September 4, 2006
Rated: R Runtime: 90 min Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Crank is another Jason Statham adrenaline flick. This time quite literally.
Jason plays Chev Chelios, a hitman for the mob. Chev’s rivals poison him with a synthetic drug that makes your heart slow down and eventually stop. He quickly finds out that the only way to keep himself alive long enough to get his revenge is to keep the adrenaline pumping. So Chev is about to have a very interesting day as he drives fast, rocks out to country music, picks fights and drinks Red Bull by the gallon. Oh, and now imagine if your girlfriend is Amy Smart, can you think of some other ways to get your heart pumping? Well, our man here takes it to a whole other level.
This folks is the prototypical guy movie. We have sex, nudity, car chases, shoot outs, humor, fights and blood. This is a Lionsgate release, so it’s shot on the cheap, but it definitely gets a lot of style points. It’s a bit on the campy side, but that’s ok, we loved it. And thanks to the studios for letting this one go with an R-Rating instead of trying to get a few extra bucks from the teens. Though we suspect this one will hit DVD within 3 months.
We are really starting to dig Jason Statham and look forward to his films. He can deliver a very dry action hero type of humor in all his own style, and the guy can really deliver with his own fight scenes. It doesn’t hurt that he also almost always ends up in a chase scene. And Amy Smart, well she’s just smoking hot, and we now want to go to Chinatown with her really really bad. You’ll understand after you see it. If we have one complaint it’s that we only received glimpses of her, hopefully there’s an unrated cut coming on DVD that shows more.
Crank gets 4 stars from us. We actually toyed with the idea of a 5th star, but we dont think this will pass the test of being a movie we watch over and over. Go see it, it’s a great mindless way to spend 90 minutes.
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