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Traffik

Traffik
Starring:
Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sánchez, Dawn Olivieri, Luke Goss, Missi Pyle and William Fichtner


Rated:  for violent and disturbing material, language throughout, some drug use and sexual content.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 20, 2018 Released by: Summit Entertainment

Director Dean Taylor's new thriller about human trafficking stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps.

Brea (Patton) loses her job as a reporter at a Sacramento paper for taking too long getting her stories to print. So boyfriend John (Epps) asks her to go away for the weekend to help her forget about her job loss and ask her to marry him.  They're off to stay in a luxury desert mansion owned by Darren (Laz Alonso), a sports agent friend.

On the way, they stop at a gas station.  While Brea is in the ladies room, a woman who is strung out and has bruises on her body seems to want to tell her something.  But, before she can say anything, a man barges in and yells at the woman to come on because they're leaving. 

Outside John is dealing with his own problems.  A few biker guys are harassing him until the local sheriff arrives and breaks up the fight. 

After they arrive at the home, the couple have a romantic romp in the pool.  For a film that is about women being kidnapped and sold, it was very uncomfortable to watch scene after scene focusing on Patton's body in various stages of undress.

After dark, Darren and his girlfriend (Roselyn Sanchez) crash the lovers get-away.  And no surprises here, soon the woman from the gas station, along with the gang show up looking to retrieve a cell phone that the woman hid in Brea's purse. 

The phone has pictures of beaten , captured women and Brea wants to write an expose for the newspaper.  However, after the gang threatens to kill them and points a gun at one after another, she still stubbornly refuses to give up the phone.

The film takes a serious subject and deals with it in a non-serious way.

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