Parker (2013)

Posted in Reviews by - July 14, 2013
Parker (2013)

Standard Statham head-cracker bolstered by a decent cast and a good pace. He plays Parker, a crim’ with a conscious who will shoot a guy in the kneecaps and then call for an ambulance. When a crack team of hastily assembled thieves double-cross him after a bank heist in Texas, he is shot and left for dead. He survives, jetting to Florida to seek revenge and thwarting the team’s next target: a jewellery auction worth several million. Parker’s morals extend to his long-suffering girlfriend, as he somehow resists the rather obvious charms of real estate agent Jennifer Lopez, who ends up assisting him on his rampage. Nick Nolte appears as a well-connected father-in-law – an old-time crook with vague mafia connections who talks like he’s passing a kidney stone. The brief violence is consistent with The Stath’s visceral track record; the most punishing being a knife brawl with Daniel Bernhardt┬áin an apartment where the pugilists smash through every conceivable interior hazard. Statham’s grizzled charm carries the film and further cements his reputation as Hollywood’s premier tough guy.

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