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When you’re going to see a Jason Statham flick you know not to expect ground-breaking cinematic excellence, but even for a standard action-film ‘Parker’ is sub-par. The main issue here is the writing. The story is so simplistic, it could have easily been conveyed satisfactorily within 15 minutes, but has been dragged out to last nearly two hours. This is done in several ways. From the addition of characters completely unconnected to anything in the story, and therefore completely unnecessary, to the blatant replaying of scenes that you saw less than five minutes previously in the form of ‘flashbacks’.

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There is also a confusing lack of a driver for the story. There is no character motivation at all, aside from the unexplained need to kill the bad guys. Parker is set up as a ‘good’ criminal. Someone who is ‘just’ in his stealing things, as he doesn’t hurt anybody doing it. But then he goes out of his way to murder a bunch of people who did the same to him…

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Another downfall of the movie is the awkward and longwinded dialogue, which shows in the acting as well. Both Statham and Lopez are visibly having difficulty trying to portray nonsensical character-interactions.

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All this could still be salvageable as long as the action is great. But, alas, that is not the case here. There is some fighting and shooting, but none of it is particularly interesting or memorable. What is more, the editing is abysmal. Extremely short cuts give a lacklustre sense of action without showing much of anything. An extremely lazy and headache-inducing way of simulating drama.

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In the end ‘Parker’ just fails to entertain. The elongated illogical story, the lacklustre acting, and the bland action merge to form a simply insipid uninteresting sub-par action flick.

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Parker will be in cinemas worldwide at the tail-end of January, but I suggest you skip this one altogether.

Given the gallery of frequently law-unabiding rogues Jason Statham has portrayed in films like Crank and The Mechanic, it is no surprise he warmed to the titular part of a thief in the forthcoming crime thriller Parker. “He’s a man who lives by a certain moral code,” says the Expendables star. “He’s involved in criminal activities but he perceives all business to be in some way crooked. He never steals from people he feels can’t afford it and he doesn’t hurt people that don’t deserve it. So there’s a likeable quality,” he laughs, “to this anti-hero.”

Parker first appeared in the 1962 novel The Hunter, the first of more than 20 books to feature the career criminal written by prolific author Donald E. Westlake under the pen name Richard Stark. The character has previously broken any number of laws in a clutch of movies including 1967’s Point Blank and 1999’s Payback, but always after a name change (in Point Blank, Lee Marvin played “Walker” while, for the Mel Gibson-starring Payback, the character went by the name “Porter”). Parker director Taylor Hackford (Ray, Against All Odds) and screenwriter John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) have, of course, very much rectified that situation, even naming this adaptation of Westlake’s 2001 novel Flashfire in honor of Westlake’s original creation. Parker will be released on Jan. 25 when fans of “the Stath” will get to see him in action alongside Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Patti LuPone and… a whacking great Stetson.

‘“Parker adopts a couple of misleading disguises and that’s why you see me in a Stetson,” explains Statham, who is currently filming the Sylvester Stallone-written Homefront. “They got me [dressed up] as a priest as well. I’m full of surprises in this film.” You can check out exclusive photographs from Parker below. Parker” plays like the bloodiest promotional video ever made for Palm Beach tourism. Stabbings, explosions and furniture-smashing brawls occur at some of the ritziest (and name-checked) locations within the sun-splashed, pastel-soaked slab of Florida opulence. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the idea of The Breakers. The city is the setting for an elaborate, $50 million jewel heist as well as some revenge doled out with the usual machine-like efficiency by Jason Statham.

As the title character, the anti-hero of many of the novels by Richard Stark (the pseudonym of the late Donald E. Westlake), Statham is stepping into a well-known persona. But he’s not exactly pushing himself outside his comfort zone; he’s on auto-pilot here, despite the obvious physical demands of the part. Parker is the kind of thief who lives by a civilized, self-imposed code – one he expects others to adhere to, as well. But this is the same character Statham always plays: quietly cool, dryly British, powerfully lethal. Director Taylor Hackford’s rather perfunctory action film is actually more compelling before it even gets to Palm Beach, as Parker makes his way from Ohio to Texas to New Orleans before reaching his final destination.

This is where the character’s resourcefulness comes in handy, as he goes from one stolen car and one cheap motel room to the next, navigating sundry lowlifes in between. Parker has been double-crossed by his partners (including Michael Chiklis and Wendell Pierce) on a daring robbery of the Ohio State Fair. Although these guys have serious mob connections, he seeks his revenge by tailing them to their next job: hitting the auction of some major jewels that belonged to a late Palm Beach society maven. Jennifer Lopez co-stars as local real estate agent Leslie Rodgers, who’s been struggling financially and emotionally since her divorce.

When Parker pretends to be a rich Texan looking for a vacation home (complete with a big ol’ cowboy hat and an obviously fake drawl), Leslie shows him around and hopes for a hefty commission. But once she starts snooping into her intriguing new client’s background, she learns too much and wants a piece of the action. Lopez gets a couple of amusing lines, and theoretically is here to provide some comic relief as the wide-eyed fish out of water. (An underused Patti LuPone classes things up a bit as her sassy Latina mama.) But playing weak and girlish isn’t exactly Lopez’ strong suit, and she never functions as a potential romantic interest for Parker because it’s been well-established that he’s in love with Claire (Emma Booth), the daughter of his grizzled mentor (Nick Nolte), who is well aware of the dangers of the life he’s chosen and sticks by him nonetheless.

So basically, we’re just here to ogle J.Lo’s world-famous derriere as she turns around slowly in a polka-dotted bra and panty set. It is also a popular tourist destination. “Parker,” a FilmDistrict release, is rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity. Running time: 118 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.


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