Review of”Traffik” In Theaters April 20th
It’s a subject that is shocking and inhumane, a subject that needs more attention and Deon Taylor has done just that with his latest film “Traffik”.
In the action-packed thriller Traffik, plans for a romantic weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate turn to terror when Brea (Paula Patton), a hard-charging investigative reporter, and her boyfriend John (Omar Epps) accidentally discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang. Joined unexpectedly by their friends Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez), the foursome is forced into a deadly fight for their lives against a ring of criminals who will stop at nothing to protect their secretive operation.
Deon gives us a love story, a thriller and action all in one movie. Brea, a passionate reporter is jaded about her job and is facing possible job termination. Brea and John are offered a weekend getaway by Darren, John’s best buddy(played by Laz Alonso) and with a chance to be alone John thinks its a perfect time to propose to Brea. As Brea and John begin their weekend we see the couple work through their insecurities and reawaken their love. When Darren and his wife Mila(played by Jocelyn Sanchez) arrive unexpectedly John is upset but ultimately agrees to enjoy the weekend and propose to Brea.
However an unlikely encounter at a gas station with my some bikers will turn the idyllic weekend into a terrifying nightmare. At the gas station a distraught looking young woman slips her cell phone into Brea’s phone and once the group gets a glimpse of what’s on the phone, things just goes downhill from there.
Many films have been done on human trafficking but Deon Taylor’s film is indeed disturbing and deeply emotional. If this film can save one person from human trafficking, then Deon Taylor has made the film he wanted to make and the audience will realize that human trafficking is a global problem. And yes the statistics at the end of the film is indeed very disturbing.