Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez’s new thriller Parker arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 21, with a commentary by Taylor Hackford.
Taylor Hackford’s Parker comes to DVD and Blu-ray on May 21, and we’ve got the exclusive announcement for you, right here at CraveOnline! Jason Statham stars as Parker, the antihero of Richard Stark’s (née Donald Westlake) long-running series of hardboiled crime novels. In the new thriller, Parker has been betrayed by his latest criminal associates and teams up with a down-on-her-luck real estate agents to get his cut, and get revenge. CraveOnline also has the exclusive cover art for the home video release, click on the image or right here for the high-definition version.
The Parker Blu-ray and DVD both come with a director’s commentary from Academy Award-winner Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray) and two behind the scenes features: “Bring the Hunter to Life: The Making of Parker,” and “Who is Parker?” which introduces the character to new audiences. The Parker Blu-ray will include two exclusive special features: “The Origin of Parker,” about the anti-hero’s psychology in the novels, and “Broken Necks and Bloody Knuckles,” which details the fight choreography performed by Jason Statham and Parker‘s stuntmen.
Check out CraveOnline’s exclusive interview with director Taylor Hackford, and be sure to check out Parker when it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray May 21, 2013.
From the Press Release:
Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead. Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to Palm Beach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.
Based on the novel Flashfire by Richard Stark and directed by Taylor Hackford, PARKER has a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin. The film was produced by Taylor Hackford, Les Alexander, Jonathan Mitchell, Steve Chasman, Sidney Kimmel and Matthew Rowland and executive produced by Peter Schlessel, Brad Luff, Stratton Leopold, Bruce Toll, Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Clint Kisker.
PARKER has a running time of approximately 118 minutes and is rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity.
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From our good friends at ‘Den Of Geek’ :
Jason Statham returns to cinemas with his latest action flick, Parker. Duncan sees how it measures up…
Writer Donald E Westlake (under the pseudonym Richard Stark) wrote 16 novels based around his character, Parker, though bringing successful versions of those books to the big screen over the decades has proved more than a little problematic.
Back in 1967 the John Boorman and Lee Marvin version of The Hunter, Point Blank, failed to make an impact at the box office, though later found critical success, while the Mel Gibson and Brian Helgeland adaptation of the same novel (called Payback) resulted in two completely different cuts after the star and director fell out over direction and tone. Sadly for 2013’s Parker, there appears to be a similar discrepancy in tone resulting in a fun but wholly uneven heist caper.
Parker is based on Westlake’s book Flashfire, and centres around the eponymous character (renamed in both Point Blank and Payback, coincidentally) after a robbery results in complications and he’s shot and left for dead by his accomplices, only to survive and hunt down the men responsible to get his cut of the loot. At its core the plot is quite similar to that of The Hunter,hence the confusion (at one point Parker even utters the line “It’s the principal” when offered a larger pay off to stop his quest), but they play out quite differently.
The film starts with a relatively low-key robbery, more dependent on humour than thrills, as the mighty Jason Statham first appears dressed fully in priest garb, which is thankfully played for laughs as he reassures a panicked security guard. Statham’s version of Parker is set up as a cool, calm Robin Hood type, rather than a selfish crook, which works to the film’s advantage as we root for him from start to finish, regardless of his profession. When the shit does hit the fan though, the more traditional Statham bubbles straight to the surface as the simple plan to shoot him massively backfires, and some great close quarter face breaking comes into play.
Parker pulls no punches on the violence front from the start, as gunshots and fists fly and the character is left in bloody tatters in a ditch, only to make a steady recovery and exact an even bloodier revenge. So far, so good, so Statham, and it’s the action outbursts accompanied by the wry humour and one-liners that carry the bulk of the film on the broad shoulders of its star, with highlights including a hospital break using a tracheotomy patient, some cracking and comically over-the-top Bourne-style action thrills and, of course, his marvellous Texan accent.
But then there’s the second act. If I had one pre-emptive fear for Parker, it was that Jennifer Lopez might have an adverse effect on the tone and perhaps even the script, and it seems as if that fear was justified. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s great in Out Of Sight, U Turn and even Anaconda, but those movies were made a relatively long time ago, so I’d hoped that by starring in a Jason Statham film she was making a concerted effort to return to a grittier, sassier style of performance. But sadly that’s not the case.
Lopez spends her part of the movie (which mercifully she doesn’t appear in at all for the first act) acting like she’s in a different picture, emanating all the gravitas required for Maid In Manhattanand making no attempt to adjust. It speaks volumes that watching her play a poor divorcee merely brings back the nauseating taste of the ill-judged ‘Jenny from the Block’, which approximately no one bought into. Her character seems utterly superfluous to the plot, spending most of the time either whining, or showing Statham houses, and in a moment of unintentional hilarity, even seems to spout out lines of stage direction: “I won’t let him mess this up,” she mutters to herself, for no apparent reason.
