The Trailer For This Drug-Dystopia Movie Really Will Get You Hooked

With just one trailer, the futuristic thriller Narcopolis has gone from being off the radar to being one of next year's most anticipated films. With a cast that includes Brazil's Jonathan Pryce, this movie looks both slick and thought-provoking. Let's hope the whole thing is as good as this first hit.


This movie is the directorial debut of Justin Trefgarne, a former story editor who's worked at Working Title and Ridley Scott Associates. This film is just going up for sale at the American Film Market, but it's already been picked up by the UK's Altitude Film Distribution and Canada's Mongrel Media. The movie was financed using an innovative method, involving angel investors, that kept the movie under wraps until it was completed.

Deadline offers the following synopsis for Narcopolis:

Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci's Demons) plays Frank Grieves, a police officer and former addict, who is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse and pulled into a world infected with corruption and in which the only person upon whom he can rely is himself. Jonathan Pryce also stars with Elodie Yung (GI Joe: Retaliation), Harry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones), Cosima Shaw (V For Vendetta), Molly Gaisford (Unborn), Adam Sims (Band Of Brothers), Josef Altin (Les Misérables), Gethin Anthony (Game Of Thrones), Nicky Henson (Syriana), James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) and Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey).

Trefgarne is quoted as saying that he wanted his debut film "to have scale to match the kinds of films that inspire me like Blade Runner and District 9. With the legalization debate currently raging, it felt apposite to imagine a world where this was a reality and then play havoc with the consequences… We pushed ourselves to create a film that would satisfy hardened genre aficionados and, at the same time, attract the top tier of sales and distribution partners and enable us to reach the widest possible audience. With Altitude and Mongrel joining us we have the best chance of realizing that dream."



So what exactly is the message here though:

  • Satire about Big Pharma as an oligopoly and charging us too much money?
  • People substituting drugs for family therapy and psychotherapy are dangerously oversimplifying?
  • There is more to life than hedonism?
  • What's the message?