For fans of Casino Royale who thought parkour might be their new way home from work, Tracers exposes a grittier side to road-running as Taylor Lautner neatly transforms from werewolf to New York urban monkey. A speed-freak cycle courier, Cam gets involved with a gang of tracer thieves after breaking his bike in a collision with Nikki (Avgeropoulos). Lured by the promise of free-running through the boroughs, getting closer to Nikki and paying off the loan sharks snapping at his heels, Cam takes to the rooftops – only a few intricately choreographed heists between him and a new life on the West Coast in his dad’s old Pontiac.
There’s a lot going on in Benmayor’s film, with all the sprightly thievery of Les Vampires and the pack dynamics of The Warriors, yet also disappointingly very little – as the derivative, contrived script lopes from one well-worn cliché to the next. And with a cast patched together out of actors and free-runners, Tracers never really takes flight. Despite some (not altogether unsurprisingly) nimble scenes of Lautner busting his moves, Tracers falls sadly short of both muscle and bounce.
Tracers | Directed by Daniel Benmayor, (USA 2015) with Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos. Starts May 28