Unbreakable (2000) Script

[baby crying]

This is Mr. Mathison. He's a doctor.

Are you OK?

An ambulance is on the way.

Thank you.

Is there a name yet?

Elijah.

[baby crying loudly]

Is he supposed to be crying like this?

May I?

Shh, shh, shh, shh...

[baby continues crying]

Can I have him back?

What happened during the delivery?

Nothing. It was very quick.

The baby just wanted to come right out.

There were no problems.

Did you drop him?

What?

Did you drop this baby?

Jesus Christ, no.

Inform the ambulance that we have a situation.

All right. Ma'am.

I've never seen... this.

It appears that your baby has sustained some fractures while inside your uterus.

His arms and his legs are broken.

[sobbing]

[music playing]


[man over PA] This is Eastrail 177.

Next stop, Philadelphia.

[girl humming]


[door closes]

[woman] Are you alone?

Yeah. Yeah.


[train enters tunnel]

Someone left this magazine.

Want to take a look at it?

Can I take a look at that one?

Thanks.

You like sports?

It's my field.

I represent athletes. I'm an agent.

Are you looking for any male synchronized swimmers?

I'm thinking about getting into that.

Is that right?

I'm afraid of water. Think that's a problem?

You represent someone in Philadelphia?

I'm meeting this player from Temple University.

He's a cornerback.

This kid is 6'1", 210 pounds.

He runs a 40 in 4.3 seconds. He's gonna be a god.

Do you like football?

Not really.

I'm David Dunn.

Kelly. Hi.

Hi, nice to meet you.

Nice... Nice to meet you.

How long are you gonna be in Philadelphia?

I'm married.

Great.

I'm sorry.

What are you talking about?

I think you misunderstood.

What I was...

...saying... I know.

I think I'm going to find another seat.

I... I didn't mean...


[train whistle blowing]

[train whistle continues]

[train rattling]

[commercial jingle playing]

That's what he fail to realize. I look classy, not trashy.

I look classy too.

What about me? Don't I look classy?

But I'm afraid you forgot... this!

And this!

[man] Where has you been, Banana?

[man 2] Now I've got you, Weasel.

[man 3] Some cars are still on fire, and the debris is everywhere.

We are not sure at this time how rescue personnel will be able to get on scene at all.

[man 4] If you're just tuning in, Eastrail train number 177 has derailed outside Philadelphia.

We're bringing you live coverage from Skycam 4.

[man 3] That appears to be a rescue ambulance. There are more behind it.

I can see on the access road.

I don't know how close they're gonna be able to get, David.

These are woods and... trees.

It's gonna be a very difficult rescue effort.

[monitor beeping] [labored breathing]

[man] Hack some of that off.

Hi.

I'm Dr. Dubin.

You're in the emergency room in the Philadelphia City Hospital.

You were in a serious accident.

Look at me.

How are you feeling?

OK. Good.

I'm gonna ask you some questions.

Have you ever had any heart or asthma problems in the past?

No.

Kidney or renal problems?

No.

Any allergies?

No.

[monitor beeps faster]

Where were you sitting on the train?

Against the window. In the passenger car?

Yeah.

Where are the other passengers?

Was your family traveling with you?

No.

Did you get up from your seat?

Are you certain you were in the passenger car?

Yes.

Why are you looking at me like that?

Your train derailed.

Some kind of malfunction.

They only found two people alive so far.

You and this man.

His skull was cracked open, and most of his left side was crushed.

And to answer your question, there are two reasons why I'm looking at you like this.

One, because it seems, in a few minutes, that you will officially be the only survivor of this train wreck.

And two... [monitor beeping rapidly]

...because you didn't break one bone.

You don't have a scratch on you.


David?

What happened...

...in New York?

I don't think I got the job.

I'm still going...

I'm still moving there.

Just...

Oh, just... just not now.

Good night.

Good night.

[church bells tolling]

Sara Elaston, social worker at Broad and Locust Community Center.

We pray for your soul.

Kevin Elliot, businessman, father of six.

We pray for your soul.

Glen Stevens, researcher in the area of leukemia at Drexel University.

We pray for your soul.

Jennifer Pennyman, third-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary.

[trailing off] We pray for your soul.

[church bells]


[men chattering, laughing]

Yes?

Is Noel in, ma'am?

No, sir, he is not.

I read about you in the paper.

What?

