When a DEA task force tries to steal cartel money during a raid, they begin to get killed off one at a time. John Warden, known as "Breacher," leads an elite DEA task force, heralded over the years for executing some of the best and most dangerous undercover operations out there. After the loss of his wife and child to the Mexican cartels, he and his team decide to steal $10 million from the cartel, hide it until after the operation was completed, and then split it a million a piece. When the money is gone before they can get it, it not only leaves them without their prize, it puts them under federal investigation. After a six month investigation brings up no evidence of wrongdoing, Breacher is allowed to re-join his team, and they go back into training for future operations. However, after their first party back together, one member is killed when his RV is plowed by a train. It seems at first like he simply drunkenly parked it on the tracks, but the investigator, Caroline Brentwood, suspects foul play. When they go to visit Neck, the last member of the team to have seen the first victim alive, they find him nailed to the ceiling and gutted like a pig. As this is a cartel tactic, they believe that the cartel is attempting to take them out one by one as revenge for trying to steal their money. When a third member shows up dead but successfully kills one of his attackers, they recognize his tattoo as having cartel affiliation, confirming their story. Yet when the rest of the tattooed assassin's gang is found dead at the bottom of a river, killed before the first murders, they immediately all realize the horrifying truth: one of their own is responsible for killing off their unit. With no one to trust, Breacher must find who's killing the members of his team before it's too late.
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Best part of story, including ending:
This is an awesome and super-gory movie, with some great action and tough guy dialogue from the cop unit. It's Arnold's best role in some time.
Best scene in story:
The final action sequence, with cars chasing after one another, is well done, with plenty of collateral damage violence and a viciously grisly ending.
Opinion about the main character:
Breacher isn't the nicest guy in the world, but I'm not convinced we're supposed to like or admire any of these guys. They are troubled and damaged men, more intriguing than likable.