Film #280: TRACKER
2.5 out of 5 stars
While TRACKER is being marketed as a sort of action / Western film, this is far more of a character study than anything else. The pace is SLOW and the film is really talky with a story line that, while I think the word “predictable” is too harsh, it is awfully familiar. TRACKER stars Ray Winstone (SEXY BEAST, 44 INCH CHEST) and Temuera Morison (Boba Fett in EPISODE 1-3 of STAR WARS) who both deliver fine performances even though the film’s dialog is a little wooden. One thing director Ian Sharp does quite well here is to set the film amidst some of the most beautiful New Zealand landscape I’ve ever seen. I mean, this film is worth seeing purely for some of the long shots of the countryside. In the end, I would have preferred a little more action in the film rather than the long dialog-heavy sequences it did have. I would have preferred it have taken more of a tone ala THE PROPOSITION, for example. Still, TRACKER is a fine little morality play which focuses on the price of freedom and the cost of justice. Beautifully shot and featuring fine performances, the film is worth the rental, just go in knowing it’s pretty damn slow and a tad overly long.