“Traffik” stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Dawn Olivieri, Luke Goss, Missi Pyle, and William Fichtner. Released on April 20, 2018, the film is about a couple who is being hunted by a group of sex traffickers.
The film is directed by Deon Taylor, who also directed films such as Dead Tone, Chain Letter, Supremacy, and Meet the Blacks. It’s always nice to just get away for the weekend and spend some quality time with your loved one, but there are always going to be some people who love to spoil your fun. By that, I mean kidnap women for disgusting purposes. Let’s face it, human trafficking is one of the biggest problems that we’re facing today because people these days are just cruel for no apparent reason. This film not only focuses on the subject, but translates it into a heart-pounding thrill ride that’ll please plenty of moviegoers. Unfortunately, its agenda is just as sour as the subject itself.
Most of the performances were decent, including Patton and Epps as Brea and John, respectively.
The thriller aspect was poorly executed by Deon Taylor.
Its weak and bland storyline quickly overshadows its portrayal of sex trafficking.
The characters were either one-dimensional or dumb, especially Darren Cole (Alonso).
Some scenes were predictable.
Final Thoughts: “Traffik” means well in portraying this vile crime, but its poor execution and bland story makes it a lot harder to provide any strong significance in the concept itself. It’s a darn shame that a thriller like this could turn out to be so dull and forgettable. If you’re still planning on seeing it, I would say wait until it’s on television or on a streaming service. Otherwise, you’re better off protesting against sex trafficking instead.