Traffic was brilliant. Not only inspired movie making, but a thoughtful and balanced look at the war on drugs. Instead of promoting a position it eloquently showed both the devastation drugs cause and the futility of our government's attempts to stop them. Benecio Del Toro is a bona fide star, and all the actors were marvelous. The cinema verite style was extremely effective, too. Hard to believe the same guy directed both this and Erin Brokovitch. I'm really glad I saw it. Highly recommended.