Story: The story takes place in the slums of Washington DC, a world ruled by violent gangs and ruthless drug dealers. We get to see what happens to the characters over the course of 24 hours. Lucas, a 14-year-old Hispanic boy, inducted since age 10 into the brutal gang life of a San Salvadorean neighborhood in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother Miguel won't follow the same path. When Daniel (an Afghanistan war veteran) comes into the neighborhood looking for drugs to escape his own reality, an unusual opportunity arises that can change their lives forever. With the help of Daniel, Lucas tries to flee his gang-lord mentor, Rincon.
Research: The director did 7 years of research working with veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, local DC cops and even former gang members who granted exclusive access into the highly insulated world of what the FBI considers to be America's most dangerous gang.
MOVIE GENRE: a fast‐paced crime thriller/drama (American neo-realistic thriller) LOCATION: Bulgaria DIRECTOR: Lior Geller PRODUCER: James Portolese, Gabriel Georgiev WRITER: Lior Geller CAST: Jean-Claude Van Damme as sympathetic war veteran named Daniel.
Terry Crews: "Jean-Claude, if he didn't exist, you would have to invent him."
Duration movie: 2 hours Time frame movie: 24 hours
JCVD was in Bulgaria for days 11 days (October 22nd - November 1st)
Gang name: Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13
Cast Lucas, 14-year-old Hispanic boy: Elijah Rodriguez Miguel, 10-year-old brother of Lucas: Nicholas Sean Johnny Daniel, sympathetic war veteran : Jean-Claude Van Damme Rincon, Lucas’ gang-lord mentor: Charlie MacGechan? Toma's father: Karlos Klaumannsmoller Gabriela: Robyn Cara