9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Superb acting, but an unengaging film.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Traffic [DVD]  (DVD)
I realise that I will come under some fire for this, but I have to say that I feel this film is simply not very good.
I accept that Soderbergh has created a very interesting and thought provoking style to the film and has created a film with some very strong messages in it on the war against drugs. I am also willing to state that Benecio del Toro has given a simply superb performance as Javier Rodriguez.
What I am not willing to accept is that this film is an over-long, self-indulgent and ultimately uninteresting montage of predictable and seen before stories. It may be based on a superb tv series (which I have not seen), but the film itself just does not make for a compelling movie. There is nothing here that we have not seen done before and in a much more interesting way. Surely it would have been far better for Soderbergh to concentrate on one of the three narratives and explore their impact within the whole picture of the war on drugs, rather than trying to weave three simplifications together to 'educate' us? And another thing, a film is not 'gritty' simply because it is about a real world problem!
This film does have some redeeming features as mentioned earlier and should be required viewing for many film students and world leaders, but for the normal home viewer, my advice is watch something else!