In Manhattan, Eddie Fleming (Robert De Niro) is a well-known detective on the police force. He courts the press to shadow him at times and he views his minor fame as helpful to his job solving crimes. Nevertheless, his near constant media exposure is disturbing. Meanwhile, a top fire investigator, Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns) prefers a low profile as he solves important arson cases. One fateful day, two immigrants, Oleg and Emil from Eastern Europe arrive at JFK. Although the one tells the airport's immigration officer that he came to "make movies like Frank Capra", that is not their main reason for their journey. They are criminals, newly released from prison, and are tracking down a former partner who made off with their part of the dough. All too soon, they find him and his wife in an old Lower East Side apartment building. The money has been spent on establishing a plumbing business. Oleg, the more out of control perp, brutally murders both of them, while Emil films it with a stolen camera. After the crime, they set the building on fire. This brings in both Eddie and Jordy, whose work habits clash. Yet, they soon join forces to stop the two evil ones and protect a witness, Daphne (Vera Farmiga) who saw the murder from her apartment doorway across the hall. All the while, a sleazy television show producer (Kelsey Grammar) wants to get the whole case on his second rate program, Top Story. How many folks will lose their lives before Oleg and Emil can be stopped? This VERY VIOLENT film has an intriguing story. There is indeed a fine line between a crime and excessive media coverage of a crime. More murders probably do get solved if the public is aware of its happening. Also, Burns is a most attractive, talented performer while De Niro can handle any role, anytime with great skill. With Farmiga, Charlize Theron, Grammar, Melina Kanakeredes and others on board, the cast is wonderful. But, a STRONG CAUTION to potential viewers. The violence in this film is horrific, when it happens, and there was truly no need for its excessive nature. Sometimes, its mitigated by special features the criminals' video camera has to distort the picture. But, not always. If there was not a great cast and a strong story line to consider, I would definitely not encourage ANYONE to view it. As it is, watch at your own discretion and use the fast forward button a lot. If its still too much for your mind to handle, just turn it off. Some movies have a good message but loses it in a cloud of objectionable material.