Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer (Screenplay)
Starring: Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, Shia LeBeouf, Jose Conejo Martin, Cheyenne Rae Hernandez
Plot: A “tax collector” working for a local crime lord finds his family’s safety compromised when the rival of his boss shows up in L.A. and upends the business.
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Tax Collector starts as we meet the family man David Cuevas (Soto) who when he isn’t around his family works with Creeper (LaBeouf) for a crime gang in LA as Tax Collectors. The pair have a reputation of getting the money cleaned up, striking fear on anybody who crosses them.
When Conejo (Martin) arrives in town, David finds his family’s life in trouble, needing to step up to a new crime boss looking to make a play in LA.
Thoughts on The Tax Collector
Thoughts – The Tax Collector is an action crime thriller that dives deep into the criminal underworld in LA, following different members of different gangs, with one trying to have an honest life on the side, which will come and bite him when a new gang leader arrives in town. This is the typical gang nonsense, where it is, we kill someone ti is good, but if they kill someone it is bad, leaving a river of blood of other criminals and gangs who think they are above everyone else. David the lead character is so delusional that he believes God gives him the right for 2 lives, while we know that Creeper is a bad figure, we just don’t get enough to dive into where he could have gone. This feels like a vile movie that is more about trying to be edgy with violent action, only playing into the painful stereotypes Hollywood wants to throw at us.
Final Thoughts – The Tax Collector is a violent vile movie with no redeeming qualities about it.