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I tend to enjoy movies where the plot is not quite linear in some way.

I thought the four intertwined stories was neat. It's not just traffic as in drug trafficking, but traffic as in traffic at an intersection where four paths meet and their lives come together, occupying the same general time-space at that moment.

It's actually a lot more complicated than a four-way story, but there are generally four main plots. The events move in two tracks, the crime and the counter crime.

The drugs are coming out of Mexico from one of the two cartels jockeying for business with US distributors like Carlos and Helena Ayala, and eventually out to the streets to the victims like Caroline Wakefield.

Her father, Robert Wakefield, is the appointed Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Drug Enforcement Agency are cracking down on the crime rings and are persuing kingpin distributor Carlos Ayala.

The DEA also have an informant, Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez, who is working for Arturo Salazar who is, in turn connected to the Juarez cartel.

I thought it was tidy and effective to use the blue tint for the victim end of the chain (all the scenes with Caroline Wakefield) and the sepia tint for the source end (all the scenes with Salazar in Mexico). Everything else in the middle is regular coloured — Javier's interactions with the DEA; the DEA with Ruiz and the Ayalas; Helena's interaction with the assassin and the Obregon guy.

Very interesting movie.

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katie_ah
Jul. 29th, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC)
I liked that movie too- do you like Quentin Tarantino movies?
bride
Jul. 29th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
Quentin Tarantino movies are interesting, but generally not my cuppa. I saw Pulp Fiction, Dawn Till Dusk and another one that I can't think of right now. I think I have trouble identifying with that deep south culture and places along the Mexican border.
ntang
Jul. 29th, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC)
I wasn't actually a huge fan of the movie - I thought it was ok, but like they tried too hard, if that makes any sense. It didn't flow naturally, it felt forced, to me. It's been a while, though, I need to rewatch it sometime.

On a totally unrelated note - I'm really disappointed by vancouver_eats - it's a damn ghost town, no one posts or comments on anything, and for a town with a decent supply of LJ'ers and a rich supply of restaurants it's kinda surprising. :/ I'm not blaming you, of course, just commenting. :) I had been hoping for more, ah well.
bride
Jul. 29th, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
it's a damn ghost town, no one posts or comments on anything, and for a town with a decent supply of LJ'ers and a rich supply of restaurants it's kinda surprising. :/

Oh, I know. But I find that community fairly reflective of the population. The apathy of Vancouver really gets me sometimes.

Anyway, this means that the three of us are free to go anywhere we want. I polled co-workers and friends about Lucy Mae Brown and no one seems to have been there. It turns out, I drive right by it twice a day, but I never notice it because it's quite hidden. It's not in a very happening part of town and it looks like a hole in the wall from the outside. It could be very well decorated on the inside though =)

West looks good too.

I've also been given recommendations to Cioppino's in Yaletown.

Pick one =)
buttaflii
Jul. 29th, 2003 05:04 pm (UTC)
I liked that movie too. :)
jenny_rambles
Jul. 29th, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC)
I love that movie! I like movies (and books) where there are several stories going at once.
I don't know if it just appeals to my wandering mind - of if there is some kind of deeper more artistic appeal.
(Nope - wandering mind. Look at the shiny stuff!)
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