Saturday, 21 July 2018

Traffik Blu-ray Review

Lionsgate; R; 96 minutes; Amazon

Released to Blu-ray this past Tuesday from Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment is the thriller Traffik. And no, this isn't the Oscar-winning 2000 crime drama "Traffic" starring Michael Douglas. This film is directed by Deon Taylor and stars Paula Patton (who is also a producer), Omar Epps, Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, Missi Pyle, and William Fichtner. The plot is about sex trafficking and not drug trafficking.

The film centers around Brea (played by Paula Patton), a journalist who has had a bit of trouble satisfying her editor (played by William Fichtner) with her recent articles. To cheer her up, her boyfriend, John (played by Omar Epps), takes her for a romantic getaway at a secluded mountain estate. Well, it was romantic before their friends Darren and Malia (played by Laz Alonso and Roselyn Sanchez) crashed their plans.

Things take a horrific twist when Brea realizes that a woman she bumped into at gas station restroom had accidentally put a satellite phone in her purse. Or was it on purpose? After solving the phone's password, Brea attempts to find the owners identity, but stumbles upon something terrifying!

There are dozens of profile photos of women in the the exact same pose. Brea, John, and their friends come to the conclusion that the phone belongs to someone involved in sex trafficking. Before they can contact the police, the owners of the phones come knocking at the their door.

Special Features on the Blu-ray include:
  • Journey into the Depths: Making Traffik
  • Deon & Dante: The Look of Traffik

Final Thoughts

I'm not for sure what I was expecting from this movie prior to watching it. I just thought the synopsis sound intriguing. For the most part, the cast does a pretty decent job; though, I wish William Fichtner's role was expanded more. The plot is nothing new, as it has been used several times in the thriller/horror genre. The first half of the film is really dull, though it does get better once the biker gang shows up to retrieve their phone. At times, it feels like the director couldn't decide if he wanted to create a drama or a horror flick, which makes the movie feel a bit off in several scenes.

Overall, Traffik is a generic thriller that could have been good with a better script and director. Don't get me wrong, the plot is interesting, but I've seen better movies.

* Note - I received a complimentary review copy from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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