Wanted by the Chinese mafia, a young New York City bike messenger down on his luck who just wants to do good, escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger and her group of Parkour trainers that get him involved in a criminal delivery service for extra money.
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Taylor Lautner : Cam
Marie Avgeropoulos : Nikki
Adam Rayner : Miller
Director : Daniel Benmayor
“You’re one of those kind of people.
What kind of people is that?
Can’t hang on to anything nice.”
I have difficulties to classify “Tracers” in the right category. Was this a horrible movie? One that merely serves as a filler of unspecified leisure time? Or was it still a movie that was relaxing enough to demand my full attention? Eventually I need to say “Yes” to both questions (although the second one will be a mild “yes”). On the one hand, I could label it as useless pastime. Now, the fact that Taylor Lautner, widely known of the “Twilight” saga, plays a role in it, should make an alarm bell go off. He’s not being asked because of his acting performances. It’s more likely he’s being asked for his attractive looks and athletic body. A kind of human magnet to ensure that hordes of teenage girls sprint to the cinema halls. It was within expectations that the result wouldn’t be very original. Again you’re presented the well-known story with two fresh-looking teenagers accidentally bumping into eachother (literally), getting together and going through some perilous situations. Initially there will be one acting dismissive and in the end everything is hunky-dory and they save themselves out of their predicament. Happy End, smacking kisses and with lots of butterflies in the stomach, they are off to a bright future together. At that level, it’s a first-class film. First-class boring.
Similarly, the graceful Avgeropoulos, whose name sounds more mature than she looks. At times I wondered if it’s illegal to undertake such activities with someone like her in the state of New York, because she still looks like a minor to me. A spindly little girl with an angel face and a supple,graceful body. The lack of female basic components was a plus for her as a “Parkour” adept. And correct me if I’m wrong but is this “Parkour” business extremely easy to learn ? I guess so. First and foremost you have to be physically in top form. And besides that, you must have a smart phone so you can use your 4G connection to watch instructional videos on “YouTube” and then firmly exercise by jumping against walls and trees, conquer banisters and run over roofs. Occasionally crashing on the ground, is part of it of course. I suppose it’s that simple, since Cam also got the hang of it this way. And finally Miller, the mastermind behind the whole operation, isn’t such a smart guy either. He only has two rules members should adhere to, and he can’t remember both of them eventually.
Teenage girls will crawl into their bed pretty excited after watching “Tracers“. Admittedly I can imagine that this will appeal to large market share and that it was quite attractive for the creators of this meaningless film to start this project. Personally, I found it a typical product of today’s consumption society : view it, digest and forget. The day Lautner loses his sixpack, it will be extremely difficult for him to get certain roles, I fear. I’m sure that when you register at some sports club in the future, you’ll get this movie as a free bonus together with a bunch of drink tickets and an XL towel. The only thing I missed at the beginning of the film was a “Do not try this at home” warning as in Jackass!
My rating 2/10
Links : IMDB