Ernie Barbarash (6 Bullets) takes the first tale by Y.T. Parazi and turns it into the kind of martial arts film that you have been wanting to see for a very long time. With the world renowned seven Black Belt owner Michael Jai White (Android Cop) in the lead role, you know you are in for an explosive time.
John Chapman (White) is a troubled ex-marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who spends his time cuddling a bottle of Jack Daniels, remembering his lost squad-team and wishing to join them, as he plays his weekly game of Russian roulette. The drinking is taking over John’s life, even to the point that when his local liquor store gets held up he tries to end his life, but the robbers aren’t up to the job. They are no longer of any use to him, so they are removed from the equation, to enable him to get back to his Jack D.
This leads him to miss his sister Cindy (Laila Ali, All You’ve Got) at the airport. She knows what he is like, so he is quickly forgiven and soon they are reminiscing about her volunteer work in Rio De Janeiro, helping the poor in the favela’s that hug the mountainsides on the outskirts of the city. Her whole life is written in a journal which she carries everywhere. And when she is found on the rocks left for dead this pulls John out of his stupor and he heads for Rio, to find who did this to his sister.
Police officer Katarina Dá Silva (Millie Ruperto, Mi princeso) tries to police the favela by befriending the inhabitants, as the children run around collecting drugs for people and the child prostitutes line the streets at night. But the big cops that run the favelas with force are Thiago Santo (Jimmy Navaro, Undercurrent) and Carlo Bororo (Lateef Crowder, Tekken). They challenge the locals to fights to see who goes home with the guns or their lives.
John meets the U.S. Consulate, an old friend Manny (Neil McDonough, Minority Report), who puts him in the picture about his sister, who is slowly recovering in hospital. However, the people who did her over are trying to finish her off and John must follow the clues as he finds out about people trafficking and the drugs.