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Super Reviewer
June 12, 2014
Parker is one of those films that look great on paper, but when it was put to celluloid, it simply didn't deliver. What we have here is a film that lacks in what it tries to do. The film is poorly constructed and the result is a mediocre movie that ends up being tiresome instead of entertaining and memorable. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but I felt that some members of the cast, especially Jennifer Lopez, who shouldn't act in the first place, brought the film down. Mix that with an undeveloped script and the result is a pointless action film that fails. What really is a shame is that, if given the write director, and a few rewrites, the film might have had a chance. However, that was not to be, and the finished film is just a boring action film with poor performances and in the long run, it's a forgettable affair that isn't worth your time. If you're expecting a good, entertaining film, you won't find it here. This film should have been good, and it could have, but it's a mediocre film, which just doesn't cut it. I love a good, mindless action yarn, but Parker tries far too hard at exceeding its limitations, and it comes up empty handed due to the lacking material that is given to the actors. One way to have improved on the film would have been to cast someone else in Lopez's role, and like I said, rewrite the script a bit so that everything would have had a nice flow, and in would have been a nicely thought out action film that would be entertaining from start to finish, instead of the poorly made mess that ends up being a not so satisfying film.
Super Reviewer
June 25, 2013
Good movie for Jason Statham lovers like me. He is just so cool that even when the action gets implausible, you just shrug it off. It's pretty much Statham's show beginning to end, and he's the best thing going in the action genre these days...and he is nice to look at, too. :)
Super Reviewer
½ January 12, 2013
Taylor Hackford decided to change things up and try his hand at a noir-ish crime thriller...and he really changes it up by casting Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez.

Oh boy, this is an odd mix. Is it honorable that he tried to do something different? Yeah. Unfortunately, this is a largely unremarkable thriller, and rather typical of Statham's recent output.

Based on one of the Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) "Parker" novels, we get a typical story of a thief who is betrayed and left for dead following a heist, recovers, then decides to go out for revenge.

This is as typical as it gets. At least it avoids having Statham hook up with Lopez. That was a nice touch. It's just a shame that the film is so uneven, especially with the tone. I appreciate a bit of humor with my action, but it doesn't really seem to gel that well here. Though, to her credit, Lopez is tolerable, and did sometimes get me to legitimately smile.

I was also surprised, in a good way, by the level of violence here. I mean yeah, I knew it was to be rated R, but it was more graphic and brutal at times than I was expecting...and I'm actually okay with that.

The film is watchable, and is pretty slick, and all that, but it feels far longer than it should be, and just kind of coasts along. Statham is fine, though pretty much doing more of what he always does. Like I said, Lopez is kinda funny, but it sticks out in a bad way. Chiklis is okay, but underused. Heck, all the main thugs are, which sucks considering that two of them are played by Clifton Collins, Jr. and Wendell Pierce. It also sucks that they wasted Bobby Cannavale.

All in all, this isn't a totally terrible film, but it is unfortunately just a routine and rather ho-hum thriller. See it if you want, but it's totally fine if you don't.
Super Reviewer
½ June 9, 2013
with shades of films like "payback" and "hard to kill", and an homage to kubrick's "the killing", this film teeters along as less than each of those films i mentioned, but isnt really terrible. lopez almost single handedly killed the film by herself, but the action was decent and the florida scenery impressive enough to make this an average watch.
Super Reviewer
½ January 9, 2013
Parker was a very bland action flick. I just didn't care for it. I didn't like any of the characters and the story was just meh. Jason has been doing a lot of random action flicks lately and I wouldn't mind them so much if they were actually good action flicks. He's great in these movies. I have no complaints of his ability to pull the characters off or the acting. It's the films themselves. The directing and scripts are bad. It's not something I would watch again. Plus JLO wasn't very memorable at all. Anyone could have played her part.
Super Reviewer
½ May 31, 2013
"Parker" is the latest Jason Statham action movie, that is pretty much like the rest of his action movies. It has a simple plot, good fight scenes, and over the top, yet watchable acting. Only this time, it has Jennifer Lopez added to the mix. Statham stars as Parker, a thief who robs the Ohio State Fair with a group of guys he's never dealt with. Things go bad when they refuse to give him his share of the money, and they end up leaving him for dead. But, he isn't dead and tracks them down to Florida for revenge. He meets up with a real estate agent played by Lopez, and gets her to help him out. Lopez does OK, but really her role could have been played by anyone and it wouldn't have mattered. Michael Chiklis is the main bad guy, and he is much better suited for TV. Something about him just doesn't work in movies like it does for his television roles. He tries to be serious, but it ends up coming off like he is "hamming" it up. Statham, well he is the same as he is in all his movie, pretty much a badass. Fans of his or action movies in general will probably like this. But, just know if you've seen one Statham action movie, you've seem 'em all pretty much, so don't expect much different here.
Super Reviewer
January 24, 2013
To get away clean, you have to play dirty.

