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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
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…
"You saying this is medicinal use coke, is that what you're saying?"
I'm sorry Shoot 'Em Up, you are no longer the most ridiculously over-the-top action movie I've ever seen.
This is basically 90 minutes of Jason Statham shouting at people, punching people, shooting people, crashing cars, crashing bikes, injecting himself with adrenaline and snorting cocaine off the floor.
And I have no problems with that at all.
More concept than plot, more noise than logic, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's "Crank" is an irritating combination of sound and fury. The film is occasionally fun, but it rarely offers anything that is more than simply mediocre.
Revolving around Jason Statham's Chev Chelios, "Crank" follows its anti-hero as he finds himself poisoned and forced to keep his adrenaline pumping in order to stay alive. That dramatic thrust leads to serviceable action beats but very little story. It is all sort of a go-nowhere "Speed," unfolding in a human being rather than a city bus.
As far as action beats are concerned, the film has its fair share. However, the lack of character or plot make the beats sag, and,…
There's not much in the way of plot or characters or... anything really. But there is a completely insane energy that is pretty amusing. Also it is a tight 85 minutes, so it has that going for it.
That's going a little far, don't you think?
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Stupid action glory. So this is about a hitman who is at the end of his rope (Jason Statham). He has been injected with a synthetic Chinese drug that is affecting his heart rate. Bottom line: if he stops, he dies, which means he has to keep adrenaline pumping through his veins as constantly as possible. Can he survive long enough to get his revenge on his own killer? Now Crank is by no means a perfect film. You could make the argument that it is a dumb movie, and it would be difficult to make a case against you. That said, it is…
From moment to moment I couldn't decide if I liked this movie or hated it. Such frenzied batshittery. I want to meet the person that made this movie and buy them a line of coke.
It is a masterpiece. A masterpiece.
I always say the best action films can be summed up in one sentence. I'm not saying it should not have a story, I'm saying it doesn't need 4 different factions and double-crossings and a thousand MacGuffins and some kind of shadowy conspiracy subplot, like so many action movies. This is what John Wick and Mad Max: Fury Road taught us this year.
Crank lays down its premise in the first TWO MINUTES. Our character has been injected with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate slows down. To stay alive he must be under constant adrenaline.
And then we're off. And it's fucking BONKERS. Crank does not give a fuck.…
This was just awful. The editing was obnoxious, the characters were boring, and the action was ridiculous. You could say these were intentional, but does that really excuse a bad movie?
it can be fun and entertaining. ehh its nothing special though. i'm glad i saw it but i really never have to watch it again
Inspired insanity. Electrifying dialogue & performances. THE WILDEST ROMP!
Wild and crazy action flick that puts the viewer right in the shoes of the lead character, as it never slows down or lets up. Some cool camera tricks and quick editing can't totally obscure the transparent story and rather bland performances. Amy Smart nearly ruins the whole movie with her annoying, unredeemable, over-the-top character, but Statham manages to deliver another solid, if unoriginal, role. Some hilarious moments, but the end vaults over the top into unreal, cartoonish action. Still, an entertaining flick.
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