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Three very human stories come together in the center of ‘Crisis’, a thriller about the opioid crisis and its relation with the powers that be.

Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, Lily-Rose Depp, Scott Mescudi, Indira Varma, Toni Garrn, Mia Kirshner, Martin Donovan, Ellora Torchia, Michael Aronov, Veronica Ferres, Adam Tsekhman, Sara Sampaio, John Ralston, Éric Bruneau, Hamza Haq, Nicholas Jarecki, Benz Antoine.

Country: United States.

Genre: Drama, action, thriller.

Running time: 119 minutes.


Whether or not you feel like a film that Crisis is done with enough sensitivity, or you feel like it looks too much like the other movie everyone refers to, there’s no reason to think it’s not an important film. At this point every additional hint, or even every message, feels like an essential input to the general examination we need to highlight: the crisis is real and we need to do something about it. Sure, Nicholas Jarecki‘s latest film is not based on a specific true story, and yes, the film is smartly edited to increase the power of its note. But think for a minute all those stories you don’t hear of in the news. Think of the struggles, the deaths, and the injustices. Also, think of the ones on top of it all.

The result is a plot well portrayed in Crisis. An ecosystem of greed, violence, and human fragility, that has survived and thrived throughout the years. It’s made itself more resilient. It’s more powerful than ever. Can we defeat it? Are we supposed to? Are we too late?

Three perspectives of relevant struggle

An undercover law enforcement agent called Jake Kelly. A college teacher called Tyrone Brower, who’s in charge of drug trials for a powerful corporation. A mother called Claire Reimann trying to forget her past . Three stories that come together in Crisis, but not as hubs of addiction as it tends to happen in these films. They’re just participants in a big scheme.

The agent is in charge of an operation that could take down a whole drug smuggling business. However, he depends on sheer luck and how the criminals see him when they realize there’s a mole in the circle. He must hurry without awaking any sort of suspicions; all this while he must deal with a crisis of drug addiction in his own family. As a result of the mob’s operations, a kid dies. His mother, will stop at nothing trying to find the culprits. The police just forget about the case, since they suspect he was just a junkie.

In a big college, a teacher is running for a drug that’s supposed to end all problems related to painkillers. He’s testing a new component that’s supposed to be non addictive. Nevertheless, the results points towards something more sinister. When he must tell the truth, he faces the magnitude of massive corporations trying to sell without remorse. What ensues is a shocking management and manipulation of facts.

An effective and compelling product

Crisis does a good job at putting us in the center of a conflict not well known aside from the conspiracies that we hear about every day. It’s not fact but that doesn’t mean it can’t be important. The film doesn’t end with an overwhelming sense of justice. The battle has not been won yet.

As two of the stories tend to be overdramatic, the final delivery of Jarecki’s script is focused on the most important story of all: the one that forces the truth to be out there, if not applied. Science has saved us throughout the years. We need to keep trusting teachers and scientists to speak to us with the absolute truth. And the opioid crisis needs to be massively acknowledged. 

Jarecki’s film doesn’t need to be pristine or perfect to be recognized. His is a noble mission. As I mentioned before, there’s value in every contribution. Crisis is a well done film that’s intelligently divided to open the window on three situations. Whether you decide one of them is more important than the other, they will all converge on one big checkpoint: we must do something about this silent and deadly threat.


Hits Misses
.- The casting of the film is great. Jarecki has big resources in his hands and he uses them. 

.- Particularly, Evangeline Lilly shines in her role as a rageful mother. It’s a career best for the underrated actress.

.- Jarecki doesn’t need to use the realism factor, and he stays away from any possibility. The film is fictional and doesn’t pretend to be otherwise.

.- The third act is over extended. I understand the need for justice, but the scene around the containers was just unnecessary.


Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

A trailer

With information from FilmAffinity, IMDB, YouTube.

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