Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tracers of Love

Another throwaway, direct-to-streaming (I guess) teen action flick: Tracers (2014). It stars Taylor Lautner (Twilight) as a bicycle messenger who  meets a cute free-running parkour traceur (Marie Avgeropoulis) in a traffic jam-up that totals his bike. To chase her, he has to learn parkour. Meanwhile, the loan sharks he owes money to are closing in, and without a bike he can't pay them off. So he falls in with Marie's gang, who use their parkour skills to pull crimes, lead by older Adam Rayner.

This is one of those movies, like Quicksilver or Premium Rush (which we haven't seen). The appeal is the location stunts and chases (and the cute young stars, of course). There's plenty of that here - both parkour and cycling. The New York feeling is strong, with shots of the bridge to let you know when they were going from Brooklyn to Manhattan, etc. Lautner did his own stunts, and frankly, he's kind of appealing - scruffy and cute, with a decent range. Of course, I was just praising Keanu Reeves and Shia Lebeouf, so take it as you will.

If you like this kind of movie, check it out. It's as good as any and better than most - say, for ex, Run, which I also liked.


mr. schprock said...

I recommend "Premium Rush." A lot of fun to watch. There's a crooked cop in it who steals the show.

Beveridge D. Spenser said...

All queued up for the weekend.