It is an exciting look at the fight against drug war in America. One of those thrilling stories is that the Supreme Court judge in Ohio has been appointed by the president as the country's chief drug judge and the disaster happens when the man later discovers that his daughter is addicted to heroin. Another case involving two agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to reach the wife of a drugged man named Baron who is trying to get his property again.
It's wise about different kinds of addiction and concepts of family, about the folly, futility and hypocrisy of anti-drug 'wars', and about the awful human cost of it all. And it grips like a vice from start to end.
"Traffic" leaps into growing gorges between profit and principle and, from a law perspective, questions the sanity of ramming heads into walls of cocaine bricks. It remains one of the Zeroes' preeminent epics even after policy cinema's shift to terrorism.