Excerpt: Parker (Jason Statham) is a thief with a conscience, but when his partners in an elaborate heist turn on him and leave him for dead, he swears to get revenge, not realizing that he'll end up on the wrong side of a Chicago mob and having to turn to a Florida realtor (Jennifer Lopez) for help in his venture.
Excerpt: Parker (Jason Statham) carries a thieves code, a superficial list of niceties in dealing with the criminal underground. He steals from the rich to give to the poor (mostly himself), only kills those who deserve it (anyone in his way), and won’t take a payout to play dead (he’d rather others be dead). So yeah, an all around kosher guy. Betrayed after a heist at the Ohio State Fair (!
Excerpt: We are starting to see a return to more R rated action movies lately. With the success of The Expendables recently, the studios are hoping to bank on the success while the audience demands it. We’ve seen quite a few so far this year and each to varying degrees of success (both in terms of quality and box office). That brings us to Parker . Jason Statham stars as the title character. He is essentially a crook with a Robin Hood style code of conduct.
Conclusion: 'Parker' is a mediocre crime thriller that lacks originality and excitement. There is some solid action and the leads are decent, but the execution is wholly generic and occasionally flat. On the upside, this disc from Sony is technically impressive, with strong video and audio presentations. Unfortunately, the supplements are all pretty superficial. This is far from a great flick, but Statham's trademark ass-kicking is worth some entertainment value. Rent it.
Conclusion: Parker is a fairly straightforward Action flick that plays to Statham's strengths. It's gritty, bloody, and hits very hard. In that way, it's not all that different from his other films, but it does feel a little more streamlined, less cartoonish than some and a little more uncompromising than others.
Excerpt: About an hour into Parker it occurred to me that there hadn’t been a single commercial break. Not once did an obnoxious pop-up appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen advertising some new sitcom. The film didn’t even open with a statement warning that it had been edited for mature content and time constraints. Parker felt wrong without those cable TV hallmarks, and it certainly isn’t the type of film you want to spend two hours cooped up in a theater with.
Excerpt: "I don't steal from people who can't afford it, and I don't hurt people who don't deserve it." This is the credo that Jason Statham's latest anti-hero lays out at the start of Parker . It's meant to reveal that while he is a criminal, he's an admirable one with a sort of Robin Hood code. That's an interesting premise, except this is all lip service.