FILM OF THE WEEK: PARKER (2013)
Parker is a professional thief who refuses either to steal from people who can't afford the loss or hurt those who are innocent. On his latest heist, his crew double-crosses him, stealing his cash and then leaving him for dead. Parker sets out to get his revenge, tracking them down in Palm Beach where they are planning a heist to end all heists. Parker takes on a disguise and a savvy partner, Leslie. Together they come up with a plan to foil the heist and get away without a hitch.
I've reported a lot about actor Jason Statham in recent months, as he is also one of the busiest people working in his industry between now and next year. He's got a few gems rolling out soon enough, which include Redemption, Homefront, Heat, a possible appearance in The Expendables 3, and his explosive entrance in Fast And Furious 6 going into Fast And Furious 7, which kicks off the third of a series of epic trilogies with director James Wan at the helm.
Parker film tells a gritty revenge heist story based on a series of novels by Donald Westlake (a.k.a. Richard Stark) about a professional thief who lives by a code of honor and principles that entail stealing only from those who can afford to be robbed, never hurting the harmless or needy, and kill if only necessary. When a job at a state fair in Ohio nearly goes bust, Parker and his team, led by Melander (Michael Chiklis) flee with what they have and all appears to be resolved until his team turns on him for not agreeing to a job in that could set them all for life. All hell breaks loose on the road and Parker barely escapes within an inch of his life before being shot by Hardwicke (Michah Hauptman) as he is left bloodied and dying near a swamp. Soon, a family of farmers take Parker to a nearby hospital, where he begins his journey to get even with the people who double-crossed him and left him for dead.
The Action Elite has a new interview up this week featuring Daniel Bernhardt where he talks about his career, his experience on the set of Parker, and more. You can listen to that interview HERE.