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Traffic - Macht des Kartells *** Europe Zone ***

3.6 out of 5 stars 439 customer reviews

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  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: German
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 439 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005O0Q4
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Traffic(released Dec/2000) sports a high powered cast with a very compelling storyline that has more than a few messages to impart to us about the so called "war" on drugs,in this case,between the U.S. and Mexico.Based on the /89 British mini-series,with another mini-series made in the U.S. in 2004,director Steven Soderbergh first pitched and wooed Fox films for backing.But due to their differences Fox dropped the project and USA films picked it up.There were still minor difference to iron out but in the end Soderbergh got full control over the project and what a job he did.Who could go wrong with a powerhouse cast of the likes of Michael Douglas,Benecio Del Toro,Luis Guzman,Don Cheadle,Catherine Zeta Jones,Dennis Quaid,Salma Hayek,Amy Irving,Albert Finney,James Brolin,Benjamin Bratt and many more.
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.
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As you may already know Traffic is a movie about the U.S. drug problem that deals with the issue on all fronts. Traffic is not really an action movie or a drama but it has elements of both. It is more like a fictionalized documentary showing how drugs affect cops, politicians, families, and many others on both side of the border.
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.
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Traffic is not the kind of film that relies on special effects, or epic battles where hundreds of soldiers get slaughtered, it is a story about the war on drugs.
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.
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