Very good movie! "Parker" is a thriller made for the thrilling action movies fans and specially, for Jason Statham's fans. It is an enjoyable thriller full of action and violence. The acting was good, the sequences well made and the plot delivery surrounding the robbery was very believable unlike what we see in many similar films. The director Taylor Hackford has done a very good job because the movie amused movie during its entire length. Although the end is quite predictable, the movie contains some interesting twists. The cast is focused on both Jason and JLo. The other actors simply did a fine job. In conclusion, this is a very recommendable movie, specially when you just feel like action, entertainment, a nice city to watch and attractive people like Jason Statham and JLo. Do not expect anything very profound!

Parker is a thief who has an unusual code. He doesn't steal from the poor and hurt innocent people. He is asked to join 4 other guys one of whom is related to a known mobster. They pull off the job flawlessly and Parker wants to part ways with them. But because he refused to join them for another job they try to kill him. They dispose of his body but someone finds him and he is still alive and takes him to the hospital. After recovering he sets out to get back at the ones who tried to kill him, another one of his codes. He learns where they are and poses as a wealthy Texan looking to buy a house. So he hires a Realtor, Leslie Rogers to show him around. He is actually trying to find out where they're holed up. And when he finds it, he sets out on his plan to get them. But when they learn he is alive, they contact the mobster to take care of him. So he sends a killer to take care of him.
Super Reviewer
½ May 7, 2013
Wholly crap another novel adaptation! I was surprised to discover this character was actually the guy Mel Gibson portrayed in 'Payback', that did then ring a bell seeing as the characters in both films are the same, anti heroes. Back then the rights to the character name 'Parker' weren't there apparently.

So the plots to this adaptation and 'Payback/The Hunter' are virtually the same! 'Parker' is betrayed by a gang, shot and left for dead. He then proceeds to spend the entire film going after those who betrayed him. The problem here is the whole film is spread out with absolutely nothing of interest merely to see 'Parker' get revenge at the end. The film only had to be about 30min long and that would sufficed.

The cast is a terrible mistake, every one. Statham is not the guy you want for a supposedly dark noir crime thriller (according to the original source), his presence merely lowers this films intelligence levels and gives everyone the wrong impression before seeing it. You know most people will be expecting a martial arts filled 'Expendables' type flick.

The bad guys don't seem very bad at all, I mean they are not nice but they're hardly hardened criminals. Chiklis as the leader isn't threatening ever, I dunno why but he just looks like he's gonna burst out into slapstick. Another guy looks like a young Jon Cryer which isn't too good and Clifton Collins Jr. who is normally good for a violent nutter is very quiet.

Then we have the car crash that is Lopez, dear lord how does this woman find work in Hollywood?!. She can't act, she's no good in a thriller like this and constantly ruins scenes, she looks like your typical wrinkled, bony, middle aged rich LA residing female with heaps of makeup and hairspray plastered on and all she does in this film is whine. It amuses me when these mega rich stars portray working class characters that are down on their luck, because they have no idea what its like to be in that situation.

Its all very slick and glitzy with the glamorous Florida locations, fancy cars and huge mansions set against a sunkissed sky, you'd think it was a Bond flick. But none of this really seems to fit together well, it all feels bog standard and tired, amazingly generic, even the films poster is drab and uninspiring.

