Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Traffic

What I noticed most about this film, and perhaps one of the few things which I didn't like about it, was the cinematography in the sense of its colour. I know there must be a division of which kind of formula was used in each setting etc, but it was still rather strange.
In sticking to Mexican representation though, I really did think it did a good job. The character of the general was done very well as he hid his corruption behind a "humanitarian" heart. Like the corruption one sees so rampant in South America, Salazar is able to fool everyone into thinking he is a good cop working for the good of the people. In connection with this character, I also notice that the people of Mexico nonetheless revere him even after he has been exposed as a criminal. This shows to me the respect people of developing countries have for anyone in power, just as long as it may positively reflect on them aswell. Example would be the guards allowing for his suicide.
Benicio Del Toro's character, even though only one of the multiple strains of discourse, had the gfreatest impact on me. He showed a man who by his own means alone is trying to better his country, and when he tries to overreach his abilities by working with Salazar, he is quick to realize that he must go back to his true profession as police officer, rather than a fraudulent "man of the people". I think in the end his character and that of the african american cop are the winners of the conflicting action, but yet I find that del Toro's character shows that Mexico is more inclined to cfight the war on drugs. It seems that the drug problem goes much depper and is much more hidden in the American side of the border.

2 comments:

  1. I was also annoyed by the different colour lenses used in the film. Although they do serve a purpose, they took away from the overall enjoyment.
    I'd like to agree with you that I think it did a good job at representing Mexico, it looks at the country for what it is and not for what typical people there do.
    You definitely bring up an important point that there is much hidden on the American side of the border which doesn't get blame or media coverage.

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  2. Benecio's character was really important because it showed the struggle one has to deal with to maintain one's morals and loyalty. His duty is to uphold the law but in order to do that he is forced into blending in with the criminal elements of the law. This results as being dangerous because the temptations of monetary benefits can outweigh the conscience.

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