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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…
manic silly brutal fun
Wow this is weird.
I really only watched this so I would know what's going on when I watch Crank 2 next week. As an appetizer it's...well, appetizing, I suppose. Really dug Dwight Yoakam, though.
A great action flick starring one of Hollywood's baddest asses! It's a great thrill ride that delivers on a heart-pumping level. The editing is great and the camera work is on par for what the film needs. It's not stationary shots, it's almost vertigo-inducing at times with the odd bit of stylized color correction but it works. The plot and style go hand in hand and it's a film I'll most likely re-watch in the not too distant future.
I like Jason Statham in this film, I liked a couple of the action sequences even if the film is bad because its the most over the top and craziest film that was ever filmed.
Even though Jason Statham has made himself a very specific bed of characters he plays, it is the unusual "Crank" that is one of my favourite movies of his. Unlike most of his other movies there are hardly any fight scenes and he doesn't outmaneuver people by his crazy driving skills. It's just him pumping adrenaline full throttle for 90 minutes straight. Add in the very particular handheld cinematic look of Neveldine/Taylor and you have yourself one of the weirdest action movies of recent memory. In fact the movie gets weirder the longer it goes on, with strange imagery, nightmarish visions and video game undertones.
Modern action movies have the tendency to overcomplicate things with convoluted plotlines and muddled character motivations, but "Crank" is the polar opposite by being 100% straight forward. It might not be the smartest movie, but you'll get exactly what you want when you start this bad boy up.
Action movies have never been my cup of tea, but I really enjoyed Crank. It's so spontaneous and it never takes itself seriously. The last sequence left me speechless, I loved it! Can't wait to see the sequel.
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- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
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- The Night of the Hunter
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