I was in an accident once too.

A horse almost trampled me to death.

Wow. Had him put down.

That's a sad story.

Could you ask Noel something for me, please?

Proceed.

Ask him to check how many sick days I've taken since I've worked here? That the entire message?

Yes, ma'am.

Thank you.

[rain falling] [people shouting]

[thunder rumbling]

[quarterback calling out]

[whistle blows]

Hey, Noel.

What, you hit your head on that train?

Get your brain to start working again?

What?

Forty dollars.

Forty dollars what? You're getting a $40-a-week raise.

That's it.

I checked. You were right.

You've never taken a sick day.

Five years, no sick day. I get it. You want a raise.

Smart way to make your point.

[knock on door]

Is Joseph OK?

Yeah. He's asleep.

Oh.

Uh...

I wanted to ask you a question.

It's gonna sound a little strange, but just think about it for a second, OK?

OK.

When's the last time I was sick?

Do you remember?

Um, I don't know.

It's been a while.

I haven't been sick this year, I know that.

OK.

Do you remember me getting sick?

Um...

Not a specific day.

What... what's this about?

Audrey, do you remember me ever getting sick?

In the three years we lived in this house?

In the old apartment?

Before Joseph was born? Before we ever got married?

I... I can't remember.

Don't you think that's kind of weird, not remembering one cold or a fever or a sore throat?

What do you think it means?

Um...

I think it means probably too tired to remember.


[footsteps approaching]

No more sitting in this room.

I let it go on long enough.

I'm not going out there anymore. I'm not getting hurt again.

This was the last time, I told you. You can't do anything about that.

You might fall between this chair and that television.

If that's what God has planned for you, that's gonna happen.

You can't hide from it sitting in a room.

They call me Mr. Glass at school because I break like glass.

You make this decision now...

...to be afraid...

...and you will never turn back.

Your whole life, you will always be afraid.

I got a present for you. Why?

Forget why.

You want it or not?

Well, go get it, then.

Where is it?

On a bench...

...across the street.

[children chattering]

Someone's gonna take it.

Then you better get out there soon.

[laughing, shouting]


I bought a whole bunch.

There'll be one of these waiting for you every time you want to come out here.

They say this one has a surprise ending.

This is from Fritz Campion's own library.

This is before the first issue of the comic book hit the stands in 1968.

It's a classic depiction of good versus evil.

Notice the square jaw of Slayer, common in most comic heroes.

And the slightly disproportionate size of Jaguaro's head to his body.

This again is common, but only in villains.

Mmm.

The thing to notice about this piece, the thing that makes it very, very special is its realistic depiction of its figures.

When the characters reached the magazine, they were exaggerated...

...as always happens.

This... is vintage.

Well...

...wrap it up.

You've made a considerably wise decision.

Well, my kid's gonna go berserk.

Once again, please?

My son Jeb, it's a gift for him.

How old is Jeb? He's four.

No.

No,no,ho,no,no.

You need to go. Now.

[scoffs]

What... what'd I say?

Do you see any Teletubbies in here?

Do you see a slender plastic tag clipped to my shirt with my name printed on it?

An Asian child with a blank expression sitting outside in a mechanical helicopter that shakes when you put quarters in it?

No?

Well, that's what you see at a toy store, and you must think you're in a toy store because you're here shopping for an infant named Jeb.

Now one of us has made a gross error and wasted the other person's valuable time.

This is an art gallery, my friend, and this...

...is a piece of art.

We're by appointment only.

I got a card from this store. Congratulations, you have a mailbox.

The exhibition isn't for two weeks.

This one was under the windshield wiper of my car.

How certain are you that you've never taken ill?

Seventy-five percent.

Well...

...that's not certain at all, is it?

That's hole number one.

I'm going to be extremely skeptical about all this.

[David] About all what?

I'm assuming you've never been injured. Would I be wrong in that assumption?

[Joseph] Dad's been injured.

Is the child correct?

Yes, sir.

In college, I was in a car accident.

Was it serious? He couldn't play football anymore.

That's hole number two.

That's a big one.

Mr. Price, can we talk about the note that you left on my car?

I've studied the form of comics intimately.

I've spent a third of my life in a hospital bed with nothing else to do but read.

I believe comics are our last link to an ancient way of passing on history.

The Egyptians drew on the walls.

Countries all over the world still pass on knowledge through pictorial forms.

