I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Jason Statham is the most consistent and possibly the only viable action star we have. Now this isn’t to say we don’t enjoy seeing Stallone and Schwarzenegger movies when they come out, but their prime is in the past. And a good argument could be made for Tom Cruise to be the king of action movies, but he also does other types of films as well, so the consistency that Statham has is not there. Film for film Statham does solid, often lower budget action films that even when they are bad, they are thoroughly enjoyable thanks to Statham’s screen presence and charisma. He has been on a solid role the past year or so with the Expendables films, Blitz, Killer Elite, Safe, and now Parker. And he shows no signs of slowing down with his upcoming involvement in the Fast and Furious films, the fantastic looking Hummingbird, Homefront and Heat. Bring it on.
Parker (Statham) is one of the best thieves around. He operates by a strict code of not stealing from the poor and not hurting anyone who doesn’t deserve it. After being betrayed on a heist and left for dead, Parker returns to get his cut and make things right. He is joined by a real estate agent (Jennifer Lopez) with nothing to lose and together they formulate a plan to take down the ones responsible and make off with an even bigger payoff.
Donald E. Westlake’s literary character Parker has been portrayed in multiple films including Mel Gibson’s Payback, but Parker is the first film to actually use the same character name as in the novels. While Parker may not rank as one of the best Statham movies ever, it is still a heck of a lot of fun. It has more of an 80s action thriller vibe than Statham’s usual action packed flicks. Statham is great in the role that seems tailor made for him, and it was great to see Lopez really having fun with a role as well. The action scenes are well done and the story arc is entertaining as well with the always enjoyable Michael Chiklis as the main baddie here and a solid supporting performance by Nick Nolte. I think overall Payback is the better film, but Parker seems to have more fun with its subject matter. Parker still holds a solid spot on Statham’s latest string of very enjoyable action flicks.
The Blu-ray from eOne is very nice. The picture is strong, clear and finely detailed throughout with nice colors, especially in the Florida scenery shots. Parker is a great deal of fun and another nice addition to the Statham canon.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.