Traffic is a crime drama movie about War on drugs. It is about drug seen from the point of view of the law, user and dealer. Each part is depicted in three different storylines which finally become one at the end.
Despite winning the Oscar for Best Director (Steven Soderbergh) and Best Supporting Actor (Benicio del Toro), screenplay and editing, Traffic seems to be forgotten now. And that is a shame that’s why I write this post.
The cast is impressive; Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Dennis Quaid, Benjamin Bratt, Steven Bauer etc.
The storyline is impeccably written. Almost at the end public gets the ties between those three stories. And speaking of cinematography I love this movie because for each story Soderbergh uses different color tones; warm vague orange yellowish in story one, cold grey blueish in story two and warm sharp vivid colors in story three. This is so brilliantly thought because the audience knows which story is on screen as soon as the frame changes.
Traffic is one of my favorite movies and yes I think it is one of the most underrated movies the past two decades.