Opinion & Review

“Tracers” Movie Review

On March 20th, 2015, “Tracers, directed by Daniel Benmayor, was released.  The movie takes place in New York and stars Taylor Lautner.  Lautner is best known for his work in the “Twilight” movies.

A big element of this movie from the start is the use of parkour and freerunning.  Dictionary.com states that parkour is “the sport of moving along a route, typically in a city, trying to get around or through various obstacles in the quickest and most efficient manner possible, as by jumping, climbing, or running.”

In most movies, the actors will have a look-alike who will do the stunts for them.  According to IMDb, Lautner has been practicing martial arts since he was a kid.  His practice allowed him to perform his own stunts in this movie.

IMDb continues to report about Latuner and his young life.  According to IMDb,  “Lautner  ranked number one in NASKA’s Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons and Traditional Forms and, at the age of twelve, he became the three-time Junior World Champion.”

Daniel Benmayor and his writing crew did an excellent job with this movie.  They were able to incorporate all different kinds of lifestyles into one story.  In the beginning, these groups of people seemed to be the complete opposite of what they actually were.

The three major groups in this movie are the Chinese mafia, the innocent family renting their garage to a bike messenger, and a group of people using their skills of freerunning to roam the city.

As you watch the movie, you see a bike messenger, who is in debt with a Chinese mafia, get involved with a group of freerunners as he thinks it is only a hobby.  The viewers soon find out that the use of parkour is used to quietly get away with robberies.  Because the messenger is in debt with the Chinese mafia, this seems like a perfect idea to both him and the audience.

As the story continues, the movie becomes more than just an action-thriller. It becomes a romantic drama as well.

Although a member of the group is in a relationship, she starts to fall in love with someone else. The makers of this movie put a good balance of love and action into this movie.

The movie ends by tying the groups together which makes the audience remain on the edge of their seats. Team members turn on each other as enemies become friends. This movie is great for any viewer.

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