Parker ∙is a∙ 2013 American crime thriller movie directed by Taylor Hackford. Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, the movie is adapted from Flashfire, the 19th Parker novel, produced by Donald Westlake as Richard Stark.
Primarily beginning in Florida, the film revolves around professional thief Parker (Statham), ∙who is∙ double-crossed by his crew. He ∙sets out∙ for revenge upon them, going to Palm Beach, where he enlists ∙the help of∙ Leslie (Lopez), who assists him ∙in a∙ ∙quest to∙ steal what his former crew, headed ∙by a∙ person called Melander (Michael Chiklis), rob inside their jewelry auction heist. ∙As the∙ story develops, Leslie falls for Parker, who was faithful to Claire, his girlfriend (Emma Booth).
Parker marked a departure in Hackford's career, ∙as he∙ had hoped ∙to make it∙ his first movie noir. The film, shaped ∙on a∙ "mid-30s" budget, was conceived following Westlake's 2008 death, when producer Les Alexander secured the rights ∙to it∙.
It premiered in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 24, 2013, ∙and was∙ released in the usa on January 25. Reviews could have been mixed to negative with many of video experts finding Statham appropriate and well-fitted to the role of Parker and praising the hard work of Lopez as providing comedic relief. Many other critics felt ∙it was∙ reduced adaptation from the book, and typical of Statham's sub-par action films preceding number of years.