I believe comics are a form of history that someone somewhere felt or experienced.

Then, of course, those experiences and history got chewed up in the commercial machine, got jazzed up, made titillating, cartooned for the sale rack.

This city has seen its share of disasters.

I watched the aftermath of that plane crash.

I watched the carnage of the hotel fire.

I watched the news waiting to hear a very specific combination of words, but they never came.

Then one day I saw a news story about a train accident, and I heard them.

"There is a sole survivor, and he is miraculously unharmed."

I have something called osteogenesis imperfecta.

It's a genetic disorder. I don't make a particular protein very well, and it makes my bones very low in density.

Very easy to break.

I've had 54 breaks in my life, and I have the tamest version of this disorder, type one.

There are type two, type three, type four.

Type fours don't last very long.

So that's how it popped into my head.

If there is someone like me in the world, and I'm at one end of the spectrum, couldn't there be someone else the opposite of me at the other end?

Someone who doesn't get sick, who doesn't get hurt like the rest of us?

And he probably doesn't even know it.

The kind of person these stories are about.

A person put here to protect the rest of us.

To guard us.

You think my dad's a real...

I don't think anything right now.

It's a possibility...

...one with many holes.

Joseph, don't take another sip of that water.

Go throw it in the trash.

But, Dad... Do it now, please.

[door opens]

I see guys like you all the time in my work.

[door closes]

You find someone you want to take advantage of, you tell them a fantastic story, and somewhere in there you say it:

"I just need your credit card number...

...a small down payment."

This morning was the first morning I could remember that I didn't open my eyes and feel...

...sadness.

I thought the person who wrote that note had an answer for me.

[door opens]

[footsteps approach]

I'm gonna leave now.

Good luck with your exhibition.

So, what kind of job do you have, David?

You said you've met guys like me in your work.

What exactly is it that you do?

I work at the university stadium. I'm a security guard.


[door opens]


[knock on door]

[knocking continues]

Hi.

I've come to a decision.

OK.

I just want to ask you something, OK?

And you can be totally honest.

I'm prepared for any answer, and it won't affect me.

Have you been with anyone?

I mean, since we've been having problems.

The answer won't affect me.

I just need to know, you know?

It won't affect me either way.

No.

[inhales sharply]

[sobbing] Sorry, David. Sorry.

Anyway...

...my decision is...

[sniffles]

...that I want to start again.

That I want it to be like it was in the beginning.

And it's a big deal that you walked away from that train.

I feel like it's a second chance.

And if you feel like asking me out sometime, it'd be OK.

OK.

[marching band playing] [man speaking indistinctly on PA]

[man on walkie-talkie] Dunn. Go for Dunn.

It's Jenkins.

Look, we got a guy over at gate 17-C with a bogus ticket.

Says he knows you. He won't tell me his name.

What's he look like?

Why is it, do you think, that, of all the professions in the world, you chose protection?

You are a very strange man.

You could have been a tax accountant, owned your own gym, opened a chain of restaurants. You could've done one of 10,000 things, but in the end, you chose to protect people.

You made that decision, and I find that very, very interesting.

Now all I need is your credit card number.

That last part was a joke.

[David chuckles]

You're a big sports fan, are you?

It's starting to intrigue me.

It gets heaviest ten minutes before kickoff.

[man] Program here. Program.

Program.

Program.

Rich, why don't we pat down? Right.

Just give me a minute. ls there a problem?

I'm sorry, I'm gonna have to search you.

The tall guy in the camouflage jacket.

Sometimes people carry weapons in here, and they drink too much.

If the team's not doing good, bad things can happen.

We do pat-downs of the crowd to discourage people from carrying.

If he's carrying, he'll step out of line.

Yeah, step right up here.

[coughs]

[David] OK.

I got you a seat up in the yellow section.

It's in the nosebleeds, but at least you won't get spit on.

All right.

How'd you know that guy you bumped was carrying a weapon?

I don't know.

Maybe it was that camouflage army jacket he was wearing.

Those guys like to carry hunting knives and stuff for show.

You thought he was carrying a knife?

I thought he was carrying something, yeah.

But not a knife.

I got a...

...picture of a silver gun with a black grip tucked in his pants.

You know, like on TV.

You have good instincts for things like that?

Like what?

Knowing when people have done something wrong.

Yeah.

Have you ever tried to develop it?

I don't know what you're asking me.

