Release Date: September 1st, 2006 by Lionsgate Films.
The Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Carlos Sanz, Jay Xcala, Keone Young.
Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
BASIC PREMISE: Chev Chelios (Statham) must revenge against the men who poisoned him and retrieve the antidote from them.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Crank has everything you’d expect from the stylized action genre and will please fans of Jason Statham. The silly plot is only an excuse for the many action sequences and explosions. Chev Chelios, a hit-man, has very little time to find the antidote for a lethal poison injected inside him in the opening scene. In order to stay alive, he has to keep his heart pumping fast by being physically active—He jumps, kicks, yells, shoots and, in a hilarious scene, has sex with his girlfriend, Eve (Smart) in public. Jason Statham has the same charisma that he had in The Transporter. Much of the movie feels like a video game, but co-writers/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor certainly seem to be aware of this—i.e the way the movie's title flashes in the opening/closing credits. Just watching Chev dart through hallways and speed on a motorcycle through traffic gives you the sensation that you’re watching a video game on an acid trip. Admittedly, some of the violence might be a bit too graphic for those with a weak stomach. There’s nothing surprising or engaging here about any of the characters and the plot is full of holes. However, with wild, fast-paced cinematography, a pulse-pounding soundtrack and non-stop action, Crank is simply a mindless slice of entertainment and a terrific star vehicle for Jason Statham.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Stylish, kinetic and mindlessly entertaining. Jason Statham fans will be very satisfied.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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