Police Officer Alex Kearney (Anthony Edwards) works in a rich suburb of Philadelphia, where nothing bad ever happens. When he stops a VIP for speeding, the police top brass assign him to the Philly police version of purgatory, downtown. Downtown is the most brutal and crime-ridden district in Philadelphia, and none of the cops downtown want to be Alex’s partner. When Detective Dennis Curren (Forest Whitaker) gets the unlucky assignment, the two get off to a bad start, but when Alex's best friend is murdered while investigating a car theft, Alex surprises everybody and breaks all the rules to track down the killer. Together the two cops combine forces to take down a luxury car smuggling ring.