- RatedPG13 /GenreAction, Thriller
Fans of Taylor Lautner from ‘Twilight’ has a chance to see him flexing his muscles again, this time, in action-thriller flick ‘Tracers’, directed by Daniel Benmayor.
Benmayor (who directed ‘Paintball’, 2009) raises the pulse rate from the get-go, with Lautner, in his role as Cam, weaving his way on a bike through New York traffic, struggling to make ends meet to pay off debts.
A collision with a woman named Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos) leads him to join her gang, whose members use the sport of parkour (some call it freerunning, others may say it should have stayed in the hunter-gatherer era) for nefarious activities.
Given that he is constantly getting manhandled by loansharks and needing to pay his debts, Cam grows bolder in helping Nikki’s gang so that he may get bigger payouts.
There is not much of a story for those who seek one, and most of the highlights from the movie are confined to the parkour stunts that are fluid and, at times, quite impressive, seeing as Lautner did plenty of them himself.
There have been quite a number of past films featuring parkour, such as the relatively well-known ‘Yamakasi’ (2001), ‘District B13’ (2004) and ‘Brick Mansions’ (2014).
What ‘Tracers’ has, or is banking on, is Lautner and his ‘Twilight’ fame to carry the flag.
Still, the paper-thin storyline, coupled with a predictable romantic sub-plot involving the two leads, fails to deliver or excite.
If for nothing else, it is just a vehicle to showcase Lautner as a potential action star. The 23-year-old is certainly built for action movies, but he still has a long way to go when it comes to acting chops.
‘Tracers’ is now showing in cinemas