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  • Summary: When 13-year-old Adriana is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, sets off on a desperate mission to save her. Adriana is trapped by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, and her only friend throughout the ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girl's abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own loss of family leads him to become an ally. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret Internet sex-slave auction and a tense confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, Ray and Jorge forge a close bond as they frantically try to catch up with Adriana's kidnappers before she is sold and disappears into a brutal underworld from which few victims ever return. Inspired by "The Girls Next Door," Peter Landesman's chilling New York Times Magazine story on the U.S. sex trade, Trade exposes one of the world's most heinous crimes. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Trade unflinchingly sheds light on a heinous crime. Yes, it's tough to sit through. But don't let that keep you away.
  2. 70
    Trade works fairly well as a thriller ticking down to Adriana's auction. It's less assured when it strains for some buddy picture chemistry between Ramos and Kline. Though both actors are fine, with Ramos' performance being reminiscent of some of Diego Luna's English-language roles, the attempts at humor to ease the tension between Jorge and Ray and some of the speechifying are out of tune with the rest of the film.
  3. 63
    Trade's wake-up call needs to be heeded, but its missteps detract from its devastating message.
  4. It points a determined finger (a middle finger, almost) at law enforcement, which cannot or will not recognize kidnapping victims in our midst, especially if they are undocumented and brown-skinned.
  5. 38
    Human trafficking is an awful societal issue, and Trade happens to be an awful movie about human trafficking.
  6. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    30
    Trade is an earnest attempt to dramatize the network of Internet sex "tunnels." Unfortunately, the film's horrific and important subject matter is distilled into a lackluster lump of generic buddy-movie/road-picture components.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    25
    Trade is a total misfire, a strange attempt at making a buddy movie featuring a morose Kevin Kline and a 17-year-old Mexican boy looking for his kidnapped sister.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    7
    Touching story that could easily be true.

    What makes this film mere fiction is the mane convenient places where pieces fall togehter. In
    reality, there isn't even that much if a happy ending at there is in "Trade", and finding your sister lost in human trafficking would be less than likely.

    If you look beyond that, though, there is a cruel and human story to be found here. Trust and unlikely friendship are thrust together with the rest, linking characters and giving them something in common to keep them fighting for their goals.
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