Malika, leader of Traitors, an all-female punk rock band, has a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a drug smuggling run over the mountains.
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Traitors has a surprisingly pleasant youthful energy. Once you get used to the energy, though, the film starts to become easy to anticipate. The actors are lively, the camera angles are intriguing, the editing is upbeat, the scenery is gorgeous, and, mainly, the music is good. For a film about punk-rock, I was worried that this low budget film would fall subject to cheap musical production, but Im still singing along
This film starts off as one kind of movie and then takes a sharp left turn becoming a completely different type of film altogether. I'm glad it did, too, because I wasn't enjoying where the first part was headed. But then when it takes its turn, it gets REALLY GOOD. Another cool thing about this narrative is how FEMALE EMPOWERING it is. It's a really awesome part of this story and makes it pretty kickass!
Opening your eyes to another world, Traitors looks into the lives of a punk group from Morocco. Traitors grapples with the social issues of Morocco frankly and truthfully. Unfortunately, much of the film could be set anywhere for a young punk group. The rebellious youth culture is not a new genre and the film didn't show anything that elevated it above another solid film in this genre. Still certainly enjoyable.
What starts out as a fairly interesting tale of an all female punk band in Morocco struggling to come up with the money for a demo record takes a wrong turn into a drug smuggling caper that is as uninteresting as it is unbelievable. Shame to see a great cast so wasted.
Malika is a cool, strong female protagonist living in a patriarchal culture; she is easy to adore and want to root for. Aside from what she brings to the film, the story is in many ways a tad too rushed and quickly resolved; anticlimactic, even. Not bad, but not as great as it could have been.