A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.
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Parker is a thief who has an unusual code. He doesn't steal from the poor and hurt innocent people. He is asked to join four other guys on a job. They pull it off flawlessly. They tell Parker that what they got can help them set up another job which will net them much more. But Parker doesn't want to join them and asks for his share. But they need it all so they try to kill him. They dispose of his body but someone finds him--he is still alive--and takes him to the hospital. After recovering he sets out to get back at the ones who tried to kill him, another one of his codes. Despite being told that they are working for a known mobster which he was not aware of, he still wants to go after them. He learns where they are and poses as a wealthy Texan looking to buy a house. So he hires a real estate agent, Leslie Rogers to show him around. He is actually trying to find out where they're holed up. And when he finds it, he sets out on his plan to get them. But when they learn he is alive, ... Written by
When Parker is holding the chair to Hardwicke's brother's neck, he threatens to break his trachea. This is possibly a reference to one of Statham's previous movies, Safe (2012), where he breaks someone's trachea and says "I didn't know tracheas could break." See more »
As Lesley and Parker drive in the Bentley for the first time the upper side of Lesley's door is in dark blue/black leather, the next shot the leather is beige, the following shot its in dark blue black again. this change in color (different cars obviously) is seen in various scenes throughout the movie for example when Parker was pretending to read a newspaper when he was actually watching the main villain, and when he is driving with Lesley in another following shot it is in beige, however when he tells her to get out of the car the upholstery is in blue. See more »
[points the gun]
Do what I say and you won't get hurt.
[tried to take out gun from holster]
Mine's bigger than yours.
[shoots him in the leg]
It's not the size, it's how you use it.
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While I wasn't aware there was already a "Parker" character (in books that is), I was more drawn to the movie because of the director. Taylor Hackford has done some extraordinary work. Be it "Officer and Gentleman", "Devil's Advocate" or my personal favorite "Blood in Blood out". But you can't compare this to any of those movies of course. I was however surprised seeing him working with Jason Statham. A man more known for his action filled roles.
And while this might not be one of the better works of Hackford, it still is good action cinema. Michael Chiklis has been better though, although he doesn't get much to play with here. Jennifer Lopez gets to play in a good movie too for once (after U-Turn and Out of Sight), but don't expect to see too much of her here. This is the Statham show and that is pretty obvious.
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