‘Crisis’ review: Armie Hammer and Gary Oldman star in a ‘Traffic’-style treatment of the opioid epidemic

The casting is definitely excellent. Hammer represents Jake, an undercover representative attempting to capture Fentanyl traffickers, with different threads including Gary Oldman (presently seen in the much-better “Mank”) as a scholastic who deals with a hard choice relating to screening of an expected “non-addictive” pain reliever and Evangeline Lilly as a mother whose kid overdoses.

Yet as built by writer-director Nicholas Jarecki (“Arbitrage”) — in a motion picture billed as being “inspired by” truth, however plainly not beholden to it — each plot plays like a familiar variation on a thriller that may have operated in full-movie kind, however which feels rushed jammed in with the others.

Oldman’s teacher, for instance, is a not likely prospect to end up being a whistleblower, and deals with not-so-subtle pressure from a pharmaceutical executive (Luke Evans) and his own university employer (Greg Kinnear), who plainly does not wish to run the risk of losing any sweet business financing.

“Now you grow a conscience,” the latter gripes.

Armie Hammer in 'Crisis' (Philippe Bosse).

Lilly’s Claire conquers her sorrow enough to start examining what occurred — and pursue taking the law into her own hands — while Jake goes through a series of tense circumstances as he attempts to keep his cover while tempting the global masterminds (one understood just as “Mother”) into the open.

After a variety of romantic functions — consisting of Netflix’s “Rebecca” and “Call Me By Your Name” — Hammer maximizes this hard-bitten criminal offense setting, which likewise integrates an individual inspiration (once again, a worn out gadget) for his anti-drug crusading. (The star just recently left of another upcoming film, mentioning what he explained in a declaration to U.S.A. Today as “spurious online attacks” versus him.)

Analyzing the agonizing toll from the opioid crisis has actually been sidelined a bit, naturally, throughout the pandemic. That guarantees to alter not just with this film however an upcoming two-part HBO documentary, “The Crime of the Century,” which takes a deep dive into the issue’s origins and the greed and corruption surrounding it.

The disaster associated with such stories might supply fertile area, in theory, for a great drama about what failed and who’s eventually accountable. That film may get made at some point, however “Crisis” isn’t it.

“Crisis” premieres Feb. 26 in choose theaters and as needed on March 5. It’s ranked R.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.