Ray Liotta (Something Wild, No Escape, Hannibal) portrays a violent murderer who is put to death by lethal injection. But when he wakes up some hours later, not dead, it's explained to him that he has the option of living and being a test subject for a new behavior modifying drug. This drug, explains Willem Dafoe, will diminish his ultra-violent tendencies and make him feel compassion and remorse. It's sort of a take on FLOWER'S FOR ALGERNON, only with a serial killer rather than a retarded guy. This whole beginning is also far too much like the first DESTROYER novel (which was made into a film as REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS).The first hour of the movie is engaging, during which time he's able to assume a reasonably 'normal' life and even starts dating a woman (Michelle Rodriguez of RESIDENT EVIL, SWAT). Yet it inevitably turns into your typical Hollywood movie with a predictable end and a supposed 'life lesson'.