Parker is quite the enjoyable classic heist/revenge movie; with its leading man, Jason Statham, once again proving that his rock-hard body is more than a match for any weapon or foe. With Jennifer Lopez in the supporting actress role, along with appearances by Nick Nolte, Parker plays out as a moderately thrilling movie, with plenty of quips along the way to keep the audience chuckling.
Parker (Statham) is a world class thief, renowned for his strict ethical code, and impeccable prowess. After a botched, but successful, heist, Parker’s team attempts to kill him, seizing his share of the loot to fund a new operation. Unfortunately for them, they only shot Parker three times (expect to see a blood drenched Statham more than once). Those point blank scratches barely slow Parker down as he immediately begins searching for their whereabouts, and planning his revenge. Jumping from hotwired car to hotwired car, Parker lands himself in Palm Springs, hot on the trail of his mutinous team. Teaming up with real-estate agent Leslie Rodgers (Lopez) Parker deduces what the target of the thieves is, and how he can steal their prize from them.
Parker’s strict ethical code sets him apart from the average movie thief, though not by much. Simply, if he says he is going to do something, he will. Other thieves have had similar codes, attempting to draw upon the irony of the old saying: “There’s no honor amongst thieves.” Parker’s entire vendetta spawns from his belief that if he doesn’t hold up his end of the bargain it invites chaos. If I were chaos, I’d be sure to stay well out of Parker’s way. While his hands of steel may not stop a knife, you can be sure that when he yanks the little pig sticker out, someone’s face is in for a makeover, Statham style.