A couple months ago we saw some big names in a movie about the opioid crisis titled ‘Crisis’ starring Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer. This go around we get some independent people putting their heart and soul into a somber passion project starring the legendary Bill Oberst Jr,. And Michael Pare, who’s really shine and carry the movie past its flaws.
Bill Oberst Jr. is always phenomenal and is method acting to the bone. He is a true chameleon when it comes to shedding his skin and diving into his character. It’s kinda funny in a movie like this we get the protagonist doing a radio/podcast throughout the movie because after all it is what everyone does nowadays. He gives a subtle performance that is akin to Charles Bronson here and that will make Bill Oberst Jr,. Fans extremely happy to see. Michael Pare is the same way as Alan Rhodes, It’s nice to see actors on this level take on such an independent film with an important message.
There are some flaws in Painkiller, possibly a lot of them. Especially the crappy editing job is bonkers to say the least and is hugely distracting throughout the film. One major thing that is laughable about Painkiller is actors reacting when they get shot six times is something out of a sixth grade stage play.
Thankfully Painkiller has its heart in the right head space, even if poorly executed with the editing and pacing of the film. It is important in the way the subject of the opioid crisis hasn’t been talked about in movies and it needs to be more known then it is now.
Overall grade: 2.5/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar