Successful publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit a high power job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the scene of a murder of a mother and children. The entire city believes the murder was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates, he’s not sure if he’s starting to see ghosts or if the tragic story is hitting too close to home. His only clues come from Ann Paterson (Naomi Watts), a mysterious neighbor who knew those who were shot. As Will and Ann piece together the haunting puzzle, they must find out who murdered the family in Will’s dream house before he returns to kill again.
A morally upright, young man Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is recruited for a career in the newly founded predecessor of the CIA, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Influenced by widespread Cold War paranoia in the office, Wilson's idealistic outlook turns suspicious. His distrust of his co-workers grows as he ascends in rank to an influential veteran operative. Ultimately, his dedication to his work comes a a price; leading Wilson to sacrifice his ideals and eventually, his family.
Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) is a former college football star whose uncanny ability to predict the outcome of a game introduces him to an unexpected new career when his gridiron glory is sidelined by a crushing injury. Brandon’s talent makes him a prime candidate for recruitment by Walter (Al Pacino), the head of one of the biggest sports consulting operations in the country. Walter hires the small town, ex-athlete and grooms him into a shrewd front man.
Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) is conducting an archeological dig in East-Africa when he discovers remnants of a pagan church. After abandoning the priesthood due to his experiences in World War II, Father Lankester Merrin must rediscover his faith to combat a foe that's cunning, unrelenting, and immortal.
Having abandoned his faith in God, Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) joins a British archaeological excavation in Kenya, where an inexplicably pristine Christian Byzantine church has been unearthed – looking as if it had been buried on the day it was completed. But beneath the church, something much older sleeps, waiting to be awoken. As madness swiftly descends upon the villagers and the British soldiers, Merrin watches helplessly as the atrocities are committed against a helpless village – atrocities he had seen before and prayed never to see again. The blood of innocents flows freely on the East African plain, and the horror has only just begun. In the place where evil was born, Merrin will finally see its true face.
The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find her killer. Jerry doesn’t believe the police arrested the right man. He discovers that this is the third incident in the area where the victims are young, blonde, pretty, and small for their age. In his quest to find the killer, Jerry forms a relationship with a local mother and her daughter, all the more reason to find the man responsible before he strikes again.