A veteran homicide cop blackmails a new police recruit into joining his semi-vigilante unit and working on a gruesome serial killer case, in which the victims have valuable tattoos flayed from their corpses. When the apparent murderer commits suicide, things should be wrapped up, but a larger conspiracy continues...
Schwentke goes for a Seven-like grey, rainy style to match plot licks borrowed from Hollywood serial killer puzzle pictures, but makes the odd cop teaming work and delivers an effective double-sting ending.
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