Wade Porter lives a modest but comfortable life with a young family, a fledgling business and a promising future ahead. But in an instant, his life, and that of everyone he loves is threatened and possibly gone forever when he's convicted of killing a man while protecting his fiancée, Laura, and their three year old son. In just 24 hours, the unimaginable conditions of a new world order begin to take hold. Violence is the answer to everything and, even for Laura, what it means to fight for your life--alone--becomes all too real. Sentenced to Corcoran State Prison, Wade ends up in a hellish facility run by Lt. William Jackson, known as the SHU (Security Housing Unit) where the inmates are brutal but far less deadly than the guards. His cellmate, John Smith, is a stone cold prison legend, a 'lifer' and a man once devastated so completely that he has nothing left to lose and acts accordingly. An unlikely bond develops between the two men as Wade struggles to survive, having to put his own life--and the possibility of ever being freed--in relentless jeopardy.
Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff, Harold Perrineau, Sam Shepard, Anne Archer, Nick Chinlund, Marisol Nichols, Nate Parker, Greg Serano, Vincent Miller, Johnny Lewis, Larnell Stovall, Shawn Prince, Chris Browning, Jake Walker, Michael Seal, Louie Pescador, Gabriel Merendon, Mark Sivertsen, Mara Holguin, Carrie Fleming, Roman Mitichyan, Adam Taylor, Brittany Perrineau, Harry Zimmerman, Kevin Wiggins, Brian Gamble, Rosalia DeAragon, Jesus Payan, Ivan Brutsche, John Trejo, Christien Tinsley, Esodie Geiger, Richard Caruso, Tait Fletcher, John Koyama, Jermaine Washington, Mike Smith