The Tax Collector

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

RLJ;
Action;
Box Office $0.94 million;
$29.96 DVD, $29.97 Blu-ray, $19.99 UHD BD Steelbook (Best Buy exclusive until Dec. 15);
Not rated.
Stars Bobby Soto, Shia LaBeouf, Cinthya Carmona, Jose Martin, Chelsea Rendon, Cheyenne Hernandez, Cle Sloan, George Lopez, Lana Parrilla.

Writer-director David Ayer’s The Tax Collector is a bloody sojourn into the power dynamics of the gangs of Los Angeles.

For Ayer, the film represents a return of sorts to the type of gritty street-level crime drama that established his career, following slight detours into the realms of war drama (Fury), comic book action (Suicide Squad) and fantasy (Bright).

Bobby Soto stars as David, who serves as a “Tax Collector” for the city’s top crime lord, Wizard. He and his partner, Creeper (Shia LaBeouf, burying himself in another intense role), collect protection money from local criminal enterprises running drugs and prostitution.

Their operation hits a snag when a new crime boss named Conejo (Jose Martin) comes to town and stakes a claim to Wizard’s territories. Conejo turns out to be an old rival of David’s uncle (George Lopez), but wants David to switch sides to work for him. If David refuses, the lives of his entire family could be in danger.

The story is a straightforward one involving tough-talking street thugs and wannabe kingpins, but may have limited appeal beyond hardcore action fans.

The film arrives in a rather sparse Blu-ray edition, with the only extra consisting of 12 minutes of inconsequential deleted scenes.

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‘Tax Collector’ Slated for Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 6

RLJ Films will release the action-thriller The Tax Collector on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 6. A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack Steelbook edition will be released the same day exclusively at Best Buy.

Best Buy’s ‘Tax Collector’ Steelbook

Directed by David Ayer, the film stars Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf as David and Creeper, agents for a Los Angeles crime lord named Wizard tasked with collecting a cut of the profits of local gangs’ illicit dealings. But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect his family.

The cast also includes Cinthya Carmona and George Lopez.

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The film is available now via VOD and digital download. It made just under $1 million at the domestic box office from a handful of drive-ins and theaters open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since its digital release, The Tax Collector has consistently ranked high on digital charts from Redbox, FandangoNow and Vudu. The film also has spent three weeks at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Extras on the Tax Collector discs include deleted scenes.