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‘Parker’ – Plenty of fun action, but lacks sophistication (two and half stars)

Posted on 01/26/2013 8:48:02 AM PST by Perdogg

I don't believe there are any spoilers in my review, most of the stuff is shown in the movie ads. Reader discretion is advised.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: hollywood; jasonstatham; moviereview; parker
If you want a movie to escape the winter doldrums, then Parker certainly works. However, being that this is an addition to the series based on the novels by Donald Westlake, which have included actors Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson, I expected a little more sophistication.

Jason Statham plays a criminal named Parker who operates by a stoic code and hired by a man named Hurley, played by the ever aging Nick Nolte, to be a part of a team to rob the Ohio State Fair. The back story that we learn is that Parker is also involved with Hurley’s daughter, Claire, played by Australian actress Emma Booth. Parker is a calm, collective criminal, who operates by a series of codes (I guess that thall shall not steal is not one of them) to bring order to his life. In attempting to calm hostages at the Ohio State Fair, he explains part of his criminal code of ethic is that “[he] only steal from those who can afford it and kill those who deserve it” as opposed to his overbearing team members. During the getaway Parker is informed by the team’s mastermind Melander, played by Michael Chiklis, that proceeds from the robbery was just seed money for a bigger job. However, Parker is not in agreement and wants his $200,000 from the job and is left for dead after a firefight in a Chevy blazer.

Once recovered, Parker is on a mission to get back his proceeds from the robbery at the Ohio State Fair. He begins a manhunt to track down the teams members in order to recover “his” money which takes him to West Palm Beach, Florida. He crosses path with a desperate failed social climber, Leslie Rodgers, played by curvey Jennifer Lopez. Rodgers is an unsuccessful real estate agent who lives with her high maintenance mother because of her financial dilemma. Rodgers is attracted to Parker looks and views him as a ticket out of her boring life and financial failings, and after doing some detective work herself discovers that Parker is up to no good. Despite of this, Rodgers volunteers to help Parker find Melander’s gang for a commission. From there, the movie takes a standard, predictable path to the end.

Not only has Jason Statham been type-casted, but also he appears to continue to play the same character time after time with little variation. Two years ago, Statham stared as Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson character) in a remake of The Mechanic. This seemed to be a reprise of that role. Statham is definitely an action star but either he is incapable of any type of serious development or directors simply do not care. Parker code of ethic is built up during the film, almost to the status of ‘hero’, but it is almost wasted. In The Mechanic, Statham failed to convey Bishop’s weakness of loneness which eventually lead to his downfall.

I have to admit I was surprised on how well Lopez portrayed her character. Leslie’s desperation comes across as real. However, I am not sure if her character flaws were based on the script or by the directing. It seems that eventhough Leslie is a sympathetic figure, who has had to endure the bad behavior of her prospective clients including “being groped”, Leslie still comes across as a greedy gold digger who view the wealthy residents of West Palm Beach with distain. One of the funniest moments in the movie comes when Lopez is order to strip down to her matching underwear by Statham and told to turn around to give the movie audience a view her famous backside a member of the audience shouted “badonk”. There is nudity in the movie from Emma Booth, who waif figure and nose-stud seem to reflect Statham real life younger girlfriend Victoria Secret Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Unfortunately Booth’s figure is not match for Lopez’s.

David Buckley's soundtrack is okay, but no where near a Hans Zimmer.

I still would recommend this movie for a boring Saturday evening: two-and-half stars. Seeing Lopez in her underwear is worth at least half of the ticket cost.

Next Movie review A Good Day to Die Hard in February and, if I have time, Dead Man Down , in March.
1 posted on 01/26/2013 8:48:11 AM PST by Perdogg
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2 posted on 01/26/2013 8:51:40 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg
Parker is a calm, collective criminal, who operates by a series of codes (I guess that thall shall not steal is not one of them) to bring order to his life. In attempting to calm hostages at the Ohio State Fair, he explains part of his criminal code of ethic is that “[he] only steal from those who can afford it and kill those who deserve it”

You might have meant to that that Parker is a calm, collected criminal.

However, given that he is not averse to stealing, that he believes in stealing from the rich, that he's willing to kill people who "deserve" it, then perhaps he does fit the description of a Collective criminal.

3 posted on 01/26/2013 8:58:00 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Perdogg

I’m going to see it for that special thrill of watching a film shot in your backyard, Palm Beach and West Palm Beach FL. The last time I had this experience was seeing “Back to School” the Rodney Dangerfield film released in 1986, that was shot substantially on the University of Wisconsin at Madison campus. I was a graduate student then and exited a windowless lecture hall via a back door only to find I had walked into a scene that was about to be filmed. A director with a bullhorn instructed me to get out of view, and I joined a crowd behind the camera watching the sequence as it was filmed. It is recognizable in the final cut of the film, and is always a special kick to see.


