Human Traffic (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Considering that this is a type of movie convention that I particularly dislike - people facing the camera and talking directly to the audience - I actually watched this, so I suspect it's pretty good, and you'll like it a lot if you're interested in the weekend party life of young, 90's, Welsh ravers.|
|I think the
strongest element of the film is that it is
anti-sensational. The characters are almost too
realistic, getting so personal that you almost wish you
knew less about them.
One guy rants on (pretty humorously) about his case of "Mr Floppy", and his entire life seems to consist of running into women with whom he couldn't get it up.
talk about sex, they get right to the heart of the matter
- did she come? When girls talk, they also get to the
heart - so how big is his dick? None of this namby-pamby
phony-baloney movie relationship violin music crap, just
the down and dirty biology that really obsesses the very
young and drug-addled.
Each of the five main characters has a totally lifeless existence during work and family hours. It's only the 48 hours of weekend freedom that gives them any zing.
By the way, I think the chances are that you don't want your kids to see this, because it is defiantly and joyfully pro-drugs (well, we won't be doing this forever), pro-anarchy, and pro-nihilism. It advocates a hedonistic and opportunistic living in the moment. In other words, it is probably a very accurate picture of the disaffected youth of this particular time and place. Now that I think about it, it's not so different from the carpe diem mentality of the youth of many times and many places.
|The film really goes in
its own direction, and the balance between plot and
character study is non-traditional, to say the least.
That is to say it's 0% plot, 100% character study. It's
essentially just a look at one weekend in the lives of
five young adults. Those 48 hours of madness represent a
typical weekend for them, not a sensationalized movie
weekend. They don't have any major crises, or fight off
any aliens or meteors. They take drugs, dance, move
relationships forward, talk about what they like and
dislike, have dinner with their parents while they fight
hangovers, that kind of stuff.
If the basic premise sounds interesting to you, I think you'll find the execution quite good. I don't think it has enough crossover appeal to reach you if this is not normally your type of subject or your type of movie.
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