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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. OA
    Feb 7, 2008
    10
    This is the best picture of the year, no country was great but this film will bring tears to your eyes, its real, unflinching and captivating.
  2. JayB.
    Mar 30, 2008
    9
    Yes, there can be improvements made to the overall quality of the film, however, this movie sheds some light to a sordid underworld many of us are ignorant to. Sorry, but thats a fact. Watch the film and form your own opinion. I thought the movie overall was outstanding along with the performances by the main actors. Expand
  3. ElmerR
    May 21, 2008
    9
    Is a good movie, and shows the differences between cultures. Many of the "experts" rate this low cuz they dont like that a mexican calls them stupid and ignorant. But if you watch this film with a little open mind, you will find a movie not so far from the reality. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Jan 30, 2008
    5
    Don't let a man do a woman's job. The sex trafficking of minors is a story that should be unrelentingly grim (like Lukas Moodyson's "Lilya-4-Ever"); a female screenwriter knows this. "Trade" stares at the sordid world of child exploitation, and flinches. Rather than be at the front and center of the viewer's attention, the story of two underaged girls(one Polish, one Mexican) being transported to New Jersey for auction, inexplicably, is sometimes used to frame the curiously cheerful auxiliary story of two boys(one American, one Mexican) pursuing the kidnappers. "Trade" is a road movie about the sex trafficking of minors. Sometimes Jorge(Cesar Ramos) remembers that Adriana(Paulina Gaitan) is, in all likelihood, going to be raped; sometimes he forgets; or rather, the movie forgets. The cultural differences between Ray(Kevin Kline) and Jorge(he doesn't like Ray's classical music) that "Trade" insists on exploring is inappropriate to say the least. In one scene, the younger charge gets to drive...and have control over the music. If "Trade" was written by a woman, Veronica(Alicja Bachleda-Curus) wouldn't exit "Trade" in spectacular "Thelma & Louise"-like fashion. As much as the Polish girl loves her baby boy, it's unlikely that she'd abandon Adriana(Paulina Gaitan), a younger girl, to fend off their two kidnappers on her own. "Trade" is too entertaining, and too easy to watch. Expand
  5. JohnS.
    Sep 29, 2007
    0
    This is simply a very bad film. One of the worst I have ever seen in a very long time. The acting is so bad it is only rival by the stupid script. Avoid at all cost. Expand
  6. LoO.
    Oct 1, 2007
    0
    Simply a bad film. Save your money and go and see Holly when it comes out.
  7. DanS.
    Oct 2, 2007
    0
    So bad it is painful.

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