Jason (JASON SELVIG), a disillusioned pharmaceutical employee, is fired after a drug-fueled social media post goes viral, but when he accidentally discovers a deadly opioid conspiracy hidden by his former boss (DAVRAM STIEFLER) he sets out to redeem himself. In this noir comedy-thriller set in the age of tech, Jason goes on the run as a reluctant whistleblower trying to expose the crime with the help of his computer wiz cousin Charlie (KARA YOUNG) and his journalist ex-girlfriend (REEMA SAMPAT), but the CEO (BEN HORNER) at the heart of the scandal has other plans.
I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone that big pharma prioritizes profits over people, will occasionally get exposed for it, though most won’t commit murder to keep it secret. The discovery, suspense and solving is pretty much routine. There are no big chase scenes or crashes, this being a low budget production. Nothing here rises above standard television fare.
The end is a bit of departure and somewhat unexpected, especially on who does and doesn’t get killed. Everything is pretty much standard issue, including the hint of a future sequel. The best that I can say is that it didn’t annoy me.
Blow Up My Life gets a 3.0 out of 5 or a B. It’s part of the 10th Anniversary Chattanooga Film Festival which runs through September 29th.