Lockdown is an action film written by Joseph Izzo and Joseph Mangelli. Directed by Frank Harris, the movie features Richard Lynch, Joe Estevez, Chris DeRose, Mike Farrell, Chuck Jeffreys and Gary Kolpakoff. The story follows Ron Taylor (played by Chris DeRose) and his partner Mac Maguire (played by Chuck Jeffreys) who are detectives in the Southern California region. They work at a vehicle chop shop in San Jose called Valley Auto Dealers undercover to expose criminals, particularly the ones that work theres.
When a new criminal, Garrett (played by Richard Lynch) arrives, the detectives really have their work cut out for them He begins to wreak all kinds of havoc, so the detectives must apprehend as soon as possible, what turns out to be a ruthless murdering hitman who stops at nothing to get what he desires.
Garrett is ordered by his boss to off a customer because he went to work with the competition. After Garret commits the murder, Taylor and others are in hot pursuit. Once cornered, Garrett is able to overpower Taylor. Then he murders his partner, framing Taylor for the murder.
Taylor is sent to prison so that he is away his wife Monica (played by Elizabeth Kaitan) and his young daughter, Katie (played by Chelsea Soggin). Maguire must pull out all the stops to get his partner cleared, without risking blowing their cover.
Because he is incarcerated, Taylor must confront learning how to survive on in jail. Shanks (played by Kalpakoff) poses a dangerous jailhouse threat, but Taylor manages to befriend him in any case. He also makes friends with his cellmate Dieter (played by Estevez).
The pressure mounts for Maguire as Garrett continues his efforts to take over the chop shop. Not only is his friend in jail, but they cannot use law enforcement to assist, lest they risk losing their cover. If that happens, all of the work they have been doing would be lost. As a result, Maguire must devise a scheme that will take out Garrett virtually all on his own.