New York, 1974. Fifty years, Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released for good behavior after several years in prison after a violent crime. At the prison gate awaits his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a promising career. He and his brother have always been different, and their father Leon (James Caan), who grew up alone, seems to favor Chris, despite his troubles. In the hope that his brother has changed, Frank is willing to give it a chance – it gets in the house, she finds a job and helping him resume his relationship with his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard). Will Chris to keep on track?