CRISIS (2021) Reviews of opioid drugs thriller

 

‘Addiction is an industry’

Crisis is a 2021 dramatic thriller about the devastating effect of opioid addiction on American society via three different storylines.

Written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage; The Outsider). Produced by Nicholas Jarecki and Cassian Elwes.

The movie stars Gary Oldman (Mank; Lost in Space; Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Armie Hammer (Wounds; Nocturnal Animals; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Evangeline Lilly (Avengers: Endgame; Ant-Man; Real Steel), Greg Kinnear (The Stand series; The Gift; What Planet Are You From?) and Michelle Rodriguez (The Breed; BloodRayne; Resident Evil).

Plot:

A drug trafficker arranges a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation. An architect recovering from an Oxycodone addiction tracks down the truth behind her son’s disappearance. A university professor battles unexpected revelations about his employer, a pharmaceutical company bringing a new “non-addictive” painkiller to market. Set against the backdrop of the opioid epidemic, their stories collide…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Crisis is a series of scenes disguised as plot points to set up one forgettable event after another […] The actors are trying an action sequence towards the end that is intense, but the real crisis is just how little there is to care about.” Flickering Myth

Variety’s Mark Malkin wrote that the film is “intense and timely… with exceptional performances, fine storytelling, and master craftsmanship.” KTLA’s Scott Mantz writes that the film is “riveting, gripping, and provocative. A terrific thriller with superb performances across the board,” while WOR’s Joe Neumaier describes the film as “a multilayered dramatic thriller that tackles every vicious part of the opioid emergency. Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, and Evangeline Lilly deliver urgent, powerful turns in this finely crafted film that is impressively up-to-the-minute.” Source: Wikipedia

Release:

Crisis will be released by Quiver Distribution theatrically in select locations on February 26th 2021, then On-Demand on March 5th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Gary Oldman … Doctor Tyrone Brower
Armie Hammer … Jake Kelly
Evangeline Lilly … Claire Reimann
Greg Kinnear … Dean Geoff Talbot
Michelle Rodriguez … Supervisor Garrett
Kid Cudi … Ben Walker
Indira Varma … Madira Brower
Lily-Rose Depp … Emmie Kahane
Mia Kirshner
Michael Aronov … Minas
Adam Tsekhman … Armen
Veronica Ferres … Meg Holmes
Nicholas Jarecki … Stanley Foster
John Ralston … FDA Chairman
Martin Donovan … Lawrence Morgan

Filming locations:

Detroit, Michigan
Montreal, Québec, Canada

Filming dates:

Filming took place in early 2019.

Technical details:

118 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

Working title:

Dreamland

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