Two firefighters from Arkansas Vince (Bill Paxton) & Don (William Sadler) receive a map from a man who stole valuable gold from a church and hide it in an abandoned warehouse in East Saint Louis before committing suicide by being burned alive. They drive to the place to find the gold and leave in the same day. But they become a target by King James (Ice-T) for witnessing him killing a man. The two of them have to find a way to get the gold and escape King James and his men.
This film provides examples of:
- Abandoned Warehouse: This is where the Gold was hidden years ago by the thief and where King James murders a man over a drug debt. And Vince and Don hoped to get the gold and leave in one day but is trapped by armed gangsters.
- Big Bad Ensemble: King James is a drug lord played by Ice T & Savon his underlining played by Ice Cube.
- Big Brother Instinct: King James to his brother Lucky. After Lucky is taken hostage by Vince & Don he's willing to talk it out with them to come with a comprise to let him go alive. But when Lucky is accidentally shot by Luther in a struggle with Vince. He decides to kill them both.
- Bound and Gagged: Lucky is tied to a door and has his mouth stuffed so he can't yell out to his brother. He also suffers through withdrawal as time goes on due to his addiction to heroin.
- Crooks Are Better Armed: King James and his gang has access to Assault Rifles, Shotguns and C4 Explosives and have two snipers on the roof to prevent Don and Vince from crossing the other side of the warehouse to escape.
- DeadpanSnarker: Savon after hearing Lucky was killed "He wasn't so Lucky after all"
- Downer Ending: Don is dead and Vince is stranded in East St. Louis cause they vehicle was vandalized by Raymond to prevent them from escaping and King James men who are alive are still roaming the area and Vince is tricked out of the gold by Bradlee an old homeless man.
- Kill It with Fire: After failing to kill Vince & Don. King James gang decides C4 the warehouse with them in it. This what Savon wanted to do in the first place.
- Leave No Witnesses: King James feels since Vince & Don are white and saw him murder a man they may go to the cops.
- Mutual Kill: King James and Don die by shooting each other. Later with Raymond and Savion after Savon tries run off with the gold.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Luther pulls this after accidentally shooting Lucky while he was struggling with Vince. He call Winky to relay to King James it wasn't his fault.