Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts making less and less sense. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?
Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Brie Larson, Samantha Boyarsky, Jon Bernthal, Stella Schnabel, Jon Foster, Ruben Garfias, Joseph Lee, Dominic Flores, Matt McTighe, Billy Hough, Audra McDonald, Keith Woulard, Harriet Sansom Harris, Robert Wisdom, Leonard Kelly-Young, Ashley Nikkole Thompson, Don Creech, Chuti Tiu, Angelita Macias, Francis Capra, Tim Russ, Bryan Rasmussen, William Paul Clark