2006 · Lionsgate/Lakeshore Entertainment
Crank — Movie Review by Karthik
7 out of 10
Directing Credits
Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Writing Credits
Written by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam

The Review

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is a hitman who wakes up one day to find that he's been poisoned by gangster Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo).  Verona has injected him with an "asian cocktail", which is going to cause his heart to stop in less than an hour.  That is, unless Chev can keep his adrenaline level high enough to counteract the poison; find Verona, and exact his revenge!

Crank is a movie that doesn't waste any time.  The plot is established within the first few minutes of the movie, and from there on, the directors just take the concept and run with it — they've explored possibly every way of keeping one's adrenaline level high!  The filmmakers throw in every trick in the book when it comes to presentation as well — utilising splitscreens, variations in speed, extremely tight editing — to inject the whole thing with an extreme amount of energy.  To me, it felt like watching an 80-minute music video.  It's all to good effect, as this is a very entertaining movie, featuring a good performance by Jason Statham, some great action scenes and some very funny moments.  Of course, none of it is to be taken seriously.  The movie has a great soundtrack too.

Other Notes

I was surprised to spot Chester Bennington from the band Linkin Park in one scene — he's the one who tells Chev that nasal spray contains epinephrine!  He's credited as "Pharmacy Stoner".

The credits refer to the directors as "Neveldine/Taylor" only.

More Details

Running Time: 84 minutes | Country: US | Genre: Action/Thriller

Ratings Info

I rate all movies or game add-ons on a scale of 1 to 10 points.  1 is the lowest score, 6 is barely above average, 8 is good, and 10 is excellent (this score doesn't indicate something that is perfect in every way — it just means that I enjoyed it a lot).  You'll find that I tend to give ratings of 8 and above often (that's only because I enjoy whatever I'm reviewing!).  Reviews are updated as felt necessary.  Of course, everything said in these reviews is my humble opinion only.
Review Date 5 Oct 06
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