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This jittery thriller follows three interwoven storylines: the efforts of Mexican narcotics cop Javier (Oscar-winner Del Toro) to bust up the Obregon cartel; the parallel work of San Diego DEA agents Ray Castro and Montel Gordon (Guzman and Cheadle), whose arrest of a drug-trafficking kingpin forces his pregnant wife Helena (Zeta-Jones) to deal with underworld associates; and the ironic ignorance of newly minted U.S. drug czar Robert Wakefield (Douglas), a man strikingly unaware that his privileged, high-school-age daughter Caroline (Christensen) has become a free-basing cokehead.

Why we love it

Scripted by Stephen Gaghan from an acclaimed BBC miniseries, Soderbergh's Oscar-winning "Traffic" is a hard-hitting, superbly stylized exposé of the war on drugs. Visually slick and masterfully directed, the film works beautifully as an ensemble drama of interconnected vignettes. It also serves as a harsh wake-up call to parents, educators, and clueless officials, highlighting the insidious ways illegal narcotics infiltrate the culture, and the mostly ineffective means we have of rooting them out. "Traffic" is a disturbing, exhilarating reality check that'll keep you hooked.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"