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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 the girls' abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family's loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy's quest.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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Kevin Kline
as Ray Sheridan
Anthony Crivello
as Det. Henderson
Pavel Lychnikoff
as Vadim Yochenko
Kathleen Gati
as Irina Silayeva
Marco Pérez
as Manuelo
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Vadim Youchenko
Guillermo Iván
as Alejandro
Jose Sefami
as Don Victor
Jorge Angel Toriello
as Ten Year Old Boy
Luz Itzel
as Moncho's Girl
Eren Zumaya
as Lovesick Girl
Norma Angélica
as Lupe's Neighbor
Anna Maria Horsford
as Detective Martinez
William Sterchi
as American Tourist
Mayahuel DelMonte
as Woman at Door
Kei-Kei Cadena
as Brazilian Girl
Fermín Martínez
as Mexican Policeman #1
Julio Escalero
as Mexican Policeman #2
John Wylie
as Pedophile in Reeds
Rio Alexander
as Armed Man
Maria Luisa Coronel
as Old Mexican Shopkeep...
Matthew Timmons
as El Paso Border Guard
Bruce DeHerrera
as Detention Center Gua...
Michael Carrillo
as Detention Center Gua...
Dominick Chavez
as Detention Center Gua...
Mike Hatfield
as El Paso Police Offic...
Barbara Mayfield
as Waitress in Diner
Matthew McDuffie
as Pedophile in Diner
Rob DeBuck
as Motorcycle Cop at Di...
Grant Martin
as Police Officer at Di...
Boots Southerland
as Van Owner at Diner
Genia Michaela
as Hotel Receptionist
Ross Kelly
as Young New Jersey Off...
Aaron Lobato
as New Jersey Officer
Bo Greigh
as First Deputy, Texas
Josh Berry
as Second Deputy, Texas
Lena Baran
as Natasha
Larisa Eryomina-Wain
as Veronica's Mother
Elizabeth Leibel
as Travel Agent
Lisa Clugston
as Sarah Buchanan
Erika Clugston
as Sarah's Daughter
Jason Clarke
as New Jersey State Tro...
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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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