A very mundane below par action film bottom line, no different from many other Statham efforts that have gone directly to DVD, did not pass go and did not collect $200. The whole thing is so utterly pointless, unoriginal and unexciting because apart from the very start and the very end there is nothing happening. 'Parker' simply wonders around breaking in here and there and stealing cars whilst all the while looking highly obvious while he does it.
Super Reviewer
August 22, 2011
It`s a total blast of an action film. A crackling, riveting and endlessly enjoyable crime-thriller that pulsates with energy, style and stars. It`s razor-sharp and undeniably cool, the story rounds up some great characters and suspenseful moments that fill in for a great two hours of hard-boiled fun. A hard-hitting and adrenaline-pumping action-packed thrill-ride that never lets up for a minute. It`s a wickedly entertaining and surprisingly smart and delivers plenty of heavy duty fights and shoot outs to satisfy any action fan. A satisfying adaptation to Author, Donald Westlake`s novel. A great movie that`s cool, funny and action-packed and also has great character moments that add depth. Director, Taylor Hackford crafts a fine and explosive crime-thriller, that`s new territory for the veteran director and he delivers in it perfectly. Jason Statham is right on the money, he has all the right moves, charm and wit to make this character work, crafting his and most enjoyable performance yet. Jennifer Lopez is terrific, one of her better performances in the last few years. Michael Chiklis is excellent.
Markus Emilio Robinson
Super Reviewer
February 6, 2013
And the verdict is: Michael Chiklis still hasn't given a performance worth watching since he starred in "The Shield". Directed by Taylor Hackford, who actually directed "Ray" (oh, how the mighty have fallen) and starring Jason Statham as the same character he plays in every movie, and Jennifer Lopez playing a sort of love interest character, who reeks of desperation (art imitating life perhaps?) "Parker" is neither a bad nor a good action film, but more so a forgettable one.

OK, so I won't bother with a synopsis here, or a critique of this pretty flimsy storyline, or discuss how Statham and Lopez have absolutely no chemistry, or even touch on Statham's horrid Texas accent, because in all actuality, nobody reading this cares; when a majority of audiences (men primarily) probably paid top box office prices for the sole purpose of catching the shot of Lopez's butt, which had been teased in the trailer. In fact, in the theater where I saw "Parker", soon after the scene in question (which occurs about an hour in) and this is no joke, there was a mass exodus consisting of male audience members, who undoubtedly saw what they came to see and were satisfied enough to go home without any interest in watching Statham do one of his Statham-esque, shoot everybody in the room more times than necessary, endings. So let's talk about that for a second: the rather gratuitous butt scene only lasts for all of a second, in a long shot no less (meaning, from pretty far away). So while you do see her butt in some polka dot underwear, the consensus has to be that if you were one of those who paid 10+ dollars to see this scene in particular, you may come out of "Parker" feeling more than a little cheated...and probably ashamed.

Final Thought: If this is the type of movie that Jennifer Lopez is reduced to starring in, then it is no surprise that when recently confronted by Latin periodicals as to her level of interest in playing Jenni Rivera in the sure to be forthcoming biopic, her answer was resoundingly positive. I'm sorry to break this to all of the J Lo fans out there, but the simple truth is, at this juncture of her life, it would seem that she simply can't afford to turn down ANY ROLE presented to her.

Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland

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Super Reviewer
December 20, 2014
All Parker(Jason Statham) wants to do is rob the Ohio State Fair with no hiccups and nobody getting hurt and then go home to his girlfriend Claire(Emma Booth) and have hot passionate sex. But first Hardwicke(Micah Hauptman) has to set a fire in the wrong place, leading to an unnecessary death. And then Melander(Michael Chiklis) double crosses Parker, taking all the loot and leaving Parker for dead by the side of the road. But luckily for Parker, not completely so, as with help from Hurley(Nick Nolte), he tracks Melander down to Palm Beach and a much bigger score.

