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Traffic. (McCormick's Quick Takes).

(USA Films, 2000). Stephen Soderbergh's cinematic slide show tracks the various fronts of America's long-running and ill-fated war on drugs, raising hard questions about why we continue to lose this battle and what else we might do in the face of the drug epidemic and its international cartels. Performances by Benicio del Toro, Don Cheadle, and Luis Guzman illustrate the courage and conviction of many who are waging this war, and Erika Christensen's portrayal of a teen descending into the hell of abuse and addiction is enough to scare and enrage any parent.

Still, Michael Douglas' role as the U.S. drug czar uncovers the limits and flaws of any "war" on addiction and points to the need to address the underlying social and economic causes of this epidemic. ***1/2
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