crazy!

I gave you everything I could, Jia.

All you gave me was hate.

Now go choke on it!

Mason! Mason!

Go to hell!

Mason! It won't budge!

We're gonna have a hell of a time getting out of this place without that GPS.

Any ideas?

There are often concealed secret doors, secret switches...

Where's Gandalf when you need him?

Look around the chamber.

Gary. Table.

What about it?

Get over here. Just lift it.

What are you doing? Ready?

What has this guy been eating?



Watch your step. Come on.

Yeah. Oh, boy.

This spider has an extra set of legs.

All right, on three.

One, two... three.

Put it down.


That is beautiful.

Come on, we gotta keep moving to catch up with Mason.

This way.

What is that?

It's an aqueduct.

Now, thanks to the mines, as dry as the farmland above.

Let me see that. Yeah.

What is it?

I think we should go back the other way.

It might lead somewhere.

Everything good? Yes.

Oh! Yes!



What's happening?


What took you so long?

You mean thank you?

You should be thanking me.

I just cured your fear of spiders.



Hurry! It's not gonna hold for long!

Go, go! Go in!

Come on!

Come on! Come on, Gary!

Come on, Gary!

This place can kiss my ass.

Mine too.

Let's go. Come on.

Come on. Mason has a head start.

Yeah, let's also not forget that Mason is bat-shit crazy.

I don't think we have to worry about Ethan anymore.

You know, I got exactly same shirt.


That's Luke's.

That's Luke's handwriting.

They have been underground for several hours.

They found Wu Fu's chamber.

Then the spiders came.

The rest is just coordinates and symbols.

Jia! Wait!

What is it? A flashlight.


It's not Luke. Look. The GPS. Mason's been here.

Here, take this.


You will be needing it. Let's go.

This way. Through here.

Well, smashed by a rock and totally waterlogged.

See what I can do this time.


Get out and move slowly.

Funnel-webs can survive underwater.

Get out. Now.

Did it bite me?

It didn't bite you.

It's funnel-web's blood.

That was a close one.


This is the way.

Yes, the murals.

Look. The underground aqueduct. Water. It all makes sense.


You okay? He's gone, isn't he?

Mason was right.

Everything I touch...

"These things we do, that others may live."

That's the motto for Search and Rescue.

Two years ago.

The man I lost in Nepal.

He was my teammate and best friend.

He slipped.

Busted his ankle.

Before I could get back to him, there was this massive aftershock.

That was the last time I saw him.

Sometimes you can't save everyone.

The best you can do is try.

Thank you.

I promise you, we're gonna find him.

I think your brother is showing us the way out of here.

This is the map of the underground tomb.

And this, this is the symbol for water.

The Emperor's myth declares there is an underground aqueduct around the tomb so The Emperor could come and go in the afterlife.

But it would also act as a way out to the living world should he escape death.

Tell them about the pipe thing-o.

If we follow these pipes into the tomb and figure out what's north, we can get out of here.

How good is that? Eh? We figured it out.

Come on, high-five.

This way.

Come on, Gary. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

This way! Gary, come on!

I can't wait to see what you got for us in the next room, Mr. Wonka.

The Emperor's tomb is through these gates.

Watch out for the lines.


Take your time.

Take your time.

Watch out.

Come on, Gary.

Watch your head.

Another one around here.

Watch that one, guys.

All right.

This way.

What? Is there another code to crack?

Yes, of course.

But if we push the wrong tile...

No, no, don't tell me, let me guess.

A giant dragon will come out of nowhere and bite my head off.

Funny, Gary. Need to hurry.

Okay, well, has anyone got any ideas?

Well, the tiles seem to be arranged in pairs, except these two.



Jack! It's Luke!

You found him? Luke?

How is he?

He's alive.

Wait! The line. It's booby-trapped!

Chen, whatever you were trying to figure out, you better do it fast.

We need to get him up.

Come on.

I got you.

Chen, you got a way out for us?

The Emperor associated number six with perfection, so if we push the number six tile...


Or you could punch it.

Come on!

So you found it.

I'm a little pissed at you, Jia.

You forgot to mention that funnel-web spiders can swim.

Ran into a little trouble back there at The Emperor's Jacuzzi.

Don't tell us you got bit again, Mason.

Yeah, it would be so sad if that happened.

Luke. We did it, son.

You and I, we found the miracle!

The Fountain of Youth!

We found hell.

The hell The Emperor created 2,000 years ago.

No. No, no, you can't believe that.

When I drink this, I will taste immortality, the secret men have sought since the dawn of time.

It's just a pity it's too precious to share.

Sure you couldn't share just a little bit?

It's just I've got this corn here on my pinkie...

Shut up, Gary. I'm talking now!


I'm on to you.

They're inside you.

Just like they were inside your mother.

That's how they know where we are.

She's been leading them to us all along.

You're lying.

And you lied to us from the beginning, didn't you?

Yeah. I lied.

I'm a businessman!

What about our father, Mason?

You said you didn't know where he was going the day his plane went down.

It's because my father was close to finding something.

A plane crash in that kind of terrain, the odds were a million to one they could survive.

What if they were alive... but because of you nobody knew where to look!

I made a decision. I did what was good for the company.

If I'd given away their location, our competition would've gotten here first!

It wasn't your decision to make!

And now you're doing it all over again.

Playing God with people's lives.

Playing God?

This is about becoming God!

Go to hell!


You first.


Luke! Luke! Are you okay?


The elixir.

Mason never got to try it.

Wu Fu made enough of the elixir to keep The Emperor alive and to keep himself alive to serve him for eternity.

Go get it.

Here, drink it.

Let's go.

I reckon now is a pretty good time to leave.

This way.

Oh, my God. It's some kind of nest.

They've been leading us here... herding us like cattle to the slaughter-house...

Wu Fu foresaw what happened.

And here the story ends.

As the creatures multiplied, they mutated and eventually took over the palace... and then the whole kingdom.

To get out from here we have to find north.

That has to be it.

Stay close to the wall.

Let's go.

Oh, God.

Yin, come on.

Look how big it is.

Look, there's something strange about the tiles.

What do you mean? Yeah, but not one says "Push here to exit."

I'll tell ya why, 'cause nothing's ever simple in this freaking joint.

Oh, great, now her friend's joined her.

They're communicating with each other.

Be careful, Yin.

Be careful!

Everything's gonna be okay.


We gotta go. Hurry!

Hold on.


Luke, punch the tile!

Watch out! It's coming down!


Over there! Got an exit!

Go! Gotta get out now!

Go! Come on, Jia!


Let's go home.