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 in 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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