Pullman stars as Mike Max, a hugely successful Hollywood producer whosefilms are state-of-the-art, violent thrillers. Violence has made Mike arich man and given his wife Paige (McDowell) a lifestyle any woman woulddie for. Gabriel Byrne is Ray Bering, a surveillance expert engaged ina top secret government project. Ray's project could cut policeresponse time by 200 percent using a network of hidden cameras toconstantly view Los Angeles. In short, this project is meant to bringan end to violence. Each man traffics in images of violence buy whenRay's cameras record Mike's brutal abduction, their opposite butstrangely similar lives converge. This scenario turns into a conspiracyand a mystery and confronts violence through many avenues of its cast ofcharacters.