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'Traffik' [Blu-ray + Digital]
(Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Dawn Olivieri, et al / Blu-ray+Digital / R / 2018 / Lionsgate Films)

Overview: A couple off for 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.

A romantic weekend getaway spirals out of control when 'Traffik' arrives on Digital July 10th and Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 17th from Lionsgate.

Blu-ray Verdict: Simply put, the well-developed, well-acted 'Traffik' is a thriller about a couple who are terrorized by a biker gang while spending a romantic weekend in the mountains.

The film was written and directed by Deon Taylor, and it stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Luke Goss, Missi Pyle, Roselyn Sanchez, Laz Alonso and William Fichtner.

Sadly, it received mostly negative reviews from moviegoers, which meant that it also performed modestly at the Box Office. That's a great shame for it is one of those movies that builds as it goes, climaxing splendidly in a sharp neck turn of well played.

Brea (Patton) is a journalist headed to the mountains with her boyfriend, John (Epps), for a romantic weekend. At a gas station along the way, the couple has a heated confrontation with a biker gang. Later they realize they've mysteriously been given a phone, that has evidence of sex trafficking on it. The bikers will do anything to get it back, as Brea and John desperately try to survive the night.

Darren Cole plays the prerequisite asshole protagonist, Laz Alonso. The necessary asshole that 'Traffik' seems to require in order for the stakes to raise in the second act. A narcissist incapable of considering the feelings of anyone else or considering for a moment the consequences of his actions outside of himself, Cole plays him to a tee here.

The movie is very involving, creepy and suspenseful. It really goes a lot deeper into the world of sex trafficking than I was expecting it too. It's beautifully shot, adequately acted and there's even some nice twists and turns throughout it. It's definitely an entertaining little action thriller film; a lot better than the advertisements made it seem.

In closing, and at its heart, 'Traffik' is a movie that is trying to shine a light on the horrors of the sex trade and how it is happening all across the globe, even in our own backyard. Thus, and for perhaps that message alone, 'Traffik' is definitely one of the more interestingly "educational" movies of the year so far. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

“Journey into the Depths: Making Traffik” Featurette
“Deon & Dante: The Look of Traffik” Featurette

Official 'Traffik' Trailer