If the eponymous, principled thief of Taylor Hackford’s Parker
rings somewhat familiar, moviegoers with a taste for pulp would be correct in suspecting that they’ve spent time with the character before. Invented by author Donald E. Westlake and played here by Jason Statham, Parker has graced the big screen several times already under different names -- most recently by Mel Gibson in 1999’s Payback
, and perhaps most memorably by Lee Marvin in John Boorman’s eerie 1967 crime classic Point Blank
. Yes, Statham has some pretty big shoes to fill, and while he may not have Marvin’s mesmerizing stride while striking back at a vicious gang of diamond thie...