Crisis is a 2021 crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Nicholas Jarecki. The film stars Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, and Lily-Rose Depp, with Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi), and Martin Donovan. Crisis was released in the United States on February 26, 2021, by Quiver Distribution, and was released in Canada on March 16, 2021, by Elevation Pictures and on March 16, 2021, in Australia by Universal Pictures. Warner Bros. has announced they will release in the United Kingdom.
Everett University research scientist Dr. Tyrone Brower is contracted by Northlight Pharmaceuticals to carry out a study in support of their newest product, Klaralon. The drug is being touted as the first non-addictive painkiller and is due to be released shortly as a replacement for Oxycodone. The study uncovers concerning results; Klaralon initially presents as non-addictive when taken daily for the first 7 days (parameters specified by Northlight), however after 7 days it becomes almost three times more addictive than Oxycodone. Realising the public health implications, Brower recommends to Northlight they delay Klaralon’s release for further testing,
Which they object to. Board member Dr. Bill Simons tries to tempt Brower into changing his mind by offering a large research grant, but Brower refuses. With Northlight being one of the university’s main donors, Brower finds himself under pressure from department head Greg Talbot to approve the study, but again is reluctant. Northlight begins leaking information to discredit his reputation, and Everett University revokes his tenure. Desperate, Brower becomes a whistleblower and contacts the FDA, being put in contact with investigator Ben Walker.