Parker is directed by veteran Taylor Hackford (Proof of Life, Ray) and is all about showcasing Jason Statham as……the tough guy. Very few do tough guy better that Statham. In the tough guy pantheon there is Clint, Bruce and Jason. I think in a battle of the great tough guys, I might vote for Statham with that east end accent. The toughest guy I know is Welsh, played Rugby, looks a bit like Statham and has the same evil smile while he’s kicking the shit out of someone….usually larger than him.
And then there is Jennifer Lopez of the big booty. She plays a down-on-her-luck Palm Beach wannabe mansion broker in credit carded Tahari suits. The great thing here is that she wants Statham, but looses out to sweet-talking Emma Booth. You have to love that reversal. Who but Statham could ignore the advances of JLo?
What you also have to love is that in the Capital of money culture, this story places the money way behind the righteousness. It’s almost like Payback when Mel Gibson only wants his $60k and no more, much to everyone’s dismay. Here Statham wants his $200k and not the $50 million of jewelry. He even does a little Robin Hood for those who have helped him. Just what Palm Beach needs.
The other noteworthy performances were Patty Lupone as JLo’s very cool mom and Nick Nolte as Statham’s wizened mentor. Lupone was refreshing and wonderful and Nolte should just watch reruns of Rich Man Poor Man and stay off the screen. He is a walking ad for tea totaling and collar extenders for the man with the 25 inch neck.