‘Parker’ Trailer: Jason Statham Teams with J-Lo to Steal from Michael Chiklis

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The late Donald E. Westlake’s literary character Parker has been brought to the big screen a handful of times over the past 50 years, but often under a different name (Walker in Point Blank, Porter in Payback, etc.). Jason Statham keeps the Parker name in his film, which portrays the titular anti-hero as an honorable thief who doesn’t steal from the underprivileged and refuses to harm the innocent.

‘The Stath’ gets to don a couple of silly costumes in the trailer for Parker, including a disguise as a grey-haired priest and a Texan playboy with a ten-gallon hat. Rest assured, though, he also does all the macho posturing and butt-kicking (including smashing a man’s face with a toilet tank lid) one would expect from a film featuring the Transporter and Expendables star.

Parker sees its namesake doubled-crossed and left for dead by his crew after a lucrative job, with the duplicitous Melander (The Shield‘s Michael Chiklis) leading the charge. Stath tracks his ex-partners down to Palm Beach, where he finds out they’re planning the heist of a lifetime. However, in order to hijack the score and take sweet revenge, Parker ends up having to join forces with a ‘savvy’ – and, of course, sexy – insider named Leslie (Jennifer Lopez).

Once the trailer is through outlining that plot, we get the expected sizzle reel of rapid-fire action clips, including Stath knocking out baddies with whatever’s handy (be it a bar stool or the aforementioned toilet lid) and making out with J-Lo in the shower. Needless to say: Parker looks to bide by the rules of the Jason Statham formula at every turn.

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Screenwriting duties on Parker were handled by John J. McLaughlin (Man of the House, Black Swan), with Oscar-winner Taylor Hackford (The Devil’s Advocate, Ray) taking directorial duties. The film trades in the grainy, digital, texture of The Expendables 2, in favor of a cleaner look that befits the old-fashioned pulpy caper tale. Moreover, the narrative doesn’t appear to be quite so preposterous as that for Stath’s last solo vehicle, Safe.

Then again, Parker also seems to be lacking the thrill-ride momentum that the best Stath flicks tend to have. Maybe the chemistry between Stath and Lopez will prove to be more volatile than teased in the trailer – or Stath and Chiklis will share the screen more often – but otherwise, this doesn’t appear to be an especially-memorable addition to the actor’s resume.

Parker opens in U.S. theaters on January 25th, 2013.


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  1. alright everybody knows it´s a typical statham movie,but i like his movies. till now i just didn´t watched -safe- and the movie with de-niro and clive owen(forget the name),because it was really a bombardment of his movies. i´ve watched other more important moovies like aveng. and t.d.k.r and at home i had no time to watch movies. but i must make a statham d.v.d night with his cooler movies

  2. Looks like one of Stratham’s better movies unlike Transporter which i never really cared for and the Expendables. I got a feeling i’ll be rooting for Michael Chiklis the entire movie, he is the best love that guy

  3. Ah, the old toilet-tank-lid-to-the-face ploy…

  4. Meh. Interesting (for the usual statham typr plotted movie) but they lost me at Lopez. any movie that shows essentially the entire plot a to z in the trailer is a movie not worth seeing in the theatre in my opinion.

    Statham really needs to do something different, keep the fighting etc but man get into a compelling movie with something different to offer.

  5. The trailer was doing well until the introduction of Jennifer Lopez. She disgusts me in every way.

    • +1

  6. This is Parker in name only.

  7. I hate trailers that give away the entire plot!

  8. I like statham, but he should do more higher profile action films besides just expendables. he needs to work with more well known screenwriters and directors. THese smaller movies can be good. but they all end up looking the same.

  9. Love that Parker is getting another re-adaptation but I hate that this is it.

    • Sorry I dislike her like I dislike the WMD that is Celine Dion.

  10. God,the Trailer gave the whole movie away !
    Who is the idiot who even allowed that ?
    Not worth seeing !!!! I hate when people show everything in the Trailer !

  11. Ok, this may get me banned.

    But, The Parker I knew then was hardboiled and a tough thief.

    The Parker I know now. Is a very limber and cute blonde.

    I am confused.

  12. who is parker ?

  13. Wait!! is this a “Faster” Remake ????

  14. I think this looks quite fresh and fun for a Statham movie, i like that he’s taking the piss out of himself a bit, loved the accent and disguises, granted J-Lo should have taken note of her acting career when she made ‘Enough’!! But she looks like shes in bareable Karen Sisco mode

    One to get on pay per view on a Saturday night