The issue of sex trafficking is very prevalent in our society. It’s something that goes on behind the scenes that the general population can be completely unaware of. That’s why making a movie based solely on that premise, especially one with real-life inspirations, is a smart idea. If nothing else, this movie starts the discussion about the seriousness of this worldwide problem.
Paula Patton gave an exceptional performance as Brea, showing how a strong woman can take matters into her own hands to save her life as well as the life of others. Omar Epps was equally as good as her supporting role and boyfriend. Side Note: It’s good to see Epps on the big screen again. The story is pretty straight forward. A couple goes on a vacation to an unfamiliar town and all hell breaks loose as they get caught up in the nasty world of human trafficking.
Now that I have all of that out the way, I have to be honest. This movie was pretty terrible. With the label as a thriller, I was expecting more thrill. The allocation of scene time was just off. It was an hour and fifty minute movie that felt like it was only 30 minutes long. It took a while to get into where they were going with this one, a bit too long. Then when the main action started, it was over in a flash. Sure, it was nice to see a female take the role of this bad-ass that is not to be taken lightly, but the execution left much to be desired.
The ending of this movie unnecessarily long, but very dramatic with it’s intentions. There was a foreseeable wist thrown in simply because of who they chose as the actor for that role. Cinematically, this was fantastic. Omar Epps and Paula Patton seemed to have a very formidable and realistic connection that displayed on screen well. Laz Alonso was the lone comedic relief and that tells you about all you need to know about the humor side of this movie.
Overall, I am pretty disappointed in how this production fared. This was one of those movies that kind of snuck up out of no where about a month or so ago and the lack of hype for it was warranted.
Traffik comes in at a 5 out of 10 on the Screen Kingz Watch Meter. The message and dramatic elements carried this movie. All in all, this could have been better.