... first off let me get this out there... I liked the film over all, Statham was good as Parker, I would put him behind Lee Marvin and Robert Duvall but ahead of the rest of the pack.... the over all cast was solid to excellent with Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Daniel Bernhardt, Bobby Cannavale and Emma Booth in fine supporting roles.
The weak link? Jlo... it was like she was in a Dortmunder film rather than a Parker flick... it's not that she's bad on screen, it's that she's too light and comedic in her presence. She has done gritty before, but here she just can't carry it off. I would have loved to see an Elizabeth Perkins or a Dina Myers in her role... that said I wonder what it would have been like if she had played Claire?
Solid plot, that I was with when it was driving forward like in the books, it was only when it got into J lo feeling sorry for herself and quipping that things started to drag. One interesting thought that came to me was, what if J Lo played Claire (as I already mentioned) or what if Chicklis was Parker?
final grade? C+/ 7.00 I will check it out again on blu/DVD and want to hear a commentary track. I hope there is enough interest in the film to green light a follow up, maybe one where the film makers are able to take a stronger hand and play Parker with more grit.
(my car when I came out of seeing Parker)
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