It may seem harsh, but she’s utterly pointless throughout; even any potential as a love interest is squashed, as we know that Parker has a girlfriend he’s clearly devoted to. Lopez’s role seems bolstered just to give her more screen time due to the cache her name brings, but the sheer annoyance of her character makes her the geek equivalent of Rob Schneider in Judge Dredd.
What becomes apparent though, as the film loses its momentum, is how effortlessly Jason Statham keeps the film afloat, with his normally gruff charm loosening to reveal a laid back, effortless charisma that make even the most ridiculous scenes watchable. I should also add that the film features gratuitous, un-subtitled Nick Nolte in a role not dissimilar to Donald Sutherland’s in The Mechanic, though obviously more mumbly.
Despite my gripes about Lopez stitching her rom-com persona into an action thriller, I do understand the logic – it’s by far Statham’s most commercially viable movie to date, with the involvement of J-Lo bringing in a younger audience who are more familiar with her music and the likes of Monster-In-Law (a quick poll of some students revealed their knowledge of her work, while remaining confused as to who Statham was – an issue I’ve since corrected). So, being supporters of his work here at Geek Towers, my hope is that Parker at least broadens his audience, as the gripes I had with it won’t affect a less action-centred crowd.
There’s a lot to like in Parker, with the laughs and action working well for the most part, as well as the added bonus of watching an (all too brief) showdown between Statham and Michael Chiklis and a superbly brutal apartment fight that features Stath demonstrating why it’s folly to attack him with a knife, but the overly bloated and Lopez-centric middle act and rather unnecessary multiple endings stop Parker from being the tight thriller it so easily could have been with a few choice cuts.
Parker‘s out in UK cinemas on the 8th March.
Click the link below for a clip of Jason and Jennifer Lopez talking about the film which hits UK cinemas on March 8th. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjPBrt7Wwug
Jason Statham on ‘Parker’.
Jason Statham is arguably one of the best action stars of our generation. He’s the modern day equivalent of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jean-Claude Van Damme. After dominating the action scene for years, the seasoned actor wanders into familiar territory with Parker. There have been many adaptations of Donald Westlake’s novels and it seems fitting that Statham would tackle the character. We recently spoke to the actor about doing his own stunts, and collaborating with a director who’s new to the action genre.
What was it like collaborating with director Taylor Hackford, considering he’s never done a film like this before?
Jason Statham: He’s so driven by everything being authentic and believable. He gave me a chance to do something that I don’t normally do. I get to play a more realistic chap that isn’t the guy who could take on 10 guys. He was instrumental in pushing this guy to be barely making it through these action sequences. Just surviving enough to get to the next part. He pushes himself to this extreme sort of level that he can only do. I think that’s all character-driven so I have to take my hat off to Taylor for being the driving force behind that. The execution of the physical stuff is something I know very much about. So rest assured I could say this will be easier if we do it this way. So it’s a great collaboration.
Was it an easy working relationship?
Jason Statham: Yeah. I mean obviously the collaboration comes from just I know shortcuts to get to how things work and if it’s not working for the camera, we can show you. It’s not anyone trying to say look, this is how I do it. It was a great way to team up because it works just so well. We just work good together.
One of the really fascinating action sequences is the opening with the SUV. Did you ever think you’d be calling on your driving skills again to go diving through a window at 55 miles per hour?
Jason Statham: I’m just the man for it, yeah. [laughs]… It was very claustrophobic. There’s not a lot of places to put a camera and it’s, again, we’re dealing with how we could make this believable. We grab the gun and we start like this guy’s going to shoot his friend’s ear off. So I had to grab the gun and pull it which makes him pull the trigger. You have to get the details right so it’s all realistic, believable and everybody’s doing their thing at the right time. You have to play this whole thing through and have it really feel realistic and everything has be believable and the timing has to work. And then obviously you have to jump out of the window. So that’s to me, that’s a 3, 2, 1 go. That’s how you deal with that.
You had Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Chiklis and Wendell Pierce, who aren’t really action guys. So in choreographing that sequence, did that add an extra layer of difficulty for you?
Jason Statham: Well it wasn’t too complicated to a point where, ‘Oh my God, is everyone going to get their things right?’ They’re really experienced actors and you’re in the hands of people who do this everyday. Michael Chiklis has been in The Shield, and nobody knows how to rough somebody up better than him. We know what’s coming. So yeah, you get to relax more when you’re in the company of experienced people.
Did you have an accent coach for when you did the Texas accent?
Jason Statham: Taylor was my accent coach, so if it’s bad you can tell him. Yes, he was responsible for my good or bad accent.
Your character Parker gets hurt and stays hurt up until the end of the movie. Is that somebody you’re used to playing? Somebody who’s actually injured in the line of duty?
Jason Statham: No, no. Yeah, it’s difficult because I’m so used to not doing that. I’m used to being efficient and a guy that can do more than the average guy can. So it was a new place for me to go.
