Set in a World of Addiction

By Nirupa Mohan Dore | Published: 2:00 AM Mar 27 2021
Scribbler Set in a World of Addiction


By Nirupa Mohan Dore   Ceylon Today Features

Crisis is the latest 2021 crime thriller that tries to tell a well-rounded story about the opioid Crisis. The film with the tagline ‘Addiction is an industry’ follows three individuals, as they try to overcome the challenges ahead, in each of their lives.

The story transports viewers into an opioid epidemic, through Nicholas Jarecki’s incredible ability to create a unique and palpable sense of place that feels like a journey viewers take with the key individuals of the film. The storyline presents a feeling of hope and despair, light, a sense of darkness, and a random sprinkle of mystery woven throughout, to keep the audience intrigued. The film also shows the impact of kindness in a liberating sense. The juxtaposition within the different storylines make for some good storytelling, thus Crisis assures noteworthy content.



The film tells an in-depth story about three separate individuals, whose lives are completely different, but are bound by one common link.

The first story follows Jake Kahane, played by Armie Hammer, who is a special agent going undercover to gather enough evidence about a Fentanyl smuggling operation. Meanwhile, Claire Reimann, played by Evangeline Lilly, a mother and recovering addict, is on the hunt to learn the truth behind her son’s sudden and mysterious death. University professor, Dr.Tyrone Brower, played by Gary Oldman, has his own set of challenges when a pharmaceutical company introduces what they call a ‘non-addictive’ painkiller. His challenge begins when the company is out to discredit him after he informs them that the product could do more harm than good and be potentially life-threatening to users.

Filmed in the United States, Belgium and Canada, the film also stars Scott Mescudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, Lily-Rose Depp, Guy Nadon, Martin Donovan andGreg Kinnear, among others, each doing their part, with the lead cast, to deliver an intriguing story.

The 118-minute film by director, producer, and writer, Nicholas Jarecki, and producer Cassian Elwes, was made in collaboration with production companies Green Room Films, Tuesday Films, LOD Productions, Construction Film, Flying Horse Productions, Bideford Productions, Martingale Pictures, Elevation Pictures, Paradise Entertainment, Such Content, Caviar, and Burn Later Productions. Crisis proved to be a success at the worldwide Box-office, raking in just over US$ 438,826 on its opening weekend, while being named the highest-grossing independent film at the U.S. box office, after reaching 216 screens which earned the film over US$202,489.

Rated 48 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, 40 per cent on Metacritic and 6.1/10 on IMDb, this is film tries to deliver a seriously intense and timely story, in an engaging way, covering the various components of the opioid emergency.

The impressive film is ambitious, well crafted and is relevant filmmaking. Crisis is being compared to Traffic (2000), but still manages to give viewers a fresh insight, with a multi-layered plot.

This is a film that many who generally enjoy stories that have a deeper meaning, will find entertaining, while others may find it to be too serious for light-hearted viewing. For what it is, the film’s skilled cast compliments the story and makes it a movie worth watching.

By Nirupa Mohan Dore | Published: 2:00 AM Mar 27 2021

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