***SPOILERS*** What seems like a watered down version of "High Serria or it's 1955 re-make "I Die 1,000 Times" the made for TV movie "12 hours to Live" has hardened escape convict John Carl Lowman, Kevin Durand, on the run from the FBI and local Belgrade County sheriff Ray Taylor, Doug Abrahams, with the kidnapped 16 year-old Amy Kennedy,Brittney Wilson, as his hostage.
We get to see the human side of the cold-blooded killer Lowman when after realizing that Amy is a diabetic and desperately needs insulin and glucose injections to stay alive he suddenly forgets his flight from the law and tries to get Amy help even if it means death or imprisonment if he's caught! We also get to see lady FBI agent Magan Saunders, Ione Skye, hot on Lowman's tail not just because of his kidnapping of Amy but his gunning down her partner and lover in the FBI Mark Phillips, Michael Boisvert, in a bank robbery outside Chicago.
Feeling responsible for Mark's death in her hesitating to open fire on Lowman while he was holding a woman both hostage and as a human shield Magan more then ever has to prove to herself and her FBI bosses that she still got what it takes to be a G-man or in her case G-woman. Despite gunning down a number of people while he's on the run Lowman still is determined to save Amy's life by getting her injections of medications leaving himself open to be caught by the police and FBI.
Despite Lowman giving Magan a chance to escape when he had his gun pointed at her skull she in fact doesn't return the favor when she has him cornered in a deserted factory blasting Lowman away together with the $200,000.00 he and his partner, who called himself Captain Kirk, stole from bank where Agent Mark Phillips was gunned down. Captain Kirk himself was later whacked by Lowman who felt that he was holding out on him with the stolen loot in him thinking that he, in all his running from the police, lost interest in it!
We also get to see actor Michael Moriarty as Magan's on and off again drunken father Donald Saunders who as trouble both standing up straight and walking a straight line. The time we get to see him he was said to be sober for a record 96 straight days but by his actions, in almost falling on his face and slurring his words, you never could tell. Still despite the desperate state of intoxication he was in being drunk to the point of seeing pink elephants or in his case, in going fishing, pink catfishes Mr.Saunders, a former FBI big shot, still was able to pull some strings with Magan's bosses. That in order to keep Magan on the case, because her FBI higher ups considered her to be a grade #1 screw up, after they reassigned her somewhere else.