Sunday, January 27, 2013


Director Taylor Hackford’s Parker is a fine action/thriller thanks to Jason Statham of the Transporter series.


Like Mel Gibson’s character in Payback, Statham’s Parker is a crook, who just wants what is owed to him and is after the men who stole his share of a robbery and left him for dead. 


I’m a big fan of Statham and was looking forward to this portrayal and am happy to say he didn’t let me down.  I, also, liked the fact John McLaughlin’s script kept a logic to Parker’s travails.

Michael Chiklis is strong as the leader of the team that swindled Parker, Australian newcomer Emma Booth is splendid as Parker’s girlfriend and Patti LuPone is excellent as the mother of Jennifer Lopez’ character. 
As for Jennifer, her performance is up and down, but mostly up in spite of some of the cheesy lines she’s been given. 


For fans of the action/thriller genre, I give Parker a 4; for others, it’s a 3+.

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