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D-Tox is a 2002 American psychological thriller film directed by Jim Gillespie, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Courtney B. Vance, Polly Walker, Stephen Lang, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Patrick, Jeffrey Wright, and Charles S. Dutton. The film is based on the 1999 novel Jitter Joint written by Howard Swindle, released internationally by United International Pictures. It was given a limited release in the United States under the title Eye See You by DEJ Productions.

FBI agent Jake Malloy is pursuing a serial killer who specializes in killing police officers. While Malloy is out, the murderer calls Malloy from Malloy's home while Mary, his girlfriend, is there. The killer tells Malloy that he pursued him four years before for a series of prostitute murders; he is holding a grudge and he's going to kill Mary. Malloy rushes home to find Mary dead. When the killer's hideout is found, Seattle police and the FBI blockade the area before Malloy arrives. Malloy pursues the killer only to find that he appears to have committed suicide.

Three months later, Malloy descends into alcoholism over Mary's murder. After Malloy slits his wrists in an unsuccessful suicide attempt, his best friend and supervising officer enrolls Malloy in a rehabilitation program designed for law enforcement officers, established in an abandoned military base by Dr. John "Doc" Mitchell, a former cop and recovering alcoholic, as a way of dealing with his problems.

Malloy meets several other officers who are patients in the clinic, including Peter Noah, an arrogant and paranoid ex-SWAT officer, Frank Slater, a cynical, opinionated British police officer, Willie Jones, a religious homicide detective, Jaworski, an alcoholic narcotics cop who attempted suicide, Lopez, a foul-mouthed LAPD officer, and McKenzie, an elderly member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who saw his partner get killed. He meets several staff members, including Doc's assistant and mechanic Hank and compassionate resident psychiatrist and nurse Jenny Munroe, with whom Malloy develops a bond.

A blizzard seals everyone in the rehab center with no outside communication. When patients start turning up dead, Malloy must jump into the action again, and confront a shadow of his past.

This film provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Malloy descends into alcoholism over Mary's murder, which is what made him end up at the rehab center.
  • Bungled Suicide: Jaworski attempted to eat his gun but failed: shooting out his cheek and leaving him with a jagged scar down one side of his face.
  • Closed Circle: The rehab centre gets Snowed-In; trapping the patients and staff inside.
  • Cop Killer: The serial killer Malloy pursues specializes in killing police officers.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: The cop killer writes 'ICU' in blood on the cheek of the body he leaves behind when he fakes his death.
  • Dead Man Honking: When the truck carrying Hank and Gilbert crashes, Hank faces plants on the steering wheel, setting the horn blaring. This alerts Malloy inside the rehab centre that something has gone wrong.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Malloy originally pursued the serial cop killer for a series of murders of prostitutes years ago, a thing he calls "removing diseased filth".
  • Eye Scream: Mary is killed after being shot in the eye while answering the door.
  • Gardening-Variety Weapon: While hiding from the killer in the equipment shed, Jenny grabs a billhook to defend herself. Later the killer grabs the dropped billhook and uses it in attempt to kill Jenny.
  • Hoist Hero over Head: At the end of the final fight, Malloy hoists the villain above his head (whic is quite impressive given he had been stabbed through the forearm during the battle).
  • Improvised Screwdriver: Malloy uses the Tragic Keepsake of his murdered fiancee's engagement ring to unscrew the bolts on a hatch cover when he gets locked up in the underground clinic.
  • It's Personal: It was personal already at the beginning when one of the serial cop killer's victims was Malloy's former partner. It becomes even more personal when he murders Mary, and he infiltrates Malloy's rehab center.
  • Snowed-In: A blizzard cuts the rehab centre off from the outside world. Shortly afterward, the occupants realise that one of them is a murderer.
  • The Social Darwinist: The killer hates cops and targets them because they protect the weak, who he views as a social disease that should be exterminated. He claims this is simply "nature's way", longing for a day when their blood will run in the streets.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: A group of people are patients in a rehab clinic, suddenly one of them appears dead (at first, it seemed like a suicide, but is proven wrong later) and a blizzard prevents the others from leaving. They soon learn that one of their party is actually a killer impersonating a patient, so it's up to them to work out which of their supposed fellow patients is really him before he can kill them all.
  • This Is a Drill: The cop killer uses a drill to deliver Eye Screams to his victims.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Malloy's fiancée Mary is murdered by the Serial Killer known as the Cop Killer. Malloy then wears her engagement ring on a chain around his neck. After he has killed the Cop Killer, Malloy leaves the ring hanging on the branch of a tree and walks away.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: The killer ensures no one can leave the rehab clinic by removing the carburetors from the snowmobiles and smashing them with a hammer