Rudy (Ben Affleck), a reformed thief, is being released from prison. He’s looking for a simple life and a good cup of hot chocolate. But when another inmate, also scheduled for release, is killed in a prison fight, Rudy poses as the man in order to meet Ashley (Charlize Theron), the beautiful woman his slain friend continuously talked about. But Ashley has her secrets, including a ruthless brother (Gary Sinise) who plans to force the newly released prisoner to help him rob a casino on Christmas Eve.
Rudy is tortured until he agrees to help with the heist. Tense action, double crosses, and lots of bloodletting follows as they attempt to pull off the robbery.
This is a gruesome movie. Not only is it filled with violent and often gory images, but also unsavory people, continuous filthy language, and a malevolent atmosphere, which adds up to unpleasant viewing. If there is a moral, and I couldn’t find one, the viewer must subject himself to 90 minutes of unpleasantness before comprehending it.