Your skill.

Look, I got to be down on the sidelines during the game.

You can get to your seat right down...

Characters in comics are often attributed special powers...

Invisibility, X-ray vision, things of that sort.

OK.

I don't want to play this game anymore.

It's an exaggeration of the truth.

Maybe it's based on something as simple as instinct.

But he might not have been carrying anything.

But he might have been carrying a silver gun with a black grip tucked in his pants.

[man on walkie-talkie] Dunn.

I gotta go-

Yeah, I know. I'll be right down.

One last question. What?

That car accident you were in. Was there anyone else involved?

Yeah. My wife Audrey.

She was in the car with me.

Have a good life, Elijah.

Next time, try to buy your tickets at an authorized sales location.

[chatter on walkie-talkie]

I'm on my way.

[engine turns over]

[man on radio] ...into the investigation of train 177 being conducted at the Eastrail holding warehouses.

The city council has stepped up plans to pass a bill requiring higher standards for inspection and maintenance of all rail transportation in Philadelphia and its outlying districts.

Hold up a second!


I just want to ask you something.


[bones cracking] [Elijah screaming]

[crying]

[gasping]


[Joseph] Dad!

Hey, Dad!

Dad!

Joseph, do you know how mad your mother would be if she knew you were playing football? Are you gonna tell?

You want to play last set of downs? We got a big guy like you.

You could play on opposite sides.

He's Potter's cousin.

He's starting cornerback at Temple University.

He's going pro in the draft.

They say he can run the 40 in 4.3 seconds.

I've heard.

You can beat him, Dad. Let's beat 'em.

I'm gonna go in.

Just one set of downs. I told them you were great.

Why'd you do that? Just one.

I'm gonna go in. I've got some things to do.

What things? I'm gonna work out.

I'll help you. I don't need...

I can't play, guys! I'm working outwith my dad!

Hut! You're doing good.

Right there! Catch!

[Gregg Allman: Midnight Rider]

How much did you put on there?

You put too much. That's 250 pounds.

How much can you lift?

That's the most I ever lifted.

That could've been dangerous, Joseph.

Why don't you go upstairs now and let me finish up, OK?

I'll take it off. I'll help you right.

You think you could have beaten up Bruce Lee?

No.

I mean, if you knew karate. No.

What if he wasn't allowed to kick, and you were really mad at him?

No, Joseph.


[grunts]

How much did you take off?

I lied.

You added?

How much is it?

Two hundred and seventy pounds.

Let's put more.

OK.

Why don't you move back a little just to be safe, OK?

[grunts, exhales]


More?

You should never do anything like this.

You know that, right?

What do you do if something bad happens?

Get Mom.

Right.


How much did you put on that time?

All of it.

What else can we use?

[David grunting]


How much is it?

How much is it, Dad?

About 350 pounds.

[doctor] Fracture of the fifth metacarpal, as well as multiple fractures of the sixth, seventh and eighth ribs.

The worst of the injury was sustained to the right leg in the form of a spiral fracture.

There were 14 breaks. It simply shattered.

They call me Mr. Glass.

[doctor] Who does? Kids.

[doctor] Are you all right, Mr. Price? Shall I continue?

Pins were placed throughout the length of the leg.

The use of a wheelchair will be needed for a two-month period.

The use of crutches will follow for 12 to 14 months.

Hospital stay will range from five to eight days followed by nine to 12 months of physical therapy.

Prescribed medication for pain management will take the usual forms of morphine drip, Percocet, Darvocet.

Your 10:00 is here. The hospital discharged him this morning.

Thanks.

Elijah, right?

We're gonna prevent any substantial atrophy of your good leg with this, and it works your quadriceps.

How long have you been married?

Twelve years.

How'd you get together?

[nervous chuckle]

I'm a little nervous being here.

I ask too many questions when I'm nervous.

A car accident.

Oh.

Now you're gonna have to tell me more.

[chuckles softly]

My husband was a star athlete in college, and we were in an accident together.

Our car flipped on an icy road, we were both injured.

He couldn't play football anymore. If that hadn't happened, we wouldn't have been together.

How so?

I think we should talk about your rehab.

You don't have to answer if you don't want to.

So tell me more about the quad machine.

It prevents atrophy by... I couldn't spend my life with someone who played football. It's pretty much that simple.

I don't hate the game. I admire the amount of skill it involves.

