Film review: Parker (15)


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Jason Statham has enjoyed remarkable success in Hollywood for an actor who can't do American accents. He shows that he can't, too, when in this violent crime thriller he briefly masquerades as a Texas oil baron. Oof.

Based on a novel by Donald E Westlake (d.2008) it has Statham as the eponymous Parker, a hardnut and bank robber who turns vengeful after his crew double-cross him. He's not entirely beyond the pale – when he shoots a security guard in the leg, he promises to call an ambulance for him on the road. What a gent!

The action winds up among the super-rich of Palm Beach, where our hero happens upon an ally in Jennifer Lopez's needy estate agent. Taylor Hackford handles the bloody mayhem with journeyman efficiency.