Traffic

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Tons of drug use, violence, and depressing stories.

R 2000 147 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 17+

Well acted but feels like it falls a bit short

A beautifully acted film...especially from Benicio del Toro who although does not master the Mexican accent at least does not appear to be Puerto Rican, which for portraying a fronteriza cop is a big plus. His wonderful portrayal of what happens if you do the best you can in a world that works to exploit your flaws. However, the biggest flaw of the film is that it is a bit too subtle in terms of the larger systemic issues as to why the War on Drugs continues and who it continues to profit from it. Just how much did that treatment center cost? Who has access to that? If people are making so much money dealing in the street then why are they still in the same situation? Humanizing complex issues that extinguish people's humanity is always welcome but so is exposing the larger system that perpetuates the misery.
age 18+

Mis-directed with too many camera filters to bring about unrealism in otherwise very real situations.

The director uses camera filters to muck up the videos, a failed attempt to create distinguishing color palettes. Weird angles as usual for directors trying to out an artistic touch, but too many movements with camera while filming. I don't like the camera filters it degrades the overall video which ends the same either way. The director should stick to Ocean's movies and Magic Mike, lol.

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