Like everyone else, I was in awe of the way he played it, but football, in many ways, is the opposite of what I do.

You're rewarded the more you punish your opponent.

It's too much about violence, and I don't want violence in my life.

It's not a thing many people can understand, but...

Anyway, fate stepped in with that car accident and took football out of the equation.

And everyone lived happily ever after.

Sort of.

What part of David's body was injured?

Who said my husband's name was David?

[marching band playing] [cheering]

Let's just go to our seats, OK? [man on PA] Ladies and gentlemen...

[man continues indistinctly on PA]

In the first half...


[boy shouting, echoing] No!

[Elijah] A 737 crashes on takeoff, 172 die, no survivors.

A hotel fire downtown, 211 die, no survivors.

An Eastrail train derails seven and a half miles outside the city, 131 die, one survivor.

He is unharmed.

I've spoken with your husband about his survival.

I suggested a rather unbelievable possibility.

Since then, I've come to believe that possibility, however unbelievable, is now more a probability.

And what was it you suggested?

These are mediocre times, Mrs. Dunn.

People are starting to lose hope. It's hard for many to believe there are extraordinary things inside themselves as well as others.

I hope you can keep an open mind.

[crowd] Defense! [drumbeat]

[man] OK, here you go.

Thanks a lot.

Excuse me, sir?

Can you step out of line, please?

We've been having problems with people selling drugs here in the stadium.

Would you mind if I check your pockets?

Raise your arms, please.

Come on, raise them up.

I just got here, man.

Can I put my hands down now?

Can I go?

Yeah.

Hope you find them.

[man on walkie-talkie] Yo, Dunn.

Yeah.

I just came into the office. Your kid was hurt.

Where is he? Some play rehearsal at school.

He wants you to come down there.

Is that your dad?

I bet my dad could beat up your dad.

No. He... he insisted we call only you, though we had some trouble tracking you down.

I mean, you're not on our list.

Audrey handles this type of stuff. Oh, what type of stuff?

Joseph stuff.

Do I need to put any smelly ointment on him or anything?

No, no. It's more emotional damage, not... not too serious, physically.

Nothing like when I sent you to the hospital.

When was that?

My office was on the other side of the building back then.

You don't remember me, do you?

No, ma'am.

I had red hair.

Well, you were a little younger than Joseph when it happened.

Did you know that we changed the rules of conduct around the pool because of you?

The kids still tell about it like it was some sort of ghost story.

"Did you know there was a kid nearly drowned in that pool?

He lay on the bottom of the pool for five minutes, and when they pulled him out, he was dead."

We let them tell it. it helps keep them safe.

You still phobic of water?

[Joseph] It was Potter and another guy.

They were messing with this Chinese girl in the dressing room.

You can't let bad things happen to good people, right?

That's your code, right?

That's the hero's code.

I tried to make them stop, but they kept pushing me down, and they wouldn't let me get back up.

I thought maybe 'cause you're my dad...

...I thought I might be like you.

I'm not like you.

You are like me.

We can both get hurt.

I'm just an ordinary man. No, you're not.

Why do you keep saying that?

[Audrey] Elijah Price came to visit me at the center today.

Jesus.

He didn't do anything. He just...

...told me his theory.

That's sad, when patients get like that.

They lose reality.

[Stevie Ray Vaughan: Pride and Joy]

Joseph, what the hell are you doing?

Oh, my God.

You don't believe. I'll show you, you can't get hurt.

That gun's not loaded. He doesn't know where I keep the bullets.

In your Rookie of the Year trophy.

Joseph, did you load that gun?

You won't get hurt.

Elijah was wrong. When did he meet Elijah?

He was with me when I met him. No one believes him.

Joseph, listen to me.

Sometimes when people get sick or hurt for a long time, like Elijah, their mind gets hurt too, and they start to think things that aren't true.

He told me what he thought about your father. it isn't true.

I'll show you.

Do you remember the story about the boy that almost drowned in the pool?

That was me they were talking about. I almost died.

You're lying. I'm not lying.

I just didn't remember it.

You know your father was injured in college. You know. You know about that.

Don't do it.

He'll die, Joseph. I'll just shoot him once.

Joseph, listen to what your mot...

Don't be scared.

Joseph, if you pull that trigger, I'm going to leave.

Do you understand? I'm going to go to New York.

You're right.

