Intriguing drama about drug trafficking and it's flow into the U.S. Excellent production values and good photography help and the ensemble is to die for, but the film deserves to be even longer as many of the subplots needs more running time in order to give the story a better depth as I felt the film only scratched the surface, but at least it makes me wanna see the miniseries this film is built on.
Tre storie, tre modi di raccontare il mondo degli stupefacenti: chi li combatte, chi li vende, chi li consuma. Montaggio magnifico, incastri credibili, complessità dei personaggi: Soderbergh diviso tra pop (il racconto) e ricerca (la forma). Una buona serata
This is Soderbergh's masterpiece. An epic about The War on Drugs that shows every aspect of it with a tint in the tradition of Griffith's Intolerance that signifies which point of view the story is taking place and an honesty that can't be denied. This would make a great double bill with Sicario.
Originally a brilliant UK mini series from Carnival in the UK, a fitting precusor to a great film. Traffic UK was set in Europe and Pakistan but pre 9/11 few in the US knew that Islamabad was the capital of Pakistan, so it was an emulsion of a Mexican drugs storyline with the original TV script from Simon Moore.
I recently purchased the Criterion Blu-Ray and watch all the special features. The way they achieved the colored looks took so much effort, when now you could use the program Color and do it in 10 minutes. The film itself is, of course, amazing. I'm a huge Soderbergh fan and his style has influenced me greatly. He also edits and shoots most of his pictures himself...that is a modern day auteur if I've ever seen one.