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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Brutal violence against women in punishing thriller.

Movie R 2017 104 minutes
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Tackling a serious subject but looking like a bad after-school special, this drama is terribly forced and indelicate; it tries to deliver an important message but feels more like a cheap thriller. Trafficked is painfully matter-of-fact in its depiction of violence against women, but it lacks the humanity to make their suffering mean something. It all feels like part of a staged protest, and the characters are lost in the shuffle. The men come across mainly as evil, leering monsters, while the women are hysterical, one-dimensional victims.

It's a wonder that Judd signed up for this, especially in such a nasty, villainous role -- although the same could be said for any of the actors. The movie was written by Harvard Professor Siddharth Kara, author of a real-life study on sex trafficking, and while the movie probably gets its details right, it has no human angle. (Attempts at character development are laughable.) After all, this is fiction, not a documentary. An audience needs something to grab onto, rather than just a lecture about how awful all this is or cookie-cutter "thrills." In fact, it's difficult to imagine why anyone would willingly sit down and watch a punishing movie like this.

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