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Traffic Reviews

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½ December 28, 2017
With everything that's done right, this is Traffic. That's right. The movie based on a TV series on Traffik. It's the story, well, stories, about illegal drug trading as in drug traffiking and in three stories, a few of the cast, Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio de Toro, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman are here to stop the drugs from smuggling around the world. Speaking of mixing three stories together you'll have to watch this movie two or three times to actually understand the full film of why it's so different. Besides, it won 4 Oscars including one for Best Director, Steven Soderbergh. Yep, it also has the great cinematography like it was like you're watching the TV series. He also directed another film which is in the exact same year it was nominated for Best Director is Erin Brockovich. If you're a fan of Trainspotting you'll probably like this one. If you do like it there's only one thing I have to say to you is: Don't do drugs.
½ August 6, 2017
A great look into the Drug traffickers of today with stories connecting each other around
August 1, 2017
Traffic is well organized and extremely engaging film largely from a star studded cast. Benicio Del Toro takes home an Oscar with a brilliant performance as Javier a Mexican police officer who is just trying to get by. Soderbergh knows what he is doing with the ability to control the cast and their characters and uses innovative techniques such as an interesting use of color. Soderbergh creates well in-depth stories that connect with poise and a certain wit that only Soderbergh can create. However, where this movie lacked was an in-depth African-American story line; a group of people largely affected by American drug trafficking, but this is largely because there is already three stories being told. Moreover, Soderbergh didn't forget about this side and brings up the topic briefly.
August 1, 2017
Story about drug trafficking in Mexico and the war on drugs in the USA. I have mixed feelings about this movie. Some of it is good, while other parts seemed too simple and dumbed down. The acting is excellent. Good but not great.
June 26, 2017
Tough film, very well done. Definitely brings home the impact of the drug trafficking industry. Not the best film I've ever seen but for the content and all the story development they had to do, it was superbly executed.
½ April 3, 2017
Different, ambitious, textured, rich, disturbing. Several stories, but not difficult to follow. Benefit Del Toro - great. Some of Michael Douglas' actions, lines, didn't ring true. Extremely powerful scene with his daughter and dealer.
March 12, 2017
A really compelling story about the war on drugs. The entire cast is incredible especially Benicio Del Toro and Michael Douglas. This is my first Steven Soderbergh film. It really gives you a great insight into how drugs can ruin people's lives from all different backgrounds and traits. My only criticism would be that it is a little too long.
½ February 12, 2017
Steven Soderbergh crafts a smart, grim and compelling narrative that pulls up intrincate connections through the drug world that is yet more riveting due to its top notch cast - particularly Benicio Del Toro's unforgettable turn.
½ December 25, 2016
Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" is a blend of involving stories that brings amazing performances and addresses themes that makes you feel good and bad at the same time, becoming a daring and unique piece of art.
Super Reviewer
½ December 24, 2016
An always engaging and expertly-edited multi-character drama that offers a grim portrait of the war on drugs and understands that there are no easy solutions for this complex problem. But Soderbergh also exaggerates in his blatantly unsubtle cinematography.
October 26, 2016
"Traffic" is such a complex film, yet artfully done in a way that you cannot help but to sit back and admire it. In reality, the war on drugs has been proven to be a difficult battle. But this film has given us viewers a clear and speculative glimpse of how much is truly broken in the war, who the enemy is, and who truly suffers in the conclusion. Director Steven Soderbergh divides this well made study into the world of drug trafficking into three compelling stories that riveted and educated me at the same time. It's more than just the process of transporting illegal substances across the border and there. It's also a sight of the battle of those who are supportive and against this issue and how this conflict affects our country and the people around it. This is a brilliant piece of cinema that deserves to be praised on top of many other films that year.
½ October 22, 2016
A terrifying look at the drug trade. It's a huge epic film and nearly perfect.
September 25, 2016
Soderbergh masterfully weaves together storylines which in themselves would make great short films. Add in superb casting and acting, and a unique filter of color, lighting, and cinematography, and you have yourself a best picture.
September 19, 2016
I tend to struggle with a movie like Traffic that presents a problem which exists in the real world, shows how widespread and devastating the problem is, and then essentially tells us there's nothing we can do about it. Traffic, in case you didn't know, is specifically about the issue of illegal drug trafficking. It tells the story from many different perspectives, and includes at least 7 different main characters whose lives occasionally intersect. It's like Love Actually if it wasn't funny and lacked any sign of hope. However, despite the bleakness of the film, I was impressed with some of the performances. Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, and Don Cheadle were all standouts for me. While most of the stories feel familiar or even cliched, I was at least pleased to see they were presented well by the cast and the director. There are no big gaping plot holes, or fundamental flaws in the production of Traffic. In fact I would have a hard time nitpicking much that was definitively bad in the film. It just wasn't a style that appeals to me. If there was a revelation at the end that at least felt like closure, or if there were a glimmer of hope somewhere, then I might have appreciated it more. If you are not bothered by stories in this style, then I'd say you should watch Traffic despite the fact that it didn't really work for me.
August 31, 2016
This was superb. Very personal and real. I cannot believe I waited 16 years to watch this film.
Super Reviewer
½ August 30, 2016
The sprawling nature of Gaghan's screenplay means that some characters are inevitably going to get lost in the shuffle but Soderbergh does his damnedest to make it work and for certain stretches the film comes together in remarkable ways (i.e the changing color plates, anytime Del Toro is onscreen).
Super Reviewer
½ August 25, 2016
Traffic was directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars too many people to list here. There are three distinct storylines, intersecting at times and all dealing with the war on drugs.

