|, March 7, 2013 and the Terms and Policies, Via Dave, here’s a fellow who saw a rough cut of the film and reviews it (spoilers). I see a crapload of movies and trailers in my job (I’m a film reviewer), and this looks like a trailer designed to tick pretty much all the boxes for a Statham movie, not a Parker movie. And secondly of all, if we have the books, why do we NEED any movies? Actually, we have a right to be pissed for any reason we damned well choose to be pissed. Where do you think I like it? Watch the Parker movie trailer, starring Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. To the filmmakers, this was the essential stuff, and everything else was disposable–too offputting, too different, too hard to explain in the context of the type of film they were making. Things get off to a flying start, but you just know your luck isn't going to hold. Directed by Steven Bernstein. Then I’ll post what I think of the film. And yeah, I can’t tell where they’re going with the relationship. To my previous point, call him Porter, Walker, or Smith or Jones, but why use the name Parker if it isn’t truly the Parker from the novels? A naive nineteen-year-old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards. But they couldn’t resist softening up the character a little bit. They’ve clearly stayed very close to the book (Flashfire), so even though Parker isn’t really Parker, it’s still one of Parker’s adventures. I can’t stay away. Or it could just be crap. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. That’s also about stealing stolen valuables. It’s interesting that his sense of professionalism is so offended by being simply shortchanged by these guys at the beginning of the book–they don’t kill him, they don’t even send him away empty-handed, they just don’t give him his full share–that he goes to considerable risk to get more money than the entire original bank job would have netted, and then instead of just taking that money and going home, he heads to Florida to take the valuables away from them, after they’ve done the hard work. Dec 14, 4:29 pm. We know they’ll never be as good. Parker Is A Skilled Thief With A Very Specific Moral Code; Never Kill Anyone Who Doesn't Deserve It And Never... Watch Parker trailer at Contactmusic.com. No Country for Old Men? ;-) lol. Look at Boardwalk Empire, Dexter or the Sopranos as just 3 examples of what people are willing and wanting to watch in their own homes. But it could have been something even better, and yes, different. | Rating: 1.5/4.0 And remember, DEW’s favorite Parker was Duvall–who, in the film, had a brother. You can’t judge a nearly two-hour film based on a 2 minute trailer. Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez star in the crime thriller. Obviously they took the key gimmick of Flashfire–that Parker is stealing from the guys who stole from him–it was a mildly interesting twist, given Parker’s general allergy to interfering in anybody else’s job (you will recall, he killed a fellow heister he kind of liked in “The Rare Coin Score” for doing that very thing). Tag: Movie Trailers Movie: Parker Daring, ruthless and meticulous, Parker (Jason Statham) is one of the most successful thieves in the business. That “personal code” stuff is kind of deplorable, but again, it’s Hollywood, they have to make the main character palatable for the mass audience. But again, what a weird pick to start a proposed film franchise. He’s an antihero born of a different time and the kinds of guys who diercted movies like this: Don Seigel, Sidney Lumet, Jean Pierre Melville, Jules Dassin, John Huston are all dead and gone. There’s a scene early on in the book where Parker plainly says he’d throw Leslie over a balcony if she rats him out, wonder if they cut that out. Most successful adaptation was Payback, and that was purely because of Mel Gibson’s box office drawing power (back when he still had it). Up until that point, it's surprising how enjoyable it is. Strike two. ;-) lol. I think Chris has hit several points on the head of this new film. Regal Jason Statham is game as usual, but Parker is a thoroughly generic and convoluted heist movie. Parker Critics Consensus. Parker . Watch Parker movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. Plus, I noticed he says the “code” nonsense while he’s reassuring the “civilians” during the Heist. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. And I’ve gone on record as liking Slayground (for the film itself; not as the perfect Parker representation, which it sure as heck is not). But you, sir, are no Lee Marvin. Can’t we be as tough as Harry Potter fans? Parker is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don't steal from people who … A hilarious comic portrait of a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and … Parker. | Rating: 1/5 | Rotten (65). 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. Westlake established long ago that the only reason Parker didn’t mug people or go after smaller businesses is that it just wasn’t worth all the trouble. Edit Delete. Parker Trailer Drops: Jason Statham Plays Dirty. Yes, and that would be the case if nobody ever made any Parker movies from now until the end of time. Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller, PARKER, based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake. Hopefully once they get their butts in the theater seats they’ll see something different and something we here can at least live with. It's an overlong, arduous caper, drawn from the work of thriller writer Donald E. Westlake much as a patient's tooth might be extracted with much banter and minimal anaesthesia. I think this is Jason’s best performance since BANK JOB. DEW’s wife, son and Larry Block attended a private screening of the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pretty much the only thing I take away from trailers today is that they’ll do anything to sell what the marketing guys think will get people into the cinema (including showing every single dramatic high point up to and including the end of the film). Works well enough to prove [Statham] has more than physically demanding stunts in him. The Man With the Getaway Face reviewed at Paperback Warrior. I mean, Harry Potter fans have more pride than that–they actually often spurn the huge hit movies based on their silly wizard books. It Came From YouTube: New, Improved Parker Movie Trailer 2 Submitted by RD Reynolds on Sat, 26 January 2013, 10:26 For sure this film would have been better had I directed it. The worldwide gross needs to be at least 80mil for it to break even. There will be not set of hitmen that put Parker in the hospital, but rather the people he works with at the beginning rough him up, so that subplot’s out. See hot celebrity videos, E! Think of all the actors now starring on Showtime who got their start on HBO–even Claire Danes was largely forgotten until the Temple Grandin movie she did for HBO, which renewed interest in her, which led to her starring role on Homeland. How can you ever go back and do it right now? The percentage of Approved Tomatometer Critics who have given this movie a positive review. 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. As for myself, despite misgivings about certain aspects of what I’ve seen, I won’t know for sure until the movie is over. I didn’t feel so bad about this until I watched the actual trailer today. I do hope it’s a hit and that they make sequels. Patric, I think that’s all Les wants: for us to give it a chance. Parker Movie Trailer. “Westlake…liked Ignon’s work and blessed the series. They didn’t have to treat us like hysterics who needed to be calmed down, which of course is the best possible way to transform human beings into hysterics who need to be calmed down, as that student of human nature Donald E Westlake could have told you. I think even ‘amoral’ doesn’t really describe him. Parker Movie Trailers News. Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Nolte in Parker. It's not overly violent, exploitive, gratuitous, or edgy in any manner and the story is severely lacking creativity. He wouldn’t take that risk just for money–but he’d take it to balance out a scale in his head. | Rating: 3/5 These types of movies are a dime a dozen. I don’t see them spending huge money, but certainly at least 10mil, which combined with the budget, and factoring in the studio getting maybe half the worldwide gross–do the math. Jason Statham keeps the Parker name in his film, which portrays the titular anti-hero as an honorable thief who doesn't steal from the underprivileged and refuses to harm the innocent. The kinds of actor who would’ve been great at playing Parker are also gone: Charles Bronson, Sterling Hayden, Richard Widmark, Robert Mitchum (christ he was too old when the first one came out but he would’ve been great). They’re just interested in the main conceit–professional thief sets out to take away the proceeds from a robbery committed by other professional thieves who cheated and nearly killed him. But wouldn’t you know it, they probably all have made vastly more money for their weak-ass **** than he ever did for writing scores of painstakingly crafted novels. Well… I suppose it doesn’t look any worse than we had any right to expect from Hollywood. I’ll have to inform him the dude on the screen is definitely NOT Parker, and we’ll just have to look at it like any other shoot-’em-up. It looks like they got the elements from Flashfire and shuffled them about like a deck of cards. The Parker budget is more like 45 million, Chris, so strike one. And not a very successful one, but Westlake is one of our favorite writers precisely because he wasn’t content to keep repeating the same formula exactly the same way. Submissions without photos may not be accepted. But when his latest robbery turns deadly because of a careless crew member, he declines to join crime boss Melander (Michael Chiklis) and his gang for another heist. So go see it if you must, but pay for some other film, then sneak in to see this one. That’s not really a code of ethics, as I see it–it’s just something inherent to him. Of course Westlake knew that the best adaptation isn’t necessarily the most faithful one, but it’s one thing to not be faithful to the letter, and quite another to not be faithful to the SPIRIT, as “Point Blank” was, and “Parker” clearly is not. Jason Statham stars as a thief with a code of honor who seeks revenge on his own near-murder This video is no longer available. Library. And from every interview I’ve read with DEW where he discusses film, he would have been fine with the project. In the book, it was more like she wanted Parker (but a share of the loot even more), he was ready to kill her without a moment’s qualm if she became a liability, and she had to accept at the end that he wasn’t available–had never been tempted to sleep with her, because he’s not a normal guy. