Policist Bruce ima burno življenje, saj se redno predaja omamam alkohola, mamilom, nepremišljenim seksualnim odnosom in prenažiranju s hitro prehrano. V največji užitek mu je ustrahovanje in izkoriščanje naivnega prijatelja Clifforda, toda ko mora zavoljo napredovanja razrešiti umor japonskega študenta, se Brucu začne podirati svet pod nogami. Meje med resničnostjo in namišljenimi prividi so vse bolj zabrisane in Bruce se znajde na nezadržni poti fizičnega in psihičnega propada.
Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?