Tag

One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running for a no-holds-barred game of tag — risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take one another down. This time, the game coincides with the wedding of the only undefeated player. What should be an easy target soon becomes an all-out war as he knows they’re coming to get him. (From IDMB)

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Tag is one of those movies, that is hard to believe is actually based on a true story.  However as the movie goes on, it becomes a little bit more believable.  I had an adequate amount of excitement for this film, because of this outlandish story, as well as its stellar cast.  Ironically, these were to two major bright spots that the film has.  The final product is a crowd pleasing, but still average comedy.

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The chemistry of the cast wasn’t all that great, but they all have likable personalities which is what makes the movie likable as well.  Hannibal Buress was the standout for me, I usually find him to be pretty funny in everything he does.  The cast is overall pretty good, but nothing completely outstanding.  I will admit I was a bit disappointed that with this cast, and with the off the wall concept of the movie, I imagined it would have been a bit more enjoyable.

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One of my biggest complaints with Tag is the lack of memorable scenes.  There really isn’t even one standout moment in the film.  Nothing in the movie really makes you laugh out loud, but it does manage to be consistently fun throughout.  It is filled with stuff that makes you sort of chuckle to yourself, but again nothing to really burst out laughing at.

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There is also a really odd reliance on music to transition from scene to scene in Tag.  It’s like when they didn’t really know how to connect two scenes together so they bridged the gap with some montage scenes using 90’s hip hop.  There is also a moment towards the end of the movie, where they try to interject more emotion into the story.  It was like the producers had watched the final cut, and realized that there wasn’t anything that really made you care about any of the characters, so this moment was thrown in at the last minute.

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Although it feels like I keep nitpicking with Tag, it is a perfectly enjoyable movie.  This is a film that exists almost entirely to be escapism, and not much more, which is pretty refreshing.  This a decently fun summer flick, that isn’t perfect but thanks to its enjoyable cast and premise is an enjoyable watch.

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