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(2.5 STARS) Jason Statham Is Parker: Old-Fashoned Revenge Thriller,
This review is from: Parker (DVD)
A group of five robbers pull off a heist at Ohio State Fair, but because of a disagreement on further action among them, Parker (Jason Statham) is shot and left for dead. Though severely wounded, Parker tracks down the money and those who betrayed him.
The premise may sound familiar to some moviegoers. "Parker" is based on a book "Flashfire" by Donald E. Westlake (or Richard Stark, his pseudonym), an installment of the author's long-running crime novel series featuring the professional criminal Parker, and its first book happens to be "The Hunter," basis of "Point Blank" starring Lee Marvin in 1967, and "Payback" starring Mel Gibson in 1999 (though in both films the main character's name is changed).
So, directed by Taylor Hackford, "Parker" feels more like a modern-day film-noir or character study than an action movie. You don't have many action sequences in "Parker," but when they happen, they are very bloody. There is one standout scene about a knife-wielding assassin (Daniel Bernhardt), which turns out more violent than that of Jason Bourne.
Jason Statham does what he does, and does it effectively as a career criminal with a personal code of honor, but the film's pace is too slow even for this genre and Jennifer Lopez's character, a Miami relator Leslie as comedy relief, is underused. The heist sequences are lazy and unexciting, and most of the interesting supporting players including Michael Chiklis, Clifton Collins Jr. and Nick Nolte are wasted. "Parker" is an old-fashioned crime drama that could have been better with a tighter narrative.