Jason Statham has made so many movies where he plays a gun-shooting, high-kicking criminal who lives by a strict moral code that the Jason Statham Movie has become a genre unto itself. Generally all of these movies have forgettable one word titles, like Crank, Safe, or Blitz, but that doesn’t end up mattering much, because you can just tell people that you’re going to see the new Jason Statham Movie, and they’ll know what you’re talking about.
Jason Statham Movies generally have another thing in common, as well. They feature Jason Statham’s gruff charisma and high-impact fight scenes as their star, and offer up little else. Things like storytelling or supporting talent don’t really matter when you know that you can trot Statham out a couple times a year, have him go through the motions, and still turn a profit.
Parker looks like it’s going to be a Jason Statham Movie with a couple more tricks up its sleeve, though. Instead of relying on the star power of Statham alone, director Taylor Hackford’s new film teams him up with big names like Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, and Nick Nolte (and Bunk from The Wire!). The results are impressive at first glance, with Statham obviously having immediate chemistry with Lopez especially.
Could his sharing the spotlight here be the first step we see toward integrating Statham into making more conventional movies? Will the way Statham’s personality is able to play off of other big stars’ personas be the thing that keeps him from eventually kicking and punching his way into obscurity like a Jean-Claude Van Damme or a Steven Seagal?
That much remains to be seen. But, for now, it’s still just kind of exciting to get a new movie where Jason Statham looks handsome while acting like a rogue and blowing things up, doesn’t it? He’s just the dreamiest.
Parker is set to be released on January 25, 2013.