(2020) (Josh Hartnett, Antoine-Olivier Pilon) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An investigative journalist tries to expose the framing of a common junkie as a drug kingpin, all of which has led that man to be imprisoned in a Thai prison.
Victor Malarek (JOSH HARTNETT) is an investigative journalist working for Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper and has a new baby with his wife, Anna (AMANDA CREW). He's currently trying to uncover what looks like shady dealings between Canada's federal police and their counterparts in Thailand regarding one Daniel Léger (ANTOINE-OLIVIER PILON).
He's a small-time junkie who Victor believes was framed as some sort of drug kingpin. As Victor continues with his investigation and runs into interference from Canadian officials the story rewinds to when Daniel -- now clean from his dope addiction for six months -- arrives in a new town only to run into charter boat captain Glen Picker (JIM GAFFIGAN) who's also a drug dealer and gets Daniel hooked again.
But he also gives Daniel a job working on the boat and picking up drugs for clients including from pawnshop owner Mary (ROSE-MARIE PERREAULT). Unbeknownst to them, however, Picker is also an informant for Sgt. Frank Cooper (STEPHEN McHATTIE) of the Federal Police's narcotics division.
Having been passed over for a promotion, he wants a big score and due to confusion with Daniel's name, he and his work partner, Moore (MARK CAMACHO), believe the junkie is a drug kingpin of some sort. Eventually enlisting the aid of police cadet Al Cooper (COREY LIPMAN), they coerce Daniel into traveling to Thailand to entrap him in a big drug deal, all of which eventually draws Victor into his story.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might show some interest, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For drug content, language throughout and some violence.
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