A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.
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Parker is a thief who has an unusual code. He doesn't steal from the poor and hurt innocent people. He is asked to join 4 other guys on a job. They pull it off flawlessly. They tell Parker that what they got can help them set up another job which will net them much more. But Parker doesn't want to join them and asks for his share. But they need it all so they try to kill him. They dispose of his body but someone finds him and he is still alive and takes him to the hospital. After recovering he sets out to get back at the ones who tried to kill him, another one of his codes. Despite being told that they are working for a known mobster which he was not aware of, he still wants to go after them. He learns where they are and poses as a wealthy Texan looking to buy a house. So he hires a real estate agent, Leslie Rogers to show him around. He is actually trying to find out where they're holed up. And when he finds it, he sets out on his plan to get them. But when they learn he is alive, ... Written firstname.lastname@example.org
IMDb Review 1:
As a fan of Donald Westlake's writing -- he did the Parker books under
the pseudonym of Richard Stark -- I have long been bemused by the
inability of film makers to adapt his work for the screen. Westlake
wrote for the screen himself, and the Parker books are nothing but
action and plot. Yes, there's character, but you figure it out from
what Parker and his associates do.
With this, the fourth attempt to film a Parker novel, the film makers
have found a practical if surprising choice for the title role. Jason
Statham is not an actor of great oratorical powers, but he is a great
physical actor, and he moves constantly like an angry tiger in a cage.
The choice of a caper which is set largely in Palm Beach, with its
artificial, pointless display of wealth and no other reason for
existence is the perfect backdrop for the ferocity of Parker in his
battle with Michael Chiklis' Melander; Jennifer Lopez' clueless Leslie,
who gets caught up without understanding what is going on, gives the
audience a good point of view.
Director Taylor Hackford is not a great director, but he is a highly
competent one. Sixty years ago he would have been a major director for
a studio, setting and working in the house style. Give him a story he
can work with and he will hit all the notes, efficiently and
effectively, and he has done so here. If the Parker of this film is
different from the Parker of the books, a bit more philosophical
(although it comes down, in the end, to the tigerish "Do what I tell
you and I will devour you last") we need to remember that a film is
not a book. This is not Donald Westlake's Parker, nor even the Parker I
see when I read the books. However, it's still a very good one and
worth your attention.
IMDb Review 2:
Many people say the same things about Jason Statham, He's a typecast or
he doesn't do anything different. Which is partly true, but he is good
as an action star and in my opinion hes a better actor than what some
say. I don't think he does get enough credit seeing how he got into
films almost by accident.
Anyways Parker has a good revenge/crime story its about a professional
thief who lives by a simple code, don't steal from people who can't
afford it and don't hurt people who don't deserve it. After a
successful heist our man is left for dead by his partners. The film
has good action throughout. lots of hand to hand combat, and violent
ones at that. It also has a better than usual cast and director for a
statham action film (Good villains + hot leading lady).
Overall, I got what I was expecting for $10 as a fan of Jason Statham
and would recommend it for a good popcorn flick.
IMDb Review 3:
I wanted to like this film so much, because I really think Jason
Statham has some serious acting skills and he deserves some good
scripts. Also the story is based on a book, so it should have been
Alas, it was not to be. And it has almost nothing to do with J-Lo being
in the film. The characters are bland, illogical in almost everything
they do, even Parker, the Statham's character. Worst than that: they
are unsympathetic. You have a lot of greedy people, some of them evil,
some of them stupid, and apart from them is Parker, who is not greedy,
just stupid. He puts everybody at risk for his own principles, he gets
beat up and shot a few times and somehow he still walks. It's like
Crank, but without anything fun in it.
I have to say I am a fan of Michael Chiklis, from Vegas, but his role
was small and two dimensional. One dimensional, really, but I was going
with the cardboard metaphor. You wanna know who was the most clear cut
character, the one that did the job and was consistent? Daniel
Bernhardt in the role of the Mafia killing machine.
So, bottom line: a waste of time and of good actors.