A principled thief seeks vengeance against the gang of criminals who left him for dead following a major heist as author Donald E. Westlake's pulp anti-hero returns to the screen under the assured direction of Hollywood veteran Taylor Hackford (The Devil's Advocate, Ray). When veteran thief Hurley (Nick Nolte) assembles a crackerjack crew for a big heist at the Ohio State Fair, his fiercely independent protégé Parker (Jason Statham) is the perfect man to take the lead on the job. Together with Melander (Michael Chiklis), Ross (Clifton Collins Jr.), Hardwicke (Micah Hauptman), and Carlson (Wendell Pierce), Parker successfully pulls off a daring daytime heist that nets the crew more than $1 million. But when Parker respectfully declines Melander's offer to invest their take in an ambitious diamond heist with a massive potential payday, he is unceremoniously shot and left for dead. Unfortunately for Melander and his gang, Parker is still very much alive, and he's determined to have his revenge. With the help of Hurley and Hurley's daughter Claire (Emma Booth), Parker manages to learn that the heist will take place in West Palm Beach, FL, and he travels there to pose as a wealthy Texan seeking to purchase a new home. Meanwhile, astute real-estate agent Leslie Rodgers (Jennifer Lopez) quickly sees through Parker's game and asks to get a cut of the action. Now a team, Parker and Leslie figure out that the gang is planning to hit a high-profile jewelry auction. All they have to do is wait until Melander and his men have pulled off the heist. Once the jewels are secure and the thieves are lying low at a local house, the stage will be set for Parker to take his revenge and make a small fortune in the process.~Jason Buchanan
NOWADAYS, this is my favorite crime-thriller genre of "starring-Jennifer Lopez" films! In "PARKER" (2013) Jennifer Lopez is sharing the lead with Jason Statham in a "comedic"-crime-thriller. Jason Statham is just naturally, innately "slightly comedic," without him even trying! ("PARKER" is a slightly comedic, quasi-crime-thriller, maybe "comedy-speaking," this is more like her work in the early 1995 film, "MONEY TRAIN," with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.) I like "PARKER" here in 2019, because it has a very nice interesting unique skillful-acting cohesiveness to it! The two actors have an unique and interesting connectivity-chemistry that is "captured on celluloid!"
But, MOST OF ALL, she has matured massively as a good (fine) actress since OUT-OF-SIGHT, 20 years ago! For me, Jennifer Lopez is very pleasant, (and extemely enjoyable here) to watch as an beautiful, charismatic actress in her role in PARKER, more than in any of her other crime-thriller films.
Three other good films in this crime-thriller genre starring Jennifer Lopez come to mind. They are all pre-2000, which makes them sort-of-dated, "socially," NOW. This word, "datedness," I am referring to here in my writing is: "PERHAPS 'datedness' is akin-like to a 1950's Glenn Ford Film-Noir-crime-thriller-genre-of-Movies type of 'datedness.'
[Still, I love most all of Glenn Ford Movies!]
I am here referring strictly to a socio-description of criminal-and-law-enforcement-activity as reflected in the chronological history of making-movies. AND Even THAT movie-making culture does change, along with the social changes in society! I think "PARKER (2013)" demonstrates very well the flavor and timber of a more current milieu of film-making and even today's (2019) social culture, maybe even a more current pseudo-Zeitgeist that we're passing through from ~2007-to-2019!
The magic of Jennifer Lopez is that in each of her crime-thrillers she presents at least a different chemistry-coagulation of character-acting with different excellent-actors/leading men. 1. BLOOD AND WINE, with Jack Nicholson (1996). 2. U-TURN, with Sean Penn (1997), directed by the very talented Oliver Stone and, 3. OUT OF SIGHT, with George Clooney (1998).
Of these above four, U-TURN is probably the most gripping and most-5-star-rating. AFTER that comes, OUT-OF-SIGHT, as her top two crime-thriller films. Both 20+years ago. BUT, PARKER (2013) has a well-coagulated, more-recent, more "modern" chemistry between Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez that is as unique as both Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham are UNIQUE and so-INDIVIDUAL!
Furthermore, "PARKER" is a comedic-mildly-flavored crime-thriller (a la a humorous Robin Hood & Maid Marion slightly-far-removed). This influence depicted in "PARKER" is unlike the relatively heavily drama-laden crime thrillers she starred in circa 20+ years ago in the 4 films that come to my mind above! [There is also a 5th excellent film made slightly later than 2000. It is the very excellent "ENOUGH" (2002) with gravitas-leading man, BILL CAMPBELL (in another of his excellent performances as an actor). "ENOUGH" ALSO fits in that earlier heavily-drama-laden crime-thriller category. And there are many more others, too. She has done so many crime-thrillers!] 'Nuff said as a review of "PARKER (2013)," "crime-thriller!"
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
good action movie. good action, story line, and ending
Parker exists in 29 stories written by Donald E. Westlake incase your interested. The character is pretty impressive in that he has his code and he abides by it. Statham plays him very straight (unlike Mel Gibson's take in Payback). The story sets it's self up for a big job in the beginning that falls apart after the band of thief's that Parker works with decided to give him two options after their mediocre heist. Parker being the resourceful guy he is skillfully gets back on his feet after being crossed. So the majority of the movie is nothing more than a big set up (similar to Tomas Jane's Punisher) where Parker gets help from a real state woman (Ja Lo). In the process he runs into a hitman which led to one of the better fight scenes I've seen in awhile. In the end Parker gets what he wants (mostly in the way he planed on it) all while sticking to his code.
I love the Parker series. I read them in Jr and Sr High and adored them. When Mel Gibson was signed on to be Parker, I was hyped. They then changed his name, added in stupid subplots and a bunch of stuff I didn't like. I hated Payback for the most part, until I heard about the workprint version. It was Parker, with a different name. They finally released that as Parker: Straight Out Director's Cut, and all was somewhat right. We had a Parker movie. But I wanted more.
Enter Jason Statham as Parker. Most people see this as yet another Transporter film, but this was now a true Parker movie. He was sincere, he was brutal, he was out to get what was owed to him, and nothing more. Being an adaptation of Flashfire didn't matter: This was Parker!!!
If you are a fan at all of the Parker series, get this. It is a solid Parker adaptation through and through, English accent and all. The supporting cast is great, as is it's being true to the Parker feel as a whole. Highly recommended.
not fan of jlo but jason statham movies are usually entertaining so gave this move a shot...reluctantly. i have to say she wasnt bad in the movie and it was quite entertaining. of course the story is a little unbelievable but kinda par for the course for a statham movie. i always say jason statham movies definitely have a ceiling, meaning you cant expect to be awed but the floor is always solid and entertaining. when you rent or stream movies, your usually more concerned about the floor than the ceiling. didnt expect much from this movie and it was pretty good.
I love Jason Statham films because he can deliver the kind of action that martial arts fans like myself want. It's a great action film and Jennifer Lopez's performance was good for comedic relief. Other reviews were mostly negative only because the film really didn't adapt to the book. If you're looking for an oscar winning performance, then look elsewhere.