January 5, 2000
A contemporary thriller set in the world of drug trafficking, Traffic evokes the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade. Told through a series of interrelated narratives, the stories range from the highly personal to those filled with intrigue and danger. A pair of undercover DEA agents (Don Cheadle and Luis Guzman) work in the sordid and dangerous world of San Diego dealers; a wealthy drug baron (Steven Bauer) living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) takes over his business; the U.S. president's new antidrug czar, an Ohio State Supreme Court Justice (Michael Douglas), must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter (Erika Christensen); and a Mexican policeman (Benicio Del Toro) finds himself caught in a web of corruption. -- © 2000 Gramercy Pictures
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|84.75 - Worth
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|40 - 65 points
||Go See At Matinee
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||Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"
|| Robert Wakefield
|Benicio Del Toro
|| Arnie Metzger
hrs 27 mins
R for pervasive drug content, strong language, violence and some sexuality.
The People's Review of Traffic
score = 90
This is a great film and will certainly be nominated for major awards.
Many movie fans may be thrown off by directer Steve Soderbergh's excessive
jump cutting technique. Although this technique is tricky to catch
on too, it is also what seperates this film from the abundance of average
films. Another feature that seperates this film from others is it's
realism. This realism may bother some people, which includes about
40% of the film being shot in subtitles for all the scenes that take place
in Mexico. The graphic use of drug content may also turn off some
viewers, but it shows that this film is commited to diving into
controversial topics that surround us everyday, yet it is something we
don't want to talk about. Benicio Del Toro gives a performance that
is worthy of nothing less than the oscar award for best actor.
Michael Douglas and the supporting cast of two detectives also give strong
performances. Traffic is truly a film that is worth seeing.
Sodenburgh strays from the traditional type of moneymaking film strategy
(Erin Brokovich) to create a film that will be remembered as brilliant in
the long run.
score = 90
Everyone should see this movie. Just the filming aspects alone are
wonderful-- jumping from each person's scene and situation, letting people
observe how people of all different backrounds, classes, and positions in
society, are affected and connected by drug trafficing.