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
PG-13 (for disturbing thematic material involving sex trafficking of children, and some violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Dermot Mulroney
as Alex Becker
Mira Sorvino
as Claire Becker
John Billingsley
as Malcolm Eddery
Trieu Tran
as Duke
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Critic Reviews for Trade of Innocents

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The film fills up its hour-and-a-half harmlessly enough, but nothing's really memorable. Which is rather, bitterly, ironic.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie screams of a low budget and pedestrian vision ...

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
New York Post
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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.

October 4, 2012
New York Times
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Not for the first time in films, noble intent is at odds with aesthetics.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Village Voice
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A middling thriller wrapped around a compelling lecture about the child sex trade in Southeast Asia...

Full Review… | October 27, 2012
Tribune News Service

A message movie whose only subtlety is found in the portrayal of Adderly, a sexual predator who actually believes in some twisted way that he loves the children whose childhoods he's destroys.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
Film Journal International

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 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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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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).

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

This has lifetime written all over it. A sad story executed mechanically and over-dramatically. There are better movies involving child slavery out there.

Mad Martigan
Mad Martigan

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