traffik
via Lionsgate

A grimy and grisly survival thriller escapes through the woods to streaming sanctuary

You've seen this setup before, but you've also witnessed the execution done much better.

Appealing to the deepest fears of the audience has regularly proven to be a surefire method of engagement, with the relentlessly intense survival thriller one of the most prominent examples. The prospect of being chased, terrorized, and tortured by mysterious assailants is a nightmare scenario that everyone fears, it’s just a shame that 2018’s Traffik had to depict it in such an uninteresting light.

Recommended Videos

Paula Patton almost single-handedly elevates the run-of-the-mill genre flick through the sheer strength of her performance, but it’s a crying shame that nobody else can even come close to reaching her level. A showstopping turn like that deserves to find widespread praise and adulation, not be lost to the sands of time in a disappointing movie that earned less than $10 million at the box office and netted a dismal 27 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

traffik
via Lionsgate

Then again, even the most banal and overlooked of titles can find unexpected new life on streaming, which is precisely what’s happened to Traffik this weekend. Per FlixPatrol, writer and director Deon Taylor’s generic backwoods tale of nastiness has become one of the top-viewed titles on Starz, so a minor resurgence could well be on the cards.

Patton’s Brea and Omar Epps’ John head off on a romantic getaway deep in the isolated mountains, with two of their closest friends unexpectedly getting in on the action. However, a gang of violent bikers running a trafficking operation don’t take too kindly to outsiders attempting to expose their illegal activities to the world, forcing the quartet into a fight for their lives.

It’s standard and highly inoffensive stuff, even if Patton is really the only thing about Traffik that couldn’t be called middling at best.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Latest Marvel News: ‘X-Men’ reboot breakthrough leaves everyone saying the same thing as OG Avenger’s comeback finally assembles
Cyclops in X-Men 97/Avengers 2012
Read Article Everything to know about ‘The Strangers: Chapter 2’
Froy Gutierrez as “Ryan” and Madelaine Petsch as “Maya” in The Strangers Chapter 1
Read Article Sorry Chris Pratt, but Glen Powell has already written his name all over your ideal DC role
Chris Pratt attends the Columbia Pictures World Premiere of "The Garfield Movie" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2024 in Hollywood, California/Glen Powell attends the premiere of Netflix's "Hit Man" & Glen Powell's induction into the Texas Film Hall Of Fame at The Paramount Theatre on May 15, 2024
Read Article Nicolas Cage’s ‘Longlegs’ release date, plot, cast, and more
Maika Monroe in Longlegs
Read Article Review: Glen Powell may be a cinematic snack, but his career-best ‘Hit Man’ is a full-blown meal
Glen Powell as Gary Johnson and Adria Arjona as Madison Masters in 'Hit Man'.
3.5 stars
Related Content
Read Article Latest Marvel News: ‘X-Men’ reboot breakthrough leaves everyone saying the same thing as OG Avenger’s comeback finally assembles
Cyclops in X-Men 97/Avengers 2012
Read Article Everything to know about ‘The Strangers: Chapter 2’
Froy Gutierrez as “Ryan” and Madelaine Petsch as “Maya” in The Strangers Chapter 1
Read Article Sorry Chris Pratt, but Glen Powell has already written his name all over your ideal DC role
Chris Pratt attends the Columbia Pictures World Premiere of "The Garfield Movie" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2024 in Hollywood, California/Glen Powell attends the premiere of Netflix's "Hit Man" & Glen Powell's induction into the Texas Film Hall Of Fame at The Paramount Theatre on May 15, 2024
Read Article Nicolas Cage’s ‘Longlegs’ release date, plot, cast, and more
Maika Monroe in Longlegs
Read Article Review: Glen Powell may be a cinematic snack, but his career-best ‘Hit Man’ is a full-blown meal
Glen Powell as Gary Johnson and Adria Arjona as Madison Masters in 'Hit Man'.
3.5 stars
Author
Scott Campbell
News, reviews, interviews. To paraphrase Keanu Reeves; Words. Lots of words.