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Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don's short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean. Also starring Michael Chiklis.
The great crime novelist Donald E. Westlake was so prolific that he required several pen names to attach to books that covered all the writing styles at his command. Much loved by many was Richard Stark, Westlake's moniker for the author who wrote about a deliciously enigmatic professional thief named Parker. Parker has shown up in several movie adaptations, but Parker is the first to identify him with that name. Even though hulking bulldog Jason Statham plays him with the brute force and inelegant craft that has made the actor such a predictable action hero, Parker neatly captures the essence of the man that Westlake/Stark painted on the page. Parker is ostensibly based on the Parker novel Flashfire, though its plot is essentially the same kind of revenge tale all the other Parker character movies have been. After a well-planned heist (a terrific sequence staged at the Ohio State Fair), Parker's cohorts double-cross him and leave him for dead. But he recovers like the superhuman criminal hero he is and goes on a laser-focused quest to get back his share of the score--nothing more, nothing less. If it so happens that he kills a bunch of worse bad guys and ends up with far more than was owed him along the way, well, Parker won't complain. Veteran director Taylor Hackford more than carries the weight for both Parker and Statham, crafting set pieces and entertaining crime fantasies right up to the inevitable happy ending for our felonious yet principled protagonist. Parker makes his way from Ohio to New Orleans to Palm Beach, among other places, in tracking down the gang that jacked him. Each setting has a distinct sense of place, and we root for Parker in exactly the right way to show that bad guys can often be good even when they're doing terrible things. The Palm Beach third act is first rate, not least because of Jennifer Lopez, who plays a lonely real-estate agent who haplessly teams with Parker for some less than predictable shenanigans. Lopez seems to be hoping for the same kind of impact she made in Steven Soderbergh's terrific Elmore Leonard adaptation Out of Sight way back in 1998. Though Parker is not nearly as great a movie, Lopez truly shines. The same goes for an interesting and committed supporting cast that includes Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Patti LuPone, Bobby Cannavale, and a thoroughly ravaged-looking Nick Nolte. Lots of movies have made heroes out of criminals--yay! the bad guy wins!--and Parker makes a fine entry to the world of violent, fun fantasies in which crooks come out on top. Statham's line featured in the Parker trailer pretty much describes his ethos as well as the movie's slick take on crime-does-pay: "I don't steal from people who can't afford it, and I don't hurt people who don't deserve it." Would that all Hollywood action movies could carry the same credo. --Ted Fry
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where they dress up as clowns and Parker(jason statham) is dressed as a priest,
one of them set a fire on some hat bails to make distraction while the other two cut into a couple of safe's to still the money
parker goes in while the people are running from the fire and holds a gun on the peopl ein the little room where the money is while the other 2 steal the money, they are get in the suv and get away, one of the guys tells parker, they want his help- for another even bigger job
parker tells them no ,anyway they decide since he doesn't want to help, they will kill him
there is a fight inside the suv, people get shot and parker and thrown out on the street while its moving , they
come to a stoop and go back to shoot parker in the head to make sure he is dead
they push into the river and go ahead, well, guess what parker is seriously hurt but not dead
some people and some kids come down the street and the women sees parker a stranger to them
and the older guy goes down to the river and gets parker and the kids help put him in the back of the flat bed truck
they take him to the hospital he wakes up later, no one knows who he is, he escapes the hospital
so now, he is on a mission to go back and get his share of the money
all hell breaks loose and alot of blood shed, but he meets Jennifer Lopez, she plays a real estate agent
she lives with her mom, remember that part, she is almost broke and her maybe re processed
anyway, parker meets her accidentally , and she is part of all of this,
so, watch this and see if he gets his money and how jennifer lopez helps him
at the end you might shed a tear or two and there is mention of a angel!
its a good show! then go watch mechanic resurrection , another great movie
Professional Thief named Parker(Jason Statham) is double crossed by the people he is working with, after a job goes perfectly. When Parker recovers, he soon declares revenge. He teams up with a real estate agent(Jennifer Lopez), who stumbled onto him. Will Parker succeed in taking down the people that double crossed him?
Jason Statham is Kick-ass as usual. Jennifer Lopez is alright in spots, but it's clear she is nothing more than eye candy. And she and Statham have 1 percent chemistry. But there some good suspenseful moments and Nick Nolte and Michael Chiklis are good in there supporting roles. This is a average film.
Jennifer Lopez plays the female counter part and does a good job - especially compared to some of her other movies. She plays an unsuccessful real estate agent in this movie. Nick Nolte plays a role in this movie, too. He does not need to do a lot of acting, just be himself. So, it is a good mix of actors that make this movie entertaining.
Besides seeing a lot of blood in this movie, there are some funny scenes here and there. The mix of action, fun, and just regular story is really good. Definitely worth watching, but not a must see.
that it has lead me to all his recent releases. From his mention of the girl in the car( so stop shooting) & his chemistry with De Nero in Killer Elite to the touching scene with his daughter on the dock in Homefront, his kindness manages to show in every film . Would love to see him in a straight story. Thanks for this opportunity. O. Davidson Clarendon Hills, IL