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Despite visuals, Parker falls short

By Valerie Edwards/reporter

Jason Statham uses his good looks and bad boy charm to woo Jennifer Lopez in the new action film, Parker. Unfortunately, the romance proves more flat than fiery. Photo courtesy FilmDistrict
Jason Statham uses his good looks and bad boy charm to woo Jennifer Lopez in the new action film, Parker. Unfortunately, the romance proves more flat than fiery. Photo courtesy FilmDistrict

Jason Statham’s latest attempt at building his action movie résumé has failed and failed miserably.

Parker, a movie about a heist expert who gets pistol-whipped out of money owed to him, has the stereotypical fight scenes, love triangles and overall lousy acting. The twist in this movie is giving Parker a soft side and cliché phrases to emphasize that he “only kills those that deserve it” or “steals from those that are rich.” Luckily, Statham is easy on the eyes. That alone will keep the interest of many.

The movie is set in wealthy Palm Beach, Fla., and the affluence is only accentuated when Statham meets with a real estate agent, played by Jennifer Lopez, to browse homes in the area.

Statham pretends to be a rich Texas oilman, but his attempt to speak with a Texas accent would make any native cringe.

Lopez eventually discovers Statham is not who he says he is and learns the real reason he is in town — the massive heist set to take place the following day.

Unfortunately, Lopez helps to create a lackluster love triangle that is difficult to watch and is eye-roll-worthy. Knowing the background of both actors, fans may expect a fiery screen chemistry, but this is not the movie for that. Instead, the plot simply drags along with predictability and sub-par supporting actors and stories.

Considering the movie was based on the bestselling series of books by Donald E. Westlake, the premise had hope. However, the movie does not deliver.

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