"Parker" proves the old adage that any movie wherein Jason Statham wearing a cowboy hat cannot be all bad. And Statham does carry the day playing the eponymous thief with a unique code of honor, meant to guard against both stupidity and greed, both of which can be deadly in his line of work. But just as there is a pretty good supporting cast on hand; Wendell Pierce gets to do too little and Jennifer Lopez way too much. That's not to mention how much the movie could have been tighter, like eliminating some of the slack from the middle sections.
Super Reviewer
½ June 15, 2013
The crime thriller Parker delivers a gritty, hard hitting action film that's based on a bestselling book series. When a professional thief named Parker is double-crossed by his crew, he follows them to Miami where he uses a real estate agent to help find them and exact revenge for their betrayal. Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, and Michael Chiklis lead the cast and deliver their usual performances. However, the grittiness of the film doesn't really work, as the ultra-violence detracts from the action instead of adding tension. And the character development is poor, as is the dialog. Overall Parker is a decent enough heist film, but it's nothing new and has already been done better.
Super Reviewer
½ March 19, 2013
Parker is honestly better than I thought it would be, but it's ultimately forgettable. It's no Payback. It's not even Jack Reacher. It has a nice fight sequence and feels far less ridiculous than Statham's normal nonsense, but it just never goes to any kind of unique or entertaining levels to set itself apart.
Super Reviewer
February 27, 2013
On the advice of his girlfriend's father, Parker (Statham) reluctantly agrees to lead an unfamiliar crew of five on a heist at the Ohio State Fair. During the job, one of the men makes an error which results in a fair-goers death. While driving away, Melander (Chiklis) tries to convince Parker to take part in a $50 million Palm Beach diamond heist. When Parker refuses, he is shot and left for dead but a passing family discover him and take him to a hospital. As the cops arrive, Parker escapes from the hospital and sets out to find the men who double-crossed him. In Palm Beach, he reluctantly enlists the aid of local estate agent Leslie (Lopez).
In spite of his pun-friendly surname, Taylor Hackford is a respected film-maker, so much so that he's the current president of the Director's Guild of America. I think we were all shocked upon learning that Statham would be working with the man who gave us such award-friendly fare as 'Ray' and 'An Officer & a Gentleman'. Could the action star be entering a new, more serious, stage in his career? After all, the title of his latest film features two syllables; that's one more than most of his movies. Usually he appears in films with mono-syllabic names like 'Crank', 'Safe', and 'Blitz'. 'Thump', 'Crush', and 'Stomp' can only be around the corner.

Hackford starts things off nicely with a well constructed fairground heist. It all goes to hell as soon as Lopez turns up though. The marketing for the film seems to push some imaginary sexual tension between the two leads which never actually materializes in the film itself. Early on we learn that Statham is totally committed to his girlfriend so this ruins any chance of a romantic sub-plot. (Come to think of it, if my girlfriend was Nick Nolte's daughter I wouldn't mess her around either). Lopez' arrival brings a comic element which fits awkwardly with the gritty tone of the film's opening act. The movie starts off like a tough seventies style thriller and ends up resembling something Eddie Murphy might have appeared in during the eighties. Most of the comedy is unintentional though, with the biggest laugh being Lopez' discovery that Statham is English (nobody else was fooled by his terrible Texan accent).
I'll end this review with a quick tip for car thieves: get to Ohio! If this film is to be believed, nobody there ever locks their cars.
Super Reviewer
January 24, 2013
Jason Statham is THE action hero of generation X, and may be one of the best action heroes of all time. The man seems to channel elements of Willis, Stallone, & Schwarzenegger into every film he does, not to mention he is one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. At first his films got a reputation for moving too fast and being a bit confusing, but with every film, he has gotten better and better, and to date his crowning achievement is Parker. Parker is a thief for hire, one of the best money can buy. When an old friend hooks him up with an ambitious crew, Parker is eager to get started on a job, that promises seven figures. The job goes off without a hitch, but on the way back the crew lets Parker know that this was just seed money for a much larger and almost impossible job. When Parker refuses to partake, he winds up left for dead on the side of the road, with only one thing on his mind, revenge. This film puts a new twist on a classic story and it is done to near perfection by a top star and veteran Director, Taylor Hackford (Ray, The Devil's Advocate). Statham makes the story with his best performance to date and has plenty of help to ensure this movie is his crown jewel. The list of Emmy and Academy Award winners is this film is staggering. I won't list them all, as you can see the full cast on IMDB, but when you put that many stars together, the result is almost always going to be magic. In the end the film does turn out to be somewhat predictable, but it's one of those times where you really just don't care. Parker is two hours of excitement with all the comedy, explosions, twists, and turns you could hope for. I can't possibly recommend it enough for fans of the Action genre. In an Action film it's hard to get a good cast and even harder to get a decent story to go with the mayhem, but Parker has that an more. It is a textbook example of what an Action film should be and I really liked it.
Super Reviewer
May 26, 2013
The king of B action movies, Jason Statham, returns for yet another revenge picture, but this time with a focus of a heist set up, and a poorly conceived subplot involving Jlo. Unfortunately for Parker, this is one of the lesser Statham films, with an un-involving, uninteresting plot, lackluster execution and action, and a very "going through the motions" feel.