Soderbergh has, in my opinion, put out a LOT of solid material, and Traffic stands out as one of his finest movies and one where his creative touch is used perfectly. The three storylines are easily kept separate thanks to the different type of film used in the cameras (each storyline is either gritty, blue-hued, or normal), making its 2+ hour run time easy to digest. The cinematography is excellent as well - Soderbergh would commonly hold the camera, getting up close and personal to his actors. Speaking of the actors, everybody in this ensemble cast is terrific. From Michael Douglas to Benicio del Toro to Catherine Zeta-Jones, the whole gang puts on a show. While the storylines are dark and few characters are actually good people, the movie keeps your attention and interest thanks to excellent editing.

If you enjoy crime dramas or Steven Soderbergh, you have to see this 2000 hit. Traffic is a very entertaining and enjoyable(?) watch.

Final grade: A

½ August 23, 2016
While some of the storylines hold more strength than others (With Don Cheadle being the high point), the movie is a sprawling tale that showcases the intricacies of the drug trade from top to bottom while being tightly directed.
August 7, 2016
One of the great achievements of American filmmaking. TRAFFIC is a deftly directed, brilliantly edited, startling portrayal of a vicious epidemic in the world, and the multiple levels of society that it directly effects.
½ August 7, 2016
Epic crime drama, that while has aged slightly, ranks as one of the best films to examine the drug war. The cast is superb across the board, with Benecio Del Toro richly deserving his Oscar as the unscrupulous Mexican cop Javier, who deep down inside just might have a soul. Michael Douglas brings great gravitas as the newly appointed drug czar while Don Chealde & Luis Guzman are so much fun as DEA partners you wish they got their own spin-off film (their conversations in the surveillance is some of the funniest & reportedly most realistic scenes in the film). Behind the camera, Soderbergh crafts a epic story balancing the different plots to examine all angles of the subject. What's nice is that he doesn't take a harsh tone on either side, and while critical of the current method of fighting the drug problem doesn't sugarcoat the legalization argument either. He rightly shows these drug dealers & cartels are monsters and drugs do pose danger to it's users, though it does show why people use drugs, as quite frankly, they can be fun. It never gets preachy either, and whenever a character does try, he/she is quickly shot down, often in a very brutal manner. Overall, one of the finest crime movies and films about the drug war to date, that raises serious questions while still being an entertaining watch.
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