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|Laufzeit:||Approx. 94 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Cam (Taylor Lautner) is one of the best bike couriers in New York. He knows the street canyons like the back of his hand and manages to be faster than the competition with some extremely daring manoeuvres. But it doesn't really make you rich, especially if you owe the wrong people a lot of money. Cam would love to just disappear for a while. But then he meets a group of Parkour runners around the tough Nikki (Marie Averopoulos). He is immediately fascinated by the world in which the group moves. When he meets their charismatic leader Miller 8Adam Rayner), Cam is persuaded by him to take part in actions that are not quite legal and with which it is easy to earn good money. To pay off his debts and impress Nikki, Cam goes along, unaware that he's getting himself into even bigger and more dangerous trouble...
"Tracers" is a somewhat ambivalent affair. Neither is Taylor Lautner a particularly good actor, nor is director Daniel Benmayor a convincing storyteller who perfectly understands how to captivate his audience. A very predictable storyline, a lot of clichés, dripping dialogues and the wooden game of Taylor "I take off my shirt" Lautner are actually the perfect ingredients for a really bad movie cucumber. But that didn't become "Tracers" after all. Because as soon as it's not the story, but the action that takes center stage, the thriller offers really good entertainment. The Parkour scenes are great, with New York simply providing the perfect backdrop for this extreme sport. Benmayor and his team have chosen some really atmospheric locations, such as a discarded freighter, in which the partly professional Parkour runners can prove their skills perfectly.
The somewhat forced crime plot also works surprisingly well. Screenwriter Matt Johnson won't win any prizes with it, but apart from the not exactly tingling dialogues he pushes the action forward pleasantly fast. In combination with the action-packed staging, this ensures that viewers at least don't get bored. If you had done without some of the rather unintentionally funny scenes, in which something like a dramatic storyline is to be built up, "Tracers" could have been a really good fun movie. So the whole thing is at least decent entertainment with lots of good show values, which fans of movies like "Premium Rush" might like.
Those who can overlook Taylor Lautner's marginal acting talent, the less original dramaturgy and the dialogues filled with heavy pathos and want to enjoy really good parkour stunts against the atmospheric backdrop of New York are offered absolutely solid entertainment cinema. And for that there is only a satisfied one with minimal compromises: Worth seeing!
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