The primary problem with Parker is the script, which is a mess. Had the film had one set focus, such as the typical Jason Statham revenge plot, it might have worked. Instead, Parker adds in too many elements that don't work. The entire subplot involving Jennifer Lopez feels very out of tune with the rest of the film, and distracts from the larger plot. The villain characters are never interesting or particularly menacing, seeming more aloof than anything. The main plot is familiar and generic. To make matters worse, the film is filled with stilted dialogue, with no real charm to it.

The performances, besides Statham's traditional one-note character, are resoundingly bad. This is especially true of Jennifer Lopez, who feels awkwardly cast in her role, and doesn't seem to fit what characterization there is. To be sure, the script doesn't give them much to work with, but with a strong supporting cast including Wendell Pierce and Nick Nolte, one would expect a much more involving, display.

A misfire all around.

2/5 Stars
Super Reviewer
February 5, 2013
Aiming Point Blank at Payback, Jason Statham's clunky latest just can?t manage to take the excitement factor out of park. Squint. Kick. Repeat. In knuckle-dragging blunt-force actioners like Transporter, Crank, and the ensemble Expendables, this has proven to be the Stath's formula for success. Here, however, he's working from a script based on a book by the late great Donald E. Westlake, who's hard-charging literary creation Parker - though a nefarious underworld figure like the actor's other parts - demands a more high-minded, well, kick. The character and source novel Flashfire kinda sorta gets this treatment with Parker, but the adaptation's unfortunately kept firmly in Statham's wheelhouse. Well, at least his formula?s now: Think. Squint. Kick. Repeat.

In this R-rated crime-thriller, a thief with a unique code of ethics (Statham) gets left for dead by a crew, so he assumes a new identity and forms an unlikely alliance with an insider (Lopez) to hijack the double-crossers? latest heist.

The flick's not a dumbing down of Westlake so much as a dressing down of Statham's lunk-headed on-screen persona. Still, whatever happened to the more capable actor who handled grit, spot, and wit so well in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch? Squint. Kick. Repeat. That's what. Granted, Burt Reynolds managed the same career with a stock of chewing gum and a muscle car but at least he gave off sparks with his co-stars. Jennifer Lopez still holds some Out of Sight-style potential but the chemistry barely sizzles even under Taylor Hackford?s very capable direction.

Bottom line: The blank job.
Super Reviewer
February 2, 2013
Exactly what one would expect from this or any future Jason Statham film, "Parker" takes the one-man-against-the-world scenario and brings it to Florida. One would think adding an impressive actor like Michael Chiklis as the villain would make the film more exciting and credible, but he never given the direction or forum to stand out and instead blends in with the rest of the villains. Jennifer Lopez takes a turn, playing a struggling real estate agent just trying to get by. She often feels desperate and unattractive, despite her obvious good looks, and with Statham's heart belonging to someone else, there's a complete lack of chemistry or even sexual tension in portions of the film that desperately need something. There's no real plan or execution to anything in this film, yet it never quite reaches action gold like "Expendables" or even Statham's previous endeavors in "The Transporter". Instead, "Parker" falls completely average, containing nothing worth noting for Statham or anyone involved.
Super Reviewer
March 13, 2013
Gotta say I've seen better from Statham. As always though, Statham comes through with a top-notch performance with his delivery, but there is some weak acting outside of his performance. Jennifer Lopez, though stunning, is too comically written and the heist compatriots are given such little to say, their actions speak louder than their words, which is boring. It's up and down with the action. It's too spaced out with filler storyline that pauses the important plot moves too long. Hopefully the next action movie Statham puts out is a better effort from the whole crew.
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