Movie Reviews | Feb 1st, 2001
Starring Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones Douglas-etc-etc, Don Cheadle, Luiz Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Eric From That 70’s Show, Stephen Bauer, lots of other people.
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
I wanted to see this movie ever since I saw it’s first teaser because it looked really interesting and had a great cast involved with the movie. Traffic has a very compiling look to it.
There’s basically 5 subplots and they all merge into one. I really enjoy movies like that. But for the subplots, for each seperate story, all have a different look to it. For example, the first scene is in the Mexican desert and the camera is very grainy and highly contrast in colors. Then other scenes are from Washington DC and the camera shots are all blue.
Those different shots are to represent the different subplots so people won’t get confused. That’s what I thought, I could be wrong. I couldn’t believe how many great and talented actors and actresses were in this. Plus many cameos from lots of other people like Salma Hayek, Senator Hatch, and Julie Robert’s boyfriend who’s name I don’t know. Basically the whole movie is about the drug war and other each of those subplots and characters deal with it. Benicio Del Toro plays a Mexican cop, Michael Douglas was just pointed to be the Anti Drug Czar person or whoever. Catherine Zeta Jones is a pregnant wife who’s husband just went to jail for drug trafficing, and Don Cheadle and Luiz Guzman are staking out Catherine Zeta Jone’s character’s home and watching over a convict in the witness protection program. All these different situations come together into a great story.
Some of the drug scenes were disturbing to watch and I’m glad I never got into that shit. I was a little disappointed with the ending because it basically ending abruptly and I was wondering about a couple of the subplots of the story. I guess it was more interesting that it ended all of a sudden because that’s basically sums up the drug war. It never ends and is always continuos. I think everybody should see this movie because it’s a great film. It’s probably going to get a lot of Oscars or at least nominations and I think it deserves it. I recommend it to everybody.
Favorite Scenes: I liked the scenes between Don Cheadle and Luiz Guzman, they made a good team and added comedy relief to the movie.
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