Traffic (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

Germany/USA, 2000.  Compulsion Inc., Initial Entertainment Group, Splendid Medien AG, The Bedford Falls Company, USA Films.  Screenplay by , based on the miniseries Traffik by .  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Steven Soderbergh has outdone himself with this grand epic about the multi-tiered drug industry in the United States. The script by Stephen Gaghan seamlessly ties together three stories about innocent people caught up in the criminal world of narcotic abuse:  has recently been appointed as drug czar of the US government, only to find out along with his wife () that his daughter is an addict;  is a Mexican cop who stumbles upon an operation that threatens his and his colleagues’ safety;  is a wealthy pregnant housewife who finds out her husband () is not the honest businessman she thought he was but one of the biggest drug smugglers on the continent. Uniformly impeccable performances by all from the biggest to the small, with Del Toro standing out as the most amazing of them all (for most of us the movie is all about him!).

The Criterion Collection:  #151

Academy Awards:  Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro); Best Director (Steven Soderbergh); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing
Nomination: Best Picture

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro)

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro); Best Screenplay
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones); Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)

Screen Actors Guild Awards:  Outstanding Motion Picture Cast; Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. vinnieh says:

    Another great review, loved the cinematography in this one.

    1. henryjames77 says:

      And thank you again!

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