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Traffic (2000) Movie Information

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Steven Soderbergh


Michael Douglas
Benicio Del Toro
Topher Grace
Don Cheadle
Majandra Delfino
Catherine Zeta-Jones





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A pair of semi interlocking stories represent American drug trafficking and the prevention of with a young daughter using, a corrupt cop policing and a judge who has no idea really what is going on in the real world.

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johnny black 08/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


sufficiently raw and original. catherine zeta jones establishes herself as one of the top actresses of our generation with this film. benecio del toros performance does extreme justice , and i do think that michael douglas deserved more recognition then he recieved ultimately.

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Snoogans 05/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A truthful drama that shines a more realistic light on the drug trafficking issue. Soderbergh handles the ensemble cast and multiple intersecting stories with ease. The film shows just how our government is simultaneously winning and losing the 'war on drugs'.

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mitchellyoung 03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Traffic brilliantly balances a diverse group of intersecting storylines, each designed to portray a different aspect of the drug trafficking problem and culture. The ensemble cast is outstanding and the script very smart. Gaghan has obviously done his research, as the screenplay contains layers of knowledge, history, and realism. Captivating and thought-provoking.

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03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Steven Soderbergh's intelligent attempt at an expose of the many links in the chain of drug culture can be seen as the Crash of narcotics. It's a worthy and well made film, but at times is very contrived; the way certain characters unknowingly pass each other in the streets is gimmicky at best and the fact that the US drug Czar's daughter makes the transition from preppy to crack whore overnight stretches credulity to breaking point. In fact it's Michael Douglas' section that (unsurprisingly) lets the film down, as it is 50% dry docudrama and 50% soapy melodrama. This is most definitely made up for by the sections on the streets, particularly Benicio Del Toro's Mexican State policeman and Don Cheadle's undercover narc. Soderbergh is also a little filter happy, but the direction is nowhere...

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08/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the better films that deals with drugs. It has a very good cast, cinematography was pleasant, soundtrack was catchy and the pace of the film never drags. Benecio Del Toro played his character Javier Rodriguez really well which earned him an Oscar for his stunning performance. My favorite story would have to be for Catherine Zeta- Jones character Helena Ayala. Michael Douglas was solid as Robert Wakefield and in his words: “If there is a war on drugs, then many of our family members are the enemies. And I don't know how you wage war on your own family.” The plot was effective and it didn’t confuse the viewers from the multiple story lines. The film delivers with magnificent direction (even beating Gladiator's Director) and compelling story telling. I felt this was just a few ...

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02/14/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Ranks among the top five films of 2000.

Traffic takes on the complex issues involved with the war on drugs in the United States and Mexico from the view of these nations as a whole to the very personal level. In the film, three stories unfold to illustrate the near impossibility of ever stopping the drug trade, despite the billion dollars that the US spends each year for just that cause. While the tales are related, the characters rarely, if ever, cross paths with one another. This is one of the elements that allows Soderbergh to deliver his message so effectively.

This film has an amazing ensemble cast where everybody is working at the top of their game. However, Benicio Del Toro definitely stands out with the breakthrough performance. Michael Douglas is also terrific, adding another strong performance to his gallery of fla...

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