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"No one gets away clean"

The movie Traffic is about the illegal drug trade mainly between the United States of America and Mexico. The film depicts several perspectives as they relate to the same events taking place, showing the various things that go on in relation to the illicit drug trade and the different people it takes to make major deals happen. The film Traffic was produced by Steven Soderberg and was met with good reviews by the general public as well as film critics. It offers a unique perspective to the illicit drug trade in America as well as the line that the drugs travel through from Mexico into the United States. From the outside, we don't really see all the hands that drugs change from and all of the violence and transactions that are involved. Several groups are shown from varying perspectives in this film including the traffickers, a politician, your every day user, and various people that are involved in the process of getting drugs into the United States.

Perhaps where the most violence takes place is where most of the drugs in the United States of America originate. That of course, is Mexico. Major drug cartels run the illicit drug trade from the ground up in Mexico and are responsible for manufacturing, packing, and smuggling. Through this process many people are killed and the film accurately depicts the violent nature and the risks involved in the lucrative drug trade that draws so many people in. On the other side of the equation are the many hands that it changes from bigger dealers to smaller dealers, and right down to the every day average street user. Along with this is depicted a Politicians view on the matter as he is involved and reaps benefits from allowing and helping along the illicit drug trade.

Traffic offers a widespread understanding of the processes that it takes to get drugs into the United States. There is more violence and more people involved then it may appear on the outside and this film captures it beautifully.

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| 2000 | 2 hr 27 min | 7.6/10
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Steven Soderbergh
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