4 posted on 01/26/2013 8:59:32 AM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Perdogg

My wife likes most of Statham’s films, but she said after seeing him on one of the talk shows, she has become disillusioned because he sounds dumber than Sean Penn when he doesn’t have a script.


5 posted on 01/26/2013 9:25:21 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

He steals only from those who make a gross income of over $399,999.


6 posted on 01/26/2013 9:39:19 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

I know what you mean, a bunch of films have been shot recently in New Mexico and it’s always a hoot to see places you know.

The show Breaking Bad, not an episode without some place I recognize.


7 posted on 01/26/2013 3:47:05 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Perdogg

Will check it out i like Jasons movies they are just fun.
Have you seen Ted with Mark Walberg and Mila Kunis it’s very funny and totally un-pc.


8 posted on 01/27/2013 8:24:17 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; GSP.FAN

Looked dumb to me at first. Statham can’t act can he?

But I’ve seen the preview so many times I actually want to see it now. Damn advertising. Maybe I just want to check J-Lo for a wire and bash a guy on the head with a toilet lid.


9 posted on 01/28/2013 12:08:20 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; Perdogg; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj; GSP.FAN

“Looked dumb to me at first. Statham can’t act can he?”

I’ve become a fan after seeing the “Transporter” flicks and “Snatch”. He holds his own in the “Expendibles” movies as well.

“Parker” looks ok...better than most of the fluff that’s out there. Most likely I’ll watch it at home though.


10 posted on 01/28/2013 9:42:01 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Statham is pretty good martial artist. Nice fluid style.

Wonder if he’s on “our” side of the aisle or a libtard?


11 posted on 01/28/2013 9:45:59 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

“Statham is pretty good martial artist. Nice fluid style.”

Agreed.

“Wonder if he’s on “our” side of the aisle or a libtard?”

No idea. I suspect he’s center-right. But, who knows.


12 posted on 01/28/2013 9:56:03 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Well he is a former model,liked him in Snatch “ze Germans” and lock stock and 2 smoking barrels.
His movies are just action stuff you take them for what they are.


13 posted on 01/28/2013 10:13:34 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

For sure. He’s good.


14 posted on 01/28/2013 11:10:11 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; GSP.FAN; NFHale

Who is going to the new Die Hard movie? I saw the first one the night Dukakis gave his DNC acceptance speech.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 11:36:29 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg

Not me ain’t been to a cinema since the first Matrix,,Netflix baby..


16 posted on 01/28/2013 11:48:38 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

I like going to the movie theatre. To me it is worth it to spend the money for the theatre experience. For example, Skyfall was not a good movie, but the experience of watching it on the supersize screen was.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 12:01:27 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg; Impy; GSP.FAN; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj; campaignPete R-CT
“Who is going to the new Die Hard movie?”

I'll pass. While the last one was surprisingly enjoyable, I see this one being a CGI-driven blah fest. When did this son spring up? Ehhh...

Plus, Bruce just blew up Eastern Europe in “Expendables 2”. I'll file it under the new Statham flick...watch it at home when your bored. I'm waiting for: World War Z Stark Trek XLIIV Anchorman 2 The Hangover 3

18 posted on 01/28/2013 12:15:18 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

World War Z is said to be a disaster of a movie,they actually brought Brad Pitt back after months to film some more scenes to try and get the movie to gel..


19 posted on 01/28/2013 12:29:47 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Perdogg

Nah man my Dolby 5.1 and HD flatscreen does me just fine.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 12:31:44 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; Perdogg; Impy; GSP.FAN; campaignPete R-CT

Right now, fiction is not on my radar.


21 posted on 01/28/2013 12:57:25 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: GSP.FAN

Really? Huh...

Looks good to me.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 12:58:53 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: NFHale; Perdogg; Impy; GSP.FAN; campaignPete R-CT

Yes.


23 posted on 01/28/2013 12:59:43 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

He had a son and daughter in the first one, remember the illegal was looking after them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be in this movie as well playing his daughter.


24 posted on 01/28/2013 1:21:31 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: GOPsterinMA

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/World-War-Z-Faces-Even-More-Production-Problems-Brad-Pitt-Silent-Treatment-31882.html


25 posted on 01/28/2013 1:32:01 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: NFHale

So you probably don’t watch the network news then huh. ;d


26 posted on 01/29/2013 12:37:25 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Did you tell the Director “I don’t get no respect.”?


27 posted on 01/29/2013 2:01:31 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Impy

“...don’t watch the network news...”

No, I really don’t, to be honest. Why bother? Bimbo Talking heads with DNC Talking Points.


28 posted on 01/29/2013 10:01:37 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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