Making the decision to love or hate Traffik is a bit of a gamble. We have on our hands, a movie that ticks all the YESES of its genre but does not tell a convincing story of actual seriousness or danger
From the trailer to the synopsis, the subject matter of Traffik is pretty straightforward or so it seems. Brea (protagonist), a news reporter, gets dramatically caught in a multi-million dollar human trafficking transporting operation.
It is supposed to be that simple. But, Writer-Director, Deon Taylor makes a helluva mess narrating a story with a subject matter of this magnitude.
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Traffik opens to the forewarning that it is based on true events and should be taken seriously. However, 20 minutes into the 96 minutes screenplay, there isn’t much seriousness to be found. All that’s delivered is Brea (Paula Patton) and boyfriend, John (Omar Epps) lesson to novices on how to get freaky or go home.
When the action finally begins to see the light of day, it’s a swift and upheaval tactic by the writer to remind us that he made us a promise from the start.
Considering that the focus of Traffik is sex trafficking, the actual trafficking scenes are insufficient. The scenes roll by with scenes brimming with violence (which is exciting) and romantic scenes that climaxes when John gets fatally shot.
ONE scene allows us insight into the world of trafficking and that too is snatched from us as Brea by a stroke of fate overpowers her captors and makes it out of the cave.
“Traffik lets out the Romeo-Juliet vibe. The subject matter and its seriousness feel like strangers.”
Through the lens of a Thriller, Traffik is an impressive movie. But, that’s how far it goes!