Don’t leave the hashish lying around. That’s the mistake three American buddies make in Malaysia, on the very day that two of them, Sheriff (Vince Vaughn) and Tony (David Conrad) head back to the States.It started out as a vacation to paradise, Malaysia.Three buddies thought this to be the trip of a lifetime, great women and great marijuana they would always say.However the small mistake they make winds up costing one friend his life.Sheriff, Tony, and Lewis rented a bike from a local merchant one morning.Cruising down a dirt path they almost collide with an incoming truck and the three of them wind up falling off the bike, crippling it in the act.Lewis knows that they must bring back the bike to the merchant, but Sheriff takes it upon himself to throw the bike into the woods since it is broken anyway.This scene is the beginning of their downfall.It doesn't seem like a big deal at all, no one will find out; Sheriff and head back to the states, and Lewis is staying to rescue orangutans from captivity.
The movie then jumps to a scene in New York City two years later, where Sheriff is now a limousine driver.The guy Lewis (Joaquin Phoenix) who is left behind gets busted for drug trafficking since the Malaysian police find more than 1.3 grams of marijuana in his possession.This all happened because the merchant reported his bike stolen which was traced back to Lewis who was the only one of the three left on the island.The police searched his cabana looking for the missing bike but located a stash of hashish instead.Lewis was the only one who could be charged since Tony and Sheriff had returned to the states and he was put in a third world hellhole where he had been rotting away for two years. After two years Lewis' state of sanity and physical condition has severely deteriorated. He is going to be executed unless the two other men return to Malaysia and do …