Traffic examines the effect of drugs as politics, business, and lifestyle. Acting as his own director of photography, Steven Soderbergh employs an innovative, color-coded cinematic treatment to distinguish the interwoven stories of a newly appointed drug czar and his family, a West Coast kingpin’s wife, a key informant, and cops on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. Rarely has a film so energetic and suspenseful presented a more complex and nuanced view of an issue of such international importance. Instantly recognized as a classic, Traffic appeared on more than 200 critics’ ten-best lists, and earned five Academy Award® nominations. —The Criterion Collection
At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema. Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where his father was the Dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Education. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduated from high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh’s time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts… read more
except for this one thing , and this is an appeal to the mexican people. Is Benicio's accent off? I'm from this side of the border so I don't think I have full authority to say it is, but it don't sound very Mexican to me. And to the people who say "who cares if its off" i say fuck you, the guy got an oscar, this deserves a discussion.
In my mind, Traffic is the quintessential Steven Soderbergh film, a masterpiece at that. His direction and style is impeccable, his use of colours for each location the film is set I think is pretty nicely done. 13 years after the last time I've seen this film I still can say I love this film. The acting is incredible from the whole cast and what a stellar cast it is. I also found the way the film was photographed was beautifully done. It really is a classic.
The great soundtrack composer for Contagion and Drive.
Soderbergh does a solid job of interweaving three storylines, much of the acting is fantastic, and the look of the film is impressive (although I do feel that the use of sepia for all the Mexican scenes… read review
Traffic is so inventive and thought provoking it will remain one of America’s roughest and creative classics. each scene transends a specific feeling and compliments the last scene in a profoundly… read review
@ Juan C.P. It wasn’t as risky as it should have been. The screenplay did have seem to have the limitations of pay cable procedurals. Yet this American cliché was the most original and visually exciting… read review