The movie talks about the inner streets conflicts each day in the U.S, a war between residents, drug dealers and the people who tries to protect from the other. In the movie this war has a principal character, one member of L.A.P.D. Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris, a 13 year veteran narcotics officer who has a hidden methodology that passes the line between legality and corruption. In the other hand we have a rookie member of this squad who has his moral values well defined Jake Hoyt, Harris tries to involve the newest member of the team in the hole chain of corruption and illegality, Harris put him very deep making Hoyt put his integrity under question.
The movie shows the whole training day of the rookie, this turns out to be a series of incidents in which Hoyt is surprised by Harris unconventional methods. Very soon into the day, Harris is already breaking laws and having Hoyt takes drugs and alcohol on the job. «It’s ugly but it’s necessary,» says Harris, also Harris tries to involve Hoyt saying «you have to be a wolf to fight the other wolves you’ve got to decide if you’re a sheep or a wolf. It just gets worse as the day goes on.» Harris crew has his own street justice, ethics and morality but they are outside of the legality. Harris continuously tests Hoyt’s limits, reaching the line between police and criminal, right and wrong. He has no regrets about planting drugs and guns as evidence, or stealing drugs or money from evidence.
In the early afternoon, Hoyt goes Harris to a fancy restaurant where the detective meets with three senior police officials, and Hoyt realizes that corruption extends to very high levels. Hoyt does not know what to think. Later, Harris, Hoyt, and other policemen raid a drug dealer’s house, where events directed by Harris force the rookie to take a decision.
Hoyt decided he wanted the justice and ethics to prevail, so he tries to kill Harris but he fails in the attempt, but after that Harris is murdered by a gang of Russian mafia that Harris had to pay a large amount of money but he didn’t.
The movie tries to show how the people everyday is losing its ethics and moral, so it’s hard to prevail with the moral values when the other people are not following that, that’s why the men it’s a wolf for the men. In the movie you could see clear the example between Harris and Hoyt, Harris tries the whole day to convince Hoyt to step apart from his values, whit the excuse that you have to act like that to prevail in the streets conflict.
Now a days the moral values are losing its roll in the American society, there’s more and more corrupt people, criminals, and a lot of other people who have forgotten the importance of the moral values to prevail as a society, the movie talks a lot about that its impossible to live in that condition, for example Harris son its impossible to him to develop a series of moral values living in a neighbourhood like that, so he will end like his father or worst he could become a drug dealer.
But it’s a common topic each day in the world, the whole world its becoming crazy, no one has his moral values defined, and if you have some its very difficult to stay strong with this type of attitude because each day the society its corrupting the people, and you can see it reflected even in the music and in the medias.
In the movie its also well delineated the topic of justice, but in this case they show it as the destiny, for example in the case of Harris he was very corrupt he killed a lot of people so he deserved to be killed to have justice like a balance, but the justice has to be something that we have to keep, Francis Bacon said: «If we can’t handle justice, justice will not handle us.»
In conclusion the movie is trying to show that is possible to maintain your own moral values confronting the wolf but without being a wolf you can beat the wolf without become one of them making your value.