An international terrorist for hire named Castor Troy is being relentlessly pursued by Sean Archer, an FBI agent whose son Castor accidentally killed in an assassination attempt years earlier. After finally catching Troy, Archer's troubles have only just begun... It emerges that Troy, now in a comatose state, has rigged a bomb to destroy the whole of Los Angeles. There is only one person who knows the location of the bomb... Troy's brother, Pollux - but he will not betray his brother! Archer has only one choice - he must undergo drastic surgery to have his face replaced with Troy's and then infiltrate Troy's terrorist world. But when Troy awakens from his coma and finds out what has occurred he has the procedure performed on himself and assumes Archer's identity...
After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Lula's mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), an old buddy who's also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.
On an aircraft carrying some of the most notorious criminals of all time, the recently paroled Cameron Poe is hitching a ride home to his wife and daughter. But he suddenly finds himself embroiled in a mid-air skyjacking masterminded by Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom. While Cameron fights to keep these savage convicts from massacring everyone on board as they career towards the famed Las Vegas Strip, a Government agent on the ground battles to keep this overzealous superiors from blowing the plane into oblivion! Amazing stunts and visual effects add heart-pounding suspense to this must-see action hit!