A pharmaceutical company director named Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) goes on a business trip to Mexico with his bosses Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Elaine (Charlize Theron). In the Mexican company’s lab, Richard orders Sanchez manager (Hernan Mendoza) to stop selling the marijuana-based product to a brutal cartel leader known as the Black Pantera. Meanwhile, Harold finds out that he is in danger of being out of work because the company will be sold to a conglomerate.
When he returns to his wife Bonnie (Thandie Newton) to comfort her, she confesses to Skype that she has an amorous adventure. Taken in view of the Black Pantera in the hope that he will be able to gain access to the product formula, Harold disappears before his bosses return to Chicago. A few hours later, they receive a phone call informing them of Harold’s kidnapping and that the reward in his dealings is $ 5 million. Instead of paying the reward, Richard sends some mercenaries to recover Harold.