Parker (2 Out of 5 Graves)
Ever since Jason Statham first rolled into my awareness as the kick *ss driver from “The Transporter” series I’ve always enjoyed his films. They are fast paced, don’t take themselves too seriously, and are a good way to feed the guilty pleasure of watching “dumb” action movies.
So when I rented Parker I was looking for more of the same, hoping to get my action movie junkie fix on. Unfortunately it just doesn’t deliver. It could have, but it didn’t. I think the issues is really that the writer and director tried to put too much thought into it. It’s a dumb action movie, don’t try to make it more complicated than it needs to be.
The key issues came down to some very simple things. First of all, how many guys can Parker shoot in the leg? He is supposed to be ruthless and tough, but doesn’t seem to really live up to the reputation. Secondly, I thought they put way too much into Jennifer Lopez’s character Leslie Rodgers. Did they really need to spend so much time on her? She was a footnote in the movie, not a major player. And what a horrible portrayal of the average person. So if I’m down on my luck I’ll be willing to do anything for money? I get that they wanted to make it sympathetic, but it was just so poorly done it made it hard to watch.