I have to rein in my displeasure not to give a one star. The film is pretentious, self-righteous and boring. The only saving grace is it provides a rare peek into Chinese couter-culture. The folks in Beijing who made this film apparently believe that a life on the margin and death at large, nothing more, are enough to maintain the audience's interest for 95 minutes. No intelligent conversations, no good actings, and no coherent plot are required. Wrong. I also disagree with some critics who see this film as a condemnation of communist repression in China. First, there is no evidence that the youth's defiance is against anything in particular. In order to make a political point, the writer/director will need to offer a more coherent narrative, no matter how cloaked it has to be. Secondly, there are misfits in every society. If one compare the merits of political systems based on the strength of counter-culture, we'll have to draw the necessary conclusion that the totalitarian socialism of China is superior to the libertarian democracy of US. After all, few, if any, see "Traffic" as a protest against democratic society, right?