What was it about Parker that you responded to or liked?
Jason Statham: Well I like crime-thrillers. I like heist movies. I like action movies to settle those elements all into one. A chance to do something that comes from a great stable of writing. Donald Westlake’s written countless books about this, over 20. 60 books in total he wrote in his career so this guy knows how to write. So I’m getting to do an action movie with all the greatness of a storyteller like Donald Westlake.
Did you go back and look at any of the books? Did that help inform your character or did you just stick to the script?
Jason Statham: I kind of just stuck to the script because at the end of the day Taylor has an interpretation to make, and he will guide us through the story. These characters are slightly expanded upon that were different to what was in — because the book was called Flashfire, we have 90 minutes to tell a story from books that take a dozen hours, matters how fast or slow you can read. We just have to go with the vision of the director. When Jennifer [Lopez] comes in she’s got things she wants to say and things about the character that she wants to bring or take away. Everyone has their sort of fingers into the pie and then you end up with something very different to the book maybe.
What was the chemistry like between you and Lopez? How was it like working with her?
Jason Statham: Yeah, we got along like a house on fire. We were just from the get-go. There was no try-hard things for us. When I meet somebody, it doesn’t matter who they are. I don’t have any pre-conceived ideas about who they are, how they’re going to behave and rumors. I don’t listen to all that crap that comes with it. She was as sweet as they could ever be. She’s just a bundle of fun. The relationship between Parker and the character Jennifer played was good because it was trying to be sexual but it never could get there. There’s a lot of tension there. It was nice to play with that because she’s so playful anyways.
What are you working on next?
Jason Statham: Homefront! It’s a film that Sylvester Stallone wrote for himself. So to have a screenplay presented to me by him that he was intending to star in himself was just a career point for me. He’s a great writer and it’s a really, really cool story. It’s based on a book written by Chuck Logan. He adapted it to suit me. It was like a tailor-made suit. Sly did all the sewing. Fantastic!
Has Stallone talked to you at all about The Expendables 3?
Jason Statham: No! I saw him on stage at the Golden Globes. He gave me that look. He hasn’t said anything but I’ve heard rumors, and I should never go with rumors, because they’re often not correct. I hear Jackie Chan might be coming to the party and that would make me very happy because I do like Jackie Chan.
We also learned Nicolas Cage is coming in. Dolph Lundgren says he’s back but hasn’t seen a script yet. Arnold Schwarzenegger is saying he’s back.
Jason Statham: “I’m back.” I’m back regardless. I mean there’s no question. You have such a laugh in those films, and the action is just… you can get away with anything. It’s so over-the-top. What we sometimes lack for in story comes back in something else. There’s just people lining up to be a part of it and it’s great.
Is there anyone else you’d like to see in it or is Jackie the biggest star you’d approve of?
Jason Statham: I like Jackie because I’ve been a fan of Jackie’s forever. He’s broken every bone in his body for his commitment and dedication to doing his own stunts, so he’s the real deal. I like Clint Eastwood as well. The thing is, the magic wand comes from Sly. He’ll either yes you or no you. So yeah, The Expendables 3, here we go.
Parker hits theaters January 25th.
I have found it strange that there had been no mention of ‘Parker’ here in the UK in the run up to its release date on the 25.1.13.
Having done further research I now know that it is only on UK release on 8.3.13.
Here is the confirmation from ‘filmdates.co.uk’
Taking his film to Germany, Jason attended a photo call for “Parker” in Berlin on Wednesday (January 30). Here are some pics :-
I have read reports on the net that the film has not done very well on its opening weekend. To be fair as far as I know there wasn’t a UK premiere (still to check that for sure) and I never saw any UK trailer on television for it in the run up to its release. Neither have I seen it on advertising boards, which is very unusual having seen all the usual promotion stuff for ‘Safe’ and ‘The Expendables 2′.
I have not been to see the film myself yet, probably will wait for the DVD if I don’t get time to go and see it. Therefore, I will reserve any comments on the film until I have seen it. I am sure Jason will be his usual great self. I did see Mel Gibson play ‘Parker’ in ‘Payback’ and I thoroughly enjoyed that film. Will post my views on it when I eventually see it.
In the meantime any comments regarding the film are welcome!!!!
Here’s Just Jared’s pics also……………..
Jason Statham: ‘Parker’ Berlin & Moscow Premieres!
Jason Statham suits up for the premiere of his film Parker on Wednesday (January 30) at the Regent Hotel in Berlin, Germany.
The 45-year-old actor was spotted later that day at the airport catching a flight to London.
Also pictured: Jason premiering his new flick earlier in the week at the Afimoll City complex in Moscow, Russia.
Parker hits theaters in Russia on January 31 and in Germany on February 7!
15+ pictures inside of Jason Stathampromoting his film around the world…