'Tracers' [Blu ray]
(Taylor Lautner, Adam Rayner, Sam Medina, Rafi Gavron, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: Wanted by the Chinese mafia, a New York City bike messenger escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger.
Blu ray Verdict: If you watch 'Tracers' and you think you are seeing a "younger" Taylor Lautner on your small screen, well, you would be correct! You see, 'Tracers' wrapped filming on August 1st, 2013 and was released in March 2015! To compound that mysterious two year gap, in a recent interview, star Lautner freely admitted that the movie took too long to be released, and fully blamed it on no initial studio attachment AND the "perfectionist" nature of director, Daniel Benmayor.
All that aside, 'Tracers' is inspired by the book, well, 'Tracers' by J.J. Howard. Although, it is not listed in the credits as an "adaptation," the book and the movie follow the same plot. Ergo, we get 'Twilight's Lautner these days acting out in these low-budget action movie that seem to take the Direct-To-DVD route each and every time.
The story presents a common used plot line of a desperate loner who gets cornered into learning a new thing or skill only to get betrayed by his mentor at the end. 'Tracers' also shows some really nice parkour action where the freestyle bike and chase action scenes are really not that bad. What really reduces the action's quality is the way the movie uses the camera to capture these action shots. The overly zoomed and overly unstable camera movements may look good to the common shoot out, or even hand to hand combat, but here it cuts away great parts of the parkour moves.
Lautner doing a good chunk of the parkour moves is really something nice to see here and works well for the movie, in general. It really adds the authenticity to the scenes, which is a plus, for sure. Too bad that the other cast members don't really balance his acting out well enough as they all just seem happy to be supporting pillars, sadly. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Art of Motion: The Making of Tracers
Director's Pitch Reel