History Film / Traffic

2nd May '16 4:11:06 AM Fireblood
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* BuryYourGays: The assassin approaching Del Toro's character in a gay bar leads to his JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.

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* BuryYourGays: The assassin approaching Del Toro's character in a gay bar leads to his JackBauerInterrogationTechnique. He eventually gets killed by the cartel during a failed hit for ratting out their members after torture.



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Each of the four interleaving stories has its own location-based colour cast.
* CultureClash: The Mexican law enforcement are shown to have a decidedly more brutal approach to the war on drugs than the Americans. Wakefield is visibly shocked when after he asks how they approach drug treatment, Salazar dismissively replies: "Addicts treat themselves. [[TheSocialDarwinist They OD and there's one less to deal with.]]"

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Each of the four interleaving stories has its own location-based colour color cast.
* CultureClash: The Mexican law enforcement are shown to have a decidedly more brutal approach to the war on drugs than the Americans. Wakefield is visibly shocked when after he asks how they approach drug treatment, Salazar dismissively replies: "Addicts treat themselves. [[TheSocialDarwinist They OD and there's one less to deal with.]]" It's also said law enforcement in Mexico is really a more "entrepreneurial" profession (i.e. the police take bribes, as the film portrays).



* DescentIntoAddiction: The primary plotline in the Wakefield story centres on Wakefield's daughter Caroline, who develops an addiction to heroin after being introduced to it by her boyfriend. Her parents put her in rehab, but she escapes and resorts to theft and prostitution to fund her habit. At the end of the film she's back in rehab and seems more committed to recovering.

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* DescentIntoAddiction: The primary plotline in the Wakefield story centres centers on Wakefield's daughter Caroline, who develops an addiction to heroin after being introduced to it by her boyfriend. Her parents put her in rehab, but she escapes and resorts to theft and prostitution to fund her habit. At the end of the film she's back in rehab and seems more committed to recovering.



* DownerEnding: Almost averted. The good guys (mostly) make it through well enough, but the bad guys get away, although one of the cops is making progress investigating Helena and appears confident he'll be busting her in due time. Certainly more cheerful than, say, ''TheWire''.
* DrugsAreBad: The main character that is seen to be a drug user ends up appearing to have to whore herself out to get drugs.

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* DownerEnding: Almost averted.{{averted}}. The good guys (mostly) make it through well enough, but the bad guys get away, although one of the cops is making progress investigating Helena and appears confident he'll be busting her in due time. Certainly more cheerful than, say, ''TheWire''.
* DrugsAreBad: The main character that is seen to be a drug user ends up appearing to have to whore prostitute herself out to get drugs.



* GoodCopBadCop: At first the assassin is violently tortured, and then is "rescued" from his captors by the corrupt general; the torturer's boss. He is given a sumptuous meal and a bottle of wine, finally releasing the desired information after being told "InVinoVeritas".

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* GoodCopBadCop: At first the assassin is violently tortured, and then is "rescued" from his captors by the corrupt general; general, the torturer's boss. He is given a sumptuous meal and a bottle of wine, finally releasing the desired information after being told "InVinoVeritas".



-->"The worst part about you, Monty, is that you realise the futility of what you're doing and you do it anyway."

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-->"The worst part about you, Monty, is that you realise realize the futility of what you're doing and you do it anyway."



* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Wakefield is tasked with fighting the US war on drugs, even as his own daughter spirals into addiction. He eventually acknowledges this, saying he can't make war on his own family, and it appears he will resign.



* TookALevelInBadass: Formerly sheltered housewife Helena takes to drug running quite well.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Formerly sheltered housewife Helena takes to drug running drug-running quite well.



* VanInBlack: Played with. Helena, wife to a drug dealer who is in custody and under investigation, brings lemonade to the cops keeping an eye on her house.

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* VanInBlack: Played with.{{Played with}}. Helena, wife to a drug dealer who is in custody and under investigation, brings lemonade to the cops keeping an eye on her house.
27th Feb '16 10:40:50 AM RaiderDuck
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* MealTicket: When a desperate Helena goes to visit her husband's lawyer Arnie, he hints that he could make her money problems go away if she married him. Given the expression on her face and her earlier conversation with her husband (wherein she vowed to ''never'' be poor, no matter what it took), she's at least considering it, no matter her personal squick factor.


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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Ayala has given his slimy lawyer Arnie several million dollars to give to Helena in the event that he (Ayala) is arrested. Ayala's arrested but Arnie makes no mention of the money to Helena, even going so far as to tell her he's tapped out when she asks for money. He then hints that he could solve all her financial problems by marrying her if Ayala is sent away for good. After [[spoiler:Ayala is freed and two men with guns show up in Arnie's office, it's not hard to imagine what happens.]]


