A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town PI.
- Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
- Studio: Columbia Pictures, Hofflund/Polone, Global Medien KG
- Keyword: new york city, sex shop, pornography, loss of loved one, underground, obsession, porn actor, investigation, sadomasochism, child pornography, private investigator, los angeles, california, subculture, missing person, snuff film
- Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer