The honour among rogues and robots
Adapted from the novel Flashfire by Donald E Westlake, Parker is an action thriller about a professional thief who is double-crossed by a new crew and swears revenge.
Parker (Jason Statham) is a thief with honour and principles who follows the sage words of his mentor Hurley (Nick Nolte) and never steals from the poor or vulnerable.
He agrees to do a job with men he has never worked with before – Carlson, Hardwicke, Melander and Ross. The heist goes well but when Melander suggests a second robbery, Parker refuses and he is shot in the back and left for dead. While Melander and his associates move to Palm Beach to carry out a new job, Parker recuperates then embarks on his mission to get even.
Futuristic buddy movie about the unusual bond of trust between an ageing ex-con called Frank (Frank Langella), whose memory is faltering, and his VGC-60L robot helper (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard).
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Frank lives alone and is slowly relinquishing his grasp on memories of the past. So the old man's techno-reliant son (James Marsden) installs a servant bot to do Frank's bidding. At first, Frank is reluctant to switch on the automaton, but once he learns VGC-60L has no programming to distinguish right from wrong, man and machine carry out a theft at a library, then ramp up their larcenous activities with wryly amusing and heartbreaking consequences.
Robot & Frank is an endearing slice of techno-life, anchored by a terrific performance from Langella as a cantankerous old coot who finds companionship when he least expects it. Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler and Marsden offer solid supporting performances. The plot is slight and the resolution messy but the central relationship is touchingly believable.
David Barrett's thriller was released straight to DVD on the other side of the Atlantic but enjoys a limited theatrical release on these shores.
Hunky fireman Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) is buying groceries late at night when hoodlum Hagan and two thugs burst into the store killing the clerk and his son. Jeremy barely escapes with his life and agrees to testify in court.
The psychopath makes threats against Jeremy and the fireman agrees to go into the witness protection programme until the trial. So he gives up his old life and moves to New Orleans as a drifter called Jeremy Douglas. Shortly before the trial, Hagan's slimy lawyer secures his client's release and Hagan sets about tracking Jeremy down.