Traffik: Refuse To Be A Victim

Featured In Issue 230, August 2018

WSR Score3.5
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In "Traffik," a romantic weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate spirals out of control, turning deadly for Brea (Patton) and her boyfriend, John (Epps), after they accidentally discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang. Joined unexpectedly by their friends, Darren (Alonso) and Malia (Sanchez), Brea and John wage a desperate fight for their lives against a gang who will stop at nothing to protect its shocking and murderous secrets. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Journey Into The Depths: Making Traffik" (HD 16:09) and "Deon & Dante: The Look Of Traffik" (HD 08:28) and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini and XT camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent with a rich and warm saturated color palette. The imagery is naturally hued, and at times, colors pop. Earthtones are perfectly natural, such as dirt mediums along the forestry highway and vistas of a forest setting. The corporate house interior exhibits familiar furnishings and color palette––all naturally rendered. The night scenes in the woods and the truck are stylish with a creative use of lighting. Fleshtones are healthy and natural. The bikers' demeanor is rugged, with leather to match. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation that at times is rendered black for creative effect. Resolution is excellent as well, with fine detail exhibited in facial features, skin pores, hair, beards, clothing, and object textures. This is a good-looking picture that at times is effectively stylized. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely crafted with a moody music score enhanced with deep blacks. Atmospherics are excellent with nuanced sounds and Foley effects perfectly executed. Sound effects such as pistol shots and rifle fire sound realistic and at times powerful. Surround envelopment is often aggressive, including the music, which really carries the proceedings. Dialogue is consistently intelligible, articulate, and well integrated spatially. This is an engaging soundtrack with effective atmospherics, sound effects, music, and dialogue. (Gary Reber)