Trade

2007

Trade

Critics Consensus

With an exploitative style that seems more suited for TV shows like CSI, Trade's message about the reality of child exploitation is easily lost.

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Movie Info

Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City, whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission to save her by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls' abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family's loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy's quest.

Cast

Kevin Kline
as Ray Sheridan
Anthony Crivello
as Det. Henderson
Pavel Lychnikoff
as Vadim Yochenko
Kathleen Gati
as Irina Silayeva
Marco Pérez
as Manuelo
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Vadim Youchenko
Guillermo Iván
as Alejandro
José Sefami
as Don Victor
Jorge Angel Toriello
as Ten Year Old Boy
Luz Itzel
as Moncho's Girl
Eren Zumaya
as Lovesick Girl
Norma Angélica
as Lupe's Neighbor
Anna Maria Horsford
as Detective Martinez
William Sterchi
as American Tourist
Mayahuel DelMonte
as Woman at Door
Kei-Kei Cadena
as Brazilian Girl
Fermín Martínez
as Mexican Policeman #1
Julio Escalero
as Mexican Policeman #2
John Wylie
as Pedophile in Reeds
Rio Alexander
as Armed Man
Maria Luisa Coronel
as Old Mexican Shopkeeper
J.D. Garfield
as High School Spanish Teacher
Matthew Timmons
as El Paso Border Guard
Bruce DeHerrera
as Detention Center Guard #1
Michael Carrillo
as Detention Center Guard #2
Dominick Chavez
as Detention Center Guard #3
Mike Hatfield
as El Paso Police Officer
Barbara Mayfield
as Waitress in Diner
Matthew McDuffie
as Pedophile in Diner
Rob DeBuck
as Motorcycle Cop at Diner
Grant Martin
as Police Officer at Diner
Boots Southerland
as Van Owner at Diner
Genia Michaela
as Hotel Receptionist
Ross Kelly
as Young New Jersey Officer
Jason Clarke
as New Jersey State Trooper
Aaron Lobato
as New Jersey Officer
Bo Greigh
as First Deputy, Texas
Josh Berry
as Second Deputy, Texas
Lena Baran
as Natasha
Larisa Eryomina-Wain
as Veronica's Mother
Elizabeth Leibel
as Travel Agent
Lisa Clugston
as Sarah Buchanan
Erika Clugston
as Sarah's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Trade

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (48)

  • As cinema, 'Trade' is flawed: the script is functional and the dry characters are hemmed in by the machinations of an unremarkable plot.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • This cockeyed odd-couple road movie is well-intentioned, but it comes perilously close to feeding off the crimes it condemns.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Is it possible to agree with what a film is saying while disliking the way it says it? Trade leaves no arm untwisted and no message unrammed.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Jose Rivera's script plays uneasily, as do some of the directorial flourishes: the shots of rose stems and caged birds are galumphingly emphatic at moments that need no underlining.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
    Independent (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A documentary about sex trafficking might have been more powerful. Dramatizing the subject in this fashion, with a race-against-time road trip, breathless online bidding and a couple of different happy endings, simply cheapens it.

    Dec 3, 2007
  • The filmmaker tries to keep the energy up and the audience engaged by incorporating stylistic touches from the Michael Bay 101 crib sheet, whirling the camera around characters in crisis and lacing scenes with hack guitar rock.

    Oct 5, 2007

Audience Reviews for Trade

  • Nov 24, 2012
    I had a mixed reaction to the film. Overall, it was so so. I felt like the film was a bit uneven. I felt like I was watching 2 films, the 2nd film being the Kevin Kline part of the film. The film reminded me of movies like Bordertown, Imagining Argentina, and Taken. I thought Kevin Kline (who I like in other films) was miscast here. He seems out of place. Another actor in that role could have done a much better job with the role. The acting by Cesar Ramos, Alicja Bachleda, Paulina Gaitan was really good.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2011
    Awesome movie about Child abduction and sexual slave trade that goes on throughout the world. This is about a 13 year old Mexican Girl who is abducted and what her 16 year old brother does to save her. Very enjoyable and eye opener. 5 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2009
    More or less (okay, a bit less) at par with Taken. If you aren't taken by Taken as yet, you might want to trade for a copy of Trade. Not a must watch, though.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2009
    Grim if now somewhat over familiar people trafficking 'issue' drama. Predictable plot is jolted with one fine scene on a cliff top. Kevin Kline is passable. A noble cause to highlight but not terribly entertaining.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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