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Uneven but interesting

  • Dec 12, 2009
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Trade takes a much ignored topic, the global sex trade, and gives it attention, in a movie that doesn't seem to know what direction it is going in.

The plot itself is pretty basic, two different women from two different countries are obtained for the global sex trade, one by kidnap and one by deception. The thieving brother of the young kidnapped girl goes on a quest to track and find his sister.

Enter Kevin Kline who is on a quest of his own, he find the brother hiding in his car and for his own reasons believes his story and adopts his quest as his own, a quest that takes them thousands of miles across country.

Many of the characters are cliches, particularly the villains, the filmmakers take advantage of the seriousness of the topic to hide some scenes so badly done that if the movie was about any other you would simply groan.

Nevertheless there are some good performances here. Kevin Kline continues to show that it doesn't matter if he is a cowboy Silverado a crazy idiot A Fish Called Wanda or given horrible material The Pink Panther (Special Edition) he can act. He takes his character and makes him both interesting and a valve for some subtle comic relief.

This is one point where the filmmakers made a good move, this movie presses on you so hard that it is very necessary to have some relief, Kline's underplayed comic relief works here to give the viewer a chance to breathe.

It is worth noting that both Caesar Ramos and Alicja Bachleda do very well with what they are given.

One other oddity. The movie seems to end at three different points and I was fooled at each one of them before we got to the actual ending. Threw me off quite a bit.

You really get the impression the producers wanted the audience, (particularly the DVD audience) to think that the act of seeing the movie was in fact "doing something" about the issue as if it wanted to pretend it was a documentary rather than a movie. That seemed to cheapen it.

All in all I think the topic deserved a better movie but this one will have to do, I wouldn't pay to own it but it makes it as a DVD rental.

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Trade, a controversial drama that aims to enlighten viewers to the horrors of the international sex slave trade, functions in a somewhat documentary mode due to its purposefully repellent nature. Written by Jose Rivera, who also adapted to screen theMotorcycle Diaries, Trade opens in Mexico City where a tourist, Weronika (Alicja Bachleda-Curus), is kidnapped right before a thirteen year-old Mexican girl, Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is yanked off her bike and pushed into a black Mercedes. Quickly, the two young women meet in various squalid conditions, alternating turns of abuse and rape with sleazy men who prepare them for international sale over the Internet. A vengeful plot kicks in once Adriana's brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos) and Texas policeman, Ray Sheridan (Kevin Kline), fatefully unite to rescue Adriana in hopes of eliminating this repugnant operation.Tradeis nothing short of a melodrama; the script is overwrought, and many scenes are morbid and graphic. When Adriana has been captured by U.S. border patrol, sits in prison, and a Texas high school student offers her, in Spanish, friendship and an issue of Glamour magazine, one feels the soap opera line being crossed. However, the political message inTradeis strong and preaching aside, viewers may realize that any exposure of women's rights violations is for the greater good. —Trinie Dalton
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