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* UndercoverCopReveal: Almost. Monty, Ray, and a female agent are monitoring Helena and her son incognito when she's at the beach. One of her husband's unpaid business associates walks up, grabs the child and threatens Helena. The three quickly agree that if the man runs off with or attempts to harm the child, they'll all break cover and rescue him. Fortunately, it doesn't come to that.
24th Feb '16 8:46:53 AM erforce
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A 2000 crime Drama directed by Creator/StevenSoderbergh, ''Traffic'' was adapted from the 1989 British Channel 4 miniseries ''Traffik.'' With an AllStarCast headed by Creator/MichaelDouglas, his future wife Creator/CatherineZetaJones, and Creator/BenicioDelToro in his Oscar-winning performance, Traffic also won three other Oscars, including Best Director, only missing out on Best Picture to ''{{Gladiator}}''.

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A 2000 crime Drama directed by Creator/StevenSoderbergh, ''Traffic'' was adapted from the 1989 British Channel 4 miniseries ''Traffik.'' With an AllStarCast headed by Creator/MichaelDouglas, his future wife Creator/CatherineZetaJones, and Creator/BenicioDelToro in his Oscar-winning performance, Traffic also won three other Oscars, including Best Director, only missing out on Best Picture to ''{{Gladiator}}''.
''Film/{{Gladiator}}''.
22nd Nov '15 5:48:02 PM nombretomado
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* TheCameo: SalmaHayek has one brief scene as a drug lord's wife.

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* TheCameo: SalmaHayek Creator/SalmaHayek has one brief scene as a drug lord's wife.
17th Sep '15 6:31:49 PM Xilinoc
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In Mexico, officer Javier Rodriguez is assigned to investigate the drug trade by one General Salazar. Meanwhile, in Washington, federal judge Robert Wakefield is appointed the new drug czar just as he learns his daughter is an addict herself. In San Diego, two DEA agents finally arrest drug kingpin Carlos Ayala. Ayala's wife, Helena, upon learning of her husband's true profession, takes action to insure his freedom, and her own financial security. As more secrets and lies are revealed, these characters learn that the war on drugs isn't as straightforward as it seems.

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In Mexico, officer Javier Rodriguez is assigned to investigate the drug trade by one General Salazar. Meanwhile, in Washington, federal judge Robert Wakefield is appointed the new drug czar just as he learns his daughter is an addict herself. In San Diego, two DEA agents finally arrest drug kingpin Carlos Ayala. Ayala's wife, Helena, upon learning of her husband's true profession, takes action to insure ensure his freedom, freedom and her own financial security. As more secrets and lies are revealed, these characters learn that the war on drugs isn't as straightforward as it seems.
17th Apr '15 7:35:14 AM Morgenthaler
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A 2000 crime Drama directed by Creator/StevenSoderbergh, ''Traffic'' was adapted from the 1989 British Channel 4 miniseries ''Traffik.'' With an AllStarCast headed by MichaelDouglas, his future wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Creator/BenicioDelToro in his Oscar-winning performance, Traffic also won three other Oscars, including Best Director, only missing out on Best Picture to ''{{Gladiator}}''.

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A 2000 crime Drama directed by Creator/StevenSoderbergh, ''Traffic'' was adapted from the 1989 British Channel 4 miniseries ''Traffik.'' With an AllStarCast headed by MichaelDouglas, Creator/MichaelDouglas, his future wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Creator/CatherineZetaJones, and Creator/BenicioDelToro in his Oscar-winning performance, Traffic also won three other Oscars, including Best Director, only missing out on Best Picture to ''{{Gladiator}}''.
6th Apr '15 6:49:00 AM Folamh3
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* DescentIntoAddiction: The primary plotline in the Wakefield story centres on Wakefield's daughter Caroline, who develops an addiction to heroin after being introduced to it by her boyfriend. Her parents put her in rehab, but she escapes and resorts to theft and prostitution to fund her habit. At the end of the film she's back in rehab and seems more committed to recovering.
24th Mar '15 1:12:09 PM Folamh3
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* NotSoDifferent: Wakefield's wife points out that, for all his anti-drug invective, he still drinks enough that he could not unjustifiably be called an alcoholic.
24th Mar '15 11:08:58 AM Folamh3
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* TheCartel

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* TheCartelTheCartel: Two of them, in fact.



* {{Gayngster}}: The Assassin.

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* {{Gayngster}}: The Assassin.assassin, Frankie Flowers.



* HyperlinkStory

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* HyperlinkStoryHyperlinkStory: Three interlocking stories.
24th Mar '15 11:06:26 AM Folamh3
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* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, a major theme of the film is culture clash between the US and Mexico.

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* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, a major theme of the film is the culture clash between the US and Mexico.Mexico. Soderbergh refused to have the Mexican characters speaking English as he thought the Spanish dialogue communicated the "impenetrability another culture".
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