Traffik (2018)

A couple off on a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

REVIEW: Traffik is both a bit gritty and a bit sleazy at times, which is great for this type of movie, however I feel like it doesn't really go far enough with either aspect for a movie about kidnapping for the purposes of sex trafficking. I'm not sure what the MPAA rating is on this, but it very much feels like a PG-13 movie that's trying to cover R-Rated level material the best it can. If this is indeed R-Rated, then there really is no excuse for not pushing that envelope a little bit more.

This movie unfortunately takes quite a long time to really get going. It’s around the halfway point before we get to the actual main plot of the movie, and by the time it really ramps up from there, there's really only about 20 minutes left. There's also a major twist midway through that is easily called from within the first few minutes of the movie and doesn't play off nearly as surprising as the filmmakers probably wanted, or as much as the movie thinks it is.

The subject matter here is, as it should be, heavy for this type of material, and most of the acting was fairly decent, and there was quite a handful of genuinely tension-filled scenes. Traffik is the type of movie that has it's fair share of issues, but it also does just enough just right to make it a decent One-Time Watch, though you'll probably never feel the urge to ever revisit it. 

6/10 rooms in the Psych Ward 


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