Parker is based on a novel series by Richard Stark, the alter ego of the late Donald E. Westlake. The movie is a heist and revenge movie that stars Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez. It is better than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand.
Jason Statham is Parker, the anti-hero. He is on the wrong side of the law but has a complicated code of ethics. He steals without any remorse but only from people who can afford it. He wouldn’t hurt you when you stumble upon him while doing a crime as long as you do what he tells you. He doesn’t hurt innocents but will harm you if you get in his way.
During the opening of Parker, a double cross takes place. The crew does a heist at the Ohio State Fair but it doesn’t go smoothly as planned. After they escape, Melander (Michael Chiklis) wants Parker to give his share of the loot to help finance the next job. Melander describes the next job as the score of a lifetime.
Parker is skeptical about the next heist. He refuses and gets shot, robbed and dumped at the side of the road. He recovers and wants to take back what is his from the men who left him for dead. He tries to figure out what the next job would be and where it is happening. His hunt takes him to Palm Beach County, Florida, where he meets Leslie (Jennifer Lopez). She is a real estate agent looking for her first commission.
Parker is directed by Taylor Hackford. It is not a perfect movie and has its absurdities. Melander and his team plan to commandeer a fire truck. Patti Lupone, who plays Jennifer Lopez’ mother, is a bit over the top with her acting. The script also calls for some ditzy moments featuring Jennifer Lopez.