Take a Drink: every time Taylor Lautner actually does his own stunt (you could be fooled on this one).
Take a Drink: when Taylor shines that perfect smile.
Do a Shot: when Taylor takes off his shirt, because you know he still has that Wolf six-pack.
By: 50shadesgirlportland (Three Beers) –
Taylor Lautner stars as Cam in this fast-paced action movie which takes place on the streets and rooftops of NYC. The movie starts with him working as a bike messenger trying to pay back his loan from a crime gang. He soon literally lands on top of Nikki, played by Marie Avgeropoulos, and is soon immersed in her world of parkour. As he works with her friends and leader Miller he soon learns that he has become disposable, and the movie heads toward double-dealing confusion. In the end, of course, he and Nikki end up driving out of NYC together in his dad’s car.
The best parts of this movie are the action scenes which take place on the streets, high on rooftops, through the interiors of buildings, on the boulders in Central Park, and across the decks of a rusted out cargo ship. The stunt action is amazing and so quick that it had to be a challenge for the camera people to film. I read that a lot of the filming was done with a steadicam so that it could be filmed at a quick pace with the actors and stunt people. At one point Miller and his group chase after Cam at night over rooftops and through a mall after he does a robbery so they can “test” his parkour skills.
The cinematic use of the NYC skyline and bridges reminds us that there is a lot of beauty in this gritty city. When a bank heist goes wrong and one of the crew is shot, Cam is arrested. He soon learns that the leader of the group Miller is a “dirty Fed”. This soon changes the whole dynamics of the group and Miller soon sets up Cam to take the fall at the last diamond heist. It’s at the end that it gets a bit confusing.
The use of the art of parkour is really an interesting part of this movie. It is used throughout the movie by the group that Cam joins. In case you are not familiar with its philosophy, Wiki offers this definition:
Parkour (French pronunciation: [paʁkuʁ]) is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing,swinging, mantling, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.
Although Taylor Lautner was physically amazing in this movie, his acting in the parts between all the action scenes could be a bit stronger. With his character having such a strong physical presence his acting is sometimes too quiet to carry the storyline. We all know he has a six pack plus some. He’s proven that in all the Twilight movies.
The ending of the movie is quite confusing. It seems that Cam brings Miller into a Chinese theater of sorts and has set him up with the gang. The gang soon surrounds them from atop the balcony and their leading woman soon starts a talk with Miller which ends with him leaving town. Cam also hands over all the diamonds to the gang as payment for his debt, which is then cleared. They even return his father’s car to him so he can drive off with Nikki. Somehow this chain of events doesn’t add up, but it makes for a happy ending.
The fast action and amazing stunt work in Tracers will grab you from the very beginning and it definitely carries through to the ending scenes. The story is easy to follow until the twists at the end that leave you asking, “who did what to make that happen?” Taylor Lautner is definitely easy to watch and has great chemistry with his co-star. There are times it feels a bit shallow and could fall apart, but then they add in a great scene with the parkour crew. I think it’s more than a guys’ action movie and could be enjoyed by anyone.