One Minute Review: Parker (2013)

Release Date
January 25, 2013
Director
Taylor Hackford
Screenplay
John J. McLaughlin
Based On A Novel By
Donald E. Westlake
Distributed By
FilmDistrict
Budget
$35 million
Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity
118 minutes

Parker

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.

 

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