Written July 14, 2014
Drugs have been a major issue all around the world, and in "Traffic" we see three different stories revolving around drugs and how each character is affected. The first story is about a Mexican police office named Javier (Benicio Del Toro) who gets enthralled with taking down a Mexican drug hit-man for a huge cartel. Javier soon finds out about the corruption and danger he gets caught up in, and his life gets full of energy. Next we have Michael Douglass playing a conservative judge in Ohio who is head of the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy but just so happens to have a daughter hooked on drugs. Then there's the most intense story, where in San Diego two DEA agents played by Don Cheadle and Luiz Guzman try and take down a drug dealer and get caught up with even more crime. As they take down their first target, the man gives up the name of his boss causing that man's wife Helena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to get involved as well. The three stories emerge together and cause great intensity and experience to the audience about the different types of law enforcement on drugs and how many use drugs as well. The comparison between the law enforcers like Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglass, and Don Cheadles characters and how kids like Michael Douglass's daughter played by Erika Christensen get hooked on drugs due to the failures and corruption of law enforcement, and due to the tremendous amount of growth the drug industry as seen. Steven Soderbergh directs this film beautifully, using great intensity, complex shots to show the chemistry of each scene and show how each character transforms due to their experience with drugs. "Traffic" is just visually so complex with every film technique. The acting ensemble is very rich, and every character especially Benicio Del Torro gives a powerhouse performance that are historical. This intelligent story is a film that shows different aspects of drugs and how there is a future for stopping this issue, but to raise its awareness, a monumental film is necessary. "Traffic" is one the greatest films of all time!