If you pull that trigger, that bullet will bounce off me, and I'm not going to be hurt, but then I'm going to go upstairs and I'm going to pack and I'm going to leave for New York.

Why?

Because I thought we were just starting to be friends for real, and friends will listen to each other. They don't...

And they don't shoot each other, do they, Audrey?

No shooting friends, Joseph.

Joseph...

...you are about to be in big trouble!

Now, I am your father, and I am telling you to put that goddamn gun down right now!

One!

' Two!

I followed the guy in the camouflage jacket.

He had a silver gun with a black grip tucked in the back of his pants.

Were you really injured in that car accident in college?

Because I believe you faked it.

I believe you took the opportunity to end your football career, no questions asked.

And I think you did it, of all things, for a woman.

I guess that makes sense.

Football's, what, just ten years, but love...

Hmm. Now, that's forever.

And that little bit of sadness in the mornings you spoke of, I think I know what that is.

Perhaps you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing.

Most guns have a black or silver handle.

I had a 50-50 shot of getting the color right.

That's not what I witnessed. Stop.

Stop messing with my life, Elijah.

My son almost shot me last night because he wanted to prove you were right.

I never said you couldn't be killed.

I never said that. My wife was right.

There have been three major disasters, and you were the only one unharmed.

I have been sick.

When I was a kid, I spent a week in the hospital getting better from pneumonia. I almost drowned.

Two skinny little kids were fooling around in a pool dunking me, and I swallowed some water.

They didn't know it, and it almost killed me.

Heroes don't get killed like that.

Normal people do, right?

I don't need to see you anymore, OK?

Please stay away from my family.

[I The Pixies: I've Been Tired]

Hey, man, it's 20 after. It's time to choose.

I gotta head.

You better not be jacking off to the Japanese comics, I swear to God.

Look, man, I didn't know you were in a...

Just choose something, all right?

The baby-sitter's here.

[whispers] Should we cancel? I'm fine.

We can do this another time.

Don't lie.

I'm fine. I just got mixed-up.

How about we just go for a couple drinks?

OK, look, man, I'm just gonna wheel you out.

You can think about things on the sidewalk.

I got to get some chicken in me, you know what I'm saying?

Shit!

Dude.

I don't care if you are in a wheelchair. If you do that again, I'm calling 5-0.

Man.

That's it, crackerjack. You're gonna be sitting your ass in jail now.

[dialing phone]

How much for this one?

Rust?

Yeah.

As a color, not as rust.

You know, like...

...rust-colored paint or wood.

I didn't know that. Mm-hmm.

Um...

Mine's still brown.

OK, my turn.

Favorite song?

Soft and Wet by the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

What?

We're supposed to be honest.

Soft and Wet.

That's very interesting. [chuckles] OK, my turn.

[chuckles] When was the first time...

...the thought popped into your head we might not make it?

That's not the game.

It's the first date. There aren't any rules.

[exhales deeply]

Don't know for sure.

Think carefully.

What about the game?

It's over. I won.

Look, maybe it wasn't a specific moment.

Maybe it was a time...

I had a nightmare one night, and...

I didn't wake you up so you could tell me that it was OK.

I think that was the first time.

Does that count?

That counts.

Do you knowingly keep me and Joseph at a distance?

Yes.

Why?

I don't know.

I just don't feel right, Audrey.

Something's...

...just not right.

Do you resent us, David?

Resent the life you have?

There were a lot of other things you could've done after college.

These were your choices.

Even if it meant we couldn't have been together, I never would've wished that injury on you.

What you could do physically was a gift.

I never would've wished it to go away.

You know that, right?

You had two calls after Joseph went to bed.

One came through while I was on the other line, but I wasn't talking long.

There was an emergency with my sister. She tried to do a perm, and she looks...

Who called through?

Um...

Someone from New York, about a security job.

They want to hire you.

I didn't know you guys were moving to New York.

Thanks for telling me.

We weren't all gonna move.

Oh.

I let the answering machine pick up the other call.

[rain falling outside]

Great.

Look, let's just be honest here. We're just at the beginning, and I don't expect you or I to change the course of where our lives were headed because of one date.

And if you do go to New York, we can develop this. We'll just be forced to take it slow.

And in the end, I think that's definitely better.

This is our second time around, David.

I didn't expect us to get carried away, you know.

Then I guess "congratulations" is the right thing to say.


[beeps] David, it's Elijah.

