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Crank (2006)


It’s what it would be like for Forrest if he took coke before his big run.

The film centers on a British hitman in Los Angeles named Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) who is poisoned and must keep his adrenaline flowing constantly in order to keep himself alive, and in so doing causes mayhem, gets into fights with other gangsters, has altercations with the police and takes numerous drugs.

Take the basic concept of ‘Speed’ mix it up with a little bit of ‘Oldboy’ and throw in some ‘Falling Down’ for good measure, and there you have Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directorial debuts. Sounds crazy, which it is.

This action film is pretty cool considering it has a concept that is used well and isn’t taken seriously one bit. The humor here ranges from deadpan, to tongue-in-cheek, and then surprisingly to dark material as we see some innocent bystanders get thrown into the deaths for good measure. There were moments where I actually found myself laughing at this flick and what it was doing, and I think the film was doing that along with me. The dialogue is definitely a lot snappier and cooler than we come to expect from our average action flick so we are spared the bad dialogue and attempt at character development, and instead we get blood, gore, and lots and lots of violence.

The action in this flick also works mainly because of the direction from these two dudes, who give the film this style that is actually one of the first to use this kind. These guys use a bunch of crazy techniques like the shaky-cam, to four-way split screens, and then to some graphics and special effects that you would see in video games, which all may take awhile to get used to after awhile but keep this film’s energetic and frenetic pace moving at a quick speed. It was also great to actually Quiet Riot and NOFX on a movie soundtrack, so that’s definitely a plus.

My only problem with this flick is that I feel like they kind of dropped the ball sometimes on their own premise. It seems like half-way through that these guys sort of forgot that Chelios had to keep on moving at a rapid pace in order to stay alive because there were plenty moments here when he would actually tries to slow things down and talk to the bad guys. This happens a numerous amount of times and I also just felt like they could have definitely done more of him ass-kicking people as well. I mean yeah, we get to see him shoot people but we never actually get to see a fist-fight every once and awhile but then again, maybe that’s just me being weird expecting more from a film called ‘Crank’.

Jason Statham definitely made this film work with his whole performance as Chelios because he’s the perfect kind of action star that can make you laugh your ass off at, but the next second he could totally scare the shit out of you by how scary and serious he can be. Statham has to do a lot of crazy things here like snorting and injecting just about everything in sight, running around the city half-naked, and even boning his girl in front of all of these Chinese people, and he makes it all work because he never seems to take himself too seriously here. Statham is the perfect fit for this kind of role and it was also even cooler to hear that he did his own stunts, which is always a bonus for me.

Amy Smart is playing that woman-in-peril act as Chelios’s girlfriend, Eve, but she’s good in this role because she actually adds a lot of sexiness to her role and her and Statham actually a have a nice little chemistry that seems playful but also very sexxed up. I wish the villains were a lot badder but then again, I don’t think it much mattered considering all I wanted to do was see Statham run around like a wild banshee, and that is exactly what I got.

Consensus: Crank may have some slow parts here and there, but its still a fun, energetic, and not-so serious thrill ride that knows what it is and isn’t trying to be anything else. Also helps that you have Jason Statham in your lead role too but then again, that’s always a given.

7/10=Rental!!

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14 responses to “Crank (2006)

  1. Nostra April 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

    It was such an over the top crazy film (just as the second one is) that it had me laughing a lot. Nice review :)

    Btw, the Moviesite Spotlight will be up tomorrow, so put your sunglasses on ;)

  2. Dave Enkosky April 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love this movie. I feel it’s very knowingly dumb.

  3. Evan Crean April 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Despite being completely over-the-top this movie is a blast. The fact that they embrace just how crazy it is makes it so much fun. I remember laughing my ass off the first time I saw it. Statham was the perfect man for the job. Still haven’t seen the sequel yet though it has been in my Netflix queue for a while.

  4. Tim's Film Reviews April 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    The scene with him having sex in front of those Chinese tourists was histerical haha :D

  5. the bioscopist April 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    the race course sex scene is probably the most ridiculous and laugh out loud moment in the film. On a side note though, you have to ask yourself – what the hell happened to Amy Smart to cause her to stoop this low? Good review!

  6. Nic April 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    It was just so bizarre that it all worked. It helped that they kept things moving for the most part. The couple fo times they slowed down towards the end was forgivable since by than it was one of those “wtf are they doing now” moments.

    I liked the game connections they made. Reminds me vaguely of Scott Pilgrim.

  7. Steven Flores April 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I kinda liked this film because it’s so absurd. My favorite scene is where Jason Statham is having sex in front of millions of people and he’s like “I’m going to live!” That was fuckin’ hilarious.

  8. Chip April 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I agree with pretty much everything yout wrote in your review. I liked the film, and didn’t expect it to be anything other than what it was – a straight ahead action movie.

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