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Another Jason Statham action film brings thrilling news for some who love seeing their gruff screen hero doing what he does best to bad guys, and groans of déjà vu from others, weary at yet more stylised action sequences, bad accents and corny one-liners that are the Statham trademark.

However, to dismiss Parker, the actor’s new film, in a hurry would be to miss out on some frankly mindless but competently made fun from renowned Ray director Taylor Hackford and Black Swan writer John J. McLaughlin. Not to mention, this film is based on the Donald E. Westlake (as Richard Stark) novel Flashfire taken from a successful series about a ruthless career criminal with principles called Parker, a character brought to screen by Mel Gibson in Payback (1999) and earlier by Lee Marvin in Point Blank (1967). Granted, Parker (2013) has some incredulous plot and subplot situations but is like a guilty Stratham pleasure, »

- Lisa Giles-Keddie

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