Tracers

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Tracers Movie Poster Image
Appealing stars can't save violent parkour thriller.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Not a message-driven movie, but there's a theme about the importance of leaving your community to broaden your experiences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cam isn't interested in a life of crime, but he still does shady things to raise money for his debt. But he also helps his former landlord and gives her son a new skateboard. Nikki cares enough about Cam not to want him to join their crew of thieves.

Violence

Lots of gun violence, armed robberies, fist fights, and more. Cam is threatened by gangsters and his own crew. Some people -- mostly extras and criminals -- are killed.

Sex

Kissing, making out, and one love scene that shows passionate kissing and undressing, as well as bare backs and sides but nothing more graphic.

Language

Occasional strong language: "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," and one "f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking at a local bar/club.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that two familiar young stars -- Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame and Marie Avgeropoulos of the hit CW show The 100 -- star in Tracers, a thriller about young parkouring thieves. Expect lots of gun violence (including deaths), threats, beatings, and armed robberies, as well as some drinking, passionate making out, and one sex scene (bare sides/backs visible), as well as a morally ambiguous message about earning and using "dirty money." Strong language isn't in every scene but does occasionally include expletives like "s--t," "a--hole," and one "f--k."

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJerr K. January 27, 2018

Great movie!

Movie is great, cause you get the sense of the view of what really is out there in life not only that but you also get to see just as what the actors do to play... Continue reading
Parent of a 8, 11, and 13-year-old Written byStephanieG 6 April 6, 2016

Lots of swearing and sex scene

I sat down with my boys to watch this film. I knew it wasn't going to be a Disney cartoon, but I really felt that the rating was wrong when it came to thi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCoolpool785 November 29, 2019

Decent idea gets boring quick in bland "action" film.

This film is nothing but parkour with no real plot or story to tell. If I wanted to watch people do parkour I'd just pull up YouTube and watch for free. It... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymamaddi March 9, 2016
I enjoyed it. Not great. Sexual. Don't watch if you mind your kids seeing kissing scenes. 16 and up is outrageous. It is not even close to that bad.

What's the story?

TRACERS is part thriller, part love story about Cam (Taylor Lautner), a New York City bicycle messenger who owes Chinese loan sharks $15,000 and is really behind on his repayments. Out on a messenger run, Cam collides into Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), a beautiful woman doing parkour around the city. He tracks her down again, starts practicing parkour, and becomes so good that he's invited to join her crew as they practice. Cam's introduced to Miller (Adam Rayner), the group's leader -- and boss in petty crime. The crew, as Cam discovers, transports anything and everything like ninja thieves, so he gets in on the action in order to pay back his debt. But soon his feelings for Nikki -- and Miller's dangerous jobs -- make Cam uncomfortable about his new career in crime.

Is it any good?

There's not a whole lot to recommend this movie, though the frenetically paced parkour sequences are genuinely intriguing. While his former Twilight co-stars went on to specialize in independent films and award-nominated dramas, Lautner attempted to establish himself as an action star -- but so far none of the movies he's been in has been good enough for him to stay a Hollywood "it" boy ... including Tracers. The love story is pretty weak and predictable, and some of the other players were obviously hired for their parkour skills, not their acting ability.

Avgeropoulos is a standout here, just like she is on The 100. She's capable of seeming both fearless and sensitive, an interesting blend of Michelle Rodriguez' fierceness and Shailene Woodley's vulnerability. She, even more obviously than Lautner, seems destined for stardom in the world of action-adventure movies -- a genre that definitely needs more actresses who can handle stunts, fights, and romance. ButTracers isn't the best showcase of her -- or anyone's -- skills; by the third act, audiences won't care how Cam and Nikki are going to survive or what's going to happen to pretty much anyone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Tracers. Did it surprise you? How does it compare to other action films? Do you think it was necessary to tell the story?

  • What's the movie's message about crime? Is Cam justified in what he does? How is he different than Miller, the crew boss?

  • Why do you think bike messengers and parkour practitioners put their lives in danger in high-density urban environments? What's in it for them? Does this movie glamorize their lifestyle?

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