Aroview: A masterful, suitably complex address of the ‘drug problem’ and how it enslaves consumers, dealers, policy-makers and law-enforcers alike.
Adapted from the excellent ‘80s British mini-series, "Traffik", the weighty material is transformed again in the hands of dir. Soderbergh, who secures his reputation as director-of-the-moment with an extraordinary coherence of vision – commanding all elements of the creative process with breathless detail, restraint and consistency.
The ensemble cast, including many lesser-knowns – all contribute serious work. Dope fiends and dealers may decry the ‘moralising’ but for the rest of us, this has something real to say and finds a consistently innovative and compelling way of saying it.
Average rating (Good Enough). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
3 stars (Good Enough) Good script, high production value, well acted, but at the end of the day, Traffic feels like it is missing something, whether it is a true sense of identity, or perhaps a real sense of direction.~Tom H
4 stars (Very Good) An homage to the great directors of the late 1960's. Pay attention; there are three films running in parallel here. Brilliant cinematography. The corruption surrounding the "drug problem" is laid bare but there is no happy ending here. ~Anon
3 stars (Good Enough) Del Toro takes the acting honours in a well casted film. The story telling is sometime done in documentary style which helps to get the anti drug message across. Uneven overall but worth the watch.~tubbs