Time Out says
As cinema, ‘Trade’ is flawed: the script is functional and the dry characters are hemmed in by the machinations of an unremarkable plot. The influence of ‘Traffic’ hangs heavy, too, with saturated colours and stylised editing. But, Kreuzpaintner’s English-language film is remarkably effective as agit-prop, tackling a challenging subject without flinching. He does a superb job exploring the tawdry banality of evil: these kidnappers transport their victims in rusted Transit vans to drab suburban homes, contrasting the relative comfort of ‘normal’ American lives with the unimaginable brutality facing a helpless minority. At times almost unwatchable, ‘Trade’ takes a hard look at realities most of us can’t bear to face.
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