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Traffic - Macht des Kartells *** Europe Zone ***
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The plot has three simultaneous stories unfolding, each touching the other ever deeper as the film winds its way to the end.First there are the two Mexican state policemen,Javier Rodriguez(Del Toro) and his partner Manolo Sanchez(Vargas) and the drug war between two drug cartels in and around Tijuana,Mexico;between the Juarez Cartel and the Obregon Brothers Cartel.Enters General Salazar(Tomas Milian)supposedly working for the army and the government but in reality being used by the Juarez cartel to snuff out the Obregons.The General puts the squeeze on Javier and Manolo and they are soon working for him.But eventually they both start filtering info to the U.S. government,with Manolo getting taken out for his efforts by the General.Eventually Salazar himself,with Javiers info,is taken down as his corruption is revealed to the media on both sides of the border.
The second story involves an Ohio judge(Douglas) who is appointed to a presidential taskforce on drug control.Read more ›
Traffic's plot consists of three interwoven tales that all focus on the issue of drugs. Benecio del Toro plays a mexican cop that struggles to fight two immense drug cartels. Catherine Zeta Jones plays a naive, pregnant wife that is thrown off the deep end into drugs when her husband gets arrested for drug trafficking. Michael Douglass plays a newly promoted politician whose job is to lead the fight on the war on drugs. There are many other supporting roles that delicately fill in the gaps between the three basic situations.
Traffic is unique in that there no lead roles in the move. Each story is given equal face time and importance. The notorious color differentiation between the stories is clever, but really nothing more. Overall this movie is very informative and revealing of the actualities of the war on drugs. Much of it is common sense but many subtle contradictions and fallacies are exposed that show why the current policy cannot work (an example is the emphasis of curtailing the dealers and Topher Grace's character explains why dealers are a product of the demand for goods and not vica-versa)
Overall, I found traffic to be an excellent and revealing movie. However, this movie does seem to possess that polarizing effect on people. So, I suggest shoveling out a few bucks to rent it and give it a try.
The film is led by a big ensemble cast including an Oscar-Winning performance by Benecio Del Tora as a Mexican Cop followed during his daily job by a sense of temptation. It follows around three stories all different but relating on one general theme: The drug war. Most of the film is about the drug trade, but in some instances it is about drugs and it's affect on people (ie: Douglas and his daughter's situation). Traffic ends much the same way as it started, there is no solution to the problem, there is no happy ending, there is just a little league baseball game (the drug war has not a happy ending, if there ever is an end). Those who gave it poor reviews were going to Traffic expecting "Gladiator" fight scenes, or "Heat" shoot-outs, but this film relies on important aspects of film such as character development (which is lacking in most films today; ala "The Mummy Returns"), dialogue, and an intriging story. Don't get me wrong, it's a very exciting film, but not in the violence aspect. The brilliant acting by the entire cast, the excellent dialogue, and the masterful directing and editing by Steven Soderbergh (which is pretty revolutionary) alone make Traffic definately in the top five of 2000. The Traffic DVD consists of many interesting extras. There is a nice ten minute (rougly ten minutes) "Inside Traffic -- The Making of" which has interviews after the first four minutes where it shows clips from the movie.Read more ›
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Excellent acting with full cast, well-written drama, winner of four Academy awards,
And interesting technique of going from a movie to an apparent documentary genre
With... Read more
Gripping movie, and this edition, from the Criterion Collection, includes the burned in English subtitles for the scenes in Mexico, as the director intended.Published 7 months ago by Nancy Faraday
A must have for any cinephile or intelligent movie goer. What's nice with the Criterion version is it's in depth look at the complexities of the production as well (via the 2nd DVD... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Johnny Rocker
The movie itself was good.. The steelbook itself was crushed and wouldn't close when I received it..Published on Aug. 9 2014 by julanne Goodman
Started out slow , But drew me into the story line after the first 20 minutes. I ended up loving this movie but had my doubts at first. Read more
Excellent triller à saveur politique, dramatique et différence culturelle...D'excellents comédiens appuient ce film dont l'excellent Michael Douglas, Benecio... Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2014 by Christiane 122