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30 days movie challenge day 22: The most underrated movie

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.

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  • Story 1: Javier Rodriguez )Benicio del Toro) is a Mexican police officer who is asked by general Salazar to raid a strong drug cartel, the Obrégon brothers. Not knowing this general is corrupt. He is part of Juárez Cartel, rival of the Obrégon brothers. This storyline takes place in Mexico.
  • Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas) is the newly appointed president of National Drug Control Policy in Ohio, USA. His brilliant, beautiful honor student daughter is a drug addict. Wakefield finds out about this after his daughter is arrested. How does he cope with this in combination with his new job and the image to the extern world?
  • Pregnant Helena Ayala (Catherine Zeta-Jones> doesn’t know her husband’s true profession. She hears about it during the trial. Her husband, Carlos Ayala (Steven Bauer), is the biggest drug distributor of The Obrégon brothers from story 1. This story happens in San Diego, USA.

  • 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.

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