Traffic

Traffic

DVD - 2002
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Traffic is a mural of a war being fought and lost. In a culture devoted to instant gratification and the quick fix, it poses unanswerable questions about greed, corruption, economic inequity, pleasure, self-medication, dependency, and addiction. The stories of a well-meaning politician with a wayward daughter, a rich suburban homemaker who sees her comfortable life hijacked by two earnest DEA agents, and a conscientious and honorable Mexican police officer illustrate the difficulties of waging this war against people who are essentially members of the family. How do you combat human frailty, human nature, and the basic human desire to take the edge off? Are we all not just doomed to repeat our mistakes, but--perversely--willing?

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jimg2000
May 05, 2020

The 1989 Traffik is about the heroin trade between the British/German and Afghanistani/Pakistani traders. This Hollywood version is on the drug trade between USA and Tijuana drug cartels. Hurrah for the roles and performances by the women in this gritty crime series: 16-year-old daughter (Erika Christensen) and pregnant Helena (Catherine Zeta-Jones.) Though filmed in 2000, the drug war never paused... this time with a wall/fence?

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Janice21383
Nov 03, 2019

A sprawling look at drug culture, in case anyone's wondering "what's the harm?" True, harm can be reduced by legalization and medical and mental help, but we're fooling ourselves if we think we can get off scot free. This is Stephen Soderburgh's best film, but honestly, I don't care much for him as a director. Traffic is based on a British series of almost the same name -- Traffik (1989) -- which I think is better, but has sadly fallen out of the VPL collection. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096716/

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sunndwn
Oct 26, 2019

Great casting by Debra Zane..

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J7R7
Aug 14, 2019

4 Academy Awards … okay.
Acting, cinematography and editing are great, screen writing or story is just okay. One of the story line is distracting. The story line of the United States Drug Czar; in this movie the Czar knows the least about drugs, the Czar’s daughter is a drug addict and the spouse is complicit with their daughter experimenting with illegal drugs.
If the movie is viewed as Americans commenting on America’s drug problem then it is not America’s fault. Drug demand must be high because the drug supply is high, Mexico law enforcement is corrupt, American law enforcement is woefully out funded, American teens must do illegal drugs as a right of passage and the ONLY problem with teens using drugs is overdosing.
The teens and the Czar & family, in movie are implausible…every one else is beautiful.

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lakeland53
Sep 17, 2018

Won 4 Academy Awards. Very well done story in all aspects: editing, lighting, writing, great cast, direction. Even more pertinent is the story itself. Follows drugs all the way from the suppliers to the people who take drugs. Great presentation and definitely worth the watch.

BookReviewer2015 May 09, 2015

A ripped from the headlines drama that examines crucial questions in America's War on Drugs. Features a great all star cast. This is the movie that made Don Cheadle popular.

aaa5756 Apr 17, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

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2101kol
Aug 20, 2013

Steven Soderbergh's best film.

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neonkc
Nov 01, 2012

very good

catpdx Apr 14, 2012

Fairly interesting at times... But, overall was a bit disappointing.

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jimg2000
May 05, 2020

64 good quotes in IMDb, thanks to the contributors. The gravity of this quote is not fully appreciated until the recent prescription opioid crisis:

Robert Wakefield: [2:13:32] If there is a war on drugs, then many of our family members are the enemy. And I don't know how you wage war on your own family.

aaa5756 Apr 17, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Apr 17, 2014

“At the end of the day it's all about money”-Kevin O’Leary (MR. WONDERFUL) from the shark tank

aaa5756 Apr 17, 2014

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a
Monster – And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you,” - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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aaa5756 Apr 17, 2014

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”― Ronald Reagan

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