Release:25 January 2013(USA)
★ 6.2 (56,937 votes)
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. view Parker on imdb view Parker on wikipedia
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 one of whom is related to a known mobster. They pull off the job flawlessly and Parker wants to part ways with them. But because he refused to join them for another job 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. 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, they contact the mobster to take care of him. So he sends a killer to take care of him. 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.
IMDb Review 2:
Well, SURE, there are places where you must suspend disbelief (it's not
THAT easy to steal a car, is it?), and SURE there are plot holes, and
SURE there are times when you say to yourself "How did he know to go
there?" BUT...this is one enjoyable film!
IMDb Review 3:
I've read some of Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald Westlake) 'Parker' books and this film pretty much captures the essence of the character. This is not Shakespeare folks. The morality is pretty black and white in these books and Taylor Hackford and the screenwriter captures what this character is about very well. The only thing I found awkward in this film were the flashbacks in the first third -- but that's a screenplay structure issue, not directing issue. Acting-wise, thought everyone did very well with their roles. No, there's not a lot of depth to anyone, except for perhaps Jennifer Lopez's character who makes it clear she's stuck in a dead-end life post-divorce and needs an out. All in all, a very good, entertaining crime thriller. I won't remember this years from now, but it entertained me and kept my attention throughout. And aside from all this, Stratham makes for one good badass! If you like this, definitely check out "The Bank Job" that he starred in: he really shows his acting chops in that one.Parker torrent.