Netflix’s Painkiller trailer starring Matthew Broderick and Uzo Aduba, investigates America’s ongoing opioid crisis.
There’s a thin line between pain and pleasure, and if you’re not careful, people looking to get rich off your threshold will take advantage. Netflix’s new Painkiller trailer looks at the ongoing opioid crisis, with the war between medicine and money raging like roaring wildfire in certain parts of the world. According to Netflix, Painkiller presents a 6-episode series exploring the “how” and the “who” of the epidemic.
Here’s the official synopsis for Painkiller:
A fictionalized retelling of events, Painkiller is a scripted limited series that explores some of the origins and aftermath of the opioid crisis in America, highlighting the stories of the perpetrators, victims, and truth-seekers whose lives are forever altered by the invention of OxyContin. An examination of crime, accountability, and the systems that have repeatedly failed hundreds of thousands of Americans, Painkiller is based on the book “Pain Killer” by Barry Meier and the New Yorker Magazine article ‘The Family That Built anthe Empire of Pain’ by Patrick Radden Keefe.
In the Painkiller trailer, Matthew Broderick’s Richard Sackler becomes a kingpin of pain while orchestrating the distribution of OxyContin. This drug changes the way your body responds to and feels pain. The drug can be addictive and even lead to death in some cases. Edie, played by Uzo Aduba, investigates Sackler’s plan to make money off the suffering of others. West Duchovny is also a primary cast member, as are Dina Shihabi and Taylor Kitsch. Carolina Bartczak (Jack Mulhern), Ana Cruz Kayne (Brian Markinson), Jack Mulhern (Sam Anderson), West Duchovny (West Duchovny), Dina Shihabi(Dina Shihabi), Sam Anderson, Carolina Bartczak(Carolina Bartczak), Jack Mulhern(Jack Mulhern It’s happening in real-time and I imagine it will continue long after we are gone. It’s a story that’s so big and so awful that it deserves to be told as often and as loudly as it can be,”
executive producer Eric Newman said during a TUDUM conversation.“Everyone knows that the opioid crisis is bad,”
Painkiller director and executive producer Pete Berg says. “But this is the origin of the collision between money and medicine that allowed it to occur,” says executive producer Pete Berg. One of many things I thought was missing in is the introduction of this drug into mainstream medicine. Arthur Sackler was a psychiatrist from New York, who specialized in lobotomies. He began to realize that the future of medicine lay in pills, and specifically in advertising pills. Whoever could market their drug better was going to make the most money.”[from the conversation about OxyContin]Netflix’s new limited series, inspired by actual events based on America’s opioid crisis, premieres on Thursday,
August 10, 2023.