Tracers is a typical heist movie with the focus being on using Parkour. Using a gritty urban setting the well-choreographed parkour sequences turn the inhospitable city in a playground that blurs by as the crew effortlessly move through it. Taylor Lautner play Cam a bike messenger who gets enticed into a gang by Nikki, when his bike gets stolen and it gets replaced mysteriously by brand new one the next day. He suspects it’s the mysterious new love interest and decides to find her to thank her. When he finally finds her she opens his eyes to the world of Parkour.
Cam takes to Parkour like a fish to water, and practices everyday with Nikki’s crew. Cam knows there is something more to Nikki and the group, bubbling under but does not want to be involved and merely wants to practice and get to know his newly found romantic interest with Nikki. When the groups rather overly protective Mentor offers Cam the chance to be a part of their crew in a professional manner, which takes on missions to infiltrate highly guarded facilities to retrieve items illegally. Cam refuses his offer however he has to reluctantly go back to the gang when his past catches up with him leaving him in desperate need for a big cash payout.
Cam soon discovers that what seemed like an opportunity is now a trap and tries to use his newly found skills to himself out of a tight spot, excuse the pun. You will be excited for the movie if you love Parkour and Taylor Lautner, unfortunately I feel the movie comes at the wrong time as both the pop culture fame of Parkour and Twilight has faded since the mid-2000s. Its falls into the same weakness as Step Up, in that when the movie follows it cast effortlessly navigating through inaccessible urban terrain its great but then it slows to halt when these characters have to actor and move the plot along.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: Blu-Ray, DVD
Genre: Action, Crime
Age Rating: 16V
Distributor: Ster Kinekor Entertainment
Estimated RRP: R99.00
Release Date: 12 May 2015
- Using a gritty urban setting the well-choreographed parkour sequences turn the inhospitable city in a playground that blurs by as the crew effortlessly move through it.
- Acting and plot does not back up the fluid action sequences and falls short of driving the movie to the end.