Nightwatch is an American remake of an edgy thriller that first made its critically acclaimed debut in Denmark. Martin Bells (Ewan McGregor) is a hard-working law student trying to make ends meet. When he sees an advertisement for a nighttime security guard at the local morgue, he takes the job despite advice from his friends. Martin soon discovers that the morgue is storing the mutilated bodies of prostitutes who were victims of a serial killer. As he makes his rounds, he takes the gruesome bodies in stride as part of the job but they become a lot harder to ignore when strange phenomena disrupt his routine. Inspector Thomas Cray (Nick Nolte) soon shows up and finds evidence pointing to Martin who becomes the lead suspect of the killings. Martin has a few ideas of his own about who the real killer is and he must uncover the truth quickly before he ends up in the electric chair.