Rancid is an action thriller that features crime, love and most of all, suspense. John Hayson (Matthew Settle) was once an aspiring young writer with the best years of his career in front of him. After suffering a heart wrenching personal misfortune, Hayson became disillusioned with the world around him. Making a living from the occasional freelance writing job, Hayson has given up on his once promising vocation. When he encounters a former lover in Monica Klein (Fay Masterson) by chance, it seems that his life is starting to turn around. As more people from Hayson's past return to his life, he realizes that everything is not as it seems. Hayson soon finds himself as the prime suspect in a murder investigation being conducted by Andy Fell (Patrik Ersg''rd). Formerly a good friend of Hayson's, Fell is now out to close his investigation and must keep personal matters out of the way. Jack Ersgard directs this 2004 crime film.