Unfortunately, compared to the heightened sense of style, risk-taking energy, and tight, complex storyline of “Traffic” that rarely nurtures its morale to audiences, Jarecki’s film is disappointing enough and not smart enough – too dark. and-white in its principles, too second-hand in its visual purposes, and maddeningly scattered throughout its construction without the kind of top-notch editing Stephen Mirrione performed in “Traffic.” While it’s not exactly a dull watch thanks mainly to a star cast, “Crisis” will likely become one of those titles you’ll see once, only to classify it with indifference or a slight verdict of “it’s okay.” “.
And that’s the frustrating part: it’s almost like this harmless, well-meaning movie wants to waste its potential and just be good and forgotten. Among what contributes to his impression of painting by numbers is frankly Jarecki’s flatness as a writer, which, to a lesser extent, also handicapped his respectable 2012 financial thriller “Arbitrage”. Somehow, none of the ‘this is a public health crisis’ type outbursts of its morally seeking leaders or the devastating cries of its grieving civilians land here in a memorable or urgent manner. . Instead, the personalities of “Crisis,” whose lives intermingle afterwards but carelessly, are an array of tropes used as spokespersons to deliver only the lines of dialogue and beats of the most familiar characters. than you would expect from a didactic film.
The base story follows three main storylines and branches out (at times, incomprehensibly) to additional pastures from there. There’s Secret Agent Jake (a stern and reliable Armie Hammer, who is currently storming his own real-life crisis after some of his recently surfaced messages), a DEA officer working undercover alongside barons. threatening drugs to end their operations, while also keeping an eye out for his struggling junkie sister (Lily-Rose Depp) addicted to Oxy. There’s also Claire (Evangeline Lilly), a successful architect, recovering drug addict and loving mother taking matters into her own hands after apathetic police forces rule out the suspicious overdose of her son who died as an accident. Delivering a surprisingly authentic performance despite her subscribed share, Lilly infuses much-needed life and humanity into a film that otherwise seems utterly emotionless.