Cinema: Caution: Gridlock Ahead

All Americans seem to be addicted to something that is bad for them--booze, cigarettes, excessive getting and spending. Drugs, naturally, are at the top of the hell list--they kill, they addle, they lie at the heart of a vast criminal enterprise, and the feckless "war" against them mostly wastes billions of public dollars every year. Traffic is the epic of our despair on this topic, an attempt to gather all the strands of the issue in one place and implicitly show how they entangle people at every level of society.

The film is well made by Steven Soderbergh, who handheld...

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