Is it just me or does someone else suffer from Stathamitis? Symptoms include a heightened sense of indifference and the inability to tell movies apart that star Jason Statham. The latest in a series of ever more indistinguishable action flicks is called Parker. Based on the main character of a series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake, Parker is an anti-hero with a unique code of professional ethics who at the beginning of the movie pulls off a heist at the Ohio State Fair. Once he and his merry crew get away clean, his accomplices get greedy and leave him for dead.
Parker survives though and tracks down his former partners in crime to Palm Beach where they are plotting their next job. He finds help in the unlikely form of Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a realtor who unwillingly gets involved in the upcoming heist.
As far as action flicks go, Parker is kinda cool with just the right amount of violence, a solid supporting cast (Wendell Pierce, Bobby Cannavele, Nick Nolte,…) and director Taylor Hackford (The Devil’s Advocate, Ray) does a good enough job of making a flashy, enjoyable film that’s fun for an hour and a half and is then forgotten in half that time.