Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead. Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to PalmBeach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.
About an hour into Parker it occurred to me that there hadn’t been a single commercial break. Not once did an obnoxious pop-up appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen advertising some new sitcom. The film didn’t even open with a statement warning that it had been edited for mature content and time constraints. Parker felt wrong without those cable TV hallmarks, and it certainly isn’t the type of film you want to spend two hours cooped up in a theater with. It’s the kind of film you can tune out on, run for a snack, or even channel surf for a few minutes without missing a beat. It’s dumb enough that you can enjoy it in fits and starts, but in a theater, I found myself squirming in my seat between the bigger story beats. The movie... Read Review