Written April 28, 2015
Never having read the Richard Stark novels (pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake); a neophyte, totally ignorant of the protagonist and his exploits, it was stunningly shocking that “Parker” (stoically handsome Jason Statham) was an untoward character, a criminal with ethics, a pugnacious, tenacious, terrifying personage when doubled-crossed; hence, the fast-paced, pungently gory scenario, revolving around Parker’s revenge and his unique code of morality...
Sprinkled with a dragnet of smarmy villains, primarily mendacious “Melander” (Michael Chiklis, “Vegas” is riveting, mesmerizing in the role); and innocent, but sagacious “Leslie” (a surprisingly genuine portrayal by Jennifer Lopez) who is the foil; woeful, struggling Palm Beach real estate agent, implementing Parker’s chimerical plan...
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Written April 19, 2015
I went to see Jason do his thing and I was not at all disappointed. It's an escapist movie with a generally predictable plot, but that's what I was expecting. In fact, it exceed expectations in the sense that it had a couple of different story lines that I thought broke up the typical formulaic approach that movies such as this often have. I had read some reviews that said "Lopez was an unnecessary distraction." I disagree--I think she added to the variety. I think the bad guys were really bad and I think that parker was a "noble" bad guy. The action scenes were excellent--a bit fewer than some of his other movies in some respects. But satisfying. I'd give it 3.25/5 stars---but I think that's a strong rating for this genre. I liked it and I say go. You're not going to leave thinking it's the best thing you've seen, but I don't think you'll leave saying "wish I'd seen something else".
Written August 04, 2015
Jason Statham was at his best in this movie! Lot's of action and some laughs. I rather see JLo as an actress than a singer, she was great!
Written August 31, 2014
This was a great movie. My husband went with me to see it and we both enjoyed it alot. My son will want to go and I will probably go with him also. Statham is great and gorgeous at the same time. Even though Lopez has a small part she does a good job. Nick Nolte looks weird but does a decent job with the small part he plays. Only downside about the movie...NO more cowboy hats for Statham. He is not a cowboy so dont try to portray his character that way. Otherwise I highly recommend the movie.
Written March 01, 2015
Weakest story line and characters I've ever seen in a Jason Stathan action film. The concept of a cross over between a British hunk/martial arts fighter and American trailer trash con just did not work. All the characters lack any spark and fall flat--by the end it didn't matter, to me, if they lived or died. I wasn't really sure when the movie ended but I followed the rest of the auidience leaving the auditorium. This film would truly justify "stealing" a second movie at a multiplex. I have been more invovled, excited and turned on by a electronic store ad I got in the mail than this movie. I've never seen Jenifer L so dull. I don't know if they were trying to make her look unattracive but they did a great job of it. This is one of Jason's bad movies--and I say that with great regret and disapointment. I wanted to like this movie but it was just too boring---cast of dozens shot in dowtown Bush Parie (population 526)..