Mel Gibson stars as Chris Cringle in this unorthodox festive action drama. When privileged 12-year-old Billy Wenan (Chance Hurstfield) receives a lump of coal for Christmas he decides to take his revenge out on Santa by hiring an assassin to kill him. As the assassin, known as the Skinny Man (Walter Goggins), makes his way to the North Pole, Chris Cringle reluctantly agrees a deal with the US military to build parts for fighter jets, meanwhile complaining to his wife Ruth (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) about the current state of the holiday season and how it has been usurped by gluttony. With the arrival of the Skinny Man, Chris Cringle must defend himself in a bloody showdown. Will Christmas ever be the same again?