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  • This movie's got to be one of the worst plot-wise that I've seen. The characters are, for most of the movie till the end, pretty dumb. For instance, the good guys tried to lose the car that's following them. So they first took off the medallion off a NYC taxicab, then broke the light. Yeah, that's going to work. Well, it did.

    But it's so bad that's it's funny, and the end's quite a surprise. Don't expect what the film-makers behind this one say. Pretend it's a comedy. Don't expect great stuff till the end. It'll be a good ride.
  • This is a action cop buddy movie...sort off.

    Casper Van Dein is a cop who quit for personal reasons and Russell Wong is a Cop looking for his kidnapped sister...that is the background Story that the movie is built on.

    I Normally like Russell Wong, this is one of his weakest outings,his marshal skills are not used at all, and he gets the brunt of the many stupid lines,Casper fairs only slightly better.

    This movie opens strong with a very violent and action packed gun battle,slips to mediocrity for an hour or so,with a few funny lines and a bit of charm sprinkled in between poor diologue and too many close ups of Casper Van D. Then it takes a sudden turn in the last 10 min and manages to come up with a interesting closing act.

    All in all I can't recommend the movie but I would not try to stop someone from watching it...I have seen it twice since it came out.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Connor "Connie" Spears (Van Dien) is a former NYC cop who moved to L.A. to become a private detective. When an old friend who he trained in Martial Arts with, Rick (Wong) contacts him because his sister was kidnapped, Spears agrees to go back to his old New York stomping grounds to try to find her. The plot thickens when it seems she's caught in between two rival gangs: the Chinese mob and the Malakov family of the Russian mob. Teaming up with the streetwise taxi driver Carmen (Robertson) and old cop buddy Jack "Chick" Cicollini (Blicker), our team of four unlikely heroes hit the streets to try to find the missing girl. Will they find her before it's too late? 2001, when this movie was released, wasn't that far from the 90's in time. Thus, The Tracker fully retains a 90's feel. It's standard DTV fare, but it's professionally made and doesn't look like junk. While it doesn't reach the heights of Drive (1997), a movie it seems to be influenced by, it makes a decent one-time watch, mainly because of the Martial Arts scenes with Russell Wong. There's plenty of other reasonably enjoyable stupidity on display, mainly in the action scenes. Add a little humor, and there you have it.

    Casper Van Dien's blonde hair and snarky attitude gives him the vibe of Billy Idol. Was that intentional? But because he's supposed to be the ultimate coolguy, with an answer for everything, that puts him more in the category of being the Zack Morris of action (or Zacktion to those in the know). Throughout most of the 90's, and into the 2000's, having the main character in a movie or TV show spouting sarcastic, ironic retorts all the time became the norm. Somewhere along the line, writers got off the track, and being the likable hero got confused with being the snotty jerk. Van Dien in The Tracker is a perfect example of this. Is he supposed to be likable? We assume yes, but he doesn't make it easy on us, the viewing public. This "Coolguy-is-a-jerk" phenomenon was a misstep in pop culture, in our opinion. Of course, we blame Sloane (1984) for starting it all.

    The movie is really nothing more than a compendium of clichés, from the prerequisite torture scene to the abandoned warehouse shootout, but that might be one of the movie's strengths after all. The Tracker is what people rented in video stores when everything else they intended to rent was out for the evening. For better or worse, Connor Spears (remember this was the heyday of Britney) did not return for another outing. There were to be no franchises for him. It would have been interesting to see an Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) kind of thing, where Howie Long plays Casper Van Dien's father, and they can compete to see who has the squarest head. So that was not to be, but at least we have this, and we're all happy about it, right? ....right?
  • Ok well I enjoyed this movie, it seemed to have everything in it. It had twists plots, and even a bit of a laugh, but still great movie. Casper brings great life into the character, and as always Casper makes the film so much more enjoyable.
  • dalldorfw8 July 2009
    The plot is for a pretty basic action-martial arts flick, but the movie ends up being a little below average, I will attempt to explain why. First the plot: A bounty hunter has to help a martial arts instructor (and former friend) find his sister who has been captured by heavily armed thugs, dressed as members of a S.W.A.T Team. This movie features several failed attempts at humor, but its only ever funny when it doesn't mean to be; as one reviewer has already mentioned, there is a scene where the heroes are being followed while in a taxi so they tear off the taxi sign, hoping to throw off the bad guys; what the other viewer didn't mention was that they do it right in front of the car they're trying to lose! There are also lines of dialog such as (slightly paraphrased) "Are my eyes open? I can't believe what I'm hearing." I'm surprised that know one has mentioned the fact that this is a martial arts movie, as the fight scenes are probably the only thing that makes this film tolerable; not that the're the best fights ever filmed, but the're just entertaining enough to keep you watching all the way through. OK, lets see; is there anything else that I would like to add? Nope, I guess not. Goodbye now.