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. But luckily for Parker, not completely so, as with help from Hurley(Nick Nolte), he tracks Melander down to Palm Beach and a much bigger score. action, Sierra/Affinity, They made a ton of changes to the story, and that’s obvious just from the trailer, which means there’s a bunch more changes we don’t know about yet. Is the above the same script where Parker is FRANK Parker? Of course, those specific franchises were more faithful than average (probably because the producers were afraid they’d be lynched in the public square by crazed Tolkien/Rowling geeks if they too too many liberties). Joe, Sin City is a freaking EXCELLENT adaptation. that the film is good. I mean, you could use the same arguments for ANY adaptation, no matter how putrid. Mr. Diddums, I am so freaking frustrated with the Hollywood machine, it’s ridiculous. Follow. I find it hard to believe Statham’s Parker won’t be a more accurate portrayal than Coyote’s. His libido functions differently than other men. And as of this date, Cooke’s work comes second. Let’s just consider the wild possibility that if they thought they have to make the trailer look like a Statham vehicle to sell tickets, they also thought they had to make the actual movie look that way. Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. What, he’s Clark Kent now? “dedicated to the memory of Donald E. Westlake”. Everything she knew was gone, - but Letting Go Is Just The Beginning. What we have here is a film that lacks in what it tries to do. You can make them with most any action-hero star. Dammit, I spent over a year anticipating this now I feel like a schmuck. | Rating: 1/5 That's not to mention how much the movie could have been tighter, like eliminating some of the slack from the middle sections. |, March 7, 2013 This is the usual cartoony chop-socky kind of thing he’s known for. And Statham does carry the day playing the eponymous thief with a unique code of honor, meant to guard against both stupidity and greed, both of which can be deadly in his line of work. Watch. We like you, Jason. All Critics (109) That’s being generous. |, March 8, 2013 It’s got the internet angle to make it contemporary. And I think they’ll all sleep like babies. Discuss on our WP Forum. His Parker will not be as anyone imagined him. Log in. If they keep the mini-heists he did prior to traveling to Florida, I’ll be impressed, but I doubt he’s going to shoot a pawn shop clerk in the leg, judging from his code of ethics speech in the trailer. All is not lost, though. Well, it's large and black, Jake. Directed by Marc Hampson. ;-) lol. Watch Parker movie trailers, exclusive videos, interviews from the cast, movie clips and more at TVGuide.com. If we get a truly good Parker movie, great. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. Yes Parker is a bit softer – as are the post hiatus final novels. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. His tough guys are all big softies under the surface. Don’t judge the film by the trailer – designed by Film District – the studio – for one purpose only – and one which DEW would heartily approve of – getting people into the theaters. And they don’t care about the details. Nate Parker (born November 18, 1979) is an American actor and musical performer who has appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride. When they make all these changes to Westlake’s stories, what they’re really saying is “Not that many people read these books, so we can do what we like with them, and only a handful of obsessives will even notice.” Ahem! Parker Trailer & RV Inc is a locally owned, new and used trailer dealer and trailer repair service. Sign up here. Parker International Trailer Drops: It's Payback. At this point I say: go looking for some unknowns to cast the thing and get things off to a bang with a authentic version of The Hunter on the smaller screen. The people backing multi-million dollar movies (as opposed to one million dollar movies?) Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. Parker movie trailer revealed. I don’t think they go off into the sunset together. Like where he robs the movie theater, and threatens the lady who works there–did anybody think THAT was making it in? ;-) lol That alone is reason for me to pray to Yahweh, Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Vishnu, Allah, Zeus, etc. Was the Godfather? Looking over the trailer again, I see MANY deviations from the novel. Um, did somebody not notice where I said the studio gets around half the worldwide gross? If it really DOES rock, I want more. You could make it period piece or not. I still think there’s a possibility many of us are going to really like it. He makes her strip in front of him. :[. :D. Ah, I’m going to quit playing internet crazy nerd and give it a chance. He meets an attractive real estate agent who becomes his ally. If we get a halfway entertaining film INSPIRED by Parker, great. He wants what is his – not a penny more – and when an agreement is broken Parker is relentless in making things right. Well, folks, here it is. 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