Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Soderbergh's Complex But Smooth 'Traffic' Addictive.

Byline: The Reel Thing JAMES YODICE Of the Journal

The year 2000 was one clogged with countless, meaningless films, a year in which mediocrity and not excellence seemed to be the standard.

Then along snarls "Traffic" - and 2000's most ubiquitous director, Steven Soderbergh - and suddenly we have not just one ("Cast Away") but two of the best films of the year.

While Soderbergh already had scored big in 2000, rightfully garnering terrific reviews for the highly accomplished "Erin Brockovich," he truly has stretched his filmmaking abilities with the complex, ambitious "Traffic," a grim - but not unrelentingly so - portrait of America's (losing) war on drugs.

As complete and thorough a film as has been released in the past 12 months, "Traffic" is a four-pronged, two-country examination, with four concurrent storylines set here and in Mexico. …

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