The first trailer for director Taylor Hackford’s (Ray) crime thriller Parker has been released. Based on the novel series by Donald E. Westlake, the film stars Jason Statham as a professional thief who lives by a set of rules: don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. When his crew double crosses him and leaves him for dead, he sets out to seek revenge during their biggest heist ever. The pic is a slight departure from Statham’s standard shoot-em-up action fare, but this trailer still has its share of clichés. Moreover, Statham inexplicably plays a lot of dress-up for his heists, disguising himself as a priest and as a rich Texan (with a terrible accent). If you’re a fan of Statham and his films, this is probably right up your alley. If not, Parker looks unlikely to change your mind.
Clickonline writes "I want to emphasis, this IS NOT a list of the year’s greatest action movies. Far from it*. This just catalogues the most dynamic, most kinetic, most ‘Holy-Balls-did-you-just-see-t hat’ sequences of 2013.
*Example, Fast Six has so many good bits it’s too hard to snare just one. Parker on the other hand…"
Action star Jason Statham teams up with veteran Hollywood filmmaker Taylor Hackford in Parker, an unapologetic old fashioned action thriller that gives the Stath a little more to work with in his portrayal of one of crime fiction’s beloved characters.
Nicholas of Movies Hate You Too writes:
This week in the continuing roller coaster that is the Blu-ray release schedule we are packed with both new and catalog releases. Just a few of the new releases include Schwarzenegger and Statham, there’s more bad teen supernatural melodrama, Soderbergh’s final film and the ”Indian” scientist from Short Circuit gets behind the camera. The catalog titles are even more diverse with beloved Japanese animation, a lot of schlocky horror, an early attempt to make a Marvel superhero movie, a vacation from hell and a lot of classic gangsters just to start with.