Trade of Innocents (2012)
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In the back streets of a tourist town in present-day Southeast Asia, we find a filthy cinder block room; a bed with soiled sheets; a little girl waits for the next man. Alex (Dermot Mulroney), a human trafficking investigator, plays the role of her next customer as he negotiates with the pimp for the use of the child. Claire (Mira Sorvino), Alex's wife, is caught up in the flow of her new life in Southeast Asia and her role as a volunteer in an aftercare shelter for rescued girls where lives of local neighborhood girl's freedoms and dignity are threatened. Parallel story lines intertwine and unfold twists against the backdrop of the dangerous human trafficking world, in a story of struggle, life, hope and redemption in the Trade of Innocents. -- (C) Official Sites … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for disturbing thematic material involving sex trafficking of children, and some violence)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||Christopher Bessette|
|Written By:||Christopher Bessette|
|In Theaters:||Oct 5, 2012 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 2, 2012|
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Critic Reviews for Trade of Innocents
The film fills up its hour-and-a-half harmlessly enough, but nothing's really memorable. Which is rather, bitterly, ironic.
Yes, child trafficking is horrific; but embedding your raise-the-alarm mission in a film this inept runs the risk of arousing more amusement than activism.
Not for the first time in films, noble intent is at odds with aesthetics.
A middling thriller wrapped around a compelling lecture about the child sex trade in Southeast Asia...
Audience Reviews for Trade of Innocents
3 1/4 stars--Good message in the storyline, but somehow doesn't quite do what it was intended. Good acting by Dermot. Mira I can barely stand, though. She ALWAYS looks to me like she is ready to cry....so in all those emotional scenes where she is crying, it just makes me cringe. The only memorable parts of this movie revolved around John Billingsley. His portrayal of a sick pedophile was very well done. Too bad it wasn't in a more memorable movie...
A thrilling, real-life drama that brings into attention a cancer in the society that most people choose not to talk about. If only it gets the attention it deserves...more attention than the critics have given. The only way to put a halt to the issue of human trafficking is by making more and more people around the world aware of its proliferation... Not only it happens in faraway lands, but sometimes, the source of the problem can originate from Western countries too (where else do the buyers come from, after all).
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