Traffik

Despite a couple of genuinely surprising twists, which represent an admirable propensity for risk on the part of Traffik’s filmmakers, the movie is weighted down by a flat script, a bunch of cliche “duh!” moments, and a complement of performances that could charitably be called uninspired.   In one particularly galling scene, our heroine Brea...read more

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Despite a couple of genuinely surprising twists, which represent an admirable propensity for risk on the part of Traffik’s filmmakers, the movie is weighted down by a flat script, a bunch of cliche “duh!” moments, and a complement of performances that could charitably be called uninspired.

In one particularly galling scene, our heroine Brea (Paula Patton) is attempting to escape certain psychopaths by firing up an old sedan. After the sedan turns over but fails to rumble to life and Brea sees that she’s been noticed, she ducks down in the seat, as if a rampaging outlaw biker would shrug and dismiss the commotion upon finding that no one is immediately visible in the driver’s seat. And of course, the location is remote, forestalling the use of a cell phone to call for help. It’s tempting to forgive this kind of silliness because “it’s just a movie,” but is a little creativity too much ask from cinema these days?

Judging from the main (and sub) storylines, it surely is too much to ask. See if any of this sounds familiar: a young couple on a romantic getaway at an isolated mountain retreat invoke the ire of a gang of psychopaths as the result of a random encounter at a gas station. The local sheriff shows up but, surprise! the cops are in on it too. And “it” is a multinational, millions-of-dollars crime syndicate. Not ringing a bell? Watch a movie. Any movie.

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  • Released: 2018
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Despite a couple of genuinely surprising twists, which represent an admirable propensity for risk on the part of Traffik’s filmmakers, the movie is weighted down by a flat script, a bunch of cliche “duh!” moments, and a complement of performances that coul… (more)

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