Human Traffic Reviews
This movie (a writer/director debut I believe) focuses on a group of five friends Jip (John Simm), Lulu (Lorraine Pilkington), Nina (Nicola Reynolds), Koop (Shaun Parkes) and Moff (Danny Dyer). Here we have been invited to join them on a 48 hour trip into the club culture of the naughty nineties.
Set in Cardiff we experience our new friend's everyday problems ranging from sexual paranoia, possessive behaviour and family issue. We see how they slave through their boring, soul crushing Monday-Friday jobs in pursuit of the ultimate buzz of the weekend which for them is their escape from it all those drug fuelled nights of freedom. Human Traffic gives us a view of the club culture from the club youths perspective with Pete Tong supplying the soundtrack which helps creating the right tempo for the movie.
The quirkiness is what I liked most about Human Traffic as well as the originality of it all. The cinematography was used to portray the characters inner most thoughts/feelings (Cinema and clothes store scene in particular) I loved these! I really enjoyed being in the characters heads and the way these scenes were shot really translated their feelings across well. With laughs constant throughout (my personal favourite is the Star Wars discussion, this had me laughing out loud) and joyfully quotable scenes! I do wonder as to how this hadn't crossed my radar before.
To me though I feel it's important for the audience to get some closure at the end of a film, I didn't like the fact I was introduced to these likable characters and shown their everyday problems but not actually see them over coming or falling to them. The movie just ended abruptly without giving me any closure.
"NICE ONE BROTHER!"
John Simm, Danny Dyer, and others go together for a night out going out of their mind on every drug in the book. They hate their jobs, and they need a release. So what do they do? They get out and enjoy themselves!
Although the plot is very week, the direction seems to put the viewer in the shoes of a hallucinating drug addict, with scenes shifting between reality, and mental fantasies that spring up to explain metaphors or similes, as well as a sing-a-long version of the new National Anthem of England!
Hilarious comments such as "I decided to take heroine after watching the film Trainspotting!" and "Star Wars was all about junkies!" float all over the place, promising laughter all over the place. The cast works well together, and play their parts fantastically. John Simm especially fits the role fantastically, while showing the negative effects that drugs can bring, and how he tries to overcome it.
While the film as a whole isn't really saying "don't do drugs, they're bad for you!", it does have a similar message to the book A Clockwork Orange (the edition with the 21st chapter, which I gather is not available for our American friends (but I could be wrong)), which says that we do loads of bad things or harmful things when we're young, but as time goes by we will all grow out of those habits.
This message, combined with the humour of it all makes the film well worth watching. I hadn't seen a club film before, but I can tell that if they are all like this, it will be the first of many I will hope to watch.