January 27th, 2013 at 11:14 am by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated R
2 hours

Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte

Don’t look now but Jason Statham has cornered the market as Hollywood’s toughest anti-hero with a permanent five o’clock shadow.

Statham gives his cool, rugged persona a violent workout playing “Parker”, in this rousing revenge thriller. He’s the high minded crook who lives by his own code of conduct, no matter how much he irritates the crime boss and invites retribution.

“Parker’s” such a stubborn maverick. The pictures got no place to go except to test the limits of brutality. “Parker’s” got a score to settle, and with the help of Jennifer Lopez, he just might turn the tables on the gang that left him for dead.

“Parker’s” such a stylish thriller, reminiscent of so many earlier gangster yarns about the independent loner.

Statham isn’t much of an actor, but he’s got charisma, and for the demands of this role, his rugged charisma’s quite enough.

“Parker’s” fast paced action will keep you wide awake in spite of the film’s distorted sense of morality. This lively caper yarn makes off with three stars.

And Statham carries it off without smiling even once.

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