Fairly good remake of the Channel 4 TV series 'Traffik'
- Traffic review by RP
This complex film tells 4 overlapping stories about drug trafficking across the US-Mexican border. The director has 'colour coded' each story so that as each thread unfolds, you can tell which one you're following. Confused? Not really – it's just one of director Steven Soderbergh's ideas.
The 1st story follows the newly appointed US 'drug czar' played by Michael Douglas. Unfortunately his good intentions are undermined (a) by the scale of the problem and (b) by the fact that his 16 year old daughter is experimenting with drugs, becoming an addict, and descending into prostitution.
The 2nd story follows a corrupt Mexican cop (played by Benicio Del Toro) as he receives money for information on rival drug cartels, turns a blind eye to assorted dodgy practices, and eventually cooperates with the US authorities.
The 3rd story follows the wife (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones aka Mrs Michael Douglas) of a major drug dealer as she establishes herself as head of his empire when he is under arrest.
The 4th story is of two DEA agents who arrest and are then responsible for protecting a drug dealer as he prepares to give evidence against his boss.
Good film – but it's a remake of the Channel 4 TV series 'Traffik' and despite awards, it really isn't as good. The best acting in my opinion is in the 4th story from one of the DEA agents played by Luis Guzman. And frankly, Catherine Zeta-Jones is too wimpish to give a convincing portrayal of a ruthless woman aiming to run a major drug dealing operation.
Recommended – but I can only give it 3/5 stars.
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