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Traffic [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Steven Soderbergh followed up his critical and commercial smash ERIN BROCKOVICH with this wildly exhilarating exploration of the complex, multilayered international drug problem. The film tells three seemingly disparate stories that loosely intersect and overlap, unfurling at a frantic, relentless pace. In the first, a well-intentioned Mexican police officer, Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro), comes face-to-face with the hypocrisy and hopelessness of his situation after he learns that his superior, General Salazar (Tomas Milian), isn't the law-abiding officer he claims to be. In the second, Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas), a conservative Supreme Court judge from Ohio, takes a position as the president's new drug czar. What he doesn't realize is that his teenage daughter, Caroline (Erika Christensen), is falling prey to the dangerous narcotics that he has been hired to eradicate. In the third section, federal agents Montel Gordon (Don Cheadle) and Ray Castro (Luis Guzmn) are baby-sitting Eduardo Ruiz (Miguel Ferrer), a drug smuggler who is about to testify against the wealthy Carlos Ayala (Steven Bauer). When Ayala's pregnant wife, Helena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), learns of her husband's illegal activities, she takes her family's future into her own hands. Soderbergh's bold decision to photograph the film using three strikingly different visual schemes adds even greater punch to TRAFFIC, which stands firmly as one of 2000's most stirring motion picture events.

    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 2000 Benicio Del Toro Actor, TRAFFIC (2000)
    Academy Awards Best Director 2000 Steven Soderbergh Director/Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Stephen Gaghan Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)

  • Credits
    Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Quaid, Luis Guzmn, Luis Guzman, Erika Christensen, Clifton Collins, Topher Grace, Christopher John Grace, Amy Irving, Jacob Vargas, Marisol Padilla Sanchez, Miguel Ferrer, Steven Bauer, Steve Bauer, Albert Finney, James Brolin, James Bruderlin, Benjamin Bratt, Tomas Milian, Majandra Delfino, Majandra Del Fino, Peter Riegert
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The whole thing feels remarkably fresh, vibrant and new....The movie is adult, intelligent, sweeping yet intimate, nail-bitingly suspenseful, buoyed by an impeccable, uniformly powerhouse cast, and it provides a real perspective on a real issue..."

    "...A mosaic of heightened reality....A picture fascinating in its complexit....The technical contributions are adroit and stylish..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "Steven Soderbergh's great, despairing squall of a film [infuses] epic cinematic form with jittery new rhythms and a fresh, acid-washed palette....The performances, by an ensemble from which not a false note issues, have the clarity and force of pithy instrumental solos insistently piercing through a dense cacaphony..."
    New York Times

    Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "Owen Gleiberman's BEST MOVIES OF 2000"
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Multi-layered plotting and plenty of pleasing technical flourishes....Douglas is superb..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "...Its vigorous, unjaded rush of imagery and story makes for an exciting visual experience..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[A] consistently credible drama..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Soderbergh deftly weaves together four stories depicting the causes and effects of the illegal drug trade..."
    Box Office

    "...Complex and ambitious....Yet another indication of how accomplished a filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has become..."
    Los Angeles Times

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