The movie is based on the novel FLASHFIRE (published in 2000), which I haven't read. Parker is working with an independent grow in the American Midwest on a high-profile robbery. After its flawless execution (duh! they had obviously hired the right man), the crew's thinking head, a man named Melander (awesomely portrayed by Michael Chiklis) offers to cut Parker in on a way bigger score. Only problem is that he needs every dollar from the current one to finance the job. There aren't a lot of ways it can go when someone refuses to collaborate in this business, so Melander gets his lackey Hardwicke (Micah A. Hauptmann) to execute Parker and they leave him for dead on the side of the road. But you can't shoot Parker like this. He's been there before and he kind of takes it personal.
So forget that Jason Statham is playing Parker for a second. I'm aware it's an aberration, but several things about this movie are, execution-wise. PARKER, the movie, has one important thing going for itself: director Taylor Hackford (THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, PROOF OF LIFE) is obviously a Parker fan and included all the details that made Richard Stark's novel so much fun to read. For example, nobody ever dumb for the sake of the story in Stark's universe. Everybody is tough, street-smart and knows basic survival rules. For example, Claire (played by Emma Booth, they included Claire. That's cool to me right there.) is being chased by a hired killer and instead of panicking and getting herself kidnapped like any other dumb broads in Hollywood, she jumps out the window, slashed the man's tires with her switchblade and drives away. That detail screamed "Stark" to me and that authenticity made the movie enjoyable alone.