A dark and harrowing drama involving murder, suspense and plenty of seat-gripping experiences for the viewer! Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson), a homicide detective, undertakers one last case on the day of his retirement. An eight-year-old girl has been found murdered in the snow-covered mountains of Mexico and her mother begs Black to unravel the mystery of her daughter's death. With the help of local waitress Lori (Robin Wright Penn) and her young daughter Chrissy (Pauline Roberts), Black embarks on an unpredictable and riveting hunt for the killer where things are not always as they seem. Sean Penn's unique portrayal of this murder mystery makes for sensational viewing.
Looking at the cast you might expect a real gem. Vanessa Redgrave, Micky Rooney, Jack Nicholson in the lead role. The plot and direction, sadly, let it down. A very ordinary detective drama. Sean Penn is definitely a better actor than director. The stunning cast with great acting keep this from being a 2 star.