It was so obvious. It was this one issue that brought it back for me...

Century Comics 117. That's where this group, the Coalition of Evil, tried to ascertain the weakness of every superhero, because they all have one, just like you.

Your bones don't break. Mine do.

That's clear.

Your cells react to bacteria and viruses differently than mine.

You don't get sick. I do.

That's also clear.

But for some reason, you and I react the exact same way to water.

We swallow it too fast, we choke.

We get some in our lungs, we drown.

However unreal it may seem, we are connected, you and I.

We're on the same curve, just on opposite ends.

The point of all this is we now know something we didn't.

You have a weakness...

...water.

It's like your kryptonite.

You hearing me, David?

[beeps]


[breathing heavily]

[grunts]

Audrey?


[metal creaking] [straining]

Gotcha.

Come on.

Audrey.

Audrey.

Hey!

Audrey.

What happened?

What happened?

I thought I was...

I thought I was dead.

Me too.

[truck door slams shut]

Is she all right?

I think her leg's broken.

Are you hurt?

Hey, man, are you hurt?

[phone ringing]

Hello?

[David] I wasn't injured in that car accident.

David.

I've never been injured, Elijah.

What am I supposed to do?

Go to where people are.

You won't have to look very long.

It's all right to be afraid, David, because this part won't be like a comic book.

Real life doesn't fit into little boxes that were drawn for it.


There's one in the first row.

It's... it's the second one.

Yes. It's the second one over.


[screams] Go back to Africa!

[tires screech]

Hey, what's your name?

I think you drank too much.


Can I come in?

Who are you?

I like your house.

Can I come in?

What is this?

No. You can't come in.

Are you sure?

What... what are you...?

[echoing shrieks]


[indistinct chatter on television]

[clattering]

[echoing screams]


[footsteps] [clattering]


[sobbing]

[whimpering softly]

[sobbing softly]

[panting] It's OK.

[both sobbing softly]

It's OK. It's OK.

Shh, shh, shh...

[door opens]

[thunder rumbling]


[coughing, gasping]


[gasps]


[shouting]

[grunting]

[choking]

[grunts]

[grunts]


I had a bad dream.

It's over now.


[David] I don't know.

I can't believe you'd think that.

I'm just asking you.

I'm making French toast.

I've been thinking about Elijah Price.

If he shows up again, I think we should call the police, OK?

OK?

OK.


[whispers] You were right.

[sniffles]

[classical music playing] [chattering]


This is one of Johann Davis' earliest drawings.

See the villain's eyes?

They're larger than the other characters'.

They insinuate a slightly skewed perspective on how they see the world...

...just off normal.

He doesn't look scary.

Mm-hmm. That's what I said to my son, but he says there's always two kinds.

There's the soldier villain who fights the hero with his hands, and then there's the real threat, the brilliant and evil archenemy who fights the hero with his mind.

Are you Elijah's mother? I am.

I'm helping him with the sale.

Nice to meet you. I'm David Dunn.

He's spoken of you.

Says you're becoming friends. We are.

Looks like he's doing good today.

I'm very proud of him.

He's come through a lot in his life, a couple of bad spills I thought had broken him.

Mm-hmm.

They were bad...

...but he made it.

Yes, he did.

He's kind of a miracle.

Yes, he is.

I'll tell him you're here. Thank you.


It has begun.

Tell me something, David.

When you woke up this morning, was it still there?

The sadness?

No.

[exhales]

I think this is where we shake hands.

[explosion] [gasping]

Did you see it?

[sirens wailing] [alarm buzzing]

I worked in that building 25 years.

I know all its secrets.

Secrets?

Like if there ever was a fire on floors one, two or three, everyone in that hotel would be burned alive.

[sirens wailing] [alarm buzzing]

Passengers aren't allowed in there.

[train rattling]

[gasps]


[Elijah] Do you know what the scariest thing is?

To not know your place in this world, to not know why you're here. That's...

That's just an awful feeling.

What have you done?

I almost gave up hope.

There were so many times I questioned myself.

You killed all those people.

But I found you.

So many sacrifices...

...just to find you.

Jesus Christ.

Now that we know who you are, I know who I am.

I'm not a mistake.

It all makes sense.

In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain's going to be?

He's the exact opposite of the hero, and most times, they're friends, like you and me.

I should've known way back when. You know why, David?

Because of the kids.