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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.
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…
This is a better remake of Speed, with Statham being the bus
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…
If there was a GTA movie, Crank would come close.
Slow in some parts, but it really pumps your blood with its simple premise in others. Fun movie for the adrenaline-junkies out there.
Highly inventive in its style, action, and humor, Crank hits the ground running and never stops.
Chev Chelios is an assassin working for the West Coast crime syndicate.
But things are about to get very bad, when he learns he has been injected with a poison called "The Beijing Cocktail" by his rival, which will kill him if his heart rate drops.
Trying to stay alive and seeking help from friend, Kaylo and Doc Miles, and to keep his heart pumping, Chev sets out to find answers as well as protecting Eve his girlfriend.
But his ulterior motive is to get his revenge on those who have betrayed him before the poison kills him......
It's as high concept as high concept can get, and I'm sure the pitch by Neveldine and Taylor was, 'it's Speed, but…
If Grand Theft Auto were to have a movie and not be called Grand Theft Auto it would be this movie (and thats a good thing)
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it made a really good profit margin of $30 million, right I would like to stress this from the very beginning this film has a 18 certificate for a very good reason, there are very strong themes throughout including adult language of a very strong variety. The storyline/contents well from the opening credits we see from the main characters perspective [Jason Statham as Chev Chelios,] as he wakes up to find this DVD that informs him that is services are no longer required and they have left him a parting gift of a very nice little cocktail and the only way to manage this cocktail is to keep moving but…
Not a fan.
Crank is just insanity plus fun, not sure what more there is to say about it. it's like that afternoon you played Grand Theft Auto but just ignored the story line and then they made a movie about it.
I was curious to see how they took the cool premise, and I wasn't really impressed. At first, the ultra-cheap photography and direction really rubbed me the wrong way. Had the budget been considerably beefed up, we might have got the kind of action film you'd expect from a proper Jason Statham vehicle. The sex in public scene was beyond embarrassing. But the directors do enough that is different and inventive with their shoestring budget (I’m assuming all the money went to Statham’s per diems) to make the movie not only watchable but memorable. It has a big sense of humour which helped, too.
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…
- The Pitfall
- The Night of the Hunter
- Dead Man's Letters
- Reservoir Dogs
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