Trade (2007)



Critic Consensus: With an exploitative style that seems more suited for TV shows like CSI, Trade's message about the reality of child exploitation is easily lost.

Movie Info

Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City, whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission to save her by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track … More

Rating: R (for disturbing sexual material involving minors, violence including a rape, language and some drug content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jose Rivera
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2008
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Ray Sheridan

as Adriana

as Det. Henderson

as Vadim Yochenko

as Irina Silayeva

as Manuelo

as Patty

as Alex

as Vadim Youchenko

as Hank

as Alejandro

as Don Victor

as Ten Year Old Boy

as Moncho's Girl

as Lovesick Girl

as Lupe's Neighbor

as Detective Martinez

as American Tourist

as Woman at Door

as Brazilian Girl

as Mexican Policeman #1

as Mexican Policeman #2

as Pedophile in Reeds

as Armed Man

as Old Mexican Shopkeep...

as High School Spanish ...

as El Paso Border Guard

as Detention Center Gua...

as Detention Center Gua...

as Detention Center Gua...

as El Paso Police Offic...

as Waitress in Diner

as Pedophile in Diner

as Motorcycle Cop at Di...

as Police Officer at Di...

as Van Owner at Diner

as Hotel Receptionist

as Young New Jersey Off...

as New Jersey Officer

as First Deputy, Texas

as Second Deputy, Texa...

as Natasha

as Veronica's Mother

as Travel Agent

as Sarah Buchanan

as Sarah's Daughter

as New Jersey State Tro...

as Veronica
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Critic Reviews for Trade

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (28)

As cinema, 'Trade' is flawed: the script is functional and the dry characters are hemmed in by the machinations of an unremarkable plot.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A documentary about sex trafficking might have been more powerful. Dramatizing the subject in this fashion, with a race-against-time road trip, breathless online bidding and a couple of different happy endings, simply cheapens it.

Full Review… | December 3, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

The filmmaker tries to keep the energy up and the audience engaged by incorporating stylistic touches from the Michael Bay 101 crib sheet, whirling the camera around characters in crisis and lacing scenes with hack guitar rock.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Grim, hard to take, and nightmare-producing, Trade is not for the faint of heart.

Full Review… | October 3, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

I was moved.

October 1, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A brutal, shattering story of child trafficking that is intended to deliver a sobering punch about the global human trafficking trade, Marco Kreutzpaintner's powerful drama is in fact based on investigative reports in the New York Times.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Trade

Mind numbingly soberering. as a father of two young daughters this is my worst nightmare. The fact that the movie is based on what happens every day is a chilling reminder of how far we have yet to go as a society.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

The less you know about this film, the more it hits you like a hammer. It follows a desperate Mexican boy who's adorable sister has been kidnapped into the USA, presumably as sex slave. After teaming up with cop Ray his chances get better, but it's still a hopeless race against time. The outstanding acting, cinematography and overall atmosphere of the film make for a highly uncomfortable feeling, intentionally so, of course. You can't help but hope for everything to turn out at least okay, but every set back makes you less optimistic about it. Thankfully, the film never gets preachy or dramatic just for drama's sake. For the longest time it's even painfully realistic, even if one of the later twists may be a tad too much. Still, this is gloomy, enthralling and disenchanting look on sex trafficking that should leave no one untouched.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Awesome movie about Child abduction and sexual slave trade that goes on throughout the world. This is about a 13 year old Mexican Girl who is abducted and what her 16 year old brother does to save her. Very enjoyable and eye opener. 5 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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