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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…
I forgot to ever log it, but I fucking love Crank and no one can tell me otherwise.
Crank is just under an hour and a half of pure adrenaline fueled action. It knows full well that it's a dumb action flick and embraces it to great effect, leading to gloriously over the top and hilarious set pieces.
Neveldine & Taylor direct this film with interesting style, making use of a lot of handheld shots and it makes the movie feel a lot more involving than most action movies. Also props to Jason Statham for doing this film, since he is perfect for the lead role and the fact he is playing it 100% straight makes it so much funnier.
Non stop thrills right 'til the very end. A really well done self aware action movie, sort of like if GTA got made into a film.
Whoa. Insane B-level movie. Not a typical movie I would go for, but the fact that it is a short action movie with very little drama / talking beyond basic plot, it's actually pretty entertaining.
"Call me Crank, my idea; Crank, so super; Crank, my conscience clear!" Even though I'm not a huge fan of '90s rock, I do remember Catherine Wheel, and the makers of this film must also if this is, in fact, an homage to the mid-'90s. First there was "Speed", and now we have "Crank", which actually does feature drugs and getting harmful injections. More on the 1990s allusion that Neveldine/Taylor are ostensibly making, it's only right that they get "The Transporter" to be in "The Trainspotter". All kidding aside, the title is still almost as misleading as that of "Speed" simply because the leading Chev Chelios character isn't so much pumped up with meth, as much as he's pumped up…
throws everything indiscriminately at the viewer with the aim of sensory overload, nothing is spared in exaggerating the violence with a dose of surreal humour, a lean and go-for-broke bonanza with few moments of boredom
I usually enjoy these gratuitous and crazy action films, but I was bored out of my mind during this. Even Statham can't save this.
It doesn't aim to be anything more than entertaining, and it mostly succeeds at that.
Crank seemed to me something akin to those music-videos in which.in order to get to N minutes of duration, things are invented and edited in one after the other, as long as they are potentially unexpected, or even, zany
I believe this analogy, however, implies also a big handicap for a feature-length film: I mean a film is long and then, at least in this case, one may feel the authors are treating the viewer as a total moron.
In actual fact, a few minutes of 90 amused me, most did not.
One thing more, which goes some ways about what may make a movie more or less fun for each different viewer: in my case, it would have been probably enough if only Woody Harrelson starred instead of Statham: certainly I would have enjoyed the fim a lot more! (3.5/10)
Chev Chelios's journey is unlike any other you've ever seen. Crank is remarkably fast-paced, never slowing down from minute one. The movie is one long action setpiece yet it doesn't drain you. It helps that the movie is often hilarious.
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