Director David Ayer returns to the world of gritty/gang drama with “The Tax Collector.”
The film stars Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, George Lopez, and Shia LaBeouf, and follows two enforcers (known as “tax collectors”) working for a Los Angeles crime lord whose business becomes upended, resulting in one of them desperately protecting his family from an old rival.
The film follows David Cuevas and his friend Creeper work as “tax collectors” for a crime lord named Wizard, collecting his cut from the profits of local gangs. But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, his entire business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect what matters most to him — his family.
LaBeouf who plays the part of the stoic Creeper, delivers an amazing performance as the enforcer for David when the two make their Tax Collecting rounds. The action and brutality in the film is intense and raw. But it’s the likability of the characters that keep us the viewers hooked until the end.
Not sure exactly why a lot of reviewers are accusing the film of being bland or unwatchable. It isn’t the most original concept nor will it be winning any awards but it is a worth while gangland drama set in Los Angeles that is worth watching. Not to mention it actually stars Chicano actors and not just white people with tans and or sprayed on tattoos. The HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience recommends The Tax Collector.