Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a Detroit police officer. At the start of the film, Orin saves the life of the Vice President of the United States from a group of militants, but causes a lot of havoc in doing so. Precinct captain Frank Daniels (Bruce McGill) is pissed, so he reassigns Orin to 15th precinct - the worst precinct in the city. Amidst attending anger management classes, Orin begins to suspect that local affluent drug dealer Latrell Walker (Earl "DMX" Simmons) and his fast-talking sidekick T.K. Johnson (Anthony Anderson) are engaged in shady business. However, he turns out to be wrong. Actually, it's corrupt police who are running the precinct's drug trade. Thus, he and his new partner George Clark (Isaiah Washington) set out to stop them.
This film provides examples of:
- The Chessmaster: Latrell.
- Corrupt Cop: What Orin uncovers during the plot. It goes all the way up to Orin's old boss Frank.
- Cowboy Cop: Orin and this is what gets him in trouble time after time with his superiors.
- Destructive Savior: Orin is the hero and goes above and beyond defeating the bad guys, but he ends up causing enough property damage to wreck a major city the size of Detroit. He even destroys half of Detroit working a day as a traffic cop! Wait a minute...
- Disposable Love Interest: Orin's new captain is an attractive brunette. Eventually, there appears to be something developing between them. Then she goes head-first into her windshield during a collision. She gets a single mention after that, and that's it. Orin completely forgets about her.
- Gambit Pileup: Nearly every major character has a plan going on, and occasionally crash into each other. Literally.
- Hidden Depths: Jerkass Useldinger spending years undercover in the KKK abnd reigning down a whole cell counts as this unless he was a Dirty Cop back then to.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The main villain dies this way. What adds to the "ouch" factor is the girth of the pipe he fell on and that it wasn't sharp.
- Mr. Exposition: Clark, Boyd's new partner who briefs him about a lot of the players around the station.
- Plucky Comic Relief: TK and Henry.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Hinges can be seen as a Obstructive Bureaucrat due to his dislike of Boyds cowboy tendencies but at the end of the day? Hes one of very few cops who is clean and eventually sides Boyd to take down the dirty cops.
- Captain Mulcahy also turns out to be a fair boss, willing to listen to Boyd's theory and not coming down to hard on him.
- Self-Defenseless: A bunch of corrupt cops use their tasers on each other for the sake of showing off, bets, and entertainment. Boyd also gets his share, and he beats them all up.
- Spiritual Successor: Part of a trio of films by Bartkowiak, starting with Romeo Must Die and followed by Cradle 2 the Grave of martial arts buddy cop films (Seagal, Jet Li) mixed with rap artists/urban culture, with an added dose of Tom Arnold.