Rated: R
Release Date: 04/20/2018
Production Company: CodeBlack/Summit Entertainment

Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, William Fichtner, Dawn Olivieri, Luke Goss and Missi Pyle.

Director: Deon Taylor. Producers: Deon Taylor, Paula Patton, Roxanne Avent, Victoria Bullock, Karicean Karen Dick, Heather Kritzer and Ging Rochelle. Executive Producers: Deon Taylor. Screenwriter: Deon Taylor. Cinematographer: Dante Spinotti.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Sacramento director, producer and screenwriter, Deon Taylor has been honing his craft and making thought-provoking, independent movies for more than 20 years through his production company, Hidden Empire Film Group.

Among Taylor’s many film credits is the outstanding 2014 drama, “Supremacy” featuring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor, “Moonlight”), Danny Glover, Derek Luke and Julie Benz. “Supremacy “garnered critical acclaim for taking an unflinching look at racism.

Yet, it’s Taylor’s latest movie “Traffik” that’s also generating plenty of buzz for shining light on the hot-button issue of human trafficking.

Filmed primarily in Sacramento, “Traffik” stars Paula Patton (“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”), Laz Alonso, (“Detroit”) Omar Epps and Roselyn Sanchez (TV’s “Devious Maids”).

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In “Traffik,” Patton plays Brea, a feisty news reporter at the fictional Sacramento Post newspaper. Her editor, (William Fichtner, TV’s “Mom”), has little use for human interest stories and wants her to write more lurid and sensational pieces.

Well, those stories aren’t easy to come by. So a romantic weekend getaway to Lake Tahoe with her boyfriend John (a fine Omar Epps, TV’s “Shooter”) in the new muscle car he refurbished for her is just the mini vacation she needs to escape from her demanding boss.

John has some pretty well-connected friends. In fact, his buddy, Darren (Laz Alonso), is a cocky, sports agent and is letting John use his spectacular guest house so he can propose to Brea.

Before arriving to the house, John and Brea stop at a gas station/ convenience store to fuel up, freshen up and get a few snacks. While headed to the bathroom, Brea is closely watched by some English dude named Red (Luke Goss, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”).
They strike up a conversation, then Brea makes her way to the restroom and she bumps into a very disheveled woman who on the sly drops her phone into Brea’s purse.

While that drama is picking up, John is trying to be nice to some motorcycle dude who wants to know how he can afford a car like that since he’s not an athlete. When John tells the guy he doesn’t want any trouble, well, that’s about when the trouble starts.

Brea heads out to the car and briefly tells John about her experience inside the store, but she doesn’t get too far into it before they are being chased by the biker boys.

Brea and John cut them off. They think they’ve lost them. When John and Brea finally arrive at the house, Darren and his significant other (Roselyn Sanchez, TV’s “Devious Maids”) are there too, but Darren’s obnoxious and boorish behavior is the least of these lovebird’s worries.

They get a surprise visit from that strange woman from the bathroom gas station. She wants her phone back which has some incriminating information on it that involves the police and several other racist people in this small town.

John and Brea are soon caught up in a volatile situation that gets worse by the minute, but ultimately leads Patton to unravel one of the biggest news stories of her career.

“Traffik” is Deon Taylor’s most ambitious and exciting movie yet. It’s filled with suspense and action and the acting is superb.

You’ve got to see this movie.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Take A Peek At This Trailer For "TRAFFIK"


Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

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