Shia LaBeouf’s latest film, The Tax Collector, is being viewed by critics as ‘incompetent’, ‘a bloody mess,’ and ‘one of the most brutal viewing experiences of the year’.
The crime thriller, also starring Bobby Soto and premiering August 7, was written and directed by David Ayer, who is also behind the Suicide Squad, Training Day and Fury films.
The film follows the characters of LaBeouf and Soto, Creeper and David, the ‘tax collector’ and judgment executor for the Los Angeles crime boss The Wizard, Jimmy Smits.
Critics have appreciated the new film by David Ayer, The Tax Collector, starring Shia LaBeouf (left) and Bobby Soto (right) and premiering on August 7.
Rotten Tomatoes lists the film’s critics’ score at just 18%, suggesting it’s’ rotten ‘.
Earlier this year, the film caused a stir when people accused LaBeouf of being ‘brown-faced’ for depicting a Latino character despite being white, a claim Ayer dismissed.
Ayer tweeted on July 1: ‘Shia is playing the role of a white boy raised in a hood. This is a Jewish prince playing a white character. Also the only white guy in the movie. ”
Now that the film has come out, however, it’s attracting negative attention for a completely different reason – including stereotyped depictions of Latinos, excessive violence, incoherence, and opposites. bad phone.
As of Saturday, Rotten Tomatoes gave The Tax Collector a critics’ ‘rotten’ score of just 18%, based on 34 reviews, while the audience rating was only 50% based on eight articles. evaluate.
‘A film about tax crime and malice, The Tax Collector doesn’t reap much meaningful benefits,’ is Rotten Tomatoes’s summary of the film.
The Los Angeles Times began the rating by noting that the ‘toxic male energy permeated’ the film and described it as’ a wicked, exploitative bloodbath that sparked a negative image of Latino people still. popular in the media ‘.
The Tax Collector revolves around two men serving a sentence for a Los Angeles crime boss. Shia LaBeouf (right) has a real tattoo of the name of her character, Creeper, on her chest for the role.
Critics tweeted out their not so flattering thoughts and reviews about Tax Collectors
Critics Carlos Aguilar went on to call this’ one of the worst viewing experiences of the year ‘and said that the film is’ based on cliché visual language built on clear flashbacks and pictorials. bland photos fit in unimaginable style that every Latino in sight is gangster. ”
Meanwhile, the New York Times called the film ‘generic’ and noted the ‘illogically insane plot’.
The Tax Collector is written and directed by David Ayer, who is also behind Suicide Squad and Fury
Critic Jeannette Catsoulis writes that the characters are ‘primarily motivated and hilarious hackney’, noting that LaBeouf – and his costs – are ‘constrained’ throughout by the weight of the stereotype and Dialogue has no chance against violence. ‘
The Hollywood Reporter calls this a ‘good action movie’ and says it has’ many admirable goals, such as creating layered roles for the Latino acting community and spending dollars producing in sectors that could benefit from the ‘economic boost’.
But despite the goals, ‘this gruesome bloodbath seems too normal to be of much attention,’ wrote critic David Rooney.
While praising LaBeouf’s performance in the film, he wrote: ‘There’s too little depth to make you care about the characters and too little imagination at work to cost Tax Collectors. . ‘
IndieWire, however, inflated LaBeouf’s performance in the ‘bland’ film, noting that the actor ‘stared and walked his way through an animated performance and lacked literary sensitivity. plays as a ruffian ruffian named Creeper that definitely doesn’t require him to have his character’s name tattooed across his chest. ”
The 52-year-old filmmaker explained: ‘Shia is playing the role of a white guy growing up wearing a hood. This is a Jewish prince playing a white character. Also the only white guy in the movie ‘
Critics disagree on whether LaBeouf’s (left) performance was well done.
Comedian George Lopez is also featured in the film, playing the role of David’s uncle, a criminal who also owns a car repair business.
The public also took to Twitter to express how bad they were no matter how bad the movie came out after its release
While filming the movie, LaBeouf tattooed the word ‘Creeper’ on his chest, underneath a portrait of his mother hugging a rodeo cowboy to symbolize his estranged father, according to the report.
Critic Eric Kohn, who gave the film a D + score, also called LaBeouf’s performance a ‘two-bit Latino burlesque’ and said that the film’s script ‘felt like it was written for cutscenes. video games’.
The film has also been referred to as ‘a slogan of vulgar threats and outbreaks of violence’.
Variety’s review claims the movie is ‘bloody, almost incoherent, and as enjoyable as if you were being dragged across the asphalt from a moving SUV.’
Critic Peter Debruge also called The Tax Collector a ‘bizarrely edited action film’, but dismissed claims that the film was racist, writing ‘while it was virtually nonexistent. of any crime in the movie, it’s petty to suggest that Ayer is implying that everyone in the South Central Coast is some sort of gangster, or the way any of these characters speak – including the Chicano-accented murmurs of lone white boy LaBeouf, taken from those around him – representing all Latino. ”
RogerEbert.com disliked the film, with critic Brian Tallerico calling his film ‘so poorly poor that it practically defies the criticism.’
‘Once you get past the frighteningly ordinary racist stereotypes, character depth non-existent, incoherent storyline, cliché dialogue, and confusing edits, which is perhaps touching The biggest culprit was how paralyzing the end of the whole love had become, ‘wrote Tallerico.
‘If you’re going to make a movie like this lazily, at least try to make it fun!’
He went on to speculate that the coronavirus may have been responsible for the way the movie played out.
“I don’t know if the blinding lack of fundamental elements like editing and plot in the second half of this movie could be attributed to COVID-19, but that’s for the best I can guess. okay, “he wrote.
Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper declared the film an ‘extremely violent, ineffective urban gangster with a crooked plot and a dramatic final twist. ”
Though he did note that there are ‘well-paced early stage setups.’
The Wrap’s Steve Pond wrote the movie ‘ignoring a lot of the plot and a lot of cliché of gang movies but disappearing instead of giving us many reasons to care’ and it’s an ‘exercise excelling at dramatic brutality. ‘