Kate Abbott (Jovovich) is a Diplomatic Security Service agent working for the American Embassy in London. Most of her team are killed while at a restaurant for the birthday of their superior, with only two people, including Kate, surviving. An investigation into the attack leads to deduce that the perpetrator was "The Watchmaker" (Brosnan), one of the world's most wanted killers, known for his precision work with bombs. Kate must now follow the Watchmaker to New York, where her efforts uncover a plan to detonate another bomb at Times Square in New York City during the New Year's Eve celebrations.
This film features examples of:
- Demolitions Expert: The Watchmaker is known for his precision work with bombs, and is too disciplined and focused to qualify as a Mad Bomber.
- A Million Is a Statistic: The Watchmaker is capable of killing tens if not hundreds of collateral victims in his bombings just for one target to pass them off as terrorist bombings, such as bombing a café in England for one target.
- Professional Killer: The Watchmaker is an assassin who kills assigned targets for a living.
- Reusable Lighter Toss: a generic terrorist bad guy tosses a zippo on a soldier because he is not worth a ransom.