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There are a thousand ways to raise your adrenaline. Today, Chev Chelios will need every single one.
Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
This is a better remake of Speed, with Statham being the bus
Relentless frenetic action accompanied by pulse pounding kickass tunes! Gratuitous entertainment fraught with unbridled badassness!
Hyperactive adrenaline pumping violence and mayhem!
Does it look like I got cunt written on my head? Who do you think you are fucking with?
Crank is an experience unlike any other. Being strapped down to a chair in a dark room and getting doped up with any and every drug under the sun designed to increase your heart rate and perspiration all the while being surrounded by dozens of TV sets blaring fragmented heavy metal music videos is the only comparable physical equivalent.
A nightmare to some**
But to a select few, Crank is a transcendent experience that has "cult status" written on its forehead. No, not the word "cunt." This film on the outside appears to be an eccentric, sleazy, stupid, dumbfoundedly bizarre…
Um... I have no idea how to review this movie. It is illogical, weird, dumb, but ITS FUN! I have never been a big fan of Jason Statham and his over the top action movies, but I kinda like this one.
Crank is, in a sense, awful. I mean it's really, really dreadful. It looks as though a madman managed to get the entire editorial facilities of a cheap piece of software, give it a chunk of footage, and randomly select one style for each scene. It's mad. It's absolutely mad. It makes no sense at all. And that's precisely why I liked it so much. No film I have ever seen better evidences the purposes of beginning a narrative in media res: "in the middle of things". It's maybe half an hour before you're given any idea whatsoever of what's actually happening, so frenetic is the pacing of the action. Normally such mania…
About a third of the way in, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is standing in a hospital gown at a bay of TV screens. The report on the screens is about him, and what he has already "accomplished" so far in the film. One dead, others injured, hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage. A man looks at Chev, recognizes him as the man wanted by the police, and then looks back at the TV screens.
When I watch action movies, I often find myself acting like this stranger who, rather than respond in any way to the mayhem in front of him, turns back to the screen. I see the toll each of these films diegetically leaves in its…
now if Tim & Eric and Jean-Luc Godard had crazy nightmare sex and it was filmed on a shit digital camera by a wannabe 15-year-old Quentin Tarantino it might - and i mean MIGHT - come close to how anarchic and ballistic and insane and wonderful this is. A perfect video game movie.
The best example of "giving the finger to cinema" since Godard's WEEKEND.
This movie is crazy! Neveldine and Taylor's directing make another generic action/chase film with a reasonably cool concept into a great movie! This is my first real exposure to these directors and I look forward to watching more! Their angles and style are incredibly fresh! A nice 90 minute non-stop action movie with an extreme ending that I want to despise but for some reason.. I just can't.
"Non stop" is the only phrase I can use to describe this movie. I'll admit 'Crank' was pumping with adrenaline, and I certainly laughed, but I can't say it was any good.
Dumb fun, but visually disgusting, victim to all the worst of mid-aughts digital filmmaking: namely the tacky filters and speedup-slowdown editing. I was also surprised at how cheap it looks. If not for Statham you might confuse this for a student film made for about a thousand dollars. Was that intentional? The dialogue is certainly right down there on that grade-school level. What killed Crank for me is that it never divested itself of its plot scaffolding early on. Why should a movie about a guy who desperately needs adrenaline be so unexciting and conventional? Wasting a great concept like this just doesn’t make sense, it’s like going on vacation but never leaving the hotel room. It never expanded beyond its elevator pitch to any kind of satisfaction.
Bad movie, ridiculous everything. Hugely enjoyable, up until the last act where everything slows down... and then there's a practical stunt that's pretty cool, followed immediately by some of the worst green screen falling you'll ever see.
Oh what a glorious film. Frenetic, economical and whip smart it is lifted by a dazzling ending.
Jason Statham is a hit man poisoned with "Chinese shit" that will kill him if there's not enough adrenaline in his system. It's all the setup this frenetic ADD-riddled actioner needs to deliver a fun and entertaining thrill ride as Statham's Chev Chelios seeks revenge on the men who did this to him before his time runs out. The directors use a variety of shots - many seemingly video-game-inspired, which seems apt - to keep the visual style always shifting and interesting. Amy Smart does OK as Statham's ditzy girlfriend and Efran Ramirez is fun in a non-Napoleon Dynamite role. The film is admittedly over the top and ridiculous, but that's sort of the point - the movie itself is…
This movie was just wild from start to finish.
Puts Run Lola Run to shame.
Exceptionally entertaining and stylistically fearless, this movie is absolutely nuts and I loved it.
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