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Movie review: Parker

Badly acted bad guys and J. Lo having the hots for Jason Statham leaves a little to be desired in this heist flick.

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February 2, 2013 | 10:47 a.m. CST

The premise of Parker is spelled out for the audience pretty early in the film by the title character himself. Parker (Jason Statham) only steals from those who can afford it and only hurts those who ask for it, which is apparently a lot of people.

Things go badly for Parker in the beginning when the crew he works with leaves him for dead on the side of the road after a million-dollar heist. An extreme overreaction by the bad guys (his former crew) sets the tone for this violent and, at times, over-the-top film.

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From that point Parker is set on thwarting his foes’ next heist. He steals and kills his way down to Palm Beach where he disguises himself as a rich Texan, complete with snakeskin cowboy boots and a terrible Texas accent. English guys and southern accents clearly do not mix.

Once in Palm Beach, Parker teams up with Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a real estate agent desperate for some cash. J. Lo’s character doesn’t do much for the film except to awkwardly hit on Parker multiple times and make his job harder in general.

Besides the accent, Statham’s acting was strong, which is something that could not be said for many of the other actors, especially the guys in Parker’s former crew. They did not play angry well, and they went from calm to put-a-gun-to-your-head mad a few too many times, which got old.

The beginning and ending scenes are the obvious highlights of the film, mostly because of the intricacy of the explosive (literally) heists the characters pull off. Although the middle drags at times, the action scenes make up for it, and viewers who are fans of a little violence will be satisfied by the bloody fight scenes.

Vox Rating: V V

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