Jason Statham may be the real last action hero. He's never made a film to match Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Predator or T2, but his output has been consistently serviceable in a way that few of his forebears and peers can lay claim to. (It doesn't hurt that, unlike many of said forebears and peers, Statham has the acting chops to match his physicality.) It's this as much as anything else that may account for the actor's success: Coming into his own in the same year that The Bourne Identity altered the landscape of action filmmaking, Statham has forged a sort of middle path between the genre's two extremes. Parker, which is two hours long and spends much of that runtime delving into its title character's vengeance-driven M.O., is decidedly measured and patient. It gives Statham ample time to espouse his rule-following ideology and has viewers share in his relentless quest to get back at the crew who left him for dead after a job. There may be as many strained revelations of Statham's and co-star Jennifer Lopez's troubled inner beings as there are pithy one-liners, but Parker's blend of old-school action ultimately lives up to the promise of the exceptional heist sequence with which it opens.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
- MPAA Rating: R
- Critic's Score: C+
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