Parents' Guide to

Traffik

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Nasty, violent thriller about kidnapped/abused women.

Movie R 2018 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Scratching my head

Omar Epps is one of my favourite actors ever since I saw him in “Higher Learning” with Tyra Banks. He was great in the series “House”. I think the script did him a disservice in this movie. He’s a very good actor, but didn’t get to do his magic in this film. I’ve never seen Patton in a movie before but her acting is pretty decent in this film...except that yet again the script called for some amount of nonsensical dialogue and left plot holes that had me scratching my head. One of the things that irked me most is that she left the shotgun in the house after John was shot and told her to take the keys and save herself. Whyyy just whyyy would someone walk away from their only defense - a weapon capable of serious damage - against marauding maniacal killers? I just don’t get it. I have 23 minutes left in this movie but felt compelled to pause and look up the review on it. Hopefully the ending will redeem the film.
age 17+

Makes people look like absolute idiots - but then, perhaps they are.

The movie irritated the hell out of me. Perhaps I am just to old to understand there are no young people on this planet, with sense. Jeeezzzzzzz!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Though it may have had good intentions, this movie is ultimately ineffectual, unpleasant, and borderline offensive; it's a vicious thriller that fails in its attempts to convey serious messages. First, Deon Taylor's Traffik involves characters and situations that don't resemble life; people behave in ways that are puzzling, apparently only to further the plot. (Brea's newspaper reporter job seems especially out of touch.) And when the tension starts, characters start making all of the usual horror/thriller mistakes that are always so frustrating. In the end, the movie doesn't seem to care about any of them, at all, one way or the other.

The movie's villains are as generic as they come, with a sneering bald guy as the leader and several bearded biker thugs who are indistinguishable from one another; if a good guy dispatches one of them, it means nothing. There's a "twist" that's as unsurprising as it is dumb, and, finally, like one of the so-called movies in the "torture porn" subgenre, it comes close to reveling in the brutal treatment of women -- its images of women in skimpy clothing covered in grime and blood toe a very fine line between alluring and repulsive. Finally, Traffik closes with a handful of titles with factoids about human trafficking, as if to distance itself from, and rise above, the vile stuff it has just shown for "entertainment" purposes.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 20, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: July 16, 2018
  • Cast: Paula Patton , Omar Epps , Roselyn Sanchez
  • Director: Deon Taylor
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Black actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violent and disturbing material, language throughout, some drug use and sexual content
  • Last updated: April 2, 2023

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