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Traffic (Steven Soderbergh, USA, 2000) August 11, 2006

Posted by Daniel Stephens in : 2000s, Drama, Film reviews, Crime , trackback

Dir. Steven Soderbergh; screenplay by Steven Gaghan; starring Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Jacob Vargas, Luis Guzman, Don Cheadle, Erika Christensen, Catherine Zeta Jones, Dennis Quaid, Albert Finney

It isn’t surprising Steven Mirrione won an Academy Award for his role in editing Soderbergh’s 2000 film. Soderbergh’s use of language from a scene beginning over general establishing shots really creates a sense that the viewer is peering into a world they are not supposed to. His film utilises handheld cameras and the steadicam to maintain a documentary style which superbly actualises what is a very potent problem in the United States. The way he interconnects how the drugs get into the country, how they are distributed, what happens to those who use them, and the people who are trying